06/03/2010 11:00PM

Turf in Joanie's Catch's present, future


MIAMI - After holding her own with some of the best members of her division on dirt this winter and spring, Joanie's Catch may be ready to embark on a turf career during the second half of the campaign.

Joanie's Catch, who was graded stakes placed four times on the main track during the Gulfstream meet and finished 10th in the Kentucky Oaks, made her turf debut here earlier in the meet when she finished third against older horses in a second-level optional claiming race at five furlongs. On Sunday, she will again try the grass in a full field of 12 3-year-old fillies in the $55,000 Sweettrickydancer Stakes, which is carded at a mile on the turf.

Trainer Barry Rose plans to run Joanie's Catch in the Sweettrickydancer whether the race goes on the turf or is switched to the main track due to weather considerations. He said he'd prefer that the overnight stakes goes as scheduled on grass.

"I really liked the way she ran on the grass in her last start and I've already been looking at some graded stakes on the turf up north for her later this summer," said Rose.

Rose also likes being able to stretch Joanie's Catch back out to a mile after having her go five-eighths in her turf bow.

"The last start put a little speed in her, but she should be much better going a mile," said Rose.

None of her opponents in the Sweettrickydancer have the stakes experience of Joanie's Catch.

Musical Romance is coming off a fourth-place finish against older rivals in the Hollywood Wildcat Handicap four weeks earlier, and was fifth, beaten just over a length, in Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Herecomesthebride in her previous start.

The only other members of this lineup with any stakes experience are Bet On the Blue and Tesoro de Amor. Bet On the Blue finished fifth in the Boynton Beach overnight stakes at Gulfstream, while Tesoro de Amor finished a distant seventh in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa. She bounced back to win her last two starts, including a second-level optional claimer at the direct expense of Bet On the Blue over the main track here last month.

* Miss Delite, who won 3 of her 4 starts at 2, including the Catcharisingstar Stakes on the turf, is gearing up for her 3-year-old debut. Miss Delite worked five furlongs from the gate here Friday in 1:02.60, her fifth work during the past five weeks. Miss Delite was trained by Pablo Andrade during her 2-year-old campaign, but is currently under the guidance of Jorge Navarro.

* Dubai's Connection suffered her first setback of the meet in five starts when she finished second behind the speedy Pink Gloss in Friday's third race. The victory was the third in a row for Pink Gloss, who is trained by David Vivian and was ridden by Manoel Cruz.