Promises Fulfilled

Promises Fulfilled is no stranger to the winner’s circle, with 7 victories from 16 races. 

He first distinguished himself by winning three of his first four career starts, including his debut and the 2018 Fountain of Youth Stakes. Lackluster finishes in the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby overshadowed this early success. 

The chestnut colt, however, reclaimed his previous form and went on to have a blockbuster second half of the year, with three consecutive victories in graded stakes at Saratoga and Keeneland. He closed out 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. 

Promises Fulfilled was winless in his first three starts in 2019, but snapped this slump decisively with a 4 ½-length gate-to-wire romp in the John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park July 6, earning the 4-year-old a Breeders’ Cup Challenge expenses-paid return trip to the Sprint. 

Jockey Luis Saez said he still had a lot of horse at the end of the Nerud. 

"I think he's 100 percent,” Saez said. “He feels way better than he did in his last races.”

Saez consistently ranks in the top ten North American jockeys by earnings, but he is looking for his first Breeders’ Cup win. 

The victory in the Nerud brought the horse’s total earnings to $1,437,280. Conditioner Dale Romans, who won the 2012 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer, purchased Promises Fulfilled for the bargain price of $37,000 from the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. 

He is the most successful horse run in owner Robert J. Baron’s silks. Baron is in commercial construction and diversified into utilities, real estate and auto dealerships. He sold half of his prize horse to WinStar Farm, a leading Thoroughbred breeding farm located Versailles, KY, prior to his most recent start in the Grade 1 Forego Aug. 24 at Saratoga and Promises Fulfilled will retire here after his racing career is over. 

Promises Fulfilled is the son of Shackleford, who was also trained by Romans. Shackleford won the 2011 Preakness Stakes and placed second in that year’s running of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Romans has three Breeders’ Cup wins.

"He's a lot kinder than Shackleford was," Romans said. “Shackleford was one of a kind. He was a great and smart horse. This one is smart, too, but he's nicer.”

Lifetime Stats

Challenge Series Races Won
2019 John A. Nerud
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

October 04, 2019Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S.KEENELAND26
August 24, 2019Forego S. Presented by Encore Boston HarborSARATOGA16
July 06, 2019John A. Nerud S.BELMONT PARK21
June 08, 2019Runhappy Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK14
May 04, 2019Churchill Downs S. presented by Twinspires.comCHURCHILL DOWNS13
March 30, 2019Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf NewsMEYDAN RACECOURSE14
November 03, 2018TwinSpires Breeders' Cup SprintCHURCHILL DOWNS14
October 05, 2018Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S.KEENELAND21
August 25, 2018H. Allen Jerkens S. Presented by RunhappySARATOGA11
July 28, 2018Amsterdam S.SARATOGA31
June 09, 2018Woody Stephens S. Presented by Mohegan SunBELMONT PARK23
May 05, 2018Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford ReserveCHURCHILL DOWNS115
March 31, 2018Xpressbet Florida DerbyGULFSTREAM PARK19
March 03, 2018Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S.GULFSTREAM PARK21
November 25, 2017Kentucky Jockey Club S.CHURCHILL DOWNS23
October 13, 2017 KEENELAND 1
September 17, 2017 CHURCHILL DOWNS 1

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