Rosalind Set for 2014 Debut in Thursday’s Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - One of the most accomplished 2-year-old fillies in 2013, Rosalind is set to make her 3-year-old debut at Gulfstream Park in Thursday’s featured ninth race, a $48,750 optional claiming allowance slated for 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Trained by Ken McPeek, Rosalind was Grade 1-stakes placed twice last season, finishing second in the Alcibiades at Keeneland and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.
“She’s been training super. We gave her a little break after her trip west. I eased her back into things, and this looks like a good spot to start the season,” McPeek said. “She’s done everything right in her career, except win, maybe, but hopefully it will propel her into one of the bigger preps before the Kentucky Oaks.”
The daughter of Broken Vow debuted at Ellis Park in August, pulling away to a 2 ½-length triumph in a mile turf race. She came back a month later to finish third in the Pocahontas (G2) over Churchill Downs’ main track before her second-place finish in the Alcibiades over Keeneland’s synthetic surface. After breaking awkwardly and trailing the field in the Juvenile Fillies, Rosalind closed with a furious rush to fall just a half-length short of first-place finisher Shesa Tiger.
Rosalind has closed from far off the early pace in all of her races, including her troubled fourth in her 2013 finale in the Hollywood Starlet (G1), in which she raced four- and five-wide. McPeek will equip Landaluce Educe Stables’ filly with blinkers for the first time Thursday.
“We just thought she needed a little bit more focus,” McPeek said. “It’s not going to be a big cup; it’s going to be something simple. More than anything I want to get her into the winner’s circle and teach her that’s where she needs to be. She’s a pretty smart filly. She’ll handle it well.”
Rosalind was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for her return to action with Joel Rosario back to ride.“I think she’s going to improve from 2 to 3 – let’s hope in a big way,” McPeek said. “I don’t think you can rule out a grass career for her, either, but at this point the short term goal is the Kentucky Oaks.”
Eight 3-year-old fillies will take on Rosalind, including Ian Wilkes-trained Bird Maker, the runner-up in the Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill before finishing a distant second to Dame Dorothy in the slop at Gulfstream in her 2014 debut. Todd Pletcher-trained In Tune, a recent debut winner at Gulfstream, and Michael Matz-trained Comme Chez Soi, who was nosed by Penwith in a Gulfstream allowance before finishing fourth behind Dame Dorothy in slop, figure prominently in the two-turn feature.