HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Dale Romans unveiled a most promising 3-year-old colt at Gulfstream in Wednesday’s third race, a $47,000 maiden special weight race.
Talon’s of Tuscany, who had been training brilliantly at Gulfstream for his debut, broke well from the starting gate to closely stalk pacesetter A Touch of Poetry, who set swift fractions of :21.98 and :44.92 for the first half mile. After straightening into the homestretch, the strapping son of Arch kicked in with powerful strides to wear down the persistent pacesetter by three-quarters of a length.
Ridden by Corey Lanerie, Talon’s of Tuscany ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.31 as the 4-5 favorite in a field of seven sophomores.
“This is a really good horse. We picked him up when we got down here in December and I’ve been impressed with him and everything he does,” said Romans, who trains the Kentucky-bred colt for the Albaugh Family Stable. “He does it easy and he gets better and better.”
Talon’s of Tuscany’s swift victory in the abbreviated sprint was particularly impressive to his Eclipse Award-winning trainer.
“He’s a big horse. He didn’t want to run 5 ½ furlongs, but we wanted to get him started,” Romans said. “We’ve been a little bit behind schedule with him. I just wanted to run him.”
Romans said he’d talk with the owners about Talon’s of Tuscany’s next start.
“I think he’s the real deal,” Romans said. “He’s going to want to run two turns. We’ve got a lot of options.”
Who’s Hot: Jockey Joe Bravo scored a double Wednesday, visiting the winner’s circle with Henry’s Song ($9.40) in the seventh and Hit Squad ($6.60) in the 10th.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $660,237.17