Harvest Moon Proves Best in Torrey Pines at Del Mar
Harvest Moon © Benoit Photo
Bamford and Tabor’s Harvest Moon ran a perfect stalking race, then proved strongest late in capturing the $100,500 Torrey Pines Stakes by a length and a quarter Saturday at Del Mar.
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 Bramford, took home $60,000 for the win pushing her earnings to $120,720.
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.
FLAVIEN PRAT (Harvest Moon, winner) -- “It was perfect. 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.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN (Harvest Moon, winner) – “We were delighted. This filly means a lot because I trained the mother, 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.”
FRACTIONS: :22.13 :45.93 1:11.16 1:23.76 1:36.87
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.
The winning owners are Alice Bamford of Camarillo, CA and Michael Tabor of Monte Carlo and Barbados.