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Harissa is first stakes winner of 2011 for Afleet Alex

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 |

 Harissa cruises home in the Sleigh Ride S. (photo: Alyssa Spakowski/EQUI-PHOTO)

Just four days into 2011 and Afleet Alex already has his first stakes winner of the year, continuing the roll that saw the Gainesway stallion close out 2010 as the nation's leading second-crop sire of stakes winners.

The 4-year-old filly Harissa, who won the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks last March, got her second career stakes victory with a front-running score in the Sleigh Ride S. Jan. 4 at Parx Racing (VIDEO). The well-traveled filly has now raced at nine different tracks in 12 lifetime starts.

The Mike Hushion trainee went off as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite in the Sleigh Ride, and she left her backers little to worry about at any point of the 1 mile and 70 yard race. She got some mild pressure through the first half mile, but pulled away on the final turn to go on to a 4 3/4-length victory over a fast main track.

With the $43,100 payday, Harissa has now earned $335,566 while compiling an excellent overall record of 4-3-2 for owner Gem, Inc. She was bred in Kentucky by Jeanne Bruce.

Harissa is out of the stakes winning mare Dynasty, who has 15 siblings, eight of who were either stakes winners or placed in added money events.