Romans Might Try Quick Wit in Travers
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Quick Wit won the off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on Aug. 10.
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Quick Wit, who won the off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame  (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 10, remains an outside possibility for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.

By Sharp Humor, Quick Wit races for Michael J. Bruder.

"We’re thinking about it, and we’ll see how the race comes together," said trainer Dale Romans. "If it comes up light, I don’t have a problem with it. If it’s a short field and Alpha is the horse to beat, I'll go. (If it's a big field), probably not, because it changes the complexion of getting a check."

Alpha, who won the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga July 28, figures to be one of the favorites.

Nonios, runner-up to Paynter   in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) for owner Green B. Smith Jr., likely would arrive Aug. 21 from California for the Travers. Nonios, a grade III-winning Pleasantly Perfect   colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, is 3-2-1 from six starts, all in 2012.

"He’ll breeze one more time out at Del Mar,"  said assistant Christina Jelm.

Trainer Nick Zito said he was thinking about running Fast Falcon, most recently seventh in the Jim Dandy, back in the Travers. The Awesome Again   colt owned by Richard C. Pell finished second in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) June 30 and the Easy Goer Stakes, both at Belmont Park.

"It's an outside shot right now; I’m looking at it," Zito said. "I’m pretty positive right now."

Zito has run 26 horses in the Travers, winning the race in 2004 with Birdstone  , upset winner over Smarty Jones  , and finishing second five times and third three times.
 

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