09/12/2012 3:46PM

Calder: Musical Romance will ship north for Gallant Bloom

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Musical Romance, who hasn't run since winning the Princess Rooney, is scheduled to make her next start in the Gallant Bloom.

MIAMI – Reigning Filly and Mare Sprint champion Musical Romance, idle since capturing the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap over her home course at Calder on July 9, will make her next start a week from Saturday in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Gallant Bloom.

Trainer Bill Kaplan, who also owns a half-interest in Musical Romance, said the decision to send Musical Romance to the 6 1/2-furlong Gallant Bloom came shortly after she worked five furlongs in 1:00.28 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.24 under regular rider Juan Leyva Wednesday morning at Calder.

“We really don’t have much choice but to send her to the Gallant Bloom the way she worked this morning,” said Kaplan. “She couldn’t have gone any better. Juan never asked her to run. If the work wasn’t absolutely perfect, we wouldn’t be going up there for that race next week.”

Musical Romance has been in regular training since the Princess Rooney but has worked only three times in preparation for the Gallant Bloom.

“Originally we wanted to run her in the Ballerina at Saratoga but we just couldn’t arrange suitable transportation from south Florida,” Kaplan said. “There were no flights, and I didn’t want to put her on a van for 27 hours during the heat of the summer. We have hired a private van to take her to New York on Friday for the Gallant Bloom. That trip is five hours shorter and it’s also a lot cooler now.”

Musical Romance, a 5-year-old daughter of Concorde’s Tune, sewed up division honors in 2011 with her 1 1/4-length triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She has started five times this season, with victories in both the Princess Rooney and Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park. She also finished a distant second behind current division leader Groupie Doll in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs.

“The goal is to get her back to the Breeders’ Cup,” said Kaplan. “She could have one more start after the Gallant Bloom prior to the Breeders’ Cup but we won’t make that decision until after her next race.”

Mick More than 1 year ago
I like this filly quite a bit, very consistent runner. Hope she takes this one next Saturday. Groupie Doll might be the division leader but its a packed division. The horses behind her are by no means second strings, Musical Romance, Turbulent Descent, Contested, etc. The F&M Sprint is looking like a competitive race, provided Groupie Doll doesn't freak again like she did in the Humana Distaff.
Michele LePage More than 1 year ago
Go Musical Romance!
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
With her, Groupie Doll and Turbulent Descent the FM Spring will be a good race come Breeders Cup. Hope the all make it there no telling what can happen with the horses.
BrandonLayer More than 1 year ago
Theres also a filly out west who could be awesome. Lightly raced 3 year old. Her name escapes me.
Michele LePage More than 1 year ago
It will be a great BC Sprint division this year once again. Music is in prime condition. I cannot wait to see her in this race and the BC. She has tons of talent, is very competitive, and loves to win.
Mick More than 1 year ago
@Brandon - Contested??
Mick More than 1 year ago
@Brandon - Nevermind, I think its Winding Way who you're thinking of. She won the Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar after she missed the break by a good 2-3 lengths. Nonetheless, she'd further spice it up nicely.