Belmont Oaks a question of distance for Concrete Rose

NYRA Press Office
June 17, 2019 10:19am
Concrete Rose appeared to come out of her Sunday morning breeze at Keeneland in good order and remains on target for the Grade 1, $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational as part of the Stars & Stripes Festival on July 6 at Belmont Park, trainer Rusty Arnold said.

Owned by Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing, Concrete Rose, with regular jockey Julien Leparoux aboard, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on the turf track in Kentucky in her fourth breeze since winning the Edgewood (G3) on May 3 at Churchill Downs.
 

"She's cooling out good and the work was good. Julien came down to work her," Arnold said. "The
 Belmont Oaks is the plan. We circled that after she ran last time and it's been the plan all along and that's where we're headed.

"That's the plan, if we get invited. It's an invitational, so we have to make sure we get invited."
 

The
 Belmont Oaks kicks off NYRA's newly minted Turf Tiara series for 3-year-old fillies. 

Concrete Rose has four victories in five career starts, winning her debut on August 20 at Saratoga before posting a three-length score in the Jessamine (G2) on October 10 at Keeneland. After ending her 2-year-old campaign with an eighth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November at Churchill, Concrete Rose came off a four-month break to win the Florida Oaks (G3) by a half-length over Blowout before her 3 3/4-length win over formidable contender Newspaperofrecord in the Edgewood, earning her a personal-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure.

"It's a huge purse for 3-year-old fillies," Arnold said. "We probably ran in the biggest filly race up to this time and it was $250,000, so now you're dealing with something that's three times that size. But you have to be able to step up and get that distance and we're hoping we can do that."

The
 Belmont Oaks will mark Concrete Rose's first start at 1 1/4 miles. She is 3-for-3 running at 1 1/16 miles -- all of those graded stakes victories -- and has won twice on firm ground and twice on turf labeled good overall. Her four wins have come at different tracks.

"A mile and a quarter is a lot different than a mile and a sixteenth, but she has a lot of stamina on her dam side. She's out of a Powerscourt mare [Solerina], and he won the Arlington Million [in 2005]. So, she's built like a horse who can get the distance and she trains like one who will get it. You never know until you do it, but we're cautiously optimistic that it won't be a problem for her."

Arnold said Concrete Rose is comfortable shipping. She is slated to arrive at
 Belmont on July 3.

"She's won at Saratoga, Keeneland, Churchill and Tampa. She doesn't need a certain racetrack, and now she'll try
 Belmont," Arnold said. "She'll be there three days before she runs, so she'll try and settle in. But she has a really good mind on her. She's usually not a problem."

 

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