Romans, Ramseys Considering Clark Bid For Roses In May

A stellar 2004 racing season for Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (grade I) runner-up Roses in May might continue as trainer Dale Romans said Tuesday that the colt could run in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (grade II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26.

Roses in May and Kitten's Joy, his accomplished stablemate and
runner-up in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (grade IT), arrived back at Romans' Churchill Downs barn on Monday following a flight from Lone Star Park, the Grand Prairie, Texas track that hosted the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30.

Romans said the two horses came out of their races well, but would be taking different paths for the rest of the year. He said Kitten's Joy would be going to the farm for some deserved rest after a long year that could earn him an Eclipse Award as the nation's top turf runner. But Roses in May could show up in the 130th running of the 1 1/8-mile Clark.

"There's no reason not to, he's doing good," said Romans. "We'll wait and see how he trains. It's a little quick back, but he seems like he came out of it fine. We'll take him to the track tomorrow."

The runner-up finish by Roses in May to Stronach Stable's Ghostzapper in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) marked the first loss of the year by Romans' colt. But Romans remains extremely pleased with the strong run by his 4-year-old in the fastest Classic in the 21-year history of the event.

"He's the second-best horse in the country this year -- maybe in the
world," said Romans. He said current plans call for 2005 campaigns for both Roses In May and Kitten's Joy.
"Mr. Ramsey is about racing," said Romans. "He's got a big breeding operation, but he's about racing."