Donegal Racing's Keen Ice has been transferred from trainer Dale Romans to the barn of Todd Pletcher, the Daily Racing Form announced on Tuesday afternoon. The 4-year-old son of Curlin is the only horse to have bested Triple Crown victor American Pharoah last year, but hasn't posted a win since that upset victory in the Travers. Keen Ice was most recently eighth in the Dubai World Cup.
“I know this seems like a bigger deal to some people than it does to us,” said owner Jerry Crawford. “We do this quite often, move horses from one trainer to another. I know trainers don't like it oftentimes, but anytime you have an athlete in a slump it's best to give that athlete a shot at a different system and see if that leads to a different result.”
Crawford would like to rest Keen Ice and bring him back in time for the summer meet at Saratoga, though he says it is “premature” to be thinking of any specific long-term plans. The owner also insists that he and Romans remain close friends despite the move.
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