Rose to Gold Sparkles in the Fantasy

Rose to Gold Fantasy
Boy, whoever let Rose to Gold go for $1,400 must be feeling robbed right about now. The filly was purchased for that measly sum in the Fasig Tipton sale in February of 2011 by Kathleen Amaya, Alex Centofanti, and Raffaele Centofanti. They placed her in the Ocala Breeders’ Sale later that year but decided to keep the filly after she didn’t meet her reserve price. You can rest assured that they are now happy she didn’t.
Rose to Gold hit the track running back in August, quickly reeling off back-to-back stakes wins at Calder in which she romped home much the best by a margin of at least 13 lengths each time. A disappointing effort in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes on Keeneland’s all weather track did not deter trainer Sal Santoro. Instead, he shipped the filly out to Delta Downs where she remained undefeated on the dirt by taking the G3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes and earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks in the process.
A second place finish in the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn gave the Friends Lake filly four more Kentucky Oaks points and even more reason to continue on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. With a match-up with the highly regarded Flashy Gray in the Honeybee looming, Rose to Gold received a jockey change for the third time in her career, this time getting Mr. Derby himself, Calvin Borel. Having Borel in the irons proved to be magic. A quick break in the Honeybee put Rose to Gold on the lead, a place she was in no danger of losing after easily turning away Flashy Gray’s challenge.
Forecasts of rain for the G3 Fantasy Stakes did little to dampen the high spirits in Camp Rose to Gold. The filly broke her maiden on a sloppy track at Calder and today proved that win in the mud was no fluke. With Borel back aboard, Rose to Gold again went straight to the lead. She easily repelled Manuka Honey turning for home and splashed home an easy winner by 4 ½ lengths.
With the winner’s share of the Fantasy purse, Rose to Gold has pushed her career earnings up to $717,889, quite an impressive amount for a $1,400 purchase. Talk about a bargain! Despite her record, Rose to Gold will likely be at fair odds come May. With the likes of Dreaming of Julia, Live Lively, Unlimited Budget, Midnight Lucky, Beholder, Emollient, and Close Hatches all being pointed toward the Oaks, Rose to Gold is not likely to take a whole heap of money at the windows.
When originally asked what odds could be expected on the filly come May, I answered about 7-1. But further thinking made me realize that I was perhaps overestimating the hunch bet and Borel angles. Don’t get me wrong. Many people will likely bet Rose to Gold based on her feel good story or the fact that she will have Borel back in the irons at Churchill Downs, but just as many will look at her past performances and pass based on her slow final times or lack of competition. As for me, I love a feel good story, I wouldn’t bet against Borel at Churchill Downs, and I just flat out love this chestnut filly. 


What the Nation is saying about Rose to Gold Sparkles in the Fantasy...

I don't know Ashley. This group's "equality" sets-up for some great racing. Perhaps like the 80s.
2013--Another year filed with exciting fillies and mares!
Anyone else thinking that the Oaks is looking stronger than the Derby?
The Oaks is shaking up to be a nice one with Dreaming of Julia, Unlimited Budget, Beholder, Midnight Lucky, Emollient, Close Hatches, and Rose to Gold (in no particular order, just being amazed by the talent here). Would've loved to have seen a couple of these gals try the derby!
Very impressive looking like Weekend Surprise
There is just something about Borel in her irons and her story that make it all seem very possible for me. I am rooting for this filly all the way.
How can you not like this one? Talk about rags to riches!


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Meet Ashley Tamulonis

Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.