Favored Harvest Moon Captures Torrey Pines In Stakes Debut

Alice Bamford and Michael Tabor’s Harvest Moon ran a perfect stalking race, then proved strongest late in capturing the $100,500 Torrey Pines Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Del Mar near San Diego, Calif.

The 3-year-old filly test, run at a mile with six in the field, was Harvest Moon’s third victory in four starts and her first score in a stakes race. She was handled by Flavien Prat, who was winning his meet-leading ninth stakes.

Harvest Moon, a daughter of Uncle Mo bred by Alice Bamford, took home $60,000 for the win pushing her earnings to $120,720. She paid $5 to win as the 3-2 favorite.

Finishing second was Pam and Martin Wygod’s Secret Keeper and third was Feghali, Feghali or Mathiesen, et al’s Paige Anne.

Harvest Moon covered the distance in 1:36.87 after fractions of :22.13,  :45.93,  1:11.16  and 1:23.76.

It was perfect,” said Prat. “She was nice and relaxed and I knew they were running very fast up front.  She’s got speed if you want it, though.  Last time I hardly asked her to run.  Today, she was just waiting on me.  She won it very nicely.”

The stakes win was the ninth of the meet for rider Prat, but his first in the Torrey Pines. He now has 53 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the second of the meet for trainer Callaghan and his first in the Torrey Pines. He now has 13 stakes wins at Del Mar.

“We were delighted,” said Callaghan. “This filly means a lot because I trained the mother (Qaraaba), which gives it a little extra sentiment. She’s an exciting, big filly that we’ve been super patient with and it’s great that she’s coming in to doing what she’s doing.”

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