In Saturday’s Churchill Downs media notes, trainer Dale Romans gave some insight into how the decision was made to run Medal Count in the Belmont Stakes.
Medal Count, eighth after a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby, was confirmed for the race earlier this week after Romans talked with Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes.
“I knew we were meeting Tuesday at Cracker Barrel,” Romans said. “I was thinking of all the reasons I wanted to run him in the Belmont and why it would work. (Hughes) is one of the most intimidating men in the game. I walked in and sat down at the table with my stuff ready to go and he said, ‘When are we shipping?’ I said, ‘Do you want to run there?’ He said, ‘Do you?’ I said ‘Yes’ and he said ‘Run.’ Then we had eggs and talked about economics!”
Medal Count, who will have Robby Albarado aboard for the Belmont, ships to New York Thursday. He worked six furlongs in 1:10.60 at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.