Wild Mia made her first start in California a winning one, edging Andina by a neck to capture the $75,100 Redondo Beach S. June 5 at Hollywood Park. The Florida-bred daughter of Wildcat Heir was starting at the seventh different track of her career, but her first west of the Mississippi River.
Wildcat Heir is Florida's third ranked sire by earnings and is also ranked fourth on the North American third-crop sire list.
Ahead of only one rival early while 19-10 favorite Tanda set a solid pace with Miss Pleasant and Lilly Fa Pootz, while Wild Mia was second-last in the field of seven through the first six furlongs. She angled outside for room into the stretch, then gained the advantage approaching the wire, completing the mile on turf in 1:34.65.
Trained by Tom Proctor for Rosemount Stud Syndicate, the 4-year-old gray filly was ridden by David Flores as she won for the fourth time in 12 starts. The $44,580 payday pushed her earnings to $228,174 and her record to 4-5-0.
"She’s not quick (early in her races), but I had a very good break," said Flores. "They said just to get her to relax and make a run. I was just trying to save as much ground as I could. She was on the outside, but it was okay because I saved enough ground to get in position and not lose the position. She accelerated when I asked her, just as I was expecting."
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