In a race switched from turf to Cushion Track, Romp won a head bob from pacesetter Worth Repeating, who had a seven length advantage with a quarter of a mile to run, to end a long dry spell.
Before Thursday, Romp’s last win had come at the same distance (1 ¼ miles) over the same surface in an optional claimer on Nov. 27, 2008.
Dispatched at 12-1, Romp, who was ridden by Alonso Quinonez, paid $27.40 and $18. There was no show wagering. Worth Repeating, who had been off the board in two earlier tries on the main track, returned $10.
Owned by Sisters in Racing and Jeff Siskin, Romp, who had finished eighth in his two most recent outings on the grass at Saratoga, earned his fourth win in 41 starts. He’s 2-for-4 over synthetic.
Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Romp, who was bred in Argentina by John Behrendt, increased his earnings to $221,463. The final time was 2:04.62.
The disappointment in the race was Where’s the Remote. Under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, the 4-year-old California bred gelding was a distant third as the 2-5 favorite.
His effort led to the inflated place prices. Of the $28,999 wagered to place in the race, $22,073 was on Where’s the Remote, who finished 7 ¼ lengths behind Worth Repeating. Falcon Rock trailed.
The win was the first of two for Mulhall. She also took the fifth with Hot Affair, meaning she has won with five of seven starters at the meet.
Racing resumes Friday evening. Post time is 7:05 p.m.
After the final race is official – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Iration will begin at the North Park Lawn.