(Miss Mosaic wins Saturday’s American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn Park / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)
From the Oaklawn Park Media Team:
Keystone Racing LLC’s Miss Mosaic rode off into the sunset with a victory in Saturday’s $150,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn by closing out her career with a neck victory before 22,000 fans.
The 6-year-old daughter of Verrazano is now slated for retirement after getting her first stakes victory in the six-furlong race over Joy’s Rocket. Ain’t No Elmers finished third. Li’l Tootsie, the 2-1 favorite, finished sixth.
“The trainer told me to just try not to get into trouble,” said jockey David Cabrera of the instructions sent by Kentucky-based trainer Ben Colebrook. “Once I got her sitting comfortable, she was just relaxed, so I knew they were going to have a tough time catching us.”
Miss Mosaic brings a glittering pedigree to the breeding shed, joining two siblings with stakes wins on their resumes, including Miss Temple City a multiple Grade 1-winner. The victory snapped a three-race string of second-place finishes including a runner-up performance in the Mrs. Claus Stakes at Parx Racing last month.
“It’s an amazing story,” said winning owner/breeder Aaron Jutte, who noted the mare will now be bred to top sire Tapit. “We had a lot of trouble with her, Miss Mosaic, in her early career and gave her a bunch of time off. As a single owner, you don’t have to worry about partners at that point, so you can give her all the time off in the world you want. Just like 2-year-old stuff and so we just gave her, basically, her 2-year-old and halfway through her 3-year-old career off. She didn’t make a start until she was at the end of her 3-year-old career.”
The filly Sarah Harper set the pace but gave way at the top of the stretch to Miss Mosaic. The field chased her home as she finished in 1:10 3/5 over a fast track. She returned $16.80, $8.20 and $5.40 at odds of 7-1.
Racing resumes Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. first post