With 10 weeks rest and a real nice breeze just 10
days ago (five furlongs in 1:01), trainer Jane Cibelli has Rose Brier
ready for his first graded stakes try when he breaks from post nine in
Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank Stakes at
a flat mile on turf.
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
“He’s clearly on the improve,” said Cibelli, who
trains the 5-year-old gelding for Panic Stable LLC. “His last several
have been really good and it’s time
to take a shot with him.”
Those last several include two straight trips to the
winner’s circle, including his most recent when he topped Hey Leroy,
who’s the 5/2 favorite in Saturday’s
Grade 2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico.
“He was farther back that I thought he would be in
that race,” Cibelli said. “But the pace was real fast and Rosario
(jockey Joel) timed everything right.
He’s such a great rider.”
That fast pace included six furlongs in 1:08 flat
before coming home in 1:32 4/5 for the mile. In that starter optional
claimer, Rose Brier was nearly 20
lengths off the early pace before closing to within five at the head of
the stretch and hitting the wire just over a length in front.
From 10 starts on turf, the son of Mizzen Mast from
the El Gran Senor mare Mexicali Rose, sports a record of four wins and
four seconds. Of that record
one of those wins was a maiden breaking score here last August.
As for strategy in the Red Bank, “We’ll take back,
that’s where he does his best,” Cibelli said. “He likes to put himself
in the race early, but he does
his best when coming from behind.”
Jockey Abel Castellano, Jr., who won three on last Saturday’s Opening Day card, has the call aboard Rose Brier.
The Red Bank, first of 17 graded stakes this season at Monmouth, goes as race 11 on a 12-race program.
EARLY OPENING SATURDAY FOR PREAKNESS STAKES SIMULAST
Gates will open at 10:15 a.m. this Saturday with the first simulcast race from Pimlico slated for 10:45 a.m. as
Monmouth Park will beam-in all the racing action from
Baltimore, including the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes and California Chrome’s attempt for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Park’s live program gets underway at 12:50 p.m. with the Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank Stakes highlighting the Saturday card.
JERSEY SHORE SIX CARRYOVER
OF $3,558 FOR SATURDAY’S CARD
With no lone ticket selecting all winners of
Sunday’s Jersey Shore Six, the carryover sits at $3,558 for this
Jersey Shore Six, comprising races six through 11, has a 10-cent base
wager. To win the jackpot, a ticket must have the winner of those six
races and be the only one to have done so. If more than one person has
a winning ticket, they split 60% of the net pool with 40% going to the
Gates open at
Park this Saturday at 10:15 a.m., with the first live race slated for 12:50 p.m.