(Mucho Unusual wins the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita / Benoit Photography & Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:


JUAN HERNANDEZ, MUCHO UNUSUAL, WINNER: My filly ran very sharp and she was really comfortable in the race. They let me go to the lead easily, so I took it, and then the rest of the race the filly did by herself. She’s a really nice filly. When I asked her to run at the stretch, she responded really well.

“It means a lot. It is my first Grade 1, I always wanted to win a Grade 1, I always tried really hard, but I couldn’t, today was the day.

“To win these races it’s all about opportunity, I want to thank the owners and trainer for this big opportunity.”


TIM YAKTEEN, MUCHO UNUSUAL, WINNER: “It’s super satisfying, words can’t describe how satisfying it is. This mare is unbelievable, her mother, Not Unusual is a great producer, it was great to get a Grade I win on the page for her. It’s very gratifying. She’s been such a hard-knocking filly. She’s been knocking on the door with Grade 1’s, so to pull this out is amazing. She’s very easy to train and very straight forward. She makes my job easy.

“I’m just thrilled for the whole team. My hat goes off to all of the hard work that Starwood Farm does. I want to give a big thank you to Tony Burton, the Farm Manager, and to the whole team out there.

“This is as big of a win as I’ve ever had. I haven’t had very many Grade 1 wins.”

NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is George Krikorian.