Harper Be Good Has ‘Wow’ Factor for Khozan JFS
Oct 21, 2021
C My Meister Test Tapeta in Journeyman Stud Juvenile
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Joseph Imbesi’s Harper Be Good has the ‘Wow’ factor for Saturday’s $60,000 Khozan Juvenile Fillies Sprint at Gulfstream Park.
The six-furlong race for Florida-bred 2-year-old fillies will highlight a program that will also feature the $60,000 Journeyman Stud Juvenile, a mile-and-70-yard stakes for Florida-bred 2-year-olds, and the $60,000 Miami Beach, a mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up.
Harper Be Good looms as a strong favorite while taking seven other Florida-bred fillies on the strength of her recent second-place finish in the seven-furlong My Dear Peggy stakes at Gulfstream Sept. 18. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained daughter of Social Inclusion finished 1 ½ lengths behind Diamond Wow, who went on to finish an impressive second in the Jessamine (G2) at Keeneland.
“She obviously took another step forward. The numbers for that race came back really good. It makes me wonder if it’s a real number or not, but she seems to be getting better and better,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said.
Harper Be Good finished an even fourth in her Aug. 1 debut at six furlongs before graduating in her second start, in which she bobbled at the start of the seven-furlong maiden special weight race for state-breds before closing from 10th and last to win going away by 1 ½ lengths. The homebred filly tested open company for the first time in the Our Dear Peggy, which was originally scheduled to be run at a mile on turf. She broke fifth and last from her No. 1 post position before making a three-wide move on the turn into the stretch to challenge Diamond Wow in the stretch. Although she was unable to catch the highly regarded Patrick Biancone trainee, who would finish second in the Jessamine (G2), she continued on gamely through the stretch to finish 12 lengths clear of the third-place finisher.
“She’s never been flashy in the morning. Her first race was decent. The second race, she moved forward and the third race, she really jumped up,” Joseph said.
Edgard Zayas is scheduled to ride Harper Be Good for the first time Saturday.
Palm Beach Racing Partnership’s She’s So Beautiful figures to be a prominent factor in the Khozan JFS if she is judged by the company she has kept. The two-time winner is coming off a distant and very wide second-place finish behind Last Leaf, who went on to win the Hollywood Beach Stakes at five furlongs on turf.
The Carlos David trainee will be ridden by Samy Camacho.
Owner/trainer Roger Laurin’s Demurely is set for a return to action after competing in the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series. The daughter of Uncaptured, who won her debut impressively, finished second in the $100,000 Desert Vixen and a troubled-seventh in the $200,000 Susan’s Girl before being given a break.
Luca Panici is scheduled to ride Demurely for the first time.
Cammarota Racing LLC’s Queen Camilla, who finished a distant third behind Diamond Wow and Harper Be Good in the Our Dear Peggy, is scheduled to return to the main track following a fifth-place optional claiming allowance finish on Tapeta.
Miguel Vazquez has the call on the Antonio Sano trainee in the Khozan JFS, which is carded as Race 8 on a 10-race card.
Dr. Ricardo Vallejo’s Sea Art, Westbury Stables LLC’s Violent Zap and Bruce Tallisman’s Divine Connection all enter the Khozan JFS off promising debut victories.
The Journeyman Stud Juvenile, which is carded as Race 3, will mark the Tapeta debuts for all eight entrants.
Wendell Yates, Troy Johnson, Carroll Boys Racing, and Maritza Weston’s C My Meister enters the mile-and-70-yard race off a third-place finish in the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy at Colonial Downs. In his previous start, the Kelsey Danner-trained son of Bodemeister graduated in his third career start while making his turf debut at Gulfstream Park. Miguel Vasquez, who was aboard for the win, returns to the saddle.
Arindel’s The Skipper Two, who finished an even fourth after a troubled start in the $400,000 FSS In Reality last time out; and Joker Racing LLC’s Hey Porter, a very wide third in a Sept. 5 optional claiming allowance that followed a sharp debut victory; also figure to be factors in the Journeyman Stud Juvenile.
In the Race 9 Miami Beach Handicap, graded-stakes winners Eye of a Jedi and King Guillermo will clash in deep race that also attracted veteran stakes performers Shivaree, Noble Drama and Pro Quality.