Liam's Map Filly Makes It Three Straight at Presque Isle


Roses for Debra, pictured here winning the Malvern Rose S. in July | Coady

7th-Presque Isle Downs, $45,046, Alw (NW3L), Opt. Clm ($40,000), 9-21, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f (AWT), 1:08.64, ft, 2 3/4 lengths.
ROSES FOR DEBRA (f, 3, Liam's Map–Essential Rose, by Bernardini) would be perfect but for a debut demotion at this venue May 23 when two lengths best, only to be taken down for drifting in and causing interference. A clear-cut maiden winner second time out June 9, the gray filly was last seen posting a facile 3 3/4-length triumph in the state-bred restricted Malvern Rose S. over an extra sixteenth of a mile July 18. A cozy fit for this open-company test, Roses for Debra was content to allow a pair of rivals set things up for her, rallied three wide on the turn and pulled away through the final furlong to take it by a handy 2 3/4 lengths as the 1-2 mortal. Blackstone Farm purchased the unraced Essential Rose, a daughter of Canadian Grade III winner Essential Edge (Storm Cat), for a bargain $32,000 in foal to Lookin At Lucky at Keeneland November in 2015. The dam of Rose's Vision (Artie Schiller), SW-USA, MSP-Can, $264,358, Essential Edge is a half-sister to Grade III-placed Leading Edge (Tapit), whose daughter Pioneer's Edge (Pioneerof the Nile) is twice stakes-placed for Chiefswood Stables this season, including a third in the Aug. 14 Bison City S. Essential Rose is also responsible for the once-raced Rosie's Alibi (Justify), a $625,000 FTSAUG grad, a yearling filly by Palace Malice and a filly foal by American Pharoah, all foaled in Pennsylvania. She most recently visited Gun Runner. Sales history: $120,000 Ylg '20 KEEJAN; $25,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: SW, 4-3-1-0, $113,830. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-John O'Meara; B-Blackstone Farm LLC (PA); T-Michelle C Brafford.

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