Favored Concrete Rose Holds On For Florida Oaks Triumph

by | 03.09.2019 | 3:14pm
Concrete Rose wins the Florida Oaks

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing's Concrete Rose had the lead at the top of the stretch and was able to hold on through the wire to win the G3 Florida Oaks by a half-length on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The sophomore daughter of Twirling Candy paid $8.40 as the tepid favorite. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Rusty Arnold, Concrete Rose completed 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf in 1:43.02.

“This was a big one to get out from under her, to come off a layoff and carrying top weight (123 pounds),” said Arnold. “I was worried, she was a little bit hyper in the paddock, which she's never been, but she had never shipped, so I think we can handle that when we get back to Keeneland. This was a quality bunch. This is going to probably take something out of her, so we might wait until Churchill Downs (for her next start). I'm going to let her tell me. She hadn't been out in four months, but she is a talented filly and she has acted like a talented filly from Day 1, so we're very happy with her.”

Winning jockey Julien Leparoux: “She put me in the race nicely and we went pretty quick the first quarter, but we slowed it down very good the second part of the race. She was so relaxed and she does whatever you want with her, so I sat there and made one run and she had a nice kick at the end. She is a nice filly and she was still going at the finish.”

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