Shamrock Rose gets a nose up in Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

November 03, 2018 12:12pm
Shamrock Rose gets a nose up in Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
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Shamrock Rose was supplemented into Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs and went off at 25-1 before closing to win the championship race. It was the fourth consecutive stakes win for the Mark Casse-trained filly and her first at the Grade 1 level.

Two weeks ago, Shamrock Rose upset Keeneland’s Lexus Raven Run (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and owners Conrad Farms decided to pay the $130,000 necessary to be a late Breeders’ Cup contender.

“Well, it’s never easy to write a check like this unless you have a lot of money, but neither here nor there, we had faith in the horse and naturally I 
listened to Mark,” owner Manfred Conrad said, “and she’s been doing so great the last four races and why not have the fun and the excitement and come here. So if it you lose, you lose. I mean it’s horse racing. That’s what it is. And I really believe the horse is not done yet, in my opinion. She’s just a great horse.”

Shamrock Rose delivered Casse his fifth Breeders’ Cup win, confirming the decision to supplement the filly.

“I said, ‘look she’s 3 and this is going to be a tall task,’ Casse said of discussing the Breeder’s Cup with Conrad, “But I said, if she stays healthy, we could do this again next year and maybe the year after and unfortunately I wish his wife Penny was here, because she is the one that has the passion. But unfortunately she’s not feeling well and she’s in Toronto. But I’m 
thinking she’s feeling a little better right now, Manfred.”

Selcourt was rushed up the rail and blazed through early fractions of 21.89 and 44.99 over Happy Like a  Fool and Miss Sunset. The three up front faded and Chalon took control in the stretch while trying to fend off the closers. 

Shamrock Rose was last early, but the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of First Dude sailed to the front under under Irad Ortiz Jr. Chalon barely held for second over Anonymity. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:23.13.

The 4-5 favorite Marley’s Freedom, trained by Bob Baffert, only got up for fourth on the outside. The 3-year-old filly won four straight races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, including the Ballerina (G1).

“You know what, she just didn’t bring her ‘A’ game,” Baffert said. “She didn’t give today. She didn’t have that punch. She was struggling all the way around there, so usually what that means is they just didn’t bring it. Unfortunately she picked a bad day not to bring it.”


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