Harris-Bred Smiling Tiger Filly Impresses in 2-year-old Debut
Arcadia, CA (April 29, 2023) – Fly a Fantasy, the 2-year-old Harris Farms-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger, made a smashing career debut in the 4th race at Santa Anita going four and one-half furlongs over the fast main track.
The chestnut miss, under jockey Mike Smith, was away sharply, but found herself between horses in the fight for the early lead. Taken back out and placed in a stalking position, she moved to strike around the turn. Taking over at the top of the stretch, she quickly opened up under a hand ride to win authoritatively by nearly four lengths. Her time of :53.02 waa a full second faster that a similar conditions race earlier on the card.
Fly a Fantasy, (pictured here as a foal), races for Harris Farms, Inc., in partnership with John Cavalli, Mark Stanton, and Stephanie Wedge. Trained by Jeff Bonde, she is the third generation of this family bred at the farm. She is out of the winning Desert Code mare, Almost Reality.