FAVORED CHARMAINE’S MIA GOES GATE TO WIRE TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH WHILE GETTING MILE ON TURF IN 1:33.76
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2021)–Consistent Charmaine’s Mia rung up her third consecutive graded stakes victory of the meeting as she led gate to wire in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita, winning by half length. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Flavien Prat, Charmaine’s Mia got a mile on turf in 1:33.76.
Breaking from post position three, she held a one length advantage over Laura’s Light heading into the first turn and was in control thereafter, but was all-out to hold off the late run of Dogtag, who simply ran out of real estate.
A one length winner of the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes over the course on Feb. 20, Charmaine’s Mia, a 5-year-old mare by top sprinter The Factor, was off as the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.
Dogtag, trained by Richard Mandella and idle since a fifth Aug. 2 at Del Mar, rallied well and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of consistent Warren’s Showtime. Off at 6-1, Dogtag paid $4.80 and $3.20.
California-bred Warren’s Showtime put in her customary solid stretch run, but was third best under Juan Hernandez. Off at 5-1, she paid $2.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.59, 46.02, 1:09.86 and 1:21.72.
(D’Amato notched his third win on the day, as did Prat).