11/08/2017 1:36PM

Romans looking ahead after disappointing Breeders' Cup


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dale Romans said he is undeterred despite the disappointing performances of his two starters in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and is looking ahead to happier days with both.

Hollywood Star finished sixth for Romans at 36-1, and Breeders’ Futurity winner Free Drop Billy ran ninth as the 7-1 second choice. Both are owned by the Albaugh Family Stables.

“They’re better than they showed,” Romans said. “They’re both getting 30 days off and then they’ll join me down in Florida sometime in December. We’ll get them ready for the Derby trail down there.”

Romans said he intends to have at least one starter, Tiz Mischief, for the Nov. 25 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill. He said a third Albaugh colt, Dak Attack, is scheduled to have his first breeze here sometime next week after recovering from a minor shin injury, with the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile on Dec. 17 being a possible next start for him.

Romans added he hopes to find a race at Churchill for his 2017 Kentucky Derby 15th-place finisher J Boys Echo before the fall meet ends. J Boys Echo is unraced since finishing ninth in the June 10 Belmont Stakes.