Romans all smiles following works by Gulfport, Dewey Square
Trainer Dale Romans sported a wide smile following workouts by his top two-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning. Gulfport, who has won his last two starts impressively, went first after the renovation break, breezing an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5.
"He looked super," Romans said.
Gulfport, a $775,000 Saratoga Selected yearling purchase by Mike Rutherford and Michael Lauffer, broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on October 31 by 7 1/4 lengths going seven furlongs. Stretching out to a mile under the Twin Spires on November 24, the son of Unbridled's Song came back to win by nearly three lengths.
"He's probably going to run in the Holy Bull," said Romans, referring to the $400,000 Grade 3 stakes sending three-year-olds 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park on January 26.
The conditioner also sent out Dewey Square, a late-developing son of Bernardini, to clock five furlongs, handily, in :59 1/5. It was the second fastest clocking of 31 at the distance Saturday morning.
"He went super," Romans remarked. "He went around there fast. He's a good horse. It looks like he's turned the corner and is heading in the right direction."
Dewey Square broke his maiden by 11 3/4 lengths going 7 1/2 furlongs in his debut at Hoosier Park on September 21. The Siena Farms homebred came back on October 28 to run away to a four-length victory in an entry-level allowance at Churchill Downs. He stepped up to face stakes company in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club on November 24 at Churchill, closing steadily to finish third behind Uncaptured and Frac Daddy.
Dewey Square's Saturday workout was his second at Gulfstream in preparation for his 2013 debut.
"We don't have anything firm yet," said Romans, regarding a schedule for the Kentucky-bred colt.
Romans also sent out Rightfully So, a three-year-old who has come off a year layoff to post two victories in three starts, including a seven-length allowance win at Churchill on November 25. The son of A.P. Indy breezed five furlongs in an easy 1:02.
Romans gave an update on plans for Little Mike, the turf specialist who captured three Grade 1 stakes this year, including the Breeders' Cup Turf and Arlington Million. The five-year-old son of Spanish Steps is being pointed to the Group 1 Sheema Classic on the undercard of the Group 1 Dubai World Cup on March 30 at Meydan.
"Nothing definite, but we might run him twice in Dubai," said Romans, who has the Dubai World Cup penciled in for Dullahan, his Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner who finished ninth behind Little Mike in the Turf.
"Little Mike should be champion turf horse if not Horse of the Year," added Romans, who is a serious candidate for the Eclipse Award for 2012's outstanding trainer.
The Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held at Gulfstream Park on January 19 for the first time.
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