Rose to Gold has more than paid back her $1,400
purchase price for owners Alex Centofanti and his wife, Kathy Amaya, and
their son Raffaele of Miami Lakes, Florida. Trained by Sal Santoro, who
is based at Calder Race Course, the 2-year-old Friends Lake filly
opened her career with a 13-length win in the one-mile Lindsey Frolic on
August 25 and returned to win the Brave Raj on September 15 over one
mile and 70 yards by 13½ lengths.
Now Rose to Gold is taking on Friday’s $400,000 Darley Alcibiades
(G1) at 1 1/16 miles. Santoro is thrilled with how the filly has been
training on the Polytrack since she arrived last Wednesday. On Sunday,
she did a two-minute lick for a mile and a half.
“She’s the kind of filly that doesn’t really care about anything,”
Santoro said. “She’ll train on a muddy track, a fast track, a slow
track. Both of her races were on off tracks. It just didn’t faze her. I
figured she’s gotta love this Poly and she does. She bounces around out
there; she’s happy. We’re pleased that she likes it. We’ll find out on
Friday how much she really likes it.”
Santoro, the private trainer for Centofanti and Amaya, is originally
from New York and formerly had a breaking and training operation on Long
Island. After relocating to Florida several years ago, he met
Centofanti about two years ago through their mutual love of
Harley-Davidsons. He now has about 20 horses for the owners at Calder.
Among them is Musical Flair, who came to Keeneland a year ago to race in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1). The colt finished 11th in the race, but was found to have an entrapped epiglottis for which he underwent surgery.
Musical Flair remains at Calder, where he is expected for the
Tropical Park Derby on October 13. Santoro’s five horses at Keeneland
include More Than Speed, who is being pointed at the Buffalo Trace Franklin County on October 11, and Fine Silver, who is training for the Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on October 19.