Grade 3 Excelsior winner Romansh
remains on track for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney despite
missing a scheduled work Monday morning due to the weather.
Photo: joe labozzetta, NYRA
Tom Albertrani had planned to give the 4-year-old Bernardini colt a
final breeze for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney but decided to put it off after
heavy overnight rain soaked the track.
horse is ready to go," said Albertrani. "Coming down to the last work,
it shouldn't make a whole lot of difference at this point. It's just a
matter of maintenance. We've still got a couple of days coming up."
by Godolphin Racing, Romansh had his lone Saratoga work on July 20,
going four furlongs in 49.96 seconds on the main track. Albertrani
breezed Romansh at Belmont Park four days before a fifth-place finish
behind Zivo in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 4.
we could just get an easy breeze in him before Wednesday even, we've
still got time to do it," said Albertrani. "I'm not really concerned
about it. At this point, he's fresh and ready to go."
opened his 2014 campaign finishing last of 11 in the Grade 1 Donn
Handicap but bounced back to win the Grade 3 Excelsior at Aqueduct. He
followed up by running third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap,
beaten 1 ½ lengths by Whitney contender Palace Malice, prior to the
kind of been a little bit inconsistent all through his career, but
hopefully this is the one he bounces back in," said Albertrani.