08/15/2011 3:10PM

Del Mar: Cozi Rosie looking Cup-worthy

Benoit & Associates
Cozi Rosie, with Garrett Gomez riding, wins the John C. Mabee.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Cozi Rosie showed in Sunday’s $250,000 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar why trainer John Sadler thinks she deserves a chance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs in November.

Winning for the first time since February, Cozi Rosie won the Grade 2 Mabee Stakes by a half-length over Malibu Pier, her first victory since the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita in February. Sadler said on Sunday that Cozi Rosie is likely to have a prep race in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf at the Santa Anita Autumn meeting on Oct. 1.

“She’s a really good filly, in good form,” Sadler said.

The Yellow Ribbon is a key prep for the BC Filly and Mare Turf, which is run over 1 3/8 miles. “We’ll probably go next in the Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita, and hopefully after that, we’ll be on to Kentucky,” Sadler said.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Cozi Rosie was the victim of a rough trip when she ran second to Malibu Pier in the four-runner Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Hollywood Park in June. She clipped heels with a rival in the first furlong.

“She almost went down,” Sadler said. “Another horse came over and just slammed her.”

For the Yellow Ribbon, Cozi Rosie is likely to face a strong field. The early candidates include Malibu Pier, and Dubawi Heights, who was second in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Saturday.

A spiked fever and a loss of appetite cost Celtic Princess an opportunity to start in the Mabee Stakes, trainer A.C. Avila said on Sunday.

The winner of the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park last month, Celtic Princess was withdrawn from the Grade 2 Mabee early Sunday afternoon after showing an elevated temperature that morning, Avila said.

“She left a little bit of food,” he said. “She had a little temperature, and it came down by 10 o’clock. It’s just bad luck. It happens. Everything is okay. If you look at her, she’s fine.”

Avila said a blood test had been scheduled for Monday to further check on Celtic Princess’s condition. The 7-year-old Brazilian-bred mare has won 6 of 15 starts and $330,624.