Bourbon S. (G3) star ROGUE ROMANCE (Smarty Jones) has been taken off the Triple Crown Trail with a fracture in his left forefoot, according to a report on Runnymede Farm's website.
Trainer Ken McPeek said the chestnut colt, bred by Runnymede Farm in partnership with farm chairman Catesby W. Clay and raced by Clay, returned lame following an easy three-furlong breeze on Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park. (Photo Courtesy of Keeneland Association/Coady Photography)
X-rays were taken and sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage in Lexington, Kentucky, who diagnosed a fracture in the foot that will require two to three months of stall rest.
The fracture is not career-threatening and Rogue Romance is expected to fully recover and return to the races following rest at Scanlon Training Center in Ocala, Florida.
"This is unfortunate and the worst timing imaginable," Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O'Dowd said. "But we look forward to Rogue Romance returning to training and hopefully making it back to the Breeders' Cup this year."
Rogue Romance had quickly bounced back from a bruised hind heel detected recently and had resumed galloping 1 1/2 miles a day prior to incurring the fracture. He was preparing for the next Saturday's Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds, with the Kentucky Derby (G1) next up on the schedule.
Rogue Romance finished third in the November 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs, where the championship event will be run again this year. Winner of the Bourbon at Keeneland last October, the three-year-old finished third in the Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds on February 19, his first start of 2011. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the colt rallied after becoming rank in close quarters on the rail in the early going.
Overall, Rogue Romance has won two of five career starts and finished third twice, with his only other effort a fourth in his career debut at Saratoga last August, where he won a maiden special weight race in his second start. Rogue Romance has earned $321,150 to date.