Miss Harriett made her career debut a memorable one at Laurel Park on Oct. 14, when she won the $100,000 Springtime Supplements Maryland Million Lassie by a neck in a stunning 62-1 upset.
Narrow Leaf Farm's daughter of Murmur Farm’s Blofeld was the lone first-time starter in the 13-horse Lassie field, and had worked five times at Pimlico for trainer Brandon McFarlane in preparation for this spot.
Breaking from the 12 post, she was rushed out of the gate by Jean Briceno and prompted the pace two-wide in the early stages. Remember Me took had the lead as Miss Harriett sat right off her flank through the opening quarter in :22.88.
As Remember Me gave way at the top of the stretch, Miss Harriett inherited the lead, but favored Sheilahs Warcloud (Madefromlucky) had moved up on the outside and looked ready to blow by. However, Miss Harriett was resilient and refused to give in. The two battled all the way down the stretch, with Sheilahs Warcloud unable to go by. Miss Harriett covered the six furlongs in 1:12.23 over a main track that was labeled “fast” but had some moisture. Kissedbyanangel (Golden Lad) finished three and a half lengths back in third. Those who backed the gray filly were rewarded with a $126.60 win payoff, one of the largest in Maryland Million history (the record of $137 was set by Port Louis in the 2019 Starter Handicap).
Miss Harriett is a member of Blofeld’s third crop, and is his third Maryland Million winner. The Quality Road stallion swept last year’s 2-year-old races with Chickieness in the Lassie and Johnyz From Albany in the Nursery. Miss Harriett is the first Maryland Million winner for McFarlane and Briceno. It’s the second Maryland Million victory as a breeder for David Baxter, who races under the nom de course Narrow Leaf Farm. He won the 2012 Nursery with Keep Momma Happy, also a first-time starter.
Miss Harriett is a half-sister to Keep Momma Happy. Their dam, Tejano Sea (Sea of Secrets), was purchased for $26,000 as a 2-year-old by Edmund Baxter at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic summer 2-year-olds in training sale, and went on to win three times in 15 starts, earning $69,220. She has produced nine winners from as many foals, including graded stakes-placed Hemp (Super Ninety Nine) and stakes-placed In Arrears (Scipion). Covers to Gormley and Cloud Computing for 2023 did not produce a foal. She was bred to Rock Your World for 2024.