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Rose Brier Rides Win Streak Into Grade 3 Red Bank

Posted Friday, May 16, 2014

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            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.

            “He’s 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.”

            Those last 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.

            “He was 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.”

            That fast 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 front.

            From 10 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.

            As for 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.”

            Jockey Abel Castellano, Jr., who won three on last Saturday’s Opening Day card, has the call aboard Rose Brier.

            The Red Bank, first of 17 graded stakes this season at Monmouth, goes as race 11 on a 12-race program.

 


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