Trained by Tom Albertrani for Godolphin Racing, Romansh shadowed the early pace set by Percussion.
When jockey Jose Ortiz asked his mount for run around the far turn, the colt responded by promptly overtaking the pacesetter to open up a narrow advantage entering the stretch, but was soon confronted by a surging Long River.
At the eighth pole, it appeared Long River was poised to draw off to victory, but Romansh was resolute along the inside, battling his stablemate all the way to the wire to prevail by a neck.
“[When Long River] came to him, I was just happy to be second to his entrymate,” said Albertrani. “When I saw him coming back on again that made it even sweeter.”
The Godolphin-owned colt commenced his 4-year-old year with an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park that left his connections perplexed.
On Saturday, he left little doubt he had reclaimed the form he displayed when taking the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap by 9 ¼ lengths last fall at the Big A.
“I was just hoping he’d redeem himself,” said Albertrani. “His last race was so confusing.”
The victory, Romansh’s third stakes win, is certainly something his connections hope he can build off of.
The son of Bernardini boosted his career bankroll to $373,580. His record now stands at 5-2-0 through 10 starts.
Ticket info for 2014 Belmont
Tickets to the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, will be available for purchase beginning March 31.
Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 7, is the second richest day of racing on the North American racing calendar, featuring a 13-race card worth $8 million, including 10 stakes races.
New for 2014 is the reduction in price of hundreds of second-floor grandstand seats - from $120 to $95.
Many other prices remain at 2013 levels, including Grandstand admission, which will again be $10, and a large selection of third-floor upper-tier reserved seats where prices will again range from $20 to $65, including admission. In all, nearly 30 percent of reserved seats on Belmont Stakes Day will be equal to or lower than last year’s prices.
The remaining third floor seats in the clubhouse and grandstand will have modest increases of $10-$20 each. Clubhouse admission for June 7 will rise from $20 to $30, the first increase in admission prices for the “Test of the Champion” since 2005.