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Horse Profile: Promises Fulfilled
Promises Fulfilled looks to have potential to make a mark on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, though he has a lot to learn.
The son of Shackleford has showed great speed and ability to date, but he didn’t race as genuinely as he could have in his first stakes race. There may also be a question mark about his stamina.
Foaled on May 11, 2015 in Kentucky, Promises Fulfilled was bred by David Jacobs. Consigned by Select Sales at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale, Promises Fulfilled was bought by Dale Romans for the relative bargain price of $37,000. Trained by Romans for owner Robert J. Baron, the colt had already repaid his purchase price by the end of his juvenile career with earnings of $89,200.
Promises Fulfilled began his career in a six-furlong maiden at Churchill Downs in September, leading most of the way to win by four lengths. He then used similar tactics in a seven-furlong allowance at Keeneland to win by a neck.
Trainer Dale Romans stepped Promises Fulfilled up in distance and class for his next start, the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in November. Again going to the front, he fought well in the stretch to yield only to Enticed and Tiz Mischief, a stablemate of his.
He may have had more to give in the stretch but for giving jockey Alex Canchari a tough time going as the rider tried to guide him round the turns and stop him from running off. His team will be looking to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
Promises Fulfilled is from the second crop of Shackleford (Forestry), whose wins included the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes (G1), one-mile Metropolitan Handicap (G1), and the 1 1/8-mile Clark Handicap (G1) in his career. He probably found anything from 1 ¼ miles up a little difficult; after finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby, fifth in the Belmont Stakes, and eighth in the Travers Stakes, he didn’t tackle more than 1 1/8 miles again.
His progeny to date include Malagacy, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Rebel Stakes (G2), and the juvenile graded stakes winners Wellabled and Dream It Is.
Promises Fulfilled’s dam is Marquee Delivery (Marquetry), stakes-placed in the one-mile Gardenia Handicap (G3) and the 1 1/8-mile Arlington Oaks (G3). Her dam Fast Delivery (Little Missouri) twice won the 1 1/16-mile My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park.
With his front-running style, Promises Fulfilled gives his backers a great sight, but it remains to be seen if he has the stamina to stay 1 ¼ miles on the First Saturday in May. But he does have talent, and he should be followed closely in the Derby prep races.
Photo: Promises Fulfilled, #7 on rail, finished third in the Kentucky Jockey Club S.