Following are quotes from the connections of Cairoli Racing Stable's 2-year-old filly Devilish Lady, winner of the $125,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:
Winning trainer's quotes:
Antonio Sano - "This is my first stakes win in this country. I've been here for ten months. I've won over 3,500 races in Venezuela and over 200 stakes there, but this is my first stakes win in this country. The owner is my cousin and he is in Venezuela.
"I claimed her two races ago after watching her campaign this year. I liked her very much. After her last race, second in a stake, I discussed her with my jockey [Daniel] Centeno and we agreed to take the blinkers off for this race. She really took off in the stretch (7 ¾ lengths winning margin), which did not surprise me. I knew she would run well today."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Daniel Centeno - "This filly ran such a good race last time out in the Cassidy Stakes with the blinkers on. Since then, I've worked her a couple of times without blinkers and she seemed even better to me. I told Mr. Sano that I would like to ride her this time without the blinkers and he agreed. She seems to settle a little more early on and then have a lot more kick in the stretch."
Top three finishers and payouts:
1st Devilish Lady $36.20 $12.20 $6.40
2nd Beso Grande $3.80 $3.00
3rd The Marikutana $5.00
Running time - 1:25.39
About Joe O'Farrell:
Founder of Ocala Stud Farm, the oldest active Florida Thoroughbred operation, Joe O'Farrell was one of the pioneers of the Florida Thoroughbred industry. The vice president and general manager of Ocala Stud from the beginning, O'Farrell also organized the first sales of 2-year-olds in training held at Hialeah Park. He later founded the Florida Breeders' Sales Company. To date, more than 90 stakes winners have been bred at Ocala Stud, many under the guidance of O'Farrell's son, Michael, after O'Farrell's death in December 1983. Ocala Stud Farm was inducted into the Calder Hall of Fame in 2002.