(Moonlight d’Oro wins the G3 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
FLAVIEN PRAT, MOONLIGHT d’ ORO, WINNER: “I was trying to see if I should stay inside or go around, and I decided to go around. She was there for me when I asked her to go. Rosario was at the front and nobody was really bothering him, but when I came around the turn, I made that great move and tried to get some momentum out of it. She was traveling nicely behind horses, and I was very happy with how she ran.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, MOONLIGHT d’ORO, WINNER: “It turned out good. I was worried she got a little washy going to the gate, and she was a lamb over at Los Alamitos where she should have gotten upset. Sometimes you take them over to something like that and then the next time they’re looking for the excitement.
How can you do any better than they have done? Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup.”
JOE MORAN, MYRACEHORSE, PART OWNER, MOONLIGHT d’ORO WINNER: “She’s a filly that we’ve always been high on since the beginning. She’s had some rough trips her first two go arounds at Del Mar. Once she got the two turn distance, she just picked up the pieces. Trainer Richard Mandella has just done a phenomenal job with her and it showed today.”
SCOTT JAGOW, MYRACEHORSE, PART OWNER, MOONLIGHT d’ORO, WINNER: “It’s phenomenal. It’s been an incredible year and to have a great horse back in the stable like Moonlight d’Oro, she’s doing so well…we were following her last year we knew we had a great talent there. We’re so excited for the future with her. It’s such a great sport, of course we all love the horses, but the people you meet in the industry is just so much fun. To share it with so many people is just such a phenomenal time. I can’t tell you how exciting it is.”
NOTES: The winning owners are MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm LLC.