12/31/2014 4:44PM

Romans stable acclimating to south Florida

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Tom Keyser
Temper Mint Patty will start in Saturday's Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Dale Romans has brought a stable full of top 3-year-old prospects down to south Florida for the winter. But despite nominating a half-dozen horses to the trio of 3-year-old stakes being offered this weekend at Gulfstream Park, Romans entered only two, Temper Mint Patty for the Grade 3 Old Hat and Toasting Master to the $100,000 Spectacular Bid, opting to give the others a little more opportunity to acclimate to the local surroundings.

“Toasting Master is a little further along right now than the others, and I loved his work here yesterday,” Romans said.
Toasting Master has won his last two starts. He worked five furlongs in 1:01.68 and galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:15.31 on Tuesday.

Romans nominated both Jack Tripp and Indianaughty to the one-mile Mucho Macho Man. Jack Tripp contested the pace before finishing far behind the undefeated Dortmund in his 2-year-old finale. Indianaughty began his career in Europe where he captured one of two starts before shipping to the United States and joining Romans’s stable this fall in Kentucky.

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“Jack Tripp keeps coming along and improving a little bit all the time,” Romans said. “Indianaughty has been training like one of our better 3-year-olds since coming from overseas. Like the rest of my 3-year-olds, they are all candidates for the major races here during the meet, although right now they need to get a little stronger and get adjusted to things down here. It’s a long winter and a long year.”

Romans really got excited when talking about his fleet 3-year-old filly Taylor S, who was nominated to Saturday’s Grade 3 Old Hat. Taylor S closed out her 2-year-old campaign with a 6 1/4-length entry-level allowance win at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, completing six furlongs in 1:09.35.

“She’s going to skip this race and run in the next one,” Romans said, referring to the Grade 2 Forward Gal on Jan. 24. “She ran a 5 on the [Ragozin] Sheets in her last start and is about the fastest filly I’ve ever seen at this stage of her career.”

Taylor S also worked here Tuesday, going five furlongs in 1:02.15, one of two dozen horses Romans breezed during the course of the morning.

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Spectacular Bid field set

Toasting Master is one of nine 3-year-olds entered for the six-furlong Spectacular Bid. The field includes former claimer It’s Not Me, winner of the Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park West in his 2-year-old finale, along with promising maiden winners Ready for Rye and Big Family.

The Mucho Macho Man, formerly known as the Gulfstream Park Derby, also attracted nine entries, topped by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s exiting maiden winner Mawthooq and Florida-bred stakes winner Twotwentyfive A.