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Romansh wins 2014 Excelsior
Photo: joe labozzetta, NYRA
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.


Trainer 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.


"The 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."


Owned 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.


"If 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."


Romansh 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 Suburban.


"He's kind of been a little bit inconsistent all through his career, but hopefully this is the one he bounces back in," said Albertrani.



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