04/29/2017 7:56PM

Farhaan pulls 8-1 upset in Thunder Road Stakes

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Farhaan goes from last to first under Tyler Baze in the Grade 3 Thunder Road.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The former Saratoga claimer Farhaan is a graded stakes winner in California.

Saturday at Santa Anita, Farhaan won the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at a mile on turf in an 8-1 upset. Ridden by Tyler Baze, his third win of the day, Farhaan closed from sixth to take the lead in the last sixteenth and win by three-quarters of a length over a game Perfectly Majestic.

Bolo, the 6-5 favorite, finished a quiet third in the $100,690 race. Bolo led with a furlong remaining, but could not sustain the effort and was beaten two lengths.

Fabozzi was fourth, followed by Twentytwentyvision, Sawyer’s Hill, and Mithqaal.

Farhaan ($18.80) was timed in 1:33.18. Last after the opening quarter-mile, Farhaan was sixth midway through the race, about 4 1/2 lengths behind pacesetter Sawyer’s Hill, who set a half-mile fraction of 46.61 seconds.

Through a wide rally in early stretch, Farhaan trailed by more than two lengths with a furlong remaining and closed well to reach the front.

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“I had all the confidence in this horse,” Baze said. “I thought we’d be closer to the front.”

 Trained by Phil D’Amato for Matthew Schera, Farhaan was claimed for $40,000 at Saratoga last summer. An 8-year-old, Farhaan was unsuccessful in three graded stakes in New York and Maryland last fall before joining D’Amato’s stable.

Farhaan was second to Prospect Park in an optional claimer at 1 1/8 miles on turf on March 9 in his California debut.

“First time, I got boxed in behind a good horse in Prospect Park,” Baze said.

By Jazil, Farhaan has won 9 of 31 starts and $482,929. The Thunder Road was Farhaan’s first win in a graded stakes and the fourth of his career. He won the Lord of the Night Stakes at Aqueduct in 2013 and two stakes in 2014 – the Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct and the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga.