(Charmaine’s Mia wins the Buena Vista at Santa Anita / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Santa Anita Media Team:


FLAVIEN PRAT, CHARMAINE’S MIA, WINNER: “She broke sharp.  She’s really fast out of the gate and I wanted to be on the lead, but the inside horse (Bohemian Bourbon) was pulling very hard, so we were second, which was a good place to be.  When we made the lead at the quarter pole, she got a good breather and from there, she finished really well.”


PHILIP D’ AMATO, CHARMAINE’S MIA, WINNER: “It’s huge, Flavien said there’s more in the tank. She rated nice. If she needed to go a little further, it wasn’t a problem. So that definitely broadens her horizons and maybe has us starting to look at Grade I’s.”

REGARDING HIS GROOM RICARDO MEJIA, AGE 71: “He might not even know this but when I see him  at the barn, rubbing horses, it’s just like a security blanket, to know I’ve got one of the best grooms ever taking care  of my horses.  He rubbed every graded stake winner that Mike Mitchell had when I worked for him, and decades before I worked for him and he’s been with me since I started training. It’s just been a God send. Ricardo’s son is also one of my assistants so it’s a family affair. So that’s part of the reason why he’s stood with us. It’s just like family.”


NOTES: The winning owners are Agave Racing Stable and Rockin Robin Racing Stables.