(United winning Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
FLAVIEN PRAT — UNITED (1st):
“Hat’s off to Mr. Mandella, he had him ready to run a mile and one half today. He was traveling well the whole way and he responded well when I asked him to go. My horse likes to be in the race and he likes it when there is a good pace. I wanted to stay close to Acclimate, I didn’t want him to get too easy of a lead. Like I say, we were traveling well and at the three eighths pole, I was in control. He likes the turf courses out here and with the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, that’s good. Hoping to have a good year.”
RICHARD MANDELLA — United (1st): The exercise rider that rides him weighs about 250 pounds, so putting little Flavien Prat to go a little further isn’t going to matter.
“It’s always nice to be home he’s won very nicely at Del Mar also, although we like The Great Race Place.”
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE TIN MAN & UNITED: “Apples and oranges. They are two different horses, but both very personable. They are almost like pets. So lucky to have them and have owners that are patient. And I can say that the owner of the Tin Man, Ralph Todd, took great notice for them running the Tin Man Series and had watched it and been very enthusiastic about it.”
NOTES: The winning owner is LNJ Foxwoods.