FLAVIEN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Through the last half mile I was comfortable with where we were. It felt like we were rolling even though the track is playing pretty fast. I thought we were rolling so I was ok to sit where I was.

“By the three-eighths pole I could see we were making ground and probably would be able to catch the leader, Fahan Mura.

“I did have to ask her in the stretch but as soon as I switched my stick to my left hand she made a very nice move.”

TYLER BAZE, STREAK OF LUCK, SECOND:  “I put her right in behind the winner and I was hoping to get the jump on her, but that other filly (Vasilika) is a runner.  So’s mine.”


JERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I don’t know,if there’s anything this horse can’t do, if there is we haven’t found it yet. I thought going down the backside Flavien had a good idea of how fast they were going, so he started moving a little earlier than he usually does, then she kicked in her last eighth like she always does and ran very well, we are very pleased.

“Vasilika is certainly one of the barn favorites and really seems to come through for us every time. Even the couple of times she hasn’t won, she’s still tried so hard. We’re blessed to have her.

“If I could answer why she is so consistent and so special I wouldn’t have to work.

“She’s certainly running for her late owner Dan Gatto each and every time it seems.”

MATT CHEW, TRAINER, STREAK OF LUCK:  “We wanted to find out if she belonged with these kinds of mares.  We needed to get that answered today and she answered it.  We’ll take a look at what’s next, we’ll consider the Santa Ana (Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf on March 31).”


MARKSCHLAICH, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Just another great claim by Jerry, the horse just goes to the vamp she keeps producing and getting better, she just looks amazing today.

“This race you get a little nervous in the beginning but then she just starts rolling and she looked ready to go and ran hard. (We are) very impressed.

NOTES:  All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and Todaro, G.

Vasilika and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO