|Rose to Gold moved into second-place on the Oaks leaderboard with 164 points after taking the Fantasy
(Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography)
Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti's Rose to Gold easily captured her
final prep for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks when wiring Wednesday's Grade 3, $400,000
at Oaklawn Park over a sloppy, sealed track. With jockey Calvin Borel aboard,
the Friends Lake miss ran to her odds as the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.40, $2.40
and $2.10 for the 4 1/2-length score.
Rose to Gold easily grabbed the lead from her 3 post and set splits of :23
1/5, :47 2/5, 1:12 1/5 and 1:38 3/5 while tracked by Manuka Honey throughout.
That rival tried to make a run at Rose to Gold, with Marathon Lady ranging up on
the outside rounding the turn, but neither could catch the chestnut miss, who
drew off in the lane to finish 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 4/5.
Manuka Honey held the runner-up spot by a length over Marathon Lady, who in
turn was 1 3/4 lengths up on longshot Liberty Girl in fourth. Inspired Exchange,
Hung the Moon and Legal Mine completed the order of finish.
Rose to Gold will now enter the Kentucky Oaks owning two straight wins,
having also taken the Honeybee at Oaklawn on March 9. She opened her sophomore
season for trainer Sal Santoro with a runner-up effort in the Martha Washington
after closing out 2012 a half-length victress of the Delta Downs Princess in
The chestnut took her maiden debut by 13 lengths last August at Calder in the
Lindsay Frolic, then followed that up with a 13 1/2-length win in the Brave Raj
before suffering her only off-the-board run to date when trying Keeneland's
Polytrack in the Alcibiades. Now boasting a 5-1-0 mark from seven starts, she's
banked $717,889 in career earnings.
Bred in Kentucky by Joe Sr., Joe Jr., John and Karen Mulholland, Rose to Gold
was a bargain when selling for only $1,400 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter
Mixed yearling then RNAing at $10,000 as an OBS yearling in August 2011.