Star turf filly Concrete Rose sidelined, but back at 4

August 18, 2019 12:26pm

Leading 3-year-old turf filly Concrete Rose, who was scheduled to vie for the first sweep of the Turf Tiara series of races in New York, will miss the rest of the season due to a hairline fracture in her right-front leg, trainer Rusty Arnold said Sunday.

Concrete Rose posted authoritative victories in the Belmont Oaks (G1) and Saratoga Oaks (G1), then returned to the track to begin galloping toward the Sept. 7 Jockey Club Oaks.

“I wasn’t extremely happy with the way she was going,” Arnold said.

A first round of X-rays yielded no conclusions. Concrete Rose went back to the track. That cycle repeated twice more before the injury was discovered by Dr. William True Baker of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and the renowned Dr. Larry Bramlage.

“It’s a very, very faint line that took three sets of X-rays to detect,” Arnold said. “There’s no surgery needed — just time off. It should heal 100%, according to both people that read the X-rays.”

A daughter of Twirling Candy, Concrete Rose has won six of seven starts, with her only defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies when coming back on short rest. Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing campaign the filly, who’s expected to return next season at age 4.

“I didn’t have anything to do with where she is,” Arnold said. “It’s all her. She came into my barn, she was a special horse, and by detecting this — the timing of it — she’ll come back and be a special horse.”


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