Quattroelle surges late in the Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita
In a dramatic finish, the Jeff Mullins trained Quattroelle surged late to take Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by a half-length. While the original plan was to be attentive to the pace, jockey Hector Berrios went to “Plan B” and instead tracked the field while last by about four lengths around the far turn and split horses inside the sixteenth pole to overhaul John Velazquez and Bay Storm when it counted.
“I had to be patient, I hung close to the (other horses), and I tried to wait as long as I could for an opening,” said Berrios. “Once I saw a clear opportunity, she responded well to my instructions to push forward.”
Quattroelle was a private purchase with Joe Miller of Kern Thoroughbreds and previously broke through at Stakes level when successful in the Listed Blue Norther Stakes. She has also been placed in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel and Red Carpet Stakes; indeed, she has filled the frame in 13 of her 14 starts and now boasts earnings of almost $300,000.