Rogue Romance will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a fracture in his left forefoot, trainer Ken McPeek reported March 19.
McPeek said the Smarty Jones colt, bred by Runnymede Farm in partnership with farm chairman Catesby W. Clay and raced by Clay, returned lame following an easy three-furlong breeze earlier in the morning at Gulfstream Park.
X-rays were taken and sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage in Lexington, who diagnosed a fracture in the foot that will require two to three months of stall rest.
The fracture is not career-threatening and Rogue Romance is expected to fully recover and return to the races following rest at Scanlon Training Center in Ocala, Fla.
“This is unfortunate and the worst timing imaginable,” said Martin O’Dowd, Runnymede vice president and general manager. “But we look forward to the colt returning to training and hopefully making it back to the Breeders’ Cup this year.”
Rogue Romance was assured a berth in the Derby with graded stakes earning already amassed. Rogue Romance finished third in the 2010 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and won the Bourbon Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland in October. Rogue Romance had quickly bounced back from a bruised hind heel detected recently and had resumed galloping prior to incurring the fracture.
Rogue Romance finished third in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at the Fair Grounds Feb. 19, his first start of 2011. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the colt rallied after becoming rank in close quarters on the rail in the early going.
Overall, Rogue Romance has won two of five career starts and finished third twice while earning $321,150 to date.