One of Runnymede’s most popular and exciting runners, Rogue Romance, has returned to light training in Lexington as he prepares to continue his racing career.
The now five-year-old son of Smarty Jones has proven he can run with the best of his generation, finishing third in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and a close fourth in last year’ Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) after encountering trouble twice in that race.
A few weeks after that race, Rogue Romance was sent to trainer Ken McPeek’s farm in Lexington to recover from a small fracture in his right front foot. He previously had been sidelined by a similar issue in his left front foot that prevented him from competing in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Winner of the Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland while two and third in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) won by Mucho Macho Man in February of his three-year-old season after being rank early, Rogue Romance has won four of nine starts and placed twice.
He recorded two strong victories in 2012, covering a mile in 1:34.95 at Gulfstream Park and powering through 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs in 1:42.75.
In the Stephen Foster, jockey Manoel Cruz steadied Rogue Romance early as the field passed the grandstand for the first time and then again in the stretch run. Still, he wound up just two lengths behind winner Ron the Greek, who edged eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan by a head.
Bred by Runnymede and farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay and raced by Clay, Rogue Romance has earned $417,249 to date.