Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Roses in May breezed six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 over the main Saratoga Race Course track Thursday with Angel Cordero Jr. in the irons.
The 5-year-old son of Devil His Due
has not run since the World Cup in March and is being considered for the Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II), going 1 1/4 miles Aug. 21, although judging from Ramsey's comments that does not seem likely.
"My gut feeling is not to run him a mile and a quarter first time back," Ramsey said as trainer Dale Romans is in Chicago preparing Kitten's Joy for the Arlington Million (gr. IT). "I'd prefer to get an allowance race into him or possibly train him up to the (Sept. 10) Woodward (Stakes, Sept. 10). That's a decision Dale and I will make together."
Roses in May seemed to be feeling frisky after the workout, rolling around in the yard in front of Romans' stable.
The major goal for Roses in May is the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 29, then the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) in late November. Should he win the Japan Cup Dirt, Roses in May would earn a bonus of about $1.2 million.
Ramsey said he also plans on taking Kitten's Joy across the Pacific Ocean for the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on turf. Kitten's Joy needs to win either the Arlington Million, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) or John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and then the Japan Cup to earn a lucrative bonus.