Rubiano – While Rome Burns, by Overskate
A millionaire winner of 13 races in his spectacular racing career, Burning Roma is by Champion Sprinter Rubiano. Burning Roma was a durable runner who won or placed in a remarkable 27 stakes races at 11 different racetracks.
At age two, Burning Roma won the Futurity Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park and the Prince George Park Stakes at Laurel. At three, he won the Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park, the Tampa Bay Derby and Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, the Sir Barton Stakes and the Long Branch Breeders’ Cup Stakes, while placing in the Pegasus Handicap (G2), the Haskell Invitational Handicap (G1), the Jerome Handicap (G2) and the Federico Tesio Stakes.
Burning Roma’s winning ways continued over the next three seasons, adding the Meadowlands Cup Handicap (G2), the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup Stakes and the Red Bank Handicap (G3) at Monmouth Park, among many others. He earned $1,500,200, winning 13 of 36 and placing in 12 others.
Among his best offspring is three-time Grade I winner Sheer Drama ($1,618,840, to 5, 2016), and multiple stakes winner Little Drama, half siblings to Eclipse Champion Sprinter Big Drama. Little Drama captured the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at Calder as a juvenile and the following season took down top prize in the Philmont Stakes at Parx. Burning Roma’s other stakes winners include Burning Time, Perf and Queen Drama.
NICKING ANALYSIS by Calvin Carter
Burning Roma was Rubiano’s best runner and he is bred on the nick of the Fappiano/Mr. Prospector Ancestral Herd over the Ancestral Herd of Overskate/Nodouble-Hyperion. Rubiano’s second-best runner was Starry Dreamer who compiled a 6-11-4 record in 34 starts with $564,789 and she also was bred on the nick with the Ancestral Herd of Hyperion. To date, it appears that Burning Roma has only had one breeding to that nick and could, perhaps, benefit with more breeding to the Ancestral Herd of Hyperion.
In seven crops, Burning Roma has had four black-type winners and three black-type placers. His best male runner is Little Drama who was bred on the nick with the Ancestral Herd of Notebook-Bold Ruler. Riveting Drama, the dam of Little Drama, is also the dam of two other foals by Burning Roma Sheer Drama and Queen Drama.
The most successful nick of the Mr. Prospector Ancestral Herd has been with Ancestral Herd of Northern Dancer and Burning Roma could benefit from matings on that nick. Since 1990, the Mr. Prospector, Northern Dancer Ancestral Herd nick has produced 12 Classic Champion Thoroughbreds and three of those were Kentucky Derby winners.
Matings of Burning Roma, a sire-line descendant of the Fappiano/Mr. Prospector Ancestral Herd, would get good results with descendants from the Ancestral Herd of Hyperion which is the same nick that he is bred to. The nick of Mr. Prospector over Northern Dancer is the most successful in the American classics and Burning Roma could benefit from matings on that nick. Burning Roma has had success with mating on the Bold Ruler nick and that Ancestral Herd should be looked at when planning matings. Considering the genetic affinity of the Mr. Prospector Ancestral Herd with the Ancestral Herd of Ribot-St. Simon, Burning Roma could benefit from matings on that nick, and especially ancestors from that herd that have several strains of Fappiano in the five-generation pedigree.