Rose to Gold returned to dirt and remained unbeaten on it, taking the $500,000 Delta Princess Stakes (gr. III) by half a length Nov. 17 at Delta Downs (VIDEO).
The juvenile daughter of Friends Lake came off a 12th-place finish over Polytrack in the Oct. 5 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland to resume her winning ways for owners Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti. She ran the mile in 1:39.38, beating eight other 2-year-old fillies.
Trained by Sal Santoro, Rose to Gold had been unbeaten Before the Darley Alcibiades with impressive victories in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes and the Brave Rajiv Stakes going a mile and 70 yards at Calder Race Course & Casino. Her winning margin in each was a respective 13 and 13 1/2 lengths. She was one of four runners in the field carrying 119 pounds in the Delta Princess; the others carried 117.
Off well at the start, the chestnut filly employed her typical tactics settling just off the lead. She tracked along the rail in third behind a pace set alternately by Unhedged
, who went the first quarter in :23.49, and Salamera
, who went the half in 48:49, then commenced her move behind three-quarters in 1:13.85 run by Touch Magic
, who had taken the lead in upper stretch.
Put into a strong drive by jockey Paco Lopez leaving the turn, Rose to Gold split horses and responded when roused to the task, running seven-eighths in 1:26.82 en route to the wire. Lopez gave a few strokes of the stick to keep the filly to task in the final furlong as she drifted in slightly; she held sway over Touch Magic while Sittin At the Bar
got up to round out the tri.
Rose to Gold was bred in Kentucky by Joe Mulholland Sr., Joe Mulholland Jr., John Mulholland & Karen Mulholland out of the Tabasco Cat mare Saucy. The Delta Princess win improved her record to three victories from four starts, with earnings of $372,889.