England’s Rose reaches the Grade 1 level as a 6-year-old on Sunday in the $400,000 Matriarch Stakes (G1T) on closing day at Del Mar.
The step up comes after what may have been a career-best performance when the chestnut mare ran second in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes on October 29.
Trained by John Shirreffs, England’s Rose turned in a sharp final work Monday drilling five furlongs in 58 flat with Victor Espinoza up.
England’s Rose didn’t make the races until the summer of 2020 as a 4-year-old. At 5, she broke her maiden, scored a win over the Del Mar course, and became a stakes winner in October 2021 at Santa Anita. This year she owns Graded stakes placings over the Matriarch’s mile distance in both the Goldikova and the Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes.
West Point campaigns England’s Rose in a racing partnership with Mercedes Stable, Scott Dilworth, David and Dottie Ingordo and Steve Mooney.