02/22/2012 4:26PM

Gulfstream: Musical Romance walking shed row

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Barbara D. Livingston
Musical Romance injured herself in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Eclipse Award champion Musical Romance walked under tack for the first time on Monday since her disappointing fourth-place finish in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on Jan. 28.

Musical Romance, who sewed up a division title last fall with her victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, overstepped and cut herself, ripping a shoe half-off leaving the starting gate in the Sunshine Millions. She was never a factor thereafter but did well, considering the circumstances, to come within a length of second while finishing nearly eight lengths behind the runaway winner, It’s Me Mom.

“She grabbed her quarter really bad, and it became infected,” said Bill Kaplan, who is stabled at Calder. “She’s fine now, and the plan is to shed-row her for a couple of days before sending her back to the track at the end of the week.”

Kaplan was hoping to run Musical Romance in the seven-furlong Inside Information here on March 17 but said she probably won’t be able to make that Grade 2 race as a result of the mishap in her 2012 debut.

“We missed some time with her, and it looks like the race is coming up just a bit too quick to get there,” said Kaplan. “Our next major objective is the Grade 1 at Keeneland in April.”

Kaplan was referring to the seven-furlong Vinery Madison on April 12. Musical Romance finished second, beaten a head by Holiday Kitten, in Keeneland’s Grade 2 TCA Stakes in her final prep before the Breeders’ Cup.

“It’s unfortunate what happened in her last start, but I’m really looking forward to her having another big year,” said Kaplan. “She showed she was an iron horse last year and hopefully she’ll prove a worthy champion and capable of successfully defending her title this fall at Santa Anita.”