Raffaele and Kathleen Amaya, Alex’s wife and Raffaele’s mother, are listed as Rose to Gold’s owners.
She made her debut last Aug. 25 at Calder, winning the one-mile Lindsey Frolic by 13 lengths on a sloppy track.
Last year, Rose to Gold also won the Brave Raj at Calder and the Delta Princess (Grade 3) at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.
In between was her only bad effort — 12th place in the Alciabides (Grade 1) on the synthetic track at Keeneland.
In late January, Santoro and Centofanti sent Rose to Gold to Oaklawn Park.
“We wanted to find a climate that is similar to Louisville, and Oaklawn fit better than other tracks that had stakes,” Santoro said.
Rose to Gold finished second in the one-mile Martha Washington on Feb. 9.
Santoro then switched to Borel and Rose to Gold led wire-to-wire to win her other two Oaklawn races.
The competition will be tougher in the Kentucky Oaks. But with Borel riding, it is likely that Rose to Gold will go off at odds lower than 15-1.
Borel, recently elected to racing’s Hall of Fame, has ridden one Kentucky Oaks winners and three Kentucky Derby winners.
“I expect a very fast pace, and I will let Calvin decide how much to lay back of it,” Santoro said. “We could see the leaders back up.
“This will be her first time at a mile and an eighth, but she has the breeding, and has galloped out well in her last two races.”
Midnight Lucky, trained by Bob Baffert, could be the key to the race.
She set a 1 1/16-mile track record in the Sunland Park Oaks in New Mexico, and there are expectations that she will attempt to wire the field. Beholder is one of several horses that could challenge her.
Dreaming of Julia, Unlimited Budget and Rose to Gold could be rallying down the long Churchill Downs stretch.
Dreaming of Julia, the 3-1 morning line favorite, has won four of six starts. She is trained by Todd Pletcher and will be ridden by John Velazquez.