03/09/2013 6:21PM

Oaklawn: Rose to Gold wires Honeybee under Borel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- In a race ripe for a wire job, jockey Calvin Borel moved Rose to Gold to the lead soon after the start of Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn on Saturday, and the pair rode the rail to a two and three-quarter length win over 2-5 favorite Flashy Gray.

“We were going to sit off of it a little bit, but she broke so sharp,” said Borel.

Rose to Gold picked up 50 points towards the Kentucky Oaks on the new system governing preference if the race is oversubscribed, while Flashy Gray, the favorite in last weekend’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, earned 20 points. American Sugar, who was third in the Honeybee, picked up 10 points for her finish, while Liberty Girl, the fourth-place finisher Saturday, earned 5.

Rose to Gold ($12.60) took the field through fractions of 23.71 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.76 for the half-mile, and 1:13.12 for six furlongs. Flashy Gray, meanwhile, raced about a length and a half off the leader in second, in what was her two-turn debut. Rose to Gold continued to set the tempo into the stretch and kept Flashy Gray at bay while going on to cover the mile and a sixteenth on a track rated fast in 1:45.06.

“I asked my filly and she drew away,” Borel said. “She’s got a lot of wind in her. She finished up. She’s a nice filly.”

Borel was riding Rose to Gold for the first time Saturday. Trainer Sal Santoro said plans for the filly’s next start are to be determined, but his initial inclination is to ship Rose to Gold back home to Calder Race Course and train her up to the Kentucky Oaks. She had traveled to Oaklawn in February, ran second in the Martha Washington in her 3-year-old debut here Feb. 9, then trained locally up to the Honeybee.

Rose to Gold races for Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti.

Flashy Gray invaded Oaklawn from Florida, off a first-level allowance win at Gulfstream Park. Mike Smith rode her for the first time Saturday. She races for West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley, and is trained by Bill Mott.

“She ran great,” Smith said. “It was her first time around two turns and the winner already had a lot of bottom. That made the difference. You’ll hear a lot from her.”

Rose to Gold earned $90,000 for her win, her fourth in a stakes and second in graded company behind the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess in November. She is a daughter of Friends Lake.