01/29/2013 3:48PM

Oaklawn Park notes: Rose to Gold in from Florida with Martha Washington the goal

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Rose to Gold is being pointed for the $75,000 Martha Washington at a mile on Feb. 9.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Kentucky Oaks hopeful Rose to Gold arrived at Oaklawn on Monday night from Calder for the local 3-year-old filly series, said her trainer, Sal Santoro.

Rose to Gold won the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess in her last start Nov. 17. Santoro said she is being pointed for the $75,000 Martha Washington at a mile at Oaklawn on Feb. 9. The race is the first in the local series, which continues with the Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee on March 9 and the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy on April 10.

"We're on the trail of points, like everybody else, for the Oaks," Santoro said Tuesday. "The Martha Washington, the Honeybee and the Fantasy, that's the plan, and if everything goes well there, then, of course, on to Churchill for the Oaks."

Rose to Gold is eighth on the latest Oaks points standings, with 10 points for her win in the Delta Princess. She had been under consideration for the Florida preps, but there were a couple of different reasons the decision was made to ship to Oaklawn, said Santoro.

"I've never been to Oaklawn, but I've spoken to a lot of people who said to prep either at Oaklawn or Fair Grounds because the surfaces are compatible with Churchill, and I thought that was good idea," said Santoro.

He also said a three-race series gives him options with Rose to Gold.
"This way I may run in all three, or may just run in two," said Santoro.
Rose to Gold has been preparing for her seasonal debut at Calder.

"We gave her a two-minute lick the other morning," he said of a Jan. 23 drill. "She went the mile in 1:45, but what we were happy with was that she went the last three-eighths in 36 [seconds] flat. Her regular exercise rider rode her, and she did that carrying 142 pounds."

Rose to Gold races for Kathleen Amaya and Raffae Centofanti.

** Jockey Calvin Borel could possibly return to action the second weekend in February, said his agent, Jerry Hissam. Borel has been recovering from a broken bone in his wrist, and is one win shy of career victory 5,000.

** San Pablo arrived at Oaklawn on Tuesday morning, confirmed a track official. He is a multiple stakes winner trained by Todd Pletcher, and is among the nominees to the $100,000 Essex here Saturday.