Looking for 'Fire to be doused in the Jerome
While respecting the accomplished three-year-old, I think it's a nice time to try and take down the colt who surely won't be fully cranked for his sophomore bow. He shows just a trio of morning drills in advance of this race while coming off of a cross-country voyage and a two-month layoff. The time could be right to go against him.
SEVEN TRUMPETS was heavily backed at first asking at Ellis Park and ran a dud, finishing fifth while being defeated by a sizable 20 lengths. Trainer Dale Romans said, "He ran too bad to be believed first time out. I was shocked to see him get beat 20 lengths."
The $205,000 son of Morning Line came out of that race with a reported tender shin and made his next run following the more than three-month absence at Churchill Downs in late October. Tracking a solid pace in a big field, the Kentucky-bred took command in early stretch and strode home a sharp 3 1/2-length maiden victor while registering a fine 93 BRIS Speed figure.
Coming back in a month, the dark bay faced a nice allowance field and came out on top once again to make it two in succession, toppling stakes winner Battle Station with a determined late run after gaining an edge in mid-stretch. "I've touted this horse since he arrived at my barn," Romans stated.
Seven Trumpets draws into a Jerome field that lacks depth overall, and is well drawn in the 2 post for his seasonal debut. The OBS spring purchase has the pedigree and running style to thrive going a one-turn mile, and I think that Paco Lopez taking the reins is big positive.
The Romans charge also has natural early foot and lands in a cast without an abundance of pace. I wouldn't be shocked to see this colt on the front end with a heady break from the gate from this post draw.
While I am not sure how far Trumpets will ultimately want to run, this spot looks ideal for the lightly raced colt at a price. I tab Seven Trumpets to extinguish the 'Fire' on Saturday.