Sassy Image Out; Shackleford Ready to Work
Multiple grade I winner Sassy Image has been taken out of consideration for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, and Shackleford is set to breeze on Saturday for Dale Romans.
“She’s a filly that has always moved perfectly, and the next morning (after a breeze), when we saw that she was a little off, we knew that something was wrong,” said trainer Dale Romans, who conditions the filly for his brother Jerry. A chip in a hind ankle was discovered following her most recent work on Oct. 8 at Churchill Downs.
Sassy Image, a 4-year-old daughter of Broken Vow, had been given some time away from the track after tearing her left front quarter in a sixth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade I Ballerina at Saratoga, a race in which she leapt at the break and then bolted on the final turn. Her four-furlong breeze on Oct. 8 was clocked in :48.60, the fifth fastest of 38 at the distance over a fast Churchill Downs track. “She appeared to come out of it fine,” Romans said.
Plans are unchanged for the filly to be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Nov. 6 as a racing/broodmare prospect. “If the new owners wanted to remove the chip, then she could probably come back next year,” Romans said. She will be consigned by Romans Racing & Sales, as agent, and will sell as Hip 17.
Also in the Romans barn, Shackleford is scheduled to breeze for the first time this Saturday (Oct. 22) since a second-place performance in the Grade II Indiana Derby. On Oct. 6, The Downey Profile reported that Romans Racing posted this on its Facebook page: "Shackleford is like 'where's Waldo'. Well I don't know where Waldo is," the post says, "but Shackleford is at WinStar for a couple of weeks. Reward for a job well done."
Dullahan, winner of the Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, will also breeze Saturday. Me and My Gals, a 2-year-son of Sky Mesa, worked a bullet five furlongs Monday in 1:01 in preparation for the Juvenile Sprint.
--Edited Churchill Downs release