03/28/2010 11:00PM

Shame On Rosie has hands full at Portland


You would think trainer Ben Root would feel confident going into Wednesday's $10,000 Oregon Oaks at Portland Meadows. His star 3-year-old filly Shame On Rosie is coming off a wire-to-wire score in the one-mile Oregon Ms. in her first try around two turns, and she's drawn the rail for the 1 1/16-mile Oaks.

Instead, he has questions about Shame On Rosie's ability to get the distance and trepidations about the presence in the field of Caged Mistress, who won her first start at Portland Meadows on March 10 in a one-mile invitational handicap.

Caged Mistress stalked She's the Queen B, another of Wednesday's six entrants, before pulling away to win by 5 1/4 lengths in her first start for trainer Pat Jarvis after being claimed for $16,000 Dec. 31 at Golden Gate Fields. Her winning time of 1:39.18 over a wet-fast track was good for a 61 Beyer Speed Figure, compared to the 36 Shame On Rosie earned for her victory over statebreds in the Oregon Ms. on Feb. 17. That explains why Caged Mistress is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the Oaks as well as Root's concerns.

"It's not that Caged Mistress won by five or that she ran so fast," Root said. "She did it so easy. Her rider never moved a muscle the whole time."

Shame On Rosie would have faced Caged Mistress in the March 10 race, but she had a bit of a cough so Root passed the race.

Root pointed out that Shame On Rosie set very fast fractions in the Oregon Ms. of 23.33, 46.87, and 1:13.39 before tiring. She finished in 1:42.44 and won by 3 1/4 lengths. That race followed a second-place finish going six furlongs in the OTBA Stallion Stakes, for which Shame On Rosie earned a Beyer of 62.

"She was coming off a huge race against the boys," said Root of the OTBA Stallion. "She led against Seven Torrents, who is the best 3-year-old colt up here. Then we sent her back out in a route."

Root said that Shame On Rosie never relaxed in the Oregon Ms., and he expects her to be rate more easily on Wednesday.

"The next time we worked her, she didn't start as sharp," he said. "She kind of relaxed and finished well. I hope she'll relax a little better this time."

Rounding out the field are She's the Queen B, who finished second to Caged Mistress March 10 and trailed her twice at Golden Gate Fields; Rockhill Gold, second to Shame On Rosie in the Janet Wineberg; Synfully Rich, a recent maiden winner; and Tapit So Lightly, a maiden from Golden Gate Fields.