Kentucky Derby: Is the Time Right for Dennis’ Moment?

“He’s just a good horse,” he said. “He’s only going to improve.”

Dennis’ Moment hasn’t raced since stumbling badly at the start of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 and finishing last after going to the gate as the 4-5 favorite. He earned favoritism over Eight Rings by virtue of a 19 1/4-length maiden victory at Ellis Park on July 27.

The son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow followed up that monster victory with a 1 3/4-length win in the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 14, prompting some to believe he was a potential star. He’s been working well for his return, according to trainer Dale Romans.

“He hasn’t missed a beat. His progression has been great,” Romans told Gulfstream Park publicists.

Romans hasn’t lost any confidence in his colt, whose return is being highly anticipated in South Florida.

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