Concrete Rose Resumes Breezing Toward 2020 Return

Twirling Candy filly is pointed toward the Jenny Wiley (G1T) at Keeneland Apr. 11.

Courtesy of the BloodHorse

By Byron King

At a midwinter stage in February when many Kentuckians are dreaming of warmer climates, trainer Rusty Arnold is in Florida, thinking about Kentucky.

Bluegrass native Arnold has the spring meet at Keeneland on his mind, training four high-class turf horses that are just now gearing up for 2020 returns. Leading the charge for his squad is millionaire Concrete Rose, a four-time stakes winner in 2019 who resumed breezing Feb. 17 at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. The filly worked three furlongs on grass Sunday in :36 4/5 and is being pointed toward a start in the April 11 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T) at the Lexington oval.

The 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy , owned by Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing, is already proven at the grade 1 level, having won the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1T) last summer at 3. Other triumphs last year included the Edgewood Stakes Presented by Forcht Bank (G3T), the Florida Oaks (G3T), and the $750,000 Saratoga Oaks


GSW KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN victorious in the Pelican S. for the 2nd time!

GSW KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN was a runaway winner of the Pelican S. at Tampa last February and he won it again this year with an Equibase Speed figure of 105. Off in 2nd briefly he vied between horses and essentially wired the field. The 6-year-old horse is owned by the Curragh Stables and trained by John P. Terranova II. He was bred by H. Allen Poindexter. He was trained in Aiken and consigned and sold at OBS April to his owner for $75,000.

GSW STILL HAVING FUN adds G3 black-type in the General George

G2 stakes winner of the Woody Stephens Belmont, and  Maryland Champion 3-year-old male and champion sprinter, STILL HAVING FUN (b.c., 2015, by Old Fashioned—Casual Kiss, by Dehere) added to his laurels with a 3rd in the General George G3. He is owned by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing LLC and trained by Timothy L. Keefe. He was readied for racing by Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track.

POSIT sprints to wire to wire allowance win at Santa Anita

Sold for $200,000 at OBSApril, 3-year-old filly POSIT (Cairo Prince) broke her maiden sprinting at Golden Gate.  Running back in allowance company she wired the field to win her second race in a row. Making her second start back after some months off, she wired the field sprinting to a win at Santa Anita. POSIT is trained by Simon Callaghan for Reddam Racing LLC  and was bred by H. Allen Poindexter.

Come watch her handsome grey half brother by Dominus preparing for the OBS March sale at the Aiken Training Track.


BOURBON BAY DEAD-HEATS for 2nd in the JEROME S. at Aqueduct

BOURBON BAY (c, 2, Bayern–Savvy Sassy, by Street Sense) got his start with Cary Frommer at Aiken. Running for the first time in a stakes race, he broke well, rated kindly, and rerallied at the wire so that he would not be denied second. He looks great physically, and continues to be very professional in the paddock and while warming up.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-2-0, $70,500.
O-Bourbon Lane Stable (J. Hill, M. McMahon), Seidman Stables LLC and Lake Lonely Racing
B-Oak Bluff Stables, LLC & Christophe Clement (NY)
T-Mark A. Hennig.

JASPER PRINCE wins again in Japan

We mean it when we say “WIN ANYWHERE!”

JASPER PRINCE (Violence) won again in the 2019 FAREWELL STAKES at Nakayama. He was a $100,000 purchase by his trainer Hideyuki Mori from consignor Cary Frommer at OBS March. The 4-year-old colt is owned by Kazuo Kato. Lifetime: 4 Wins (25%) – 3 Placings (44%) – 16 starts. He has earned over $464,000 US dollars.


Concrete Rose | Sarah Andrew

By Steve Sherack

The brilliant GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. heroine Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy), sidelined since suffering a hairline fracture in her right foreleg this summer, is nearing a return to the Rusty Arnold barn. Perfect in four attempts in 2019, the Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing colorbearer was last seen posting an authoritative victory in the inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational S. Aug. 2.

“She’s at Margaux Farm right now and she’ll ship back to Rusty by the first week of January,” Ashbrook Farm Racing Manager Bo Bromagen said. “She’s doing really well. She’s put on about 100 pounds and has maintained her muscle tone. Her coat looks great–she’s happy and healthy. She’s such a smart horse that really adjusts well to any situation.”

Bromagen added, “We’ve got one more check here next week by the vet–that’s a final go over from head to toe to make sure that everything’s got the green light.”

No surgery was required for Concrete Rose’s injury, just time off.

“It was such a light thing,” Bromagen said. “It took a couple of sets of X-rays to actually find it. Credit to Rusty for being so hands on and attentive. Even when the X-rays didn’t show anything up on the films, he knew something wasn’t quite right.”

Bred in Kentucky by Ron Patterson, the daughter of the Powerscourt (GB) mare Solerina went through the ring three times–RNA’ing for $19,000 as KEENOV weanling and selling for $20,000 as a KEESEP yearling and $61,000 (PS) as a Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old (:10 2/5).

The dark bay has crossed the wire first in six of her seven career starts, including last term’s GII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. and this year’s GIII Florida Oaks and GIII Edgewood S. The lone blemish on her loaded resume came over an extremely saturated surface when eighth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs.

“As much as she did do on the track, I don’t think we found out exactly how good she could be,” Bromagen said. “It’s been an unbelievable ride.”

With a long-term eye on next fall’s GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland, potential early season targets for Concrete Rose’s 4-year-old campaign include the GII Hillsborough S. at Tampa Bay Mar. 7 and/or the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland in April.

“The way we looked at it, if we take care of her, she’ll take care of us,” Bromagen concluded