Trainer Mark Casse kept hearing the voice of a legend rolling through his mind.
As he evaluated his charge, Shamrock Rose, in the days following her first graded stakes win and watched her behave like a horse with the world at her feet, he recalled a vital lesson imparted to him from one of the great teachers of the game.
“I keep harping on this, but I remember 35 years ago, with (Hall of Famer) Allen Jerkens, and he kept telling me, ‘I don’t understand trainers. They want to give them a rest when they’re running good. Rest them when they’re running bad,'” the Canadian Hall of Fame trainer said. “And that kept going through my mind, because … this filly right now thinks she can beat anybody.”