Matthew Schera’s Farhaan, an 8-year-old horse by Jazil, captured his first graded stakes in his 31st start on Saturday, winning the G3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita Park under Tyler Baze. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Farhaan rallied from last as an 8-1 outsider to defeat Perfectly Majestic by just under a length, with 6-5 favorite Bolo third and Fabozzi fourth in the field of seven older runners.
Farhaan covered a mile on firm turf in 1:33.18.
Sawyer’s Hill set fast early fractions under Martin Pedroza, going the opening quarter mile in :23.23 and the half in :46.61. Bolo challenged the front-runner going into the far turn, with Fabozzi making a bold run up the rail. After six furlongs in 1:21.75, Baze and Farhaan made their run, saving ground on the turn, then swinging five wide into the stretch, easily overcoming the leaders in the final furlong.
D’Amato saddled Farhaan in one previous start – a March 9 allowance/optional claiming race at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita, where Farhaan was second to graded stakes winner Prospect Park. He was shipped west by Schera from the barn of trainer Carlos Martin, who claimed him from breeder Shadwell Farm for $ 40,000 out of a winning race at Saratoga last Aug. 19. He ran three times for Martin, most recently last Oct. 29 in the G3 Bold Ruler Handicap, a seven-furlong dirt race at Belmont Park.
Farhaan began his racing career for Sheikh Hamdan in England, then came to the U.S., where he won minor stakes at 3 and 4 while trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.
“He’s been taken care of very well all along the way,” D’Amato said after the Thunder Road, “and we’re just fortunate to have him.”
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