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Belmont Stakes 2012: Having Dullahan fresh for Belmont looks good to Romans now
By Marty McGee
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dale Romans might have felt a little disappointed when owner Jerry Crawford told him they were bypassing the Preakness with Dullahan. Romans felt the colt belonged in the Pimlico classic off his rousing third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, but Crawford wanted to take a more prudent route, saving Dullahan for the Belmont Stakes after his chance to win the Triple Crown was gone.
“I did want to run in the Preakness,” Romans said Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, a couple hours after calling an audible by sending out Dullahan for a one-mile workout as dawn was breaking. “But Jerry said no, and in hindsight, I think he made the right call. We’ve got a fresh horse for the Belmont, and I couldn’t be happier with how he’s doing.”
[BELMONT STAKES: Video updates, expected field, early odds]
An oppressive heat wave began hovering over the Louisville area Friday, with the heat index set to soar into triple digits, and Romans, having said repeatedly he would work Dullahan after the regularly scheduled harrow break, decided late the prior evening not to expose the colt to such conditions. So it was up and out early. “It was the right move,” said Romans.
With Tammy Fox aboard, Dullahan went through splits of 26 seconds, 38.60, 51.40, 1:04.60, and 1:17.40 when passing under the wire a second time in 1:43, according to Churchill clocker John Nichols. His out time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:57.
“I loved the way he went,” said Fox.
Dullahan, owned by the Donegal Racing partnership headed by Crawford, will be one of the top wagering choices in the June 9 Belmont in New York after I’ll Have Another, who will be bidding to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown.
Romans said he was not concerned with the slow workout time over what has been a relatively slow Churchill main track.
“All I care about is how he’s feeling and how strong he’s going,” said Romans. “He’s been eating up and doing everything right. Tammy’s happy, I’m happy.”
Romans ran seventh-place finisher Cozzetti as a longshot in the May 19 Preakness, but in the back of his mind, he was wondering how Dullahan would fare after the colt came streaking home to be beaten just 1 3/4 lengths by I’ll Have Another in the May 5 Derby.
“The way the [Preakness] set up, we probably would’ve been at a big disadvantage,” said Romans. “So it’s worked out for us so far. Now all we have to do is go up there and win.”
Dullahan was scheduled to leave Churchill by van Sunday evening and join the Romans string of runners at Belmont around 10 a.m. Monday morning. A Saturday work at Belmont will complete the colt’s serious preparations for the race.
i think the horse dullaham has a good chance to win the belmont
Dullahan. 2012 Belmont Stakes winner. Will send I'll have another packing back to California.
I will be betting my "entry" of Union Rags, Dullahan and Alpha against IHA whom I feel is overated, just like Facebook in its IPO. That 3 horse "entry" should work out to a blended 7/1. I would love to get such a great betting opportunity every day until my death and burial in Degenerate Gamblers cemetery.
IHA is the "now" horse. Last year it was "Rags." I believe IHA has more than enough left in the tank for the Belmont. In the Derby, he ran a hard quarter of a mile. His Preakness maybe another hard quarter of a mile. He was not under pressure all the way. He is a more athletic horse than Rags or Dullahan. I believe the naysayers were saying Mario was inexperienced before both the Derby and Preakness. Think Mario will be riding at Belmont before the big race to get the lay of the land. As I did in the Preakness, I will sit and watch the race and root for IHA. Let's just hope it is a cleanly run race with all participants safe from harm's way.
Give Mario and the horse some credit.Mario rode two brillant races.You non-believers,take Bodemeister out you have I'll have another and dullahan,go to the window,exata time.
Smart decision by the owner of Dullahan to pass the Preakness. I think he is the only one in the race that could stop IHA from wining the triple crown, with one of the top rider in the country J. Velasquez up he will be very tough.
I have to disagree about Dullahan finishing the Belmont. As I see it, Dullahan will not be making an impact in the later stages of this one. Good luck.
Owner smarter and making better calls than the trainer?? might be time to look for some else who is more like minded than the owner. BTW I totally agree with the owners desicion to pass on the Preakness - why didn't Romans get it??
Dullahan and the other deep closers in the Derby had a set-up, I bet Dullahan and he had no excuses, they were just backing up to him and Went the day Well
Hoping IHA really goes off at 3-5. I will be putting both Mcpeek horses on top, Street Life, Dullahan and Union Rags on top with Dullahan, Union Rags, Street Life and yes Optimizer for third. Only way to make money
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