Romans Cashes In
By Dick Downey
Dale Romans earned a $50,000 trainer bonus offered by the Maryland Jockey Club on Preakness Weekend.
The MJC offered bonus money totaling $100,000 to trainers who ran a minimum of five horses in combined stakes and starter races Friday and Saturday. The trainer with the most points earned $50,000.
Along with Black-Eyed Susan winner Go Maggie Go and Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine, Romans saddled Ma Can Do It to a second-place finish in the Black-Eyed Susan and Flying Tipat to a fourth-place finish in the Gallorette. Romans finished the weekend with 34 points.
Mark Casse, whose best finishes were Noble Bird's victory in the Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special and Conquest Windycity's third-place finish in the James. W. Murphy, earned second place with 32 points for $25,000. Todd Pletcher, whose top finish was Lost Raven's victory in the Adena Springs Miss Preakness, took third money of $12,000 with 31 points.
Steve Asmussen was fourth, worth $7,000, while Graham Motion was fifth and earned $4,000.