05/21/2006 11:00PM

Romans appeals disqualification


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Dale Romans said Monday that he has appealed the disqualification of Smart N Pretty from Friday's Grade 2, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.

Smart N Pretty, first across the wire by 3 1/2 lengths over Regal Engagement, was taken down by Pimlico stewards and placed second behind the latter filly, who stewards ruled she fouled when the pair bumped in midstretch.

Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, said a date for a hearing on the appeal has not been finalized, but would likely be scheduled for June 23. At the hearing, the commission would hear both sides of the case - one presented by the stewards and the other by those associated with Smart N Pretty - before extensively reviewing film of the race. Romans said he intends to show film shot by ESPN, which televised the race before a national television audience.

A majority decision by the commission will determine whether to let the stewards' ruling stand or to overrule their disqualification, Hopkins said.