Following are quotes from the connections of Preston Racing LLC's 4-year-old colt Birdrun, winner of the $150,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:
Winning trainer's quotes:
Art Preston (owner of Birdrun) - "He took a huge jump winning his last race at Belmont with a big number (105 Beyer) and we decided to take the step up to this race. He beat a very nice horse today (favorite Duke of Mischief), so he's come a long way and we look forward to the winter with him."
(Trainer Bill Mott also had horses running in stakes Saturday at Aqueduct, Churchill Downs and Hollywood Park.)
Winning jockey's quotes:
Rajiv Maragh - "Well, it looked like a two-horse race from a handicapping angle, and I think Eibar Coa was thinking the same thing with the favorite (Duke of Mischief). My horse has a high cruising speed and he's able to maintain it a long ways, very easy to rate and that's going to make a difference when running against very good horses. When I let him move to the lead, I wanted him to get the jump on the favorite and just try to hold him off because I knew he would be coming in the stretch. He tested us real good, but my horse just got the better of him."
Top three finishers and payouts:
1st Birdrun $4.60 $2.60 $2.20
2nd Duke of Mischief $2.20 $2.10
3rd Dream Maestro $3.00
Running time - 1:54.47
About Carl G. Rose:
Carl Rose is widely considered to be the founder of the Florida Thoroughbred industry. He bred the first foal to be foaled in Marion County: a filly named Rosemere Rose, born in 1939. His passion was developing and promoting Marion County as a prime area for raising Thoroughbred racehorses. He also had national influence in road building because of his use of limestone, a substance of great quantity in the area, as a road-building material. He is credited with obtaining a turnpike extension from Ft. Pierce to Wildwood in 1961. In 1963, he died of a heart attack at age 70.