Arnold: 'We'll probably' run Concrete Rose in Jockey Club Oaks

NYRA Press Office
August 04, 2019 09:10am
Arnold: 'We'll probably' run Concrete Rose in Jockey Club Oaks
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Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing's Concrete Rose emerged from her dominant victory in Friday's Saratoga Oaks Invitational in fine fettle and will train at Saratoga Race Course for a possible start in the Jockey Club Oaks on Sept. 7, trainer Rusty Arnold said Saturday.

Also a winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July, Concrete Rose could sweep the inaugural Turf Tiara series for 3-year-old fillies if she runs in the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks, which will be contested over 1 ? miles at Belmont Park.

Also under consideration is the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on Oct. 12 at Keeneland.

"We'll probably run at Belmont," Arnold said. "If she's good, she'll probably run (in the Jockey Club Oaks), now that we have thought things over, as long as we don't have any kind of issues."

Concrete Rose won the 1 ¼-mile Belmont Oaks by 2 ¾ lengths before adding a 4 ¾-length front-running score in the 1 3/16-mile Saratoga Oaks.

She has won six of seven starts, including triumphs in the Jessamine (G2) and Florida Oaks (G3).

"With the way she has run, I don't think (1 3/8 miles) will be a problem," Arnold said. "Let's face it, I don't think you know until you do it, and I don't think anybody knows, but it looks like after the way she ran we wouldn't have an issue trying it, especially if she can get another easy lead.

“The fact the (Queen Elizabeth is a Grade 1) would factor more into our decision if she wasn't already a Grade 1 winner, but we're going to take her where she fits best, and the grading probably won't matter."

Arnold added that G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.'s 
Morticia is on target to make her next start in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy, a 5 ½-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares Aug. 17.

Morticia, a seven-time stakes winner, dead-heated for third in her most recent outing, the Caress on July 21 at Saratoga.

Both Concrete Rose and Morticia are daughters of Twirling Candy.

"They've been good to me," Arnold said. "They're nothing alike, but they have both been good to us."


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