Maryland safety and PA-bred winners: The week in social media
Shamrock Rose (between) won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM
A mandatory safety meeting is set to take place at Laurel Park and a couple of Pennsylvania-breds found their names in lights on social media over the past week.
Here is the 411 on what the racing world has been talking about in the Mid-Atlantic region this week:
It’s Monongahela in the Iselin
Pennsylvania-bred Monongahela made some noise over the weekend at Monmouth Park, winning the Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3). The 5-year-old son of K One King tracked the pace in the 1 1/16-mile event before drawing clear to pull off a mild upset at odds of 4-1.
With Jose Lezcano in the saddle, Monongahela marched over the wire by four lengths, completing the race in a final time of 1:42.45 over the fast-main track. The trifecta was completed by Bal Harbour and 6/5 favorite Diamond King
Owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and Gary Aisquith, and trained by Jason Servis, Monongahela has currently banked $381,043 in career earnings. Monongahela’s triumph in the Philip H. Iselin Stakes marked the first graded stakes win of his career, and his sixth win overall from 24 starts.
Safety first in Maryland
A mandatory safety meeting for veterinarians and trainers who are based at Laurel Park is slated to take place on Tuesday, July 2. Beginning at 11 a.m. at Laurel Park in the grandstand, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, Maryland Racing Commission, and the Maryland Jockey Club will host a meeting to address safety protocols and the health of thoroughbred racehorses in order to meet the highest standard of safety for the sports equine athletes.
A future follow-up safety meeting is currently in the making and will eventually be hosted at Pimlico Racecourse.
Shamrock Rose named PA-bred Horse of the Year
The annual Iroquois Awards ceremony was hosted by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association in order to recognize standout Pennsylvania-breds from 2018. It was announced that Conrad Farms’s filly Shamrock Rose was honored as the Pennsylvania-bred Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, and Champion Sprinter.
Bred by Best a Luck LLC, the 4-year-old daughter of First Dude made it to the winner’s circle four times in ten starts in 2018, with her greatest achievement coming in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), which was her fourth consecutive win of the year. The Mark Casse trainee was also honored with an Eclipse Award earlier in the year, when she was named the Champion Female Sprinter of 2018, and she earned plaudits as Top Midlantic-bred of 2018.
To date, Shamrock Rose has a record of five wins from thirteen lifetime starts, and career earnings of $968,962.
— Breeders’ Cup (@BreedersCup) June 24, 2019