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Romansh Has Several Foes to Face in 2014 Bold Ruler Handicap

Romansh Has Several Foes to Face in 2014 Bold Ruler Handicap: When a pedigree like a Bernardini over a Go For Gin mare comes onto the market, usually, one would think of a classic runner. However, that is not the case with Romansh. While Romansh is proven at 1 1/8 miles, he has failed multiple times at the same distance.

Bold Ruler Handicap 2014

Romansh, pictured above, will break from post position #2 with jockey Jose Ortiz in the Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Photo: Susie Raisher, Coglianese/NYRA

Romansh is a four-year-old, intact, son of the multiple grade one winner Bernardini. He started his racing career in March of last year, getting a late start to race. In 7starts, Romansh won three of his starts last year, including the Discovery Handicap (G3).

This season, Romansh one win to his record. He has only finished third once, and the rest of the starts this year, Romansh has failed to show his true colors. This year, however, Romansh has only started in graded stakes. He also, has not been showing much in his workouts, being pretty slow in his workouts.

Tom Albertrani, trainer for Godolphin Racing’s Romansh, wasn’t sure what to make of the colt’s awful performance in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. He is hoping that the colt will wake up when backing up to 7 furlongs.

The field is small, but stiff. River Rocks, second in the G2 Kelso to Vyjack, is hoping regain access to the winners’ circle, as he is bred to be more of a sprinter. Salutos Amigos, the David Jackobson trainee, is entered, hoping to regain his form. Last out, he was fourth in the Vosburgh. Entering here instead of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint is likely to be the smart choice.

Bold Ruler 2014 Picks & Plays:

Lady and the Track have a few opinions on the Bold Ruler Handicap (G3).

Casey: “Here, I think Romansh is the class of the field, but after how well River Rocks ran in the Kelso, it will be hard to ignore him. I don’t see the speed duel that Sigi sees, developing. Confrontation hasn’t always on the lead, but if another horse engages River Rocks, he could come up for a surprise. I will likely make an exacta box with Romansh, River Rocks, Confrontation, and Salutos Amigos. Never underestimate the Jacobson horses at Belmont.”

Sigi: “In the Bold Ruler Handicap we can see a short field, with some horses out of distance, like Cease and the classy Romansh, however I expect a hard duel in the front between Confrontation and River Rocks, a situation that should benefit Salutos Amigos. The Jacobson horse was pre – entered in the BC Sprint, but looks like they decided to run in the Bold Ruler, in a more confortable distance. Salutos Amigos is going to stalk the pace and make his move in the stretch to catch the front runners. I’m definitely using him as a single.”

Kari: “River Rocks looks like the bomb there. I have liked Salutos Amigos for a while, but if playing a p3 or 4 I’d use both.”

Trixie: “I’m hunch betting Sage Valley to Place and Romansh to Win.”

Bold Ruler 2014 Post Positions & Odds:
(Race #3 1:52 PM ET)
1 Confrontation 6/1
2 Romansh 7/2
3 Sage Valley 10/1
4 Salutos Amigos 5/2
5 Joe Tess 12/1
6 River Rocks 2/1
7 Cease 12/1

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