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Harvest Moon winning last fall's GII Zenyatta | Benoit

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Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith's As Time Goes By (American Pharoah) has been progressing steadily since last fall and will try to collect her first black-type badge in Saturday's GII Santa Margarita S. at Santa Anita.

Third in her career debut sprinting at Del Mar last August, the daughter of MGISW Take Charge Lady (Dehere) returned to finish second to stablemate Himiko (American Pharoah) after setting the pace in the early going at Santa Anita in October. A four-length winner going six panels at Los Alamitos Dec. 13, the half-sister to 3-year-old champion colt Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song) and GISW Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy) galloped home an eye-catching nine-length winner stretching to a mile in a Santa Anita allowance Jan. 17. Stepping up for the Mar. 13 GI Beholder Mile, the Bob Baffert trainee found only champion Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) too good, finishing second by 2 3/4 lengths. Mike Smith, aboard for her latest trip to post, retains the call.

Alice Bamford and Michael Tabor's Harvest Moon (Uncle Mo) reeled off four consecutive wins in 2020, including Del Mar's GIII Torrey Pines S. at a mile and the 8 1/2-furlong GII Zenyatta S. at Santa Anita. Fourth after disputing the early pace in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff over nine furlongs at Keeneland, she resurfaced with a fourth, beaten seven lengths, in the aforementioned Beholder Mile. Regular rider Flavien Prat returns to ride the Simon Callaghan trainee Saturday.

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