(Dogtag wins the Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
FLAVIEN PRAT, DOGTAG, WINNER: “She was very professional and she handled the course beautifully. The mile and a quarter is always a question, but just about everybody was trying it for the first time and the way she relaxed, it was no problem at all. When I asked her around the turn, she took me to the lead very nice, it looks like she’s got a big future.
“I thought I would be a little closer but she broke fine. Just seemed there were some quicker than me, I tried to get her to relax, it was her first time at a mile and a quarter.
“It’s really important to win races for (Mandella). I came out here and he was the one who put me in a good situation and gave me a lot of opportunities so it is always great to ride for him. It is something I always remember.
“He tells me when things go wrong, ‘Don’t worry about it, you have to think you just won a Grade I’.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, DOGTAG, WINNER: “She seems to be getting better and better. I thought she’d break sharp and be on the lead, but Flavien got her to settle real nice, which was good. He usually does the right thing. We’ll go ahead and point to the John Mabee at Del Mar (Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf on Sept. 5).”
NOTES: The winning owner is LNJ Foxwoods.