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Rose Brier Rides Winning Streak Into Sunday's Red Bank

Posted Saturday, Jun 4, 2016

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            With what appears to be a new running style and a pair of wins in 2016 to his credit, Rose Brier heads into Sunday’s Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes for owner Panic Stable LLC.

            “He’s just training really well,” said trainer Jane Cibelli from her Monmouth Park headquarters.  “He shocked the heck out of me at Gulfstream when he broke like a shot and went right to the front.  Obviously it worked out well, but I was definitely surprised to see it.”
            That race was an allowance event on March 24, when Rose Brier and jockey Jose Lezcano broke from the rail, led from flag fall and held off the late charge of Captain Dixie.  He backed that up with another wire-to-wire performance on April 23 at Laurel in the Henry Clark Stakes, going the mile over firm turf in a snappy 1:33 flat.

            “He’s been able to run close to the pace in the past as well as come from far back,” Cibelli said.  “I’d like to see him sit in behind horses.  I think it’s a bad habit for him to just shoot to the front no matter what.

            “I think he’ll show up tomorrow, we’ll just see if his best is enough to beat this group.  Middleburg looks like the one to beat.  Overall, on paper, it’s a very competitive group that looks evenly matched.”

            Rose Brier is no stranger to the Red Bank, the now 7-year-old was fourth in this event the last two years.

            From 31 lifetime outings, Rose Brier sports a record of 12-8-5, good for earnings of $376,726.  He’ll break from post two in the mile turf test with Trevor McCarthy, who was aboard for his last win.

            Morning line favoritism belongs to Vyjack for trainer Bill Mott.  An allowance winner at Keeneland last out, Vyjack will be making just his fifth start on turf, where his record stands at 1-1-1, including a Grade 3 placing.  The now 6-year-old is a multiple graded stakes winner and a participant in the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Haskell Invitational.

            Middleburg, who breaks just to the inside of Vyjack, will go from post six with Joe Bravo back aboard.  The Firestone color-bearer won last year’s Grade 3 Cliff Hanger over the Monmouth turf and will be making just his second start of 2016 after just missing last out in the Grade 3 Miami Mile on April 30.

            The Red Bank goes as race eight on Sunday’s nine-race program.  Approximate post time is 4:20 p.m.


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