OwnerAlice Bamford, Michael Tabor
Four days before the 2020 harvest moon lit up the night sky, a filly with the same name dazzled in a daytime performance in Santa Anita’s Zenyatta Stakes (G2), a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race for the Longines Distaff (G1). Stalking heavily favored Fighting Mad, a recent gate to wire Grade 1 winner, the lone 3-year-old in the field took charge turning for home to win by three-quarters of a length.
The Zenyatta was the fourth consecutive win for the bay filly and jockey Flavien Prat. This streak began one race after her career debut, a third-place effort in June. Before the Zenyatta, she took Del Mar’s Torrey Pines Stakes (G3), where she also closed on the pacesetter, for a 1 1/4 margin of victory.
“She took her time to come to hand, but she's come a long way in a short period of time,” trainer Simon Callaghan said.
Callaghan and co-owners Alice Bamford and Michael Tabor were connections of Harvest Moon’s mother, Qaraaba, an English import who finished her racing career winning Santa Anita’s Robert J. Frankel Stakes (G3).
“This filly means a lot because I trained the mother, which gives it a little extra sentiment,” Callaghan said. “She’s an exciting, big filly that we’ve been super patient with and it’s great that she’s coming in to doing what she’s doing.”
Bamford bred Harvest Moon in Kentucky.
"I'm absolutely thrilled today, completely over the moon for Harvest Moon! She's a homebred and she's just so deep in my heart and my family's heart," Bramford said. "We lost her mother this year, Qaraaba, who was a stunning, stunning filly, and each time I tell her, 'Harvest Moon, go and do it for your Mama.' And she has."
Harvest Moon’s father, Uncle Mo, was named the Eclipse Award 2010 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Illness disrupted his sophomore season and led to an early retirement. He has been a leading sire since he began standing at Ashford Stud.