Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, the 1-20 betting favorite, took the lead on the turn and coasted home for a 4 1/2-length triumph in the grade II, $200,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds Sunday at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.
- Bay Gelding
- Born 2011
Just four rivals, none of which have started in a graded stakes, have stepped up to take on California's leading 2-year-old, Roman Ruler, in Sunday's $200,000 Norfolk (gr. II) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet.
James McIngvale and Bob Baffert have parted company, Baffert said Wednesday. McIngvale, whose biggest victory came in this year's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with Wimbledon, will be sending the majority of his horses to trainer Nick Hines and a few to Steve Asmussen, according to Baffert.
Trainer Bob Baffert cleared up the questions surrounding three promising 2-year-old colts Friday when he announced that his flashy Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) winner Roman Ruler would run in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) in the track's traditional closing-day feature Wednesday.
With the apparent return of Roman Ruler to the list of prospects for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on closing day Sept. 8, the possible field could reach seven.
|Trainer||Blake R. Heap|
|Owner||Heap, Blake and Mihaljevich, John|
|Breeder||Liberty Road Stables|
|Compulsive View Five-Cross Pedigree||Surf Cat||Sir Cat|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Two-year-old||Super Horse||Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent for Liberty Road Stables||$17,000|
|Two-year-old||Blake R. Heap||Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent||$20,000|