07/10/2012 1:37PM

Calder: Musical Romance headed to Saratoga for Ballerina

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Musical Romance, winner of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney, will be pointed to the Ballerina at Saratoga.

Trainer Bill Kaplan reports that his two Summit of Speed winners Musical Romance and Another Romance both came out of their races well and that they, too, could be headed to Saratoga later this summer.

Musical Romance repulsed a strong bid from Nicole H in late stretch to register a half-length decision in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney. Another Romance rallied from far back to win the Grade 3 Azalea by 1 3/4 lengths over Citizen’s Advocate.

Kaplan described the Princess Rooney as a very typical race for Musical Romance.

“She found the pocket, and when the hole opened, she went through,” said Kaplan. “She’ll never win by more than a length. We try not to squeeze the lemon with her in these races because the main goal is to get her back to the Breeders’ Cup healthy and sound. But when that other filly came to her on Saturday, she just opened up again.”

Kaplan said the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga would likely be next for Musical Romance, and if she does go, she may well be accompanied by Another Romance, whose next start could come in the Grade 1 Test. The Azalea was the third victory in a row for Another Romance, who did not win her maiden until June 2.

“She finished second as a maiden in a stakes in her second career start, so we always knew she had talent,” said Kaplan. “She had a little issue to address after that but we finally got that corrected. She’s 100 percent now and starting to show how good she can be.”

Kaplan himself was also feeling better after being taken to the hospital suffering from dehydration just hours before post time on Saturday.

“I got dizzy, nauseous, and was sweating profusely at the barn. I’ve never had anything like that before and to tell you the truth I got really scared,” said Kaplan. “But they gave me lots of intravenous fluids, all the tests came back negative, and I’ve felt fine ever since.”

Vita Mita points to Schuylerville

David Fawkes saddled Nicole H to her second-place finish in the Princess Rooney, and said she will depart Wednesday for Saratoga to rejoin the barn of her regular trainer, Mike Hushion.

“I first met Mike when I was stabled in his barn the year I ran Take d’Tour up at Saratoga in the Go for Wand,” said Fawkes. “He called me and asked if I’d take Nicole H and run her for him in the Princess Rooney and I thought she ran huge, all things considered.”

Hushion will quickly return the favor as Fawkes plans to send him his undefeated 2-year-old filly Vita Mita to prepare for Saratoga’s opening day feature, the Schuylerville.

Fawkes also said that Apriority, who finished fifth after looming boldly turning for home in last Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile, will be sent to the farm for a break.

“I was really disappointed in his effort the other day,” said Fawkes. “I think he just needs a little R and R right now.”