11/13/2010 5:57PM

Birdrun cruises to victory in Carl G. Rose Classic

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Jim Lisa
Birdrun captures the Carl G. Rose Classic under Rajiv Maragh.

MIAMI - Birdrun capped off the eight stakes Florida Million Day program with a decisive 4 1/2-length victory over the 4-5 favorite Duke of Mischief in the $150,000 Carl G. Rose Classic on Saturday at Calder.
Birdrun controlled the pace under deft handling by Rajiv Maragh and reasserted himself after being briefly headed by Duke of Mischief in early stretch. Duke of Mischief outlasted Dream Maestro to save second by a diminishing head.
Birdrun came into the Carl G. Rose off a career-best effort under optional claiming conditions at Belmont Park. A 4-year-old son of Birdstone, Birdrun is trained by Bill Mott for the Oxbow Racing LLC. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:54.47 over a fast track and paid $4.60.
“It looked like a two horse race from a handicapping angle,” said Maragh. “My horse has a high cruising speed and he’s able to maintain it a long ways. I wanted to get the jump on the favorite and just try to hold him off. He tested us real good but my horse just got the better of him.”

Distaff: Joanie's Catch rebounds

Joanie’s Catch, whose form had tailed off since her 10th place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, registered the most important victory of her career when rallying to defeat the older Amazing by a neck in the $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap. Musical Romance was third, followed by the 7-5 choice Trip for A.J., who weakened after forcing the pace into the stretch.
Joanie’s Catch ($26) is a homebred daughter of First Tour owned by the Rose Family Stable. Although graded stakes placed four times this winter at Gulfstream Park, she had won just once in 15 previous starts at 3. Javier Santiago rode Joanie’s Catch to victory for his second stakes win on the card, having previously guided Tackleberry to victory in the Jack Dudley Sprint.
“It’s great to see her run the race we know she’s capable of,” said trainer Barry Rose. “It set up perfect for her with the two favorites going at it up front. We can look ahead to Gulfstream where we know she likes the track.”
Joanie's Catch covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.73.

Juvenile Fillies Turf: Salsa Bullet wires

Salsa Bullet was allowed to control a very slow pace over a “good” turf course under a crafty ride by Eibar Coa, then had enough left in reserve to hold off a final surge from the 3-5 Holidaysatthefarm to capture the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf. Blue Eyed Sweetie finished third.
Salsa Bullet ($15.60), a daughter of Omega Code, had made only two previous starts and had never been beyond six furlongs prior to the Juvenile Fillies Turf, which was decided at a 1 1/16 miles.
Salsa Bullet covered the distance in 1:47.07. She is owned by Commonwealth Stable and is trained by Seth Benzel.

Sprint: Tackleberry impressive

Tackleberry made his stakes debut a winning one, roaring to an easy 5 1/4 -ength victory over Hear Ye Hear Ye in the $125,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. Ju Jitsu Jax finished a tiring third.
Tackleberry force the early pace of Ju Jitsu Jax, gain command after the opening quarter mile and steadily increased his advantage through the stretch under Santiago. The win was the third in a row and fourth in the last five starts for the 3-year-old son of Montbrook who is owned and trained by Luis Olivares.
You Luckie Mann, the 2-1 favorite in the six-furlong Jack Dudley, finished ninth and last.
Tackleberry paid $11 after covering the distance in 1:11.80.

Juvenile: Manicero in a romp

Manicero stamped himself as one of the top 2-year-olds on the grounds with his 8 1/4-length triumph over the graded-stakes-placed Ribo Bobo in the $125,000 Jack Price Juvenile.
Manicero, an impressive maiden winner after adding blinkers for his previous start, led throughout under jockey Luis Saez. Ribo Bobo overcame traffic on the turn to finish second over his uncoupled stablemate Motin.
Manicero, a son of Mass Media, is owned by Leo Azpurua Sr. and trained by his son Leo Azpurua Jr. He completed seven furlongs in 1:25.77 and paid $6.20.