08/15/2012 6:20PM

Arlington Park: Romans goes for mixed triple in Secretariat

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Silver Max followed up his victory in the Arlington Classic by winning the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Mid-America Triple does not carry anything close to the prestige of the Triple Crown, but it's somewhat comparable, say, to the Canadian Triple Crown or the Triple Tiara for fillies in New York, in that trainers don't necessarily feel compelled to run in all three races, even when they have a chance of sweeping it.

That's been the case this year with trainer Dale Romans, who won the opening leg of the Mid-America Triple, the May 26 Arlington Classic, with Silver Max, before diverting the speedy colt to Colonial Downs to win the Virginia Derby. In the meantime, Romans took the second leg, the July 14 American Derby, with Cozzetti. For the third and final leg, the Secretariat on Saturday, Romans has vanned three horses from Churchill: Silver Max, Cozzetti, and Finnegans Wake.

"The owners of all three horses deserve a shot at a big race like this," said Romans. "It'd really be a big honor to sweep the Mid-America Triple, regardless of what horses I do it with."

Honor Glide, in 1997, was the last of three horses to sweep the Mid-America Triple.
From the rail, these are the eight 3-year-olds for the Grade 1, $500,000 Secretariat: Handsome Mike, Summer Front, Cozzetti, Finnegans Wake, All Stormy, Daddy Long Legs, Bayrir, and Silver Max.

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