is Breeders' Cup-bound once again after winning Saturday's Grade 1 Joe
Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, trainer Dale Romans confirmed on
looks like he came out of [the race] good," said Romans, who trains the
6-year-old for Priscilla Vaccarezza. "He's a very sound horse. He
dances every dance. At least he'll get a little more respect now."
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic was Little Mike's first win since his victory
in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf and his first race with Hall of Fame
jockey Mike Smith aboard. The 2013 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf will be
contested on November 2 at Santa Anita.
Mike [Smith] having had that race under his belt and [Santa Anita]
being his home racetrack, I feel pretty good about going," said Romans.
year, Ramon Dominguez rode the gelding to a win in the Grade 1
Arlington Million, a fifth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, and a triumph
in the Breeders' Cup Turf. After the 2013 Turf Classic, Smith said he
mimicked Dominguez's hand placement on Little Mike.
was pretty smart of Mike [Smith] to think like that," said Romans.
"Whatever he did, it worked. He ran like he did for Ramon. Ramon texted
me last night to congratulate me. I told him what Mike said, and he got a
kick out of that."
Romans added that Little Mike will return to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.