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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 |
Harissa remained undefeated in 2011, with an easy four-length victory March 29 in the $75,000 Langhorne S. at Parx. The 4-year-old filly by Afleet Alex is three-for-three this year, with all of her wins coming in stakes, including the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel on Feb. 19. Prior to that, she annexed the Sleigh Ride S., also at Parx, on Jan. 4.

Afleet Alex is the nation's leading third-crop sire by earnings and stakes wins. Harissa is his leading earner thus far in 2011. He is also represented by a pair of 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail: Graded stakes colts Sway Away and Elite Alex.

Harissa made short work of her foes in the 6 1/2-furlong Langhorne. She dueled for the lead while well in hand for the first half mile, then pulled away without urging from her rider Stewart Elliott, ultimately finishing in a final time of 1:16.93 on a fast track.

Dr. John Waken's Gem Inc. has owned Harissa throughout her career. He started her out in southern California, but moved her to Hushion's barn, based at Belmont Park, in the middle of 2010.

With the $43,000 payday, Harissa has now earned $468,966. Her record stands at 6-3-2 in 14 starts.

Bred in Kentucky by Jeanne Bruce, Harissa is out of the Time for a Change mare Dynasty. She cost $95,000 as a Keeneland September sale yearling in 2008.