“The experience of the first race helped, and adding the blinkers helped too,” Rose said of Cat Five Hurricane’s transformation from a lackluster sixth-place finish in his debut to a 4 ¼-length victory in his second career start. “I also thought Jonathan (Gonzales) rode him well. He’s an aggressive rider; I like that in him. I like the way he rides a horse. And I think he fits a horse that runs on the front.”
“He doesn’t have a lot of speed,” Rose said of Joshua’s Comprise, second in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial two starts ago. “But (jockey Luis) Saez is a seasoned rider and I think he’s good at bringing a horse from off the pace. He’ll know exactly what to do with him.”
Saez, the runaway leading rider at Calder, picks up the mount on Joshua’s Comprise, replacing Gonzales.
“We couldn’t have Jonathan on both horses,” Rose joked. “And I wasn’t really planning to enter the horse. But the race came was coming up light in numbers, so I put him in.”
Rose will also start Anita’s Comprise in Saturday’s $75,000-estimated Desert Vixen Stakes, the filly counterpart to the Dr. Fager.
“She’s doing really well,” Rose said of Anita’s Comprise, third in the J J’s Dream in her last start. “Those were two nice horses (Salamera and Impossible Mary) she finished behind in that race, and I was happy when I found out that the winner wasn’t eligible for the Stallion Stakes and that the other horse wasn’t going to make the race. I think that leaves us with the best filly right now.”
Anita’s Comprise, the lone filly in the seven-horse Desert Vixen with stakes experience, will be ridden by Gonzales.
CARRY BACK WINNER ENTERED IN AMSTERDAM
Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes winner and last year’s Florida Stallion Stakes hero Fort Loudon is one of seven 3-year-old sprinters entered in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga on Sunday.
Trained to seven wins in 14 career starts, including six stakes triumphs, by Stanley Gold, Fort Loudon will make his first start for conditioner Nick Zito in Sunday’s race.
Jockey Fernando Jara, aboard Fort Loudon for his Carry Back and Unbridled Stakes victories, will travel north to retain the mount.