Prat wins trio of Grade 1 races Saturday at Santa Anita

Prat wins trio of Grade 1 races Saturday at Santa Anita
Prat wins trio of Grade 1 races Saturday at Santa Anita

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Photo: Zoe Metz

Flavien Prat won four races Saturday, three of them Grade I stakes: the Zenyatta with Paradise Woods; the Chandelier with Moonshine Memories; and the Rodeo Drive with Avenge.

Each gives the winner a fees-paid start in their respective Breeders’ Cup races a month hence, come Nov. 3 and 4.

It’s a far cry from how things were two years ago for the 25-year-old Frenchman, who missed the Breeders’ Cup due to injuries.

“Winning four races and three of them Grade I’s is incredible,” said Prat’s agent, Derek Lawson. “We had only won three Grade I’s the whole year, and then, all of a sudden, we knock off three in one day.

“We’re always trying to improve our statistics from the previous year. Avenge ran huge, Paradise Woods came back to where we know she can be, and we’ve been high on the two-year-old filly (Moonshine Memories) since we started working her at Del Mar.

“Now going into the Breeders’ Cup, Flavien’s ridden five horses that won ‘Win and You’re In’ races, so he’s guaranteed (to ride in) at least five races. We’ve come a long way in two years, and in November, we’ll be starting our fourth year together on this whole adventure.

“I promised him I would do everything to make him the No. One rider around here. I wanted him competing at the highest level, and right now, that’s exactly what we’re doing.”


Good news from the Los Angeles Times for racing fans: during the Santa Anita meet the publication is presenting its racing newsletter that provides previews of feature races at local tracks and a roundup of happenings around the country.

The newsletter, written by Times Deputy Sports Editor John Cherwa, marks a quick, free and thorough way for horse devotees to start their day.


With Santa Anita’s 19-day Autumn Meet underway, fans are encouraged to take Uber, “The Official Ride of Santa Anita Park,” to and from the races on all race days through Oct. 29. Current and new Uber users will receive 50 percent off their ride to and from The Great Race Place (up to a $20 discount each way) when they use the promo code SANTAAANITA2017.

Fans utilizing this Uber/Santa Anita promotional code can skip parking fees and commute to Santa Anita from throughout the metro LA area. The 50 percent discount is valid for an unlimited amount of visits through closing day, Sunday, Oct. 29.

Uber, which has become a way of life for millions of people nationwide, offers everyday low prices utilizing a wide variety of available vehicles, from low cost models to high end luxury. Uber drivers use their own vehicles and come from all walks of life and the Uber experience has been designed with safety and security as top priorities.

FINISH LINES: Simon Callaghan reports that unbeaten Moonshine Memories came out of her authoritative 2 ¾-length triumph in the Chandelier Stakes in good order and will remain at Santa Anita before shipping to Del Mar where she likely will have one breeze before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4. “It was nice to see the way she relaxed and sat off horses,” the trainer said. “It’s a dimension we kind of knew she had but it was still nice to see it.” . . . Richard Mandella said both Paradise Woods and Avenge came out of their respective victories in Saturday’s Zenyatta Stakes and Rodeo Drive Stakes in good shape and it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup . . . Champion Stellar Wind, training up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:02.40. “It was just an easy, routine work,” trainer John Sadler said. “We’ll get more serious next week.” Sadler added that Shenandoah Queen was scratched from Saturday’s Zenyatta Stakes after “becoming a little colicky, but she’ll be OK.” . . . There were 232 recorded works at Santa Anita Sunday morning, including 14 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but resume live racing at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Fans are encouraged to use Santa Anita’s official ride to the races, Uber, during the Autumn Meet. Riders receive a 50 percent discount (up to $20 total) to and from the track when they use promo code SANTAANITA2017, which is valid through Oct. 29.

Source: Santa Anita Park

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