Another Scat Daddy Juvenile Stakes-Winner

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Breaking her maiden in driving rain at Saratoga on Thursday was lightly raced filly Harmonize (2f Scat Daddy x Mesa Fresca, by Sky Mesa) who put aside the testing conditions to win the $100,000 PG Johnson Stakes.

Having just her second start following a debut second on this course last month, the Bill Mott trained filly travelled well in the run and charged clear to win the 1 and 1/16th mile turf contest by four lengths over Thrilled (2f Uncle Mo x Excited, by Giant’s Causeway).

“She went into the first turn on the lead, but there was a horse that was a little rank down the backside and she was willing to let that horse go on,” said Bill Mott.

“It worked out good; we tipped to the outside of her and had a target turning for home. She was very green her first time out. She just got lost on the lead last time and she’s ready now.”

An $80,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Harmonize runs for Larkin Armstrong and is the first winner for Mesa Fresca, a grand-daughter of Grade I winner and influential producer Chic Shrine.

This is the family of dual Grade I winner Verrazano and Keen Ice, who defeated American Pharoah to win the Grade I Travers Stakes last weekend.

Harmonize is the 55th stakes-winner for Scat Daddy, who is enjoying a benchmark year with a vintage crop of juveniles headed by Azar, Pretty n Cool and Acapulco.

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