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Shamrock Rose Rallies to Win Filly and Mare Sprint
Published: Monday, November 12, 2018
Conrad Farms’ Shamrock Rose ($53.80), split horses in deep stretch and nailed Chalon in the shadow of the wire to win the 12th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade 1) by a head to kick off the second day of the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Shamrock Rose covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.13 over a fast main track. It is the fifth Breeders’ Cup victory for Casse and Ortiz and the second consecutive win in the race for Ortiz, who rode Bar of Gold to her upset victory at Del Mar last year.

“Was I surprised we won? It was a tough race, but she’s a good horse,” Casse said. “I told Irad [Ortiz Jr.] I don’t know if she’s good enough, but she’ll give you everything she has. And, she’s good. It goes back to Allen Jerkins who always said ‘run them when they’re good’ so we came back in two weeks.”

“I let her be happy,” Ortiz said. “She settled nice for me. She was like fourth and when I dropped in and got through horses, she came running.”

Now a winner of four consecutive starts, Shamrock Rose is a daughter of Double Diamond Farm stallion First Dude out of the Elusive Quality mare Slew’s Quality. It is her first Grade 1 victory. She was bred by Best A Luck Farm.

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