January 19, 2022


The fine art of fashion

Stylish United comes off the bench to get the $1M San Luis Rey GIII for Mandella

ARCADIA, Calif. —Idle about 5 months due to the fact functioning a disappointing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Richard Mandella’s classy turf star United arrived back again operating on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he stalked the early rate and motored to an emphatic 3 quarter duration win in the Quality III, $100,000 San Luis Rey Stakes. Ridden by Flavien Prat, who notched his fourth get of the working day, United, a 6-12 months-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway, acquired a mile and a single fifty percent on turf in 2:25.51.

With fast Acclimate heading to the entrance as expected in the operate down the hillside turf, Prat was attentive to the speed and tracked the leader although making use of moderate force to the far transform, where by he took over a quarter mile out and outran next preference Masteroffoxhounds from the top rated of the lane prior to keeping off a late run from Say the Word.

“Hat’s off to Mr. Mandella, he had him all set to operate a mile and a single 50 % nowadays,” claimed Prat, who has now guided him to 5 graded stakes wins. “He was touring nicely the entire way and he responded very well when I asked him to go. My horse likes to be in the race and he likes it when there is a fantastic pace. I wished to keep close to Acclimate, I did not want him to get also straightforward of a guide.

“Like I say, we were being traveling well and at the three eighths pole, I was in command.  He likes the turf courses out listed here and with the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, that’s good.  Hoping to have a very good year.”

Closely favored at 4-5 in a subject of 5 older horses, United paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10.

“It’s often pleasant to be home,” reported Mandella.  “He’s gained very properly at Del Mar also, though we like The Terrific Race Spot.”

Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, United, who is out of Indy Punch, by Pulling Punches, now has five wins from 10 begins over the Santa Anita turf and his all round mark stands at 18-8-4-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of 1,513,549.

Patiently taken care of by Mike Smith, Say the Term manufactured a good late operate, simply besting Masteroffoxhounds by just one length.  Off at 4-1, Say the Term compensated $3.60 and $2.80.

A winner of the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a person quarter on turf Feb. 6, Masteroffoxhounds sat 3rd to the top rated of the lane and was unable to hold off Say the Phrase for the position. Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, he was off at 2-1 and compensated $2.20 to present when finishing 5 lengths apparent of Acclimate.

Fractions on the race have been 24.29, 47.18, 1:11.36, 1:36.01 and 2:00.80.

San Luis Rey Replay


Notice: Prat went on to earn the eighth race aboard Peter Miller’s Fratelli, supplying him 5 on the working day with a person race remaining.

Push Release

Photograph: United (Benoit)