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Reigning Maryland Million Lassie champion Miss Harriett added another stakes victory to her record on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Laurel Park when scoring in the Wide Country Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

The Wide Country marked the second start of Miss Harriett’s 3-year-old season. In her sophomore debut on Jan. 14, she won a first-level allowance by seven lengths. On the strength of that win, she went off as the 3-2 favorite in a six-horse field which included stakes winners Roanan Goddess, Shamans Girl, and Kissedbyanangel, last year’s champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old filly.

Miss Harriett broke well from the five post and immediately crossed over to the rail and the lead under Jaime Rodriguez. No sooner did Miss Harriett establish position than Kissedbyanangel range up on her outside to apply pressure. The fillies raced through an opening quarter of :23.46, with Miss Harriett keeping the lead and position.

As they rounded the far turn, Kissedbynangel began to fade and Roanan Goddess and Maryland-bred Determined Driver, who rated just off the pace, began to make their moves. Miss Harriett managed to keep them at bay and maintained a clear lead in the stretch. Determined Driver cut into the margin a bit late, but Miss Harriett had more to give and hit the wire in front, covering seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:26.14.

With her Wide Country win, Miss Harriett’s career record stands at 3-0-0 from four starts with earnings of $151,810. She’s a homebred for David Baxter, who races under the nom de course Narrow Leaf Farm, and is trained by Brandon McFarlane. The gray or roan daughter of Murmur Farm’s Blofeld made her career debut in last year’s Lassie and overcame post position 12 to win by a neck in a 62-1 upset. She finished fifth next out in the Smart Halo at Laurel, but has since rebounded with back-to-back victories.

Miss Harriett is out of the Sea of Secrets mare Tejano Sea, purchased by Edmund Baxter for $26,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Summer 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. She’s produced nine winners from as many foals, including the 2012 Maryland Million Nursery winner Keep Momma Happy (Scipion), who also won that race as a first-time starter, along with 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. 

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