Everfast gets another chance to 'sneak up' in Belmont Stakes

NYRA Press Office
May 19, 2019 02:53pm
Following a closing second-place finish in the Preakness Stakes behind War of Will, Calumet Farm's Everfast will likely point to the Belmont Stakes next, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday.

A bay son of Take Charge Indy, Everfast finished 1 ¼ lengths behind War of Will at odds of 29-1. He completed the exacta at an even bigger price over the winter when running second behind Harvey Wallbanger in the Grade 2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park at odds of 128-1.

"If everything goes well and he's training well, he'll be there," Romans said. "He can sneak up and run a big race. He always tries, and he showed in the Holy Bull that he can run with those kinds of horses."

Everfast has not won since a first-out maiden win at Ellis Park last summer. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Keeneland January Sale in 2017 and is out of the Awesome Again broodmare Awesome Surprise - a full sister to 2004 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko.

Romans also plans on sending
 Promises Fulfilled to Belmont Park for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap. 

Owned by Robert Baron, Promises Fulfilled was a four-time graded stakes winner during his 3-year-old campaign last year, which included a win in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens presented by Runhappy at Saratoga.

Fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs last fall, he was fourth in his 4-year-old debut in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse before a hard-fought third in the Grade 1 Churchill Downs Handicap.

"He ran well at Churchill Downs off of a quick turnaround from Dubai. I want to go a mile with him," Romans said.

Should Promises Fulfilled race in the Met Mile, he will likely square off against Mitole who won the Churchill Downs Handicap. Other possible contenders for the Met Mile include McKinzie, Coal Front, Firenze Fire and Nicodemus.


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