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Current Odds: 30-1 Ch. c. 3, by Red Giant - Dina Gold, by Seeking the Gold
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July 27, 2013 - Sar
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June 15, 2013 - Ind
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Dale Romans grew up on the Churchill Downs backstretch learning his trade from longtime trainer and father Jerry Romans. The Louisville, Ky native just missed winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby when Paddy O' Prado finished a game third. In 2011 he won his first Classic race when Shackleford captured the Preakness. He saddled Court Vision to an upset win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile in 2011 and captured the Breeders' Futurity with Dullahan.
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Albarado like many other jockeys got his start at a very young age riding in races at the local “bush” tracks. He has won nearly 4,200 races in his career and was the regular rider of Horse of the Year Curlin, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby before going on to win many prestigious races like the Preakness Stakes, the Stephen Foster Handicap, the Woodward, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Dubai World Cup.
John Fort caught the racing bug as a teeneager in South Carolina while watching Hall of Fame trainers Max Hirsh and Wood Stephens at a nearby training center. A top ranked polo player, Fort began Peachtree Stable in 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia as a racing partnership to buy, race and sell high level horses. Peachtree had their biggest win in the 2011 G -1 Kentucky Oaks with Plum Pretty.
Balthazar is a son of world record-setting Pletcher-trained turf star Red Giant, a horse who lived and breathed 10 furlongs on the grass. As a sophomore, Red Giant - a son of the great Giant's Causeway - impressively took the Grade II Virginia Derby before running a gallant second in the Grade I Secretariat (both at 10 furlongs), in which he was nailed at the wire by subsequent Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Shamdinan. As a 4-year-old, he set a new world record on a lightning-fast (not to take anything away from the win, itself) Santa Anita turf course in the 10-furlong Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Invitational, which earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure. Red Giant was also owned by Balthazar's owner, Peachtree Stable.
Balthazar's dam is the Seeking the Gold mare Dina Gold, a filly with strong classic dirt and turf influence through her granddam Willamae, the dam of Grade I winner Will's Way (Travers, Whitney) - one of the few horses ever to run a 126 Beyer Speed Figure. Add in French Derby winner Assert and Virginia Kraft Payson's great Irish Derby/King George winner St. Jovite as turf influences in this pedigree, and you have a horse who might not even get going until at least nine furlongs, and might even appreciate as much as 12.
Analysis by Michael Adolphson
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Chestnut was last seen when closing fast to finish second after a rough start and a wide trip in an allowance at Saratoga in late July when making his second start after a short break. Trainer Dale Romans wins with 15% of his runners in graded stakes and son of Red Giant can be running late with Robby Albarado in the irons three-year-old has not faced runners of this class before and would be a surprise.