Darley entry factors in Curlin victory
It appeared that Darley’s Transparent had won Friday’ s 1 1/8-mile Curlin Stakes by 2-lengths at Saratoga Race Course, but an infraction during the contest would change the result.
The Florida-bred son of Bernardini had bothered fifth place finisher Proud Strike earlier in the race, bumping on the far turn, clipping heels and causing the son of Smart Strike to stumble as the Steve Asmussen charge was forced to check after the interference. Transparent’s number was taken down after a steward’s inquiry regarding the incident, and Transparent was disqualified from first to fifth. Proud Strike’s jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. had lodged an objection claiming foul after the indiscretion. Romansh, the other half of the Darley entry, and another son of Bernardini, who had overcome a difficult start, stumbling after breaking from the gate, was declared the victor of the contest. Tom Albertrani conditions Romansh and Kiaran McLaughlin trains Transparent. Jockey Junior Alvarado was up on the winner. The entry went off as the post time favorite at odds of 7/5.
Romansh like Transparent was purchased at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton August Yearling Sale, and both colts were broken and trained by Tim Jones in Aiken. Romansh won his last start, breaking his maiden in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race by 5 1/2-lengths on May 25, over an off track at Belmont Park.