GEOVANNI FRANCO, FAULT, WINNER: “Well I knew she is a nice filly. She’s been running in some nice stakes and placing in them. She just changed coasts and I guess she’s liking it because she seemed to today. She felt very good, just came out and took care of business.

“I was trying to get there first. I knew that if there was a little bit of room, she would do it. She’s a great filly and she had the run in her.”



PHIL D’AMATO, FAULT, WINNER: “I knew she was a very consistent filly and was only getting better back east. She had a bad luck trip at Fairgrounds (fourth in her last start on Dec. 30 going a mile on turf) but from the very first time I breezed her I thought, ‘This is a horse I’ve been looking for in this category for quite a while.’

“She’s shown me a lot in the mornings and she trained like she belonged in here. You never know until you run against these girls in here and she showed that she fits.

“Geovanni breezed her in her last work. I’ve been watching him ride for the last couple of weeks and I’ve been very impressed with his grass rides. He just gets it. He saves ground and gets a lot out of these horses. With the lineup that was coming into this race, all the jockeys were already taken and I thought it was a perfect time to give him a chance and he rewarded us with a great ride.”


GARY FENTON, LITTLE RED FEATHER RACING, FAULT, WINNER:  “We’ve liked this filly for a long time.  We had been watching her run and when we contacted Mark Martinez (of Agave Racing Stable), he was agreeable to bringing her out here with Phil (D’Amato).  We may try her on the dirt.  We like to do it.  We’ve done it with Midnight Storm and we might do it with this filly.”


NOTES: The winning owners are Agave Racing Stable and Little Red Feather Racing.

TVG’s Todd Schrupp presents the trophy to winning connections

Benoit Photo

Fault and jockey Geovanni Franco win the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes, Saturday, Feruary 17, 2018 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.