Jockey Jeremy Rose took the blame for the narrow victory. “That was one of my worst rides I put up in a while. That was just a terrible idea to take the lead that early. The reason I made the early move was that I didn’t know how good the horse on the lead (Aspenglow) was. She was by herself and wanted to get by her. We went by her too soon. It was a bad ride.”
“It was a nice performance. I have to be pleased,” trainer Tim Tullock said. “It was the biggest test of her career. It didn’t go exactly as we wanted, but she was able to do it in a fast time and proved she didn’t have to be up front.”
Tullock indicated the daughter of Mineshaft would be pointed to the Grade III Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct on March 14.
Rose won three races on the Saturday card and was nine-for-21 during the week with 15 in the money finishes to move into the top spot in the Laurel rider standings.
“It has been great week,” added Rose. “This is the reason we ride-to have weeks like this.”
The 29-year-old rider has now won the Marshua three consecutive years after reaching the winners’ circle the last two runnings with Laila’s Punch (2007) and Throbbin’ Heart (2008).