Rogue Romance is on his way back!

rogue-romanceROGUE ROMANCE, the most accomplished juvenile runner for SMARTY JONES when he captured the Gr. 3 Bourbon S. and was third in the Gr. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile S. in 2010, returned after more than a year off to dazzle in a one-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 31.

The chestnut 4-year-old, who was last seen when third in the Risen Star S.-G2 at Fair Grounds in February 2011, stalked the pace, gained the lead at the eighth pole, and drew off to win by three lengths over a field that included graded winners Gourmet Dinner and Watch Me Go.

A promising Triple Crown contender a year ago, the Catesby W. Clay-owned, Ken McPeek-trained colt broke a wing bone in his foot while galloping in preparations for the Louisiana Derby. The fracture took six months to heal, said McPeek, who added ROGUE ROMANCE will now be pointed to Keeneland’s Gr. 3 Ben Ali H. (at a mile and an eighth) on April 22.

The Kentucky-bred ROGUE ROMANCE (out of Lovington, by Afleet) has three wins (at Saratoga, Keeneland and Gulfstream Park) in six lifetime starts, was third twice, and has amassed $358,185. He is one of SMARTY JONES’s six graded winners in the champion’s first four crops.