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JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Winner Concrete Rose Will Be Last-Minute Breeders' Cup Arrival

October 11, 2018

Trainer Rusty Arnold reported Thursday that Concrete Rose was “excellent” the morning after her 3-length victory in the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2).

Owned by Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing, Concrete Rose earned a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

“We will stay here as long as we can and probably go over the Tuesday of Breeders’ Cup week (Oct. 30),” Arnold said. “If it was dirt that would be different to get her used to it but not with the turf. She handled soft courses at Saratoga and Keeneland, so she should handle that one.”

Now undefeated in two starts, Concrete Rose sat just off the pace in the early going, found clear running at the head of the stretch under Jose Lezcano and drew off easily for the victory.

“It looked like he had a lot of horse early,” Arnold said. “The only question was if she would finish as well going two turns as she did one and she did.”

Concrete Rose would represent Arnold’s 10th Breeders’ Cup starter and only the second 2-year-old in the group.

“I ran Wicked Style (for Ashbrook) in the Juvenile in the deluge at Monmouth,” Arnold said of the sloppy conditions at the New Jersey track in 2007.

“I haven’t won one yet, but there are lots of guys in the same boat. A lot of things have to go your way and you’ve got to get lucky. The only negative for her is there is so little time between races, but you can’t do anything about that.”

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Pakhet finished second in the race.

“We were very pleased with her,” said Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, adding the filly likely would remain at Keeneland for a while with her next start to be determined.