Concrete Rose 'perfect so far' as Arnold mulls 2020 race spots

November 12, 2019 10:40am

Trainer Rusty Arnold says Concrete Rose, the nation’s best 3-year-old filly on turf, has been “perfect so far” since sidelined with a hairline fracture in her leg late this summer.

She is scheduled to rejoin his string on Dec. 1, only days before Arnold ships his horses to the Palm Meadows training center in Florida.

Veterinarians are scheduled to this week take X-rays and reaffirm that news about a daughter of Twirling Candy who won the first two legs of New York’s “Turf Tiara,” the Belmont Oaks (G1) and Saratoga Oaks, before heading to the sidelines for the rest of the season.

As far as 4-year-old targets for Concrete Rose, “I’ve got in my mind what’s going to happen,” Arnold said. “She’ll either come back at March in a race there (in Florida), or we’ll being her back in April at Keeneland.”

Arnold would also like to see Concrete Rose run on Kentucky Derby weekend, likely meaning a try at the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2).

“We’re Churchill and Keeneland people, so that’s where we’re going to run,” the trainer added.

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Campaigned by Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing, Concrete Rose has won 6 of 7 career starts, including all four of her races this season. She started out in Tampa Bay Downs’ Florida Oaks (G3) before tacking Churchill’s Edgewood Stakes (G3) on Derby weekend.

In the Edgewood, Concrete Rose soundly defeated Newspaperofrecord, the only rival that beat her at age 2 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. After her two Turf Tiara outings, Arnold “wasn’t extremely happy with the way she was going,” and after a trio of examinations, doctors found a “very faint line” of a fracture.

Concrete Rose did not require surgery.

Arnold also said his 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runners, 4-year-olds Leinster (seventh) and Totally Boss (10th), are headed to the farm for a freshening this winter. So too is Gear Jockey, a maiden who ran third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

“He did not outrun our expectations at all. We think very highly of him, and after I’ve watched the race a few times, I’m not sure he couldn’t have been second the way the race was run. There’s several other people who probably thought the same thing. There were some rough trips.

“We’re very, very high on this horse. He’s showed us a lot from day one, and he actually ran to his expectations.”

Before the Breeders’ Cup, Gear Jockey was third in Keeneland’s Bourbon Stakes (G3) and competed in a pair of maiden special weight flights at Saratoga on dirt and turf.


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