05/16/2013 2:39PM

Pimlico: Sweet Emma Rose takes on males in Rollicking Stakes


Sweet Emma Rose might be a filly taking on colts in the $100,000 Rollicking, but she brings the flashiest form into the five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds. The race is one of seven stakes on the Preakness card Saturday at Pimlico.

Sweet Emma Rose made her debut at Keeneland on April 5 and romped by nine lengths in a maiden special weight. She broke on top in the 4 1/2-furlong race and increased her margin at every call to deliver as the odds-on favorite. In the Rollicking, Sweet Emma Rose will attempt to transfer that good form to dirt, as the maiden score came on Polytrack.

Kentucky Derby-winning rider Joel Rosario has the mount for trainer Wesley Ward. Sweet Emma Rose, a daughter of City Zip, runs for Hat Creek Racing.

There are two other fillies in the field, New Zone and Knit One Purr Too. Among the colts, No Nay Never looks like the chief threat to Sweet Emma Rose based on his maiden-special win at Keeneland.

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