It was only this fall Shamrock Rose had returned from a break and has already begun to exhibit her abilities. She made four stakes win culminating with the Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
She also made a shot at a year-end Eclipse Award Championship. Though her scores have been at seven furlongs, owner and trainer Conrad and Mark are included to go ahead in 2019. The trainer might be right, but the mare is also on top notch at this moment at sprinting. Casse is not pleased and wants to go ahead. He wants to lay a plan to train her to back running in January or February. And, he is also hoping to get her to do two turns. He is also hoping to keep the best sprinting records so far. Casse has been training her lightly at his center in Ocala, Fla. Some of the races that he is potentially looking for taking Shamrock to are Seven-Furlongs, Hurricane Bertie, Houston Ladies Classic in early 2019. There may be some more on the list too.
A longer-range target for her could also be Oaklawn Park’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). There are many things and plans going on inside her trainer’s head, but hopefully Rose is resting nice and good by now. Originally, there was a long journey planned for Rose but was canceled for her timely rest. That is, La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park is on the opening date of December 26th. Casse was initially planning for it, but later didn’t want to let Rose travel to California. Now, when we have talked so much praise for her, let us know a bit more about her whereabouts too. Shamrock Rose is a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of First Dude. She was a $120,000 2-year-old purchase for the Conrad Farms. After that, she had been in care. She took on the winning trophy at Ontario Debutante Stakes. She also made five other starts, but following no wins, she was given a break. And, it turned out to be a great decision.
What made Casse suggest Conrads for trying out the Breeders Cup?
It turns out that Rose had made a spectacular performance. In a race, when she had been back in the dark and distance by 18-1, she managed to cut 14 horses before finally settling into 8th position. She just drew away shy of 2 and 1/2 lengths and this was a stunning discovery for the trainer-owner duo. Once, getting a recommendation from the trainer, despite not being nominated Conrads gave a positive nod. They decided to spend the $130,000 nomination cost. But, Rose just earned more than that and she paid her way winning the Raven Run.
It is being speculated that Shamrock Rose truly deserves the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Sprinter after having to beat many big names in the Breeders Cup. There could be a competitor to her. Marley’s Freedom won three graded stakes in a row including the Ballerina (G1). Her fame is also not unforgotten. Shamrock exhibited her spirit after returning from a break. Anyone might not have expected to see such a turnaround, but in competitive racing, anything can happen. Even more, when this is not just a chance but a consistent performance.