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.
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.