Following are quotes from the connections of Martin Cherry's 6-year-old gelding Pickapocket, winner of the $125,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:
Winning trainer's quotes:
Marty Wolfson - "I told Mr. (Martin) Cherry there was no Soldier's Dancer in the field this year and suggested that he send him back here for this race (from Kentucky where he was trained over the summer by Steve Margolis). He's always been a nice horse. The plan is to take him to California for the Sunshine Millions (Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 29)."
(Note: Pickapocket finished second by a half-length in the 2009 Bonnie Heath behind Soldier's Dancer for Wolfson before being sent to Margolis in Kentucky in the spring.)
Winning jockey's quotes:
Jermaine Bridgmohan - ""I was able to execute the plan that Mr. Wolfson mapped out for us. He said the pace would be kind of slow and it was. This horse gives you enough early on that you can put him close if need be and the fractions were so slow that we did need to be close to the lead. He still had a big kick in the stretch, but that's a sign of his class and how game he is."
Top three finishers and payouts:
1st Pickapocket $8.40 $3.80 $2.60
2nd Bim Bam $2.40 $2.10
3rd Tannersville $2.40
Running time - 1:51.39
About Bonnie Heath:
Bonnie Heath was a prominent Florida horseman who, in partnership with Jack Dudley, raced Needles, the first Florida-bred to earn a national championship and win the Kentucky Derby. He operated Bonnie Heath Farm near Ocala and served several terms as president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Heath and Dudley also bred a number of other stakes winners. Heath passed away on November 4, 2001 at his home in Ocala. He was 84.