Staff reports

In our Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list.  For the week through April 16, that horse is Rose Brier.

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  • Last race: Making his second start of 2016, Rose Brier set a Laurel Park record by zipping one mile on the grass in 1:33.11, besting the old record of 1:33.30 and taking the Henry S. Clark Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.  Under jockey Trevor McCarthy, Rose Brier came out running and never stopped, leading at every call en route to the win.  After an opening quarter in a modest 23.96 seconds, Rose Brier picked it up considerably thereafter, zipping the second quarter in just 22.97 seconds, the third in 23.13, and the final quarter in a sharp 23.05, wearing out the very good Phlash Phelps in the process and never really threatened by the closers.  Though the turf course had been playing exceptionally fast, it was nevertheless an outstanding performance.
  • There’s no place like home(ish): Rose Brier — a seven-year-old Virginia-bred gelding — now has made three career starts at Laurel Park, all in stakes company, and he owns three wins.  In his prior two local tries, he had posted dominant wins in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Bert Allen Stakes.
  • Before now: The win was Rose Brier’s 12th in 31 career starts and pushed his earnings to $376,726.  The three local stakes wins are his only ones in added-money company, though he has finished fourth — twice beaten two or fewer lengths —  in grade three tets.
  • Connections: Rose Brier is trained by Jane Cibelli for Panic Stable LLC.
  • Breeding and auction history: Rose Brier was bred in Virginia by William M. Backer.  He is by Mizzen Mast out of the El Gran Senor mare Mexicali Rose.  Rose Brier was purchased for $67,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2010.
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