Dale Romans said a comparison comes to mind when he thinks of Everfast, but it's not another horse. It's Curtis Martin.
Known for his speed, Martin, an NFL Hall of Famer, is the fifth leading rusher in league history. Romans said he's hopeful that Calumet Farm's son of Take Charge Indy can display the same reliability in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
"Bill Parcells took Martin everywhere with him," Romans said. "He was steady. He was always there. When you needed a couple extra yards, he was always there. Everfast is doing fine. He never has a bad day. He just does his thing. He's just happy and healthy and looks good to me."
Last time out, Everfast was the 29-1 runner-up in the Preakness. Romans said he was confident in Everfast going into the Preakness based on the way he trained coming out of the Pat Day Mile on Derby Daym when he was a distant fifth.
"He trained different. He was more aggressive," Romans said. "He looked like he was figuring things out, so we put him back in the Preakness. I thought there was a lot of speed so I told (Joel Rosario) to just sit back, get into a gallop and come running. It worked out well."
Romans noted that the strategy going into the Belmont may be a bit different.
"I don't think it will be like that in this race, he'll have to be a little closer," Romans said. "He just has to get into a good rhythm and see how things work out.
"We just jogged Wednesday, and he galloped today. But, I think he's a horse that it doesn't really matter," Romans said. "Nothing bothers him. He just goes about his business. There's really not a lot to talk about him, because you wouldn't even really know he's there. He's quiet, he's sound. He just goes and does his stuff. He never wows you, he never does anything bad. When he runs in a race, he always runs well."
Calumet Farm has had a long, rich history in the American Triple Crown, including owning Triple Crown winners Whirlaway (1941) and Citation (1948). A win in the Belmont could give the prestigious thoroughbred operation their first triumph in the American Classic since Citation, and Romans said he's thankful to be a part of the experience.
"That's a big deal for me," Romans said. "Every time I pull through the gates at Calumet, I pretend I'm Ben Jones, and I want to feel like Ben Jones walking into the winner's circle. It'd be pretty cool."