ARCADIA, Calif. — In a race in which the emphasis was on speed, speed and more speed, Harris Farms’ hard knocking Fashionably Fast proved gamest of all, as he dug deep while in between horses late to win Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita by a head. Trained by Dean Pederson and ridden by Tiago Pereira, Fashionably Fast, a 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Lucky Pulpit, got a flat mile in 1:37.14 while taking the Tiznow for the second consecutive year.
Sponsored by the CTBA, the Tiznow is part of the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired older horses. The Tiznow is named for the California-bred two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner from 2000 and 2001 who was trained by Jay Robbins.
Breaking from the outside in a field of five, Fashionably Fast was part of a four-horse scramble for the lead, as recent allowance winner Desmond Doss had a head advantage over Margot’s Boy, with Surfing Star just a half length in front of the winner, who was hung four-wide around the Club House turn.
Heading to the far turn, Fashionably Fast moved into second, a half length back of Desmond Doss and these two traded punches to the sixteenth pole, where they were joined by a late running Brandothebartender, but in the end, Fashionably Fast simply wouldn’t be denied.
“This horse has so much heart, mucho corazon!” said Pereira, who has now ridden Fashionably Fast in 19 out of his 20 starts and in all eight of his victories. “None of these races are easy, but he tries so hard. Today, we were wide going into the first turn, but he’s got so much speed and I didn’t want to take too much hold of him. He relaxed a little down the backside and when we were between the number one (Desmond Doss) and the number three (Brandothebartender), he gave everything.”
Third off of a 5 ½ month layoff in the six furlong Don Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint here on Jan. 16, Fashionably Fast, who registered his fifth career stakes win, was off as the 4-5 favorite and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10.
“I wasn’t too worried about him being wide,” said Pederson. “He’s in the clear and he was on the bridle for Tiago, which was important. I was a little worried when he got a little keen up the backside, but you (could) tell at the three-eighth pole we had no excuse. He doesn’t make (anything) easy, he’s just a very game horse.
“I almost feel more confident when he’s tucked in a battle like that than when he’s out there by himself. But then at that point, you either win or you lose and you just hope for the best. Good horses make it easy.”
Owned by Harris Farms, Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti, Fashionably Fast, who is out of the Forestry mare Fall Fashion, is now 20-8-4-3 overall. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $568,245.
For his part, Desmond Doss, a Nick Alexander homebred trained by Steve Miyadi, ran a tremendous race in defeat while pressed the entire trip. Off at 5-2 with Abel Cedillo, he paid $3.00 and $2.10 while finishing a head in front of Brandothebartender.
Trained by Craig Dollase and ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Brandothebartender was finishing with a flourish while wide-out and ended up 12 lengths in front of Margot’s Boy. Off at 5-1, “Brando” paid $2.10 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.07, 46.42, 1:11.49 and 1:24.29.
Santa Anita Press Release
Photo: Fashionably Fast, (Benoit)