Following are quotes from the connections of Rose Family Stable's homebred 3-year-old filly Joanie's Catch, winner of the $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:
Winning trainer's quotes:
Barry Rose - "It's great to see her run the race we know she's capable of. It set up perfect for her with the two favorites going at it up front, and Javier (Santiago) knows her so well and rode her perfect. She's run all right in some of her races here this year since the Kentucky Oaks, when she had the far outside post (14) and got a rough trip (finished 10th) that day. But as I say, it's great to see her run the way we know she can. We'll keep her going as long as she shows us she wants to keep going. She's a filly that, two days after a race, is ready to do something and get going again. We can look ahead to Gulfstream where we know she likes the track, but she could run again here before that if she indicates she's ready."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Javier Santiago - "This filly always runs well and she tries hard every time. What made the difference today was that the two heavy favorites were knocking each other out on the front end. Even though the pace wasn't fast, they were pressuring each other. I just sat back and waited and when I saw they were ready to back up, I asked my filly to go. I put her towards the outside because she finishes better when she is on the outside of the other horses. She ran hard in the stretch and was game enough to catch Amazing at the wire".
Top three finishers and payouts:
1st Joanie's Catch $26.00 $7.80 $5.80
2nd Amazing $3.40 $2.60
3rd Musical Romance $5.20
Running time - 1:48.73
About Elmer Heubeck:
A pioneer of the Florida Thoroughbred industry, Heubeck first came to Florida from Maryland in 1940. A few years later, he went to work as farm manager at Carl Rose's Rosemere Farm, thus beginning a lifelong career in the Florida horse business. Among his life's work were important roles at Hobeau Farm and his own Quail Roost Farm in the northern part of Marion County. Heubeck left an indelible mark on the Florida Thoroughbred industry for over six decades. He passed away on May 12, 2003 at age 85.