had only one mount this
afternoon but he made the most of it when he drove Hope In Your Rope to a 3/4
length victory in today’s finale at Laurel Park.
The win was the first for Rose since returning several days
ago after missing three months of action. The 34-year old, long a fixture on
the Maryland and Delaware circuits, is most famous for his ride in the 2005
Preakness Stakes when he prevented Afleet Alex from falling after clipping heels,
then righting him and driving to victory. In 2001, Rose won the Eclipse Award
for outstanding apprentice rider.
“I’m fit. I’m feeling good. How did I look out there?” said
Rose with a big smile on his face after he dismounted in the winners’ circle.
Trainer Hamilton Smith saddled Hope In Your Rope, who was
breaking his maiden in his fourth lifetime start. The son of Yes It’s True paid