Mehmas' tough daughter Quattroelle made it back-to-back Graded stakes wins at Santa Anita on Saturday with an impressive success in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes.
Partnered by regular pilot Hector Berrios, Quattroelle settled in fifth and despite having to come wide around the final turn, powered down the outside to win easily from Macadamia.
"Hector has really figured her out. It wasn't until her last race in the Megahertz that he decided to just be a little more patient and it worked," said winning conditioner Jeff Mullins. "She came out of that race really well and she's trained just as she's always had. We just knew. Today she just got a cleaner trip. Hector just sat there, and sat there, I thought, 'Man you gotta go some time,' and she just kicked away. Hector is the key to this filly right now."
Previously successful in the Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes, Quattroelle initially broke through at stakes level when successful in the Listed Blue Norther Stakes and has also been placed in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel and Red Carpet Stakes; indeed, she has filled the frame in 14 of her 15 starts and now boasts earnings of $413,000.
Quattroelle was bred by John McEnery's Rossenarra Bloodstock out of Heavenly River, a Stormy River half-sister to Listed winner Katie's Diamond, herself the dam of last season's Queen Mary Stakes heroine Dramatised.
Five-year-old Quattroelle is from the first crop of Mehmas and one of 20 stakes winners for her sire.