Tough Rose was able to light up the tote board in the $115,000 American National Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday at Balmoral Park, winning by a head over Jaded Dream and paying $254.60 to win.
Leaving from post seven, driver Andy Shetler sent Tough Rose out to the early lead and by the opening quarter mile in :27.3 had to give way to Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore), who had also left from post 8. They raced that way through the half mile in :56.1 and that was when Southwind Silence (Yannick Gingras) came first-over with Boxed Chocolate (Marcus Miller) second over.
Past the three-quarters in 1:25.4, Southwind Silence was able to almost collar Sweetnsinful as they started down the stretch as Tough Rose seemed trapped and looking for racing room. Then in mid stretch Sweetnsinful made a break, Tough Rose was able to find clearance, Southwind Silence began to fade with Jaded Dream (Brett Miller) coming on late.
Then it was a two-hole race to the wire with Tough Rose holding off Jaded Dream for the upset win in 1:54.2.
It was the fourth victory this year for Tough Rose, who is trained by Stanley Miller of Etna green, IN, who also owns and bred the daughter of United Ace.
by Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com