Fully recovered from a foot fracture that precluded him from racing in this year’s classics, Rogue Romance is back in training and aiming toward a return to competition in 2012.
The chestnut son of Smarty Jones out of Runnymede’s outstanding producer Lovington rejoined trainer Ken McPeek recently and has been galloping at Keeneland. McPeek said the colt has filled out and become one of the most robust horses he has ever worked with, currently weighing about 1,200 pounds.
Plans call for Rogue Romance to travel south for the winter with McPeek, who will train him at Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Indiantown, Florida.
“We are delighted to have him back in training and are looking forward to racing him again next year,” said Runnymede General Manager Martin O’Dowd.
Rogue Romance has displayed ample talent, winning the Bourbon Stakes (G3) on turf at Keeneland last year and then finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on dirt at Churchill Downs. In his only start of 2011, Rogue Romance finished third in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at the Fair Grounds.
Bred by Runnymede and farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay, Rogue Romance has earned $321,150 in five career starts while running for Clay.