Following are quotes from the connections of Luis Olivares' 3-year-old gelding Tackleberry, winner of the $125,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:
Winning trainer's quotes:
Luis Olivares - "I told the kid (jockey Javier Santiago), ‘I want you on the lead.' When he broke bad, it scared me. But the rail was open and he took it. Sometimes when there's a lot of speed in a race, people want to take back, but I told him to go for it. He won by five [lengths]!"
Owner/trainer Luis Olivares purchased Tackleberry, by Montbrook, privately.
Winning jockey's quotes:
Javier Santiago - "The only thing I was concerned about today was that my horse was coming back in only one week after running so hard winning at a mile last time out. What I like about him is that he gives you everything he has when you ask him. You just have to be ready so that you can keep control of him; if you say ‘go' he's going to pour it on. We used that to our advantage. The horse outside of us (#2 Ju Jitso Jax) had the early speed, but knowing my horse, I wasn't afraid to challenge him early."
Top three finishers and payouts:
1st Tackleberry $11.00 $6.80 $4.40
2nd Hear Ye Hear Ye $12.40 $7.20
3rd Ju Jitsu Jax $3.80
Running time - 1:11.80
About Jack Dudley:
Jack Dudley campaigned 1956 Kentucky Derby winner and champion Needles with Bonnie Heath, also his partner in the Oklahoma oil firm Dudley-Heath Drilling Company. A Texas native, Dudley bred and raced horses with Heath under the name of their D & H Stable. He also started his own Dudley Farm near Ocala, where he bred numerous stakes winners. Dudley also served on the board of directors of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders Association. In October of 1998, Dudley passed away at the age of 87.