|Born||Apr 17, 2018|
Winning the El Camino Real Derby and finishing in third place in the Blue Grass Stakes were signs that Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer had the pedigree for success.
John and Diane Fradkin's Rombauer was one of the leading horses on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby, cementing this view by winning the Preakness Stakes on May 15 after skipping the big race at Churchill Downs. The three-year-old Twirling Candy colt is trained by Michael McCarthy.
After winning the Preakness, Rombauer now has a career record of 3-1-1 from seven starts and earnings of $890,500. His 2021 record reads 2-0-1 from three starts.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Rombauer ended the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a total of 34 qualifying points.
The colt's first set of qualifying Kentucky Derby points came in just the second race on the Road to the Derby. He finished second in the September 26 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park. The race offered qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers.
In the American Pharoah, he broke under jockey Mike Smith and had some trouble at the start. The colt trailed the field from off the inside before closing in four-wide around the far turn.
He went three-wide into the stretch and pushed forward to cross the line in second. He was beaten by Get Her Number and trailed by Spielberg in third.
Next time out, he failed to pick up any additional Derby points when he finished fifth in the November 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland.
In that race, he broke under Javier Castellano and raced far off the pace two wide. He struggled to move up and was outrun by Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, Keepmeinmind and Jackie's Warrior in that order.
Rombauer's second largest number of qualifying points came when he won the February 13 El Camino Real Derby, which also offered a 10-4-2-1 scale of points to the top four finishers.
He broke under Kyle Frey (pictured) this time out and trailed to the second turn. At that point, he swung out wide and rallied forward, closing steadily and outrunning Javanica for first. The third-place spot was taken by Governor's Party.
With that victory, Rombauer brought his Kentucky Derby points total up to 14.
Rombauer's next set of points came in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 3, where he picked up 20 for finishing third. He was over five lengths behind the top two - Essential Quality and Highly Motivated. This saw him initially be on the cusp of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, but withdrawals pushed him over the line.
Rombauer skipped the Kentucky Derby, instead focusing on the Preakness Stakes, which turned out to be a good move as the 12/1 shot secured the win, finishing two lengths ahead of runner-up Midnight Bourbon.
Prior to his first run in a Road to the Kentucky Derby event, Rombauer finished sixth in the September 7 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes at Del Mar. In that event, he broke under Juan Hernandez and was bumped leaving the gate. He was never able to get ahead of the winner, Big Fish, who was followed home by Ebeko in second and Ambivalent in third.
In his debut race, Rombauer ran to victory in a maiden special weight event at Del Mar on July 25. He settled inside before angling three-wide into the stretch. He moved up late from the outside and pushed forward in the closing moments to cross the wire first ahead of Dyn O Mite in second and Flint Stroll in third.
Rombauer is trained by Michael McCarthy, a multiple graded stakes-winning trainer. His career record includes more than 175 wins. He has total earnings above $19million.
McCarthy is having a strong 2021 campaign with more than 70 on-the-board finishes from 130-plus outings.
Some of the trainer's biggest moments include City of Light winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and Vibrance finishing third in that year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. He ranked 29th by earnings in 2020.
Besides Rombauer, McCarthy has been responsible for names like Ce Ce, City of Light, Axelrod, Smooth Like Strait and Independence Hall. He hopes that Rombauer will provide him with his first-ever Triple Crown racing victory.
Rombauer is owned by John Fradkin and Diane Fradkin. The ownership has not been around for that long but their earnings sit above $1million following the Preakness success.
The ownership's top horse is undoubtedly Rombauer, but they are also responsible for names like Cono, Marino's Star, Roxy and Letthepartybegin. Just like trainer Michael McCarthy, the owners are looking for their first Kentucky Derby win.
Rombauer has been guided by multiple different jockeys in his career, but his regular rider is tagged as Kyle Frey. The multiple graded stakes-winning jockey has won over 900 races, with career earnings above $18.5million. Frey won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2011.
However, for the Preakness Stakes, Rombauer was ridden by Flavien Prat. The jockey has over 1,000 wins from 5,000 starts and total earnings in excess of $82million. As well as winning the Preakness, he also secured victory in the 2019 Kentucky Derby with Country House.
Rombauer is a three-year-old colt from Twirling Candy and Cashmere by Cowboy Cal.
Twirling Candy is a leading sire in the United States. The Kentucky-bred son of Candy Ride is owned by the Craig Family Trust, William Farish and Martin Wygod.
He was trained by John Sadler and retired with a career record of 7-1-1 from 11 starts and earnings of $944,900. Some of his most prominent victories include the 2011 Californian Stakes (G2), 2011 Strub Stakes (G2), 2010 Malibu Stakes (G1) and 2010 Del Mar Derby (G2).
Twirling Candy's other leading progeny includes Dream Shake, Exaulted, Bob and Jackie, Nottoway, Gear Jockey and Candy Flower.
The Kentucky-bred Cashmere is a mare from Cowboy Cal. She was also bred by John and Diane Fradkin and never had a racing career.
Cowboy Cal, also bred in Kentucky, was a son of Giant's Causeway and owned by Robert and Janice McNair. During his racing career, he was trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher.
Cowboy Cal retired with a career record of 7-5-2 from 19 starts and earnings of more than $1million. His performances included victories in the Oak Tree Mile Stakes (G2), Strub Stakes (G2), San Pasqual Handicap (G2) and Tropical Park Derby (G3) during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
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