Rogue Romance, who was assured a berth in the Kentucky Derby due to his high graded stakes earnings, will miss the Run for the Roses with a fracture in his left forefoot.
Trainer Ken McPeek said the Smarty Jones colt returned lame following an easy three-furlong breeze today at Gulfstream Park. X-rays were taken and sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage in Lexington, who diagnosed a fracture in the foot that will require two to three months of stall rest.
The fracture is not career-threatening and Rogue Romance is expected to fully recover and return to the races following rest at Scanlon Training Center in Ocala.
“This is unfortunate and the worst timing imaginable,” said Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd. “But we look forward to the colt returning to training and hopefully making it back to the Breeders’ Cup this year.” Rogue Romance was bred by Runnymede Farm in partnership with farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay and raced by Clay.
A release said he had quickly bounced back from a bruised hind heel detected recently and had resumed galloping a mile-and-a-half a day prior to incurring the fracture.
In 2010, Rogue Romance finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile won by champion Uncle Mo at Churchill Downs, where the Breeders’ Cup will be run again later this year. That race came after he won the Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland. Rogue Romance finished third in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 19, his first start of 2011.
Overall, Rogue Romance has won two of five career starts and finished third twice, with his only other effort a fourth place in his career debut at Saratoga, where he won a maiden special weight race in his second start. Rogue Romance has won $321,150 to date.