Sunday, December 08, 2013
Making the final start of her career, Joe Peacock’s Rose’s Desert was a prompt 3-5 favorite in Sunday’s $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park
Rose’s Desert covered her 6-furlong trip in 1:10.24 while winning this race for the third consecutive year, and her margin of victory was 3 1/4 lengths from Little Vidalia. Dusty Shepherd rode the homebred 5-year-old Desert God mare for trainer Todd Fincher.
An earner of $626,035 during her 15-race career, Rose’s Desert is one of 22 stakes winners sired by Desert God, an unraced 22-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Fappiano who entered stud in 1993. Desert God is a half brother to three graded stakes winners, including 1998 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) winner Better Than Honour, and his 162 starters have banked more than $12.08 million and include multiple stakes winners Peppers Pride, Train Rider Blues, Our Choice, and Attitude E Racer.
Rose’s Desert is one of two winners from two starters produced by Miss Glen Rose, a 12-year-old daughter of the Mt. Livermore stallion Peaks And Valleys. Rose’s Desert’s second dam, the winning Alysheba mare Snippet, is a half sister to Shaker Knit, the runner-up in the 1990 Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
Rose’s Desert’s third dam, the Damascus mare Pert, won the ‘83 First Flight Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct. The mare traces back to her fifth dam, Fleet Treat, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Fleet Nasrullah who foaled the multiple stakes winning Damascus colt Khartoum.
Racing exclusively in New Mexico, Rose’s Desert has won 10 races, including eight stakes. Her race record includes victories in this season’s 6-furlong, $126,000 New Mexico Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park, and 5 1/2-furlong, $85,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) at Sunland Park, a race she also won as a 4-year-old in 2012.
According to Fincher, Rose’s Desert will be bred next season to Giant’s Causeway, a Storm Cat stallion who stands at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, and is the sire of several prominent graded stakes winners, including 2012 Canadian champion grass mare Irish Mission.
Rose’s Desert returned a $3.20 win mutuel and paired with Little Vidalia for a $9.60 ($2) exacta. Gossip Dome, a 16-1 longshot in the field of seven, ran third, four lengths behind Rose’s Desert, to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $23.40.
Dawn Is Affirmed, Western Way, Iplaytricks, and Lady French completed the order of finish.
Little Vidalia is a 4-year-old daughter of Attila’s Storm campaigned by John T.L. Jones Jr.’s J Bar 7 Ranch LLC. The filly has won four of 13 outs, including the 6-furlong, $50,000 Lincoln Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 28, and the $18,700 second-place share of the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap pushed her bankroll to $160,066, of which $125,526 has been earned this year.
A 5-year-old mare by the Storm Cat stallion Dome, Gossip Dome races for Pesikan and Kilgroe Stables, who claimed her for $6,250 at Sunland Park on January 15, 2012. Gossip Dome has earned $229,617 from 36 outs, all in New Mexico, and her nine victories include a 1 1/2-length win in the 6 1/2-furlong, $37,000 Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 24.