With 10 weeks rest and a real
nice breeze just 10 days ago (five furlongs in 1:01), trainer Jane Cibelli has
Rose Brier ready for his first graded stakes try when he breaks from post nine
in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Red Bank Stakes at a flat mile on turf.
clearly on the improve,” said Cibelli, who trains the 5-year-old gelding for
Panic Stable LLC. “His last several have
been really good and it’s time to take a shot with him.”
several include two straight trips to the winner’s circle, including his most
recent when he topped Hey Leroy, who’s the 5/2 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2
Dixie Stakes at Pimlico.
farther back that I thought he would be in that race,” Cibelli said. “But the pace was real fast and Rosario
(jockey Joel) timed everything right.
He’s such a great rider.”
pace included six furlongs in 1:08 flat before coming home in 1:32 4/5 for the
mile. In that starter optional claimer,
Rose Brier was nearly 20 lengths off the early pace before closing to within
five at the head of the stretch and hitting the wire just over a length in
starts on turf, the son of Mizzen Mast from the El Gran Senor mare Mexicali
Rose, sports a record of four wins and four seconds. Of that record one of those wins was a maiden
breaking score here last August.
strategy in the Red Bank, “We’ll take back, that’s where he does his best,”
Cibelli said. “He likes to put himself
in the race early, but he does his best when coming from behind.”
Castellano, Jr., who won three on last Saturday’s Opening Day card, has the
call aboard Rose Brier.
Bank, first of 17 graded stakes this season at Monmouth, goes as race 11 on a