Photo: Hollywood Park
when the meet began, Harmonious is now a Grade 1 winner a bit more than two
months later after a 1 ¼ length victory in the $250,000 American Oaks Saturday
at Hollywood Park.
her initial appearance in a graded affair, the 3-year-old Dynaformer filly out
of the Storm Cat mare Jade Tree won her third in a row on turf, rallying in the
center of the course under Martin Garcia to get the best of 12-1 shot
Antares World approaching the finish.
by breeders Pam and Marty Wygod and trained by John Shirreffs, Harmonious
completed the 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.77. In the process, the 5-2 third choice
provided her 25-year-old rider with his first Grade 1 success at Hollywood Park.
going 6 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in her debut on April 25, Harmonious stretched
out to a mile on grass and defeated maidens on May 16. Her other win prior to
the American Oaks came in a first level allowance at nine furlongs on June 12.
in her two earlier wins, Harmonious paid $7, $4.60 and $4. Antares World, who
was part of some quick early fractions for the distance while closest to
pacesetter Riviera Chic, returned $10.60 and $7.80. Weekend Magic, the longest
shot in the field at 59-1, was third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Antares World and a
nose in front of 2-1 second choice Andina. The show price on Weekend Magic was
had a lot of high hopes for her,’’ said Shirreffs, who has two stakes wins this
season in Inglewood, both in Grade 1’s. He won the Vanity with the undefeated
Zenyatta on June 13.
showed us a lot. When she won the allowance race going a mile and an eighth we
knew she wanted more distance and thought she could handle more distance. That
was exactly what we wanted, not to move early. Especially at a mile and a
quarter with a 3-year-old filly that hasn’t done it.’’
had never ridden Harmonious before Saturday. Mike Smith had been her jockey in
the first four races, but he was scheduled to be aboard Cozi Rosie in the
However, the Pleasantly Perfect filly, who almost certainly would
have been favored, was scratched Friday by trainer John Sadler.
told me to let her break and then make her really comfortable,’’ said Garcia.
“He thought that if she relaxed she could win. So what I did was just break and
let her relax. At the three-eighths a horse outside me passed me, but I didn’t
want to move with her, so what I did was take a hold and just follow her.
she got in front she started looking around for company. She is a really a nice
filly. She was waiting for more. She wanted to keep going and going and
To City, the 2-1 favorite, finished fifth, then came Conniption and Riviera