Romans: Attachment Rate can capitalize if Tiz the Law falters

Romans: Attachment Rate can capitalize if Tiz the Law falters
Photo: Coady Photography

Kentucky Derby 2020 contender Attachment Rate had his final pre-race workout Sunday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.20.

"I was wanting to go in 1:01 and two (fifths), he went 1:01 and one (fifth), so it was perfect," trainer Dale Romans said. "He looked great, full of energy, looked like he came off the track happy. Six days away -- we'll see."

Roman added of his colt, "He’s sound, he’s smart, he’s peaking."

Favorite Tiz the Law figures to pose a formidable challenge in the Derby, but Romans feels Attachment Rate is in with a puncher's chance.

"I really think he'll like the mile and a quarter," Romans said of Attachment Rate. "We all know it's Tiz the Law's race to lose, but if he stubs his toe, we'll be running him over."

Romans also noted how this year's Derby, which carries a $3 million purse, has a different feel because of the changes stemming from the pandemic.

"It feels like it’s more about winning the money now than it is the pageantry of the Derby. "And that may sound shallow, but that’s the way it feels," Romans said. You know, I never even thought about winning purse money in a Derby before, it was just about winning a Kentucky Derby. And this just feels a little different. This feels like a big race, not the big race. But we’ll turn the page on 2020 soon and get back to normal."

Watch Attachment Rate visit the track and see what else Romans had to say in the video below.

2020 Kentucky Derby (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Tiz the Law
Constitution
8.01
B. Tagg
1st, 2020 Travers Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 Art Collector
Bernardini
7.42
T. Drury
1st, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable
 Honor A. P.
Honor Code
7.29
J. Shirreffs
2nd, 2020 Shared Belief Stakes (LS) 
Probable
 Sole Volante
Karakontie
6.93
P. Biancone
6th, 2020 Belmont Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 Authentic
Into Mischief
6.80
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Haskell Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 King Guillermo
Uncle Mo
6.75
J. Avila
2nd, 2020 Arkansas Derby (G1) 
Probable
 Enforceable
Tapit
6.74
M. Casse
4th, 2020 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) 
Probable
 Max Player
Honor Code
6.57
S. Asmussen
3rd, 2020 Travers Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 Storm The Court
Court Vision
6.56
P. Eurton
2nd, 2020 La Jolla Handicap (G3) 
Probable
 Ny Traffic
Cross Traffic
6.51
S. Joseph, Jr.
2nd, 2020 Haskell Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 Finnick The Fierce
Dialed In
6.22
R. Hernandez
7th, 2020 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) 
Probable
 Major Fed
Ghostzapper
6.19
G. Foley
2nd, 2020 Indiana Derby (G3) 
Probable
 Necker Island
Hard Spun
6.17
S. Hough
3rd, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable
 Thousand Words
Pioneerof the Nile
6.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Shared Belief Stakes (LS) 
Probable
 Attachment Rate
Hard Spun
6.03
D. Romans
2nd, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable
 Money Moves
Candy Ride
4.88
T. Pletcher
2nd, Sar AlwOC (7/25/2020-R8)
Probable
 Winning Impression
Paynter
4.09
D. Stewart
7th, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable

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