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Grade 1 day
for Roman Ruler

ROMAN Ruler became the latest US-based first-crop stallion to sire a Grade 1 winner in the northern hemisphere when Homeboykris scored a comfortable win in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday.

Victory in the race earned the Richard Dutrow-trained gelding an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita later this month.

On the same afternoon at Keeneland, another member of the stallion's first crop, Roman Invasion, ran third in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity on the Polytrack.

A highly regarded two-year-old himself, Roman Ruler lived up to expectations by winning the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes and Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes before taking the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational the following year. The son of Fusaichi Pegasus also ran third in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.

Roman Ruler retired following his three-year-old career to stand alongside his brother, El Corredor, at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Kentucky. He stood the past season for $20,000.

Roman Ruler is the fourth US freshman stallion to sire a Group/Grade 1 winner this season following Pollard's Vision, Afleet Alex and Powerscourt.





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