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Rose to Gold splashes home a winner in sloppy Fantasy

  • Rose to Gold wouldn't let rainy, sloppy conditions at Oaklawn stop her from 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 Fantasy 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 Louisiana.

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.

She is out of the unraced Tabasco Cat mare Saucy, who counts as a full brother Grade 2-placed winner Sun Cat. Rose to Gold's fourth dam is Group 3 queen El Mina, whose descendants include Group 1 star and dual highweight Caitano, Group 2 hero Utmost Respect and Group 3 scorers El Fabulous, Steppe Dancer, St Mawes and Artic Envoy.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

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Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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