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Rosalind, Room Service doing well following Ashland dead-heat

  • Rosalind (blinkers) and Room Service (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Rosalind and Room Service, who provided the first dead-heat in a Grade 1 race in Keeneland history on Saturday in the Ashland, emerged from the race in good order, according to trainers Ken McPeek and Wayne Catalano, respectively.

The two fillies finished seven lengths in front of third-place finisher Thank You Marylou.

"I thought we had won it," McPeek said of Rosalind. "That's the third dead-heat I've had in stakes and I don't think I've had three other dead heats in my life."

McPeek's Golden Ticket shared the 2012 Travers win with Alpha and in the 2002 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs, his Pisces finished in a dead-heat for second but wound up sharing the win when the first horse under the wire was disqualified.

Saturday's victory secured Rosalind a spot in the starting gate for the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 2 at Churchill, where she finished third in last September's Pocahontas.

McPeek said Rosalind would remain at Keeneland for a couple weeks before going to Louisville.

Catalano said that Room Service also would remain here for a while.

"We will let her catch her breath and then go over," Catalano said. "Before we came here, (co-owner) Mr. (Gary) West said to see how she trains here and if she does OK, go to the Ashland. It is the same thing here; we will go to Churchill Downs and see how she handles the dirt and make a decision (about the Oaks)."