Roman Ruler Morning-Line Pick vs. Seven in Juvenile

Roman Ruler Morning-Line Pick vs. Seven in Juvenile
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Juvenile favorite Roman Ruler breezed at Santa Anita last Sunday.
Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, who is only a neck away from being four-for-four in his career, was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for the $1.5-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

Roman Ruler, winner of two grade II stakes -- the Best Pal at Del Mar and the Norfolk at Santa Anita Park -- worked five furlongs in :58 Oct. 24 at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, Roman Ruler was scheduled to ship to Lone Star Oct. 27.

Roman Ruler (by Fusaichi Pegasus  ) won the two-turn, 1 1/16-mile Norfolk by four lengths in a four-horse field. In his previous start, the colt encountered early trouble and was caught late by Declan's Moon. He had won the Best Pal by seven lengths in impressive fashion.

Corey Nakatani, who has ridden Roman Ruler in all four of his starts, has a return call.

Padua Stables' Proud Accolade, undefeated in three starts, is the second choice in the morning line at 5-2. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Proud Accolade (by Yes It's True  ) won the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his last start. The colt will make his first start around two turns in the 1 1/16-mile Juvenile.

John Velazquez, who has ridden Proud Accolade in all three of his starts, has the mount.

Cash is King's Afleet Alex, the 7-2 third choice in the line trained by Tim Ritchey, finished second to Proud Accolade in the Champagne. He had won his other four starts, including the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) and Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga this summer. Afleet Alex, by Northern Afleet  , also will make his first start around two turns.

Jeremy Rose, who has ridden Afleet Alex in all five of his starts, rides once again.

Sun King, who was third, beaten by less than two lengths in the Champagne, drew the rail and is listed at a generous 8-1, but trainer Nick Zito said he wasn't discouraged.

"I don't mind. He's a nice horse," Zito said. "Edgar (Prado), I'm sure, will do a nice job. I think he'll have a chance to run his race."

Longshot Wilko breaks from the far outside for jockey Frankie Dettori, who noted, "It's all right out there. At least he won't get any kick-back."

All Juvenile starters will carry 122 pounds. Here's the field, in post-position order, with jockeys:

1 Sun King Edgar Prado 8/1
2 Roman Ruler Corey Nakatani 8/5
3 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose 7/2
4 Consolidator Rafael Bejarano 8/1
5 Scandinavia Jamie Spencer 15/1
6 Proud Accolade John Velazquez 5/2
7 Twice Unbridled Victor Espinosa 50/1
8 Wilko Frankie Dettori 20/1

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