Macadamia Turns the Tables on Quattroelle in Wilshire

Macadamia (right, white blinkers) turns the tables on familiar foe Quattroelle (left) | Benoit

Run down late last out in Santa Anita's Mar. 4 GII Buena Vista, Macadamia got the jump on her fellow closers coming into the lane and turned the tables on familiar face Quattroelle to take the GIII Wilshire S. Sunday at Santa Anita and pick up her first graded victory in the United States.

Away smoothly from her rail post, Macadamia was pulling hard while a joint third turning up the backside. About three lengths off pacesetting Canoodling (Pioneerof the Nile) midway on the far turn, Macadamia angled three deep turning for home, collared the pacesetter a furlong out and was never threatened by Quatroelle, who finished a troubled second.

“My filly was really strong today and maybe she's knows I'm Portuguese,” said winning rider Tiago Pereira. “She's Brazilian, so that's a good combination.”

A two-time Group 1 winner in Brazil, Macadamia earned her first U.S. victory in a nine-furlong optional claimer over the Santa Anita lawn Feb. 3 before finishing a half-length adrift of Quattroelle in the Buena Vista last time out.

“These South American fillies, horses in general, they seem to be really hearty horses and I'm lucky to have her,” said winning trainer Phil D'Amato. “We will enjoy the moment, there's a Grade I here in a month, so we will see what our options are and figure out a game plan.”'

Sunday, Santa Anita
WILSHIRE S.-GIII, $100,500, Santa Anita, 4-30, 4yo/up, f/m, 1mT, 1:33.66, fm.
1–MACADAMIA (BRZ), 124, m, 5, by Hat Trick (Jpn)
1st Dam: Une Autre Etoile (Brz) (SP-Brz), by Northern Afleet
                2nd Dam: Ken de Saron, by Kenmare (Fr)
                3rd Dam: Lyre de Saron (Fr), by Luthier (Fr)
O-R Unicorn Stable; B-Haras Springfield (BRZ); T-Philip
D'Amato; J-Tiago Josue Pereira. $60,000. Lifetime Record:
12-4-3-2, $204,413. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks
   report & 5-cross pedigree or free Equineline.com
   catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Quattroelle (Ire), 124, m, 5, Mehmas (Ire)–Heavenly River
(Fr), by Stormy River (Fr). (€10,000 RNA Ylg '19 TIRSEP). O-Red
Baron's Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC; B-Rossenarra
Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Jeff Mullins. $20,000.
3–Very Scary, 120, f, 4, Connect–Summer Reading, by Hard
Spun. ($40,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP; $80,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR).
O-Walter Luedtke, Robert Oracheff, and Robert Scott Oracheff;
B-Windways Farm (KY); T-Ian Kruljac. $12,000.
Margins: 1, 1 3/4, NK. Odds: 3.10, 2.00, 9.20.
Also Ran: Closing Remarks, Canoodling, Thunder Run. Scratched: Rhea Moon (Ire).Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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