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Monday, May 21, 2012

Rogue Romance An Easy Winner of Sunday Feature

LOUISVILLE, KY (Sunday, May 20, 2012) - Catesby Clay's Rogue Romance took the lead from pacesetter Achaemenes at the eighth pole and increased his advantage from there to win the $59,522 Sunday afternoon allowance feature at Churchill Downs by a widening five lengths.

Rogue Romance, winner of the Bourbon (GIII) on the turf at Keeneland in his juvenile season, rated in third behind Achaemenes and Westshore through opening fractions of :23.66 and :47.92 and then moved into second ahead of Westshore soon after passing the half-mile pole. A 4-year-old chestnut son of Smarty Jones, Rogue Romance drew even with Achaemenes at the top of the stretch and that rival proved no match for the 2-5 favorite as Rogue Romance kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile.

Trained by Ken McPeek, Rogue Romance covered the 1 1/16 miles over a fast main track in 1:42.75 under Manny Cruz.

The victory improved the record of Rogue Romance to 4-0-2 from eight lifetime starts and his earnings increased to $396,045 with Sunday's check of $36,360.

Rogue Romance returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Achaemenes, ridden by Miguel Mena, returned $5 and $3.20 with Westshore, ridden by Calvin Borel, finishing another half-length back in third and returning $3.20 to show.

Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program that includes a Super Hi-5 carryover of $8,089. Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Super Hi-5 will take place on Race 9 at 4:59 p.m.

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