Arcadia, CA (March 1, 2020) – Harris Farms, Inc., Per Antonsen, and John Nicoletti’s Fashionably Fast made it six straight visits to the winner’s circle with a gutty performance in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-breds going one mile over the fast main track at Santa Anita Park.
Stepping up in distance, the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit reigned in his blazing speed and sat just off the leader’s flank for an opening half in 46.66. He moved to the lead shortly thereafter, but the pacesetter wasn’t done. Fashionably Fast was pressed around the turn and into the stretch. Putting that rival away, another challenged loomed in the final furlong. As good horses will do, he found more when jockey Tiago Pereira asked in those final strides. He gamely held his lead and won by a half-length. Final time was a solid 1:36.64.
“I thought the number the number two (Tiger Dad), would go and he did,” said Pereira. “When we got by the two (leaving the furlong pole), he saw the one (Oliver) coming and he’s just a fighter. I hand rode him and he’s so game. He likes to win.”
“His last couple of works, Tiago has worked hard on getting him to relax in the first part but still finish, ” said winning trainer Dean Pederson. “To me that was the key of the race today. If he relaxed, he gave himself a chance. If he didn’t relax you get back to the barn and get the bathwater ready.”
“Any win is a thrill for us but this one in particular is gratifying,” said winning owner John Harris. “He’s a game horse that just doesn’t want another horse to get in front of him.”
“When he started running he looked like he was gonna be a nice horse all the way, but he didn’t really stand out as a baby,” continued Harris. “He’s very typical of Lucky Pulpit, he’s a smooth looking horse. We had another horse win six in a row, but we’ve never had a horse win four stakes in a row. You always hope they progress…I didn’t know if he’d go a mile or not. When he sees the horses around him, he wants to win. Dean’s done a tremendous job with him.”
Fashionably Fast was bred by Harris Farms and he is out of the Forestry mare, Fall Fashion. He has seven wins, three seconds and two thirds in his sixteen career starts and he has earned $449,745.