Quattroelle Goes For A Stakes Double In The Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes
QUATTROELLE GOES FOR A STAKES DOUBLE IN THE GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES AS EIGHT FILLIES & MARES GO MILE ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2023)—Quattroelle, upset winner of the Grade III Megahertz on Feb. 4, will look to add a second stakes victory at the Classic Meet on Saturday when she takes on seven rivals in the Grade II Buena Vista going a mile on turf.
In the one-mile Megahertz, Quattroelle rallied from off the pace under jockey Hector Berrios to score at 10-1 for trainer Jeff Mullins. In her two prior starts, Quattroelle was third in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel going 1 1/8 miles here Dec. 31 and second in the Grade III Red Carpet going 1 3/8 miles at Del Mar Nov. 24. The 5-year-old Irish-bred mare by Mehmas has three wins in eight starts going a flat mile, which includes the 2021 Blue Norther here last March.
Owned by Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal, Quattroelle will again have Berrios in the irons on Saturday. Also exiting the Megahertz are Closing Remarks, who was third beaten a length, and School Dance.
Trained by Carla Gaines, Closing Remarks stalked the pace under Joe Bravo in the Megahertz and mounted a mild bid in the stretch to take the show dough. The 5-year-old California bred mare by Vronsky is seeking her first stakes win against open company. Prior to the Megahertz, Closing Remarks returned from a seven-month layoff and finished ahead of Quattroelle when second behind top turf mare Queen Goddess in the Robert J. Frankel.
Bravo retains the mount on Closing Remarks. A homebred for Harris Farms, she has banked $410,820 with a record of 3-5-3 from 16 starts.
School Dance was the beaten favorite when fifth in the Megahertz. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old Animal Kingdom filly was previously second in the Grade I American Oaks here going a mile-and-a-quarter Dec. 26. Jockey Ramon Vazquez was aboard for both of those efforts and will again be in the saddle on Saturday.
Owned by Agave Racing Stable and Rockin Robin Racing Stables, School Dance has a record of 3-4-1 in 11 starts with earnings of $182,940.
D’Amato also sends out a pair of recent allowance winners in search of their first U.S. stakes victories.
Macadamia, a Group 1 winner in her native Brazil, took down a second-level allowance here on Feb. 3 when going 1 1/8 miles on turf. She will again be ridden by Tiago Pereira for owner R Unicorn Stable.
Kitty Kitana, a 4-year-old English-bred by Bobby’s Kitten, won a first-level allowance here under leading rider Juan Hernandez when going a mile on turf Jan. 28. In her only two previous stakes tries, she finished third in both the Grade III Autumn Miss at a mile on turf here on Oct. 29 and Grade III Sweet Life last February.
Kitty Kitana on Saturday will be reunited with Flavien Prat, who had ridden her in three starts prior to last month’s allowance win with Hernandez. She is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Sterling Stable.
THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 5 of 12 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT
- Closing Remarks—Joe Bravo—120
- Macadamia—Tiago Pereira—120
- Tik Tok Famous—Umberto Rispoli—120
- Kitty Kitana—Flavien Prat—120
- School Dance—Ramon Vazquez--120
- Quattroelle—Hector Berrios—122
- Annaghlasa—Ricardo Gonzalez—120
- Nadette—Lanfranco Dettori--120
Special early first post time for a 12-race card on Saturday that will also include the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes is at 12 noon with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.