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.”
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- October 2, 2019
A large field of 11 sprinters will try to pick up a major win at Keeneland on Friday in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G1). The event is one of two major stakes highlighting a 10-race Opening Day card.
- August 23, 2019
A colt that Robert Baron had purchased for $37,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale was nearing his debut late last summer and he needed a name. It just so happened that Baron and his wife, Debbie, celebrate their wedding anniversary on Aug. 18.