Trainer Dale Romans’ Update & Statement on Dennis’ Moment
(Dennis’ Moment after winning the G3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
From Gene McLean and Jennie Rees:
After the incident to begin the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where the heavy favorite and very talented Dennis’ Moment stumbled badly coming out of the starting gate and went to his knees, I talked with trainer Dale Romans to check on the health and status of his pride and joy.
Here is what Dale had to say:
“He looks like he’s fine.”
In addition, long-time, Eclipse-winning journalist Jennie Rees also got this from Romans:
“It seems like he cooled out fine so far. It was just bad racing luck. If you run at this level, you can’t overcome it. He’ll fly back to Churchill Downs, his home base, tonight. He’ll be thoroughly checked in the morning by his regular veterinarian, John Garrity, and we’ll lay out a plan to get him to the Derby next year.
“It’s about as bad a thing as I’ve had in my career. But when I saw him come back healthy, let’s just say it’s a kick in the gut. I just love this horse. For him, I feel bad that he didn’t get a chance to show himself. Win, lose or draw all you want is a fair shake. He just had no chance. You know, it happens. It could have been so much worse, that’s the good thing. The fact that we lost the biggest race in his life (so far) for a championship, it’s bad. But he’ll be back.”
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