Enjoying a career-best season as a five-year-old, Runnymede Farm-bred Rogue Victory strode powerfully away from a competitive field to notch his fifth career win in a $57,000 allowance/optional claiming event at Saratoga Race Course on August 5.
Sent off the second choice against eight rivals, Rogue Victory stalked the early pace set by Sr. Henry while racing three-wide before powering to the lead in the stretch under Javier Castellano.
The chestnut son of Victory Gallop out of Romp and Stomp, by Olympio, crossed the finish line two lengths in front of Sr. Henry with Skipadate a neck back in third. Rogue Victory stopped the timer in 1:43.73 for the 1 1/16 miles over the inner turf course rated yielding.
In six starts in 2010, Rogue Victory has won twice, finished second twice and placed third in the Memorial Day Handicap. Competing for the R. A. Hill Stable and trainer George Weaver, he has earned a total of $205,601 during his career.
Runnymede will offer a half brother to Rogue Victory during this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.
“He’s a big, strong, well-conformed colt,” said Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd of the chestnut son of Smarty Jones. “He’s a striking individual with a lot of eye appeal.”
Romp and Stomp, the dam of the yearling colt and Rogue Victory, is a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner and sire Volponi.