09/26/2009 12:00AM

Rose's patience rewarded by Joanie's Catch

Jim Lisa
Joanie's Catch scores an easy win in the $75,000 Brave Raj, one of four stakes on Calder's Festival Preview card.

MIAMI - Joanie's Catch, whose progress has been hampered by gate issues throughout an already busy 2-year-old campaign, showed off her true talent on Saturday by cruising to an easy 4 1//2-length decision over The Isabella Angel in the at Calder. The Brave Raj highlighted the Festival Preview card that featured four stakes.

Joanie's Catch, who was beaten less than a length despite a poor start in the Desert Vixen Stakes, dwelt badly when wheeling back in the Susan's Girl division of the Florida Stallion stakes three weeks later. Trainer Barry Rose spent an extended period of time schooling Joanie's Catch since the Susan's Girl while also removing her blinkers and changing riders on the homebred filly. Daniel Coa rode Joanie's Catch for the first time on Ssturday.

All of Rose's work paid off when Joanie's Catch was first out of the gate to surprisingly contest the pace of the speedy Rosebud's Ridge in the mile and 70-yard Brave Raj. Joanie's Catch fell back off that rival briefly down the backstretch, came again with a strong three wide bid turning for home, and then drew off to a one-sided decision. The Isabella Angel was easily second best, finishing nearly four lengths clear of Successful Song. Sweetlalabye never threatened, finishing a well beaten fourth as the 8-5 favorite in a field of a dozen 2-year-old fillies.

Joanie's Catch covered was timed in 1:45.80 seconds over a track upgraded from good to fast earlier in the day. She paid $25.60 for her second win in nine starts.

Joanie's Catch will now return as one of the favorites in the $400,000 My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion series on Oct. 17.

Bim Bam steps up in Foolish Pleasure

Bim Bam emerged from the shadows of division leaders Jackson Bend and Mr. Green with a 2 1/2-length triumph over Allez Reef in the . Thank U Philippe was victimized by an eventful trip, finishing a troubled fourth as the 7-5 favorite.

Bim Bam, who finished third behind Jackson Bend and Mr. Green in the opening two legs of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, rallied from just off the pace of Bernie the Maestro, gained control in early stretch, then fended off several challenges before edging clear at the end. Allez Reef finished a length in front of a game Bernie the Maestro with Thank U Philippe tiring late after getting shuffled to last on the opening turn and forced to race wide thereafter.

Bim Bam paid $7.20 after running a mile and 70 yards in 1:45.66.

"I was very confident he would go the distance," said David Brownlee, who trains the homebred Bim Bam for the J D Farms.

Brownleee said Bim Bam would return on Oct. 17 in the $400,000 In Reality.

Sweet Repent by a nose

Sweet Repent and Royal Card exchanged the lead several times through the stretch before the former squeezed out a well-deserved nose victory in the $75,000 Judy's Red Shoes, which was switched from the turf to the main track.

Sweet Repent, a 3-year-old daughter of Repent trained by David Braddy, gained a short advantage between calls in early stretch, relinquished the lead to Royal Card at midstretch, then reasserted herself one last time to outgame the 4-5 favorite on the wire. Who Plays Brahms was another 12 lengths further back in third.

"I was rooting for the race to come off the turf," said Braddy.

Stewards place Cinnamon Road first

Trainer Bill Kaplan was also hoping the $75,000 Needles Stakes came off the grass for his Temo's Dream. It did, but the result was not what he had hoped for after Temo's Dream was disqualified from an apparent victory and placed second behind runner-up Cinnamon Road for taking an erratic path and impeding that rival through the stretch.

Temo's Dream stalked and appeared to be getting the better of pacesetter Cinnamon Road when he suddenly ducked in front of that rival near the eighth pole. Temo's Dream quickly edged clear and maintained a safe advantage of 1 1/2 lengths at the wire despite continuing to take an erratic path in late stretch.

Cinnamon Road returned $5 as the favorite in a scratched reduced field of seven 3-year-olds.