Juveniles Fillies Turf: ‘Very Talented’ Concrete Rose Takes Shot In Jessamine Stakes

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing’s Concrete Rose, an impressive maiden winner in August at Saratoga going 5½ furlongs, will try to punch her ticket to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with a victory in Wednesday’s 28th running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

“She is very talented and done exceptional here. I hope she gets us to Nov. 2 (for the Breeders’ Cup),” trainer Rusty Arnold said Tuesday morning. “Her pedigree (Twirling Candy out of a Powerscourt [GB] mare) says she should get the distance. She has breezed and galloped like she should.”

Arnold had entered Concrete Rose against the boys for last Sunday’s Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at the same distance.

“I was worried we would not get in (the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine) because of the conditioned eligibility of the race,” Arnold said. “There were only a few spots available, and there were five fillies that didn’t get in. I didn’t want to be unlucky.

“They entered for the Bourbon Thursday and the Jessamine Friday and once we got in, we had no intention of running in the Bourbon.”

Jose Lezcano, who was aboard for the maiden victory, has the mount Wednesday.

On Friday, Arnold will send out G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the turf.

“She is doing great and ready to go defend her title,” Arnold said of Morticia, who could join Ayrial Delight (1998-1999) as the only horse to win the race in consecutive years.

Morticia has compiled a 14-7-3-3 record on the grass with her only off-the-board finish coming in the Caress at Saratoga this summer over a soft course.

“She doesn’t really like it soft and there is rain in the forecast (for the next two days),” Arnold said. “But you can’t do anything about the weather.”

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