Lucky Pulpit Succumbs to Heart Attack

Coalinga, CA (February 13, 2017)-Lucky Pulpit suffered an apparent heart attack this afternoon while covering his first broodmare of the 2017 season. Both David McGlothlin (farm manager) and Raul Rosa (stallion manager) were in the Harris Farms breeding shed with Lucky Pulpit when he collapsed coming off the mare.

Lucky Pulpit was owned and raced by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and stood his entire career at Harris Farms in Coalinga.

The 16-year-old son of Pulpit out of Lucky Soph, by Cozzene, currently sits atop California’s 2017 general sire list. He was the state’s leading sire last year by progeny earnings, with more than $10.7 million and was the states leading sire in three of the past four years.

From seven crops of racing age, Lucky Pulpit is the sire of 148 winners, including the multiple Eclipse Award winning Californian Chrome. His 229 starters to date have amassed progeny earnings of $24 million.

“The California and national thoroughbred racing industry, where Lucky Pulpit has ranked at the top of the sire lists year after year with world class performers, will still have another three crops from this stellar sire yet to race. Lucky Pulpit hit homerun after homerun with his offspring both in the sales ring and on the racetrack and from early on we had a glimpse of what he would become as a sire.” David McGlothlin.

Lucky Pulpit, who was bred and raced by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, was a winner in his second outing at two. He then placed in a grade 3 at two and a placing in a grade 2 at three, before capturing the five furlong turf Smile Stakes at Arlington Park as a four-year-old. Overall, he won three races from twenty-two starts with five seconds and five thirds earning $209,928.

$10 Million Stallion History Repeats in 2016 Sire Standings

by Tracy Gantz
Lucky Pulpit will forever be known as the sire of California Chrome, a feat that gives the stallion a special place in racing history. As California Chrome’s earnings have grown, so have the statistics of his sire.

Thus, it is not surprising that in 2016 Lucky Pulpit led all other California sires by money won, nor that he nearly doubled the progeny earnings of his closest competitor. Lucky Pulpit was earning his second title, having led all California stallions by money won in 2014.

Lucky Pulpit’s runners earned $10,788,375 in 2016, $8,180,000 coming from California Chrome. Not only did California Chrome win the rich Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) in 2016, he captured the TVG Pacific Classic (G1), Awesome Again Stakes (G1), San Pasqual Stakes (G2), San Diego Handicap (G2), and the Winter Challenge Stakes.

You’re Late, winner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar, was among Lucky Pulpit’s other runners in 2016. Multiple stakes winner Luckarack, also by Lucky Pulpit, continued adding to his bankroll in 2016, bringing his lifetime earnings to $608,387. Fantasy of Luck finished third in the Fleet Treat Stakes, and Floating Feather ran second in the ITA Thoroughbred Classic.

Altogether, Lucky Pulpit’s offspring put him atop the California general sire list by average earnings per runner ($67,009) and average earnings per start ($10,864) as well. Lucky Pulpit stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga for $7,500.

California Chrome California-bred Horse of the Year

PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) – California Chrome was named the California-bred Horse of the Year for 2016 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner held Wednesday night at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.

Ashleyluvssugar and Masochistic were the other finalists for Horse of the Year, an award California Chrome also won in 2014.

The other champions presented at the dinner:
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings – Unusual Heat, property of The Unusual Heat Syndicate.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings – Square Eddie, property of Reddam Racing LLC.
Champion Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Empire Way, property of Heinz Steinmann.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings – Perry Martin & Steve Coburn.
Trainer of the Year – Kenny Black.
Broodmare of the Year – Love the Chase.
Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Female – Sircat Sally, bred by Joe Turner.
Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male – California Diamond, bred by Stormy Hull.
Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Female – Enola Gray, bred by Nick Alexander.
Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Male – Gold Rush Dancer, bred by John Parker.
Champion California-bred Older Male – California Chrome, bred by Perry Martin & Steve Coburn.
California-bred Older Female – Lost Bus, bred by John Haagsma & Wesley Ward.
Champion California-bred Turf Horse – Ashleyluvssugar, bred by Estate of Alesia, BranJam Stables & Ciaglia Racing.
Champion California-bred Sprinter – Masochistic, bred by Francoise Dupuis & Louise Julian.
Also at the dinner, Bob Baffert, Art Sherman and Donald Valpredo were inducted into the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Hall of Fame.

Jeranimo’s graded stakes wins

2010 Strub Stakes G2 –
2011 Oak Tree Mile G2 –
2010 San Gabriel G2 –
2011 Citation Handicap G2 –
2012 Shoemaker Mile G1 –
2013 San Gabriel G2 –
2013 Eddie Read Hcp G1 –
2014 San Gabriel G2 –

California Chrome Again Wins Horse of the Year

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2017) — The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced this evening that California Chrome, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and North America’s all-time leading money earning Thoroughbred, was voted as Horse of the Year, an honor which he also won in 2014, at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The Eclipse Awards, honoring excellence in North American Thoroughbred racing, presented by The Stronach Group, Daily Racing Form and the Breeders’ Cup, are voted on by the NTRA, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).

California Chrome becomes the first two-time Horse of the Year to win the honor in non-consecutive years since John Henry achieved it in 1981 and 1984. Owned by California Chrome LLC of Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farm, and trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome received 202 first-place votes for Horse of the Year.

California Chrome, who was also named the unanimous winner of the Older Dirt Male award, won 7 of 8 starts in 2016, including dominant victories in the $10 million Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and propelled him to become the all-time leading North American money earner with $14,502,650.

Voting Overview
In voting that concluded January 3, 2017, Eclipse Awards voters cast their ballots to rank the top three horses and individuals in each Championship division on a 10-5-1 point system basis. This voting established the top three finalists in each division, whose names were released on Jan. 5, 2012. The tallies below represent only first-place votes from members of the consolidated voting entities, NTRA, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters. The votes were tabulated and certified by Strothman and Company.
Voter participation rate: 248/264= 93.94%
Horse of the Year (Name, First-Place Votes)
California Chrome, 202; Arrogate, 40; Songbird, 5; Highland Reel, 1.
Older Dirt Male
California Chrome, 248.

California Chrome’s Dubai Win Top ’16 Moment

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Jan. 20 that California Chrome’s win in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has been named the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of a record 2,817 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll.

California Chrome’s connections—owners California Chrome LLC (Perry and Denise Martin, Taylor Made Stallions, et al.), trainer Art Sherman, and jockey Victor Espinoza—will be awarded the 2016 Moment of the Year trophy at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards Presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup, and The Stronach Group Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park.

California Chrome became North America’s all-time earnings leader with his win in the world’s richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, at Meydan Racecourse. The $6 million winner’s share pushed his career bankroll to $12,532,650, surpassing Curlin  ‘s previous mark. The winning margin was 3 3/4 lengths but might have been even wider had Espinoza not felt his saddle slipping out from underneath him in the stretch.

The 2016 Moment of the Year trophy is a crystal timepiece set to 9:12 p.m. Gulf Standard Time, the moment when California Chrome crossed the wire in the United Arab Emirates.

NTRA Moment of the Year voters chose from 14 images illustrating a range of human emotions as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. Finishing second was Beholder and Songbird’s epic stretch duel in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

“The fact that the public voted overwhelmingly for a moment that received limited media exposure in the United States demonstrates how passionate Thoroughbred racing fans are,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA Chief Operating Officer. “This result is a surprise only to those that underestimate the power of a superstar like California Chrome.”

The 2014 award went to California Chrome’s dominant win in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). Last year’s vote resulted in a landslide for American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown-clinching triumph at Belmont Park.

The first-ever NTRA Moment of the Year was the touching scene between Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont Stakes.

Metaboss Enters Stud at Harris Farms

By Ron Mitchell
Grade 3 winner Metaboss has been retired and will enter stud this year at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., for a fee of $2,000 stands and nurses.

A versatile 5-year-old son of Street Boss, Metaboss won the El Camino Real Derby (G3) as a 3-year-old and was a fast-closing second in the 2016 Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2T) on grass.

Produced from the stakes-placed Free House mare Spinning Yarns, Metaboss was bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. John Toffan and purchased by Mersad Metanovic for $10,000 from the Mill Ridge offerings at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Racing for a partnership that included Metanovic, Nevada-based Daniel Preiss, Chuck Azacarate, Milan McFetridge, and MRS Stables, among others, Metaboss won three of 12 starts and earned $300,420. Metaboss was retired after sustaining a small sesamoid fracture during a workout in preparation for last year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T).

He was trained primarily by Phil D’Amato, and was with Michael Dickinson in Maryland when coming back after missing 13 months due to an injury.

Metanovic said Metaboss’ greatest attributes were his ability to be placed anywhere in a race and his strong closing kick.

“He could adjust to any kind of pace,” he said. “And I’ve never seen a horse come home like that. He was a really smart horse and knew exactly what his job was and what he had to do.”

Metranovic said Metaboss will be a good fit in California and that he has been shopping mixed sales for mares to breed to the horse.

“I think he will fit well in this program,” Metranovic said. “We are going to be really aggressive and we have already had a good response. At the Keeneland January (horses of all ages) sale I was looking for fast fillies and accomplished mares who have thrown stakes horses.”

The California-based bloodstock agent said he believes Metaboss would cross well with mares from the Mr. Prospector line since he was sired by a son of Street Cry and was produced from a Free House mare.

All Chrome…California Chrome

California Chrome California-bred Horse of the Year

California Chrome’s X-rays Come Back Clean

California Chrome on Schedule for Kentucky Trip

California Chrome Draws Outside Post for Pegasus

California Chrome Again Wins Horse of the Year

California Chrome Looks as Good as Can Be in Final Drill for Pegasus

California Chrome’s Dubai Win Top ’16 Moment

California Chrome Focused in Penultimate Move

California Chrome Eclipse Finalist

California Chrome Logs Final Los Alamitos Workout

California Chrome Works Easy for Pegasus WC

California Chrome Gallops Home in ‘Challenge’

Full Field Set To Face California Chrome In Winter Challenge

California Chrome Logs Final ‘Challenge’ Work

California Chrome Logs Work for ‘Challenge’

California Chrome Continues Work at Los Al

California Chrome Breezes at Los Alamitos

For California Chrome, a Nearly Perfect Season

Arrogate Upsets California Chrome in BC Classic

California Chrome Targets Perfect Ending

California Chrome Arrives at Santa Anita

California Chrome in 1:12 1/5 Move at Los Al

California Chrome Powerful Late in BC Drill

Breeders’ Cup Classic: California Chrome Tops Contender List

California Chrome Works for BC at Los Al

California Chrome Wins Easily

Sherman Ready to Make California Chrome Awesome Again

California Chrome Logs Final Work for Awesome Again

Another Solid Work from California Chrome

California Chrome Atop World’s Best Rankings

California Chrome Works Easy at Los Alamitos

California Chrome Named Del Mar Horse of Meet

California Chrome Cruises in Los Al Maintenance Work

California Chrome Romps in Pacific Classic

California Chrome Lands Inside Post for Pacific Classic

California Chrome Works in 1:00 1/5

California Chrome Back to Work at Los Al

California Chrome Outduels Dortmund in San Diego Handicap

Back From the Desert, Chrome Hits the Beach

California Chrome Works Strong Five Furlongs for San Diego Handicap

California Chrome Goes in Company at Los Al

Sherman Wanted ‘Stronger’ Work From ‘Chrome’

California Chrome Logs Weekly Drill at Los Al

California Chrome Works Strong Six Furlongs

California Chrome Works Strong Five Furlongs

California Chrome Works Through the Fog at Los Al

California Chrome ‘Stronger’ in Los Al Drill

California Chrome Works Half-Mile Toward Summer Return

California Chrome May Campaign As Six-Year-Old

California Chrome Tied for Top Spot in World

California Chrome is Brilliant in Dubai World Cup

California Chrome Draws Wide for World Cup

California Chrome Heads Worldwide Rankings

Another Shining Victory for California Chrome

California Chrome Draws the Rail Slot for Dubai Handicap

California Chrome Entered in World Cup Prep

California Chrome to Run in Dubai Prep Feb. 25

Have Chrome, Will Travel: Horse Of The Year Arrives Safely In Dubai

California Chrome Departs for Dubai

California Chrome Scores Comeback Victory in San Pasqual

California Chrome Returns Saturday

Sherman Delighted by ‘Chrome’s Work

California Chrome Works Six Furlongs

California Chrome Powerful in Los Al Drill

California Chrome Continues Los Al Progress

California Chrome Breezes Steadily at Los Al

California Chrome Strong in Los Al Drill

California Chrome Comeback Ahead of Schedule

California Chrome Back Breezing at Los Al

California Chrome Back Home in Sherman Barn

California Chrome Will Return To Sherman Barn Tuesday

California Chrome to Return to Racing in 2016

Taylor Made Buys Share of California Chrome

California Chrome Out for the Year

California Chrome Arrives at Arlington

California Chrome Returning to U.S.

No Royal Ascot Start for California Chrome

Chrome Pleases Connections Ahead Of Royal Ascot Run

Buick to Ride ‘Chrome’ at Royal Ascot

California Chrome Works at Royal Ascot

Test Ride May Convince Dettori to Ride California Chrome at Ascot

California Chrome Pre-Entered in Coral Eclipse Stakes

California Chrome Adjusting to Newmarket

Chrome Visit in Store for Sherman

California Chrome Under Saddle at Newmarket

California Chrome to Resume Training This Weekend

California Chrome Headed to England

Prince Bishop Wins World Cup; California Chrome Second

California Chrome Lands Outside in Dubai World Cup

Horse of the Year California Chrome Takes on the World Cup

California Chrome Records Last Work for Dubai

California Chrome Cranks It Up a Notch

‘Chrome’, Shared Belief Ready for Battle

California Chrome Works, Set for San Antonio

California Chrome Set for San Antonio, Bayern Doubtful

California Chrome Sews Up HOY Honors

California Chrome is Champion 3YO Male

California Chrome Among Eclipse Finalists

California Chrome Wins Vox Populi Award

The Horse of the Year Choice is Clear

California Chrome in Fine Shape After Winning Turf Debut

California Chrome Sparkles in Hollywood Derby

Chrome to Go for the Green in Hollywood Derby

Hollywood Derby Likely After Chrome’s Workout

California Chrome Works at Los Alamitos

California Chrome Could Run at Del Mar

California Chrome Fine Day After

California Chrome Digs In for Final BC Breeze

Sherman Pleased With California Chrome’s Work

California Chrome Looks Good in Latest Work

California Chrome Resumes Training for BC Classic

California Chrome Draws Rail in PA Derby

California Chrome in Final Work for PA Derby

California Chrome Works for Enthusiastic Fans

California Chrome Progressing Toward PA Derby

‘Chrome Works a Bullet at Los Al

California Chrome Presentation on the Floor

Chrome Gets Hero’s Salute at State Capitol

California Chrome’s Senate Resolution No. 53

California Chrome Begins Galloping Toward September Comeback

California Chrome on ‘five star’ vacation at Harris Farms in Coalinga

California Chrome comes home to Harris Farms in Coalinga

California Chrome Learns to Wind Down on His Summer Vacation

California Chrome Arrives at Harris Farm

California Chrome Rated Fifth-Best in World

California Chrome Draws Post 2 for Belmont

In California Chrome’s Barn, a Hopeful Network of Relative Strangers

California Chrome Sharp in Final Belmont Work

California Thoroughbred June 2014

‘Chrome’ Becomes Poster Boy for CA Breeders

California Chrome Schools in Belmont Paddock

California Chrome Gallops Two Miles in Familiar Routine

May 31st BloodHorse Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and Harris Farms Congratulate California Chrome

Harris Farms Staff Watches California Chrome Win Preakness Stakes

California Chrome Shines Bright in Preakness

California Chrome’s Success Validates State Racing Industry

Kentucky Derby Champion Blooms From a Desolate Landscape

California Chrome Gets Post 3 for Preakness

California Chrome’s Kentucky Derby win a coup for statebred program

Dave McGlothlin TVG Interview On California Chrome

California Chrome’s Idaho connection

A Horse to Soothe the Soul

The Victory of California Chrome and the Magic of the Derby

California Chrome’s Win Validates Owners’ Confidence

Harris Farms Staff Watches California Chrome Win KY Derby


California Chrome co-owner says Derby is a ‘done deal’

California Chrome Was Flashy From the Start

John Harris from Harris Farms talks about raising California Chrome at Harris Farms

California Chrome 5-2 favorite for Kentucky Derby

California Chrome draws No. 5 spot for Kentucky Derby

California Chrome Makes Indian Charlie

California Chrome Makes Blood Horse Cover

Sports Illustrated on California Chrome

Derby Horse Takes His Yuba City Owners On Ride of a Lifetime

Growing Up California Chrome

The Butterfly Effect on California Chrome

California Chrome Ready to Crunch KY Derby

California Chrome’s Breeders/Owners Visit Harris Farms

California Chrome Shines Again in SA Derby


California Chrome Chasing the Derby Dream

California Chrome to Run in Santa Anita Derby

California Chrome #1 on Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen

California Chrome Breaks Sharp and Never Looks Back in San Felipe

California Chrome – Just Call Him the Los Alamitos Flash

California Chrome #8 on Haskin’s Derby Dozen

Horses Available for Adoption

Name YOB-sex Sire-Dam Forms More Info
Bay Street 2009 gelding Lucky Pulpit-Spanish Bay Photo-pedigree  

Harris Farms Thoroughbred Rewards Program

Harris Farms Adoption Program Graduates
Desperate Times and Freedom Quest enjoying success as jumpers in the show world


Harris Farms Seen at the Farm

Seen at the farm in the past few weeks are:

Andrea Thatcher and her father, Warren Thatcher with Andrea’s drawing of Horse of the Year California Chrome.




Joe and Brandi Becerra touring the farm on their one year anniversary.





California Chrome’s Breeders/Owners Visit Harris Farms

May 11, 2014-Steve and Carolyn Coburn, the breeders and owners of California Chrome, with John and Carol Harris visited Harris Farms.




Jerry Hawthorne, John Harris and Gary Gray visiting the farm on April 8.




California Chrome’s Breeders/Owners Visit Harris Farms

February 12, 2014-Steve and Carolyn Coburn, Perry and Denise Martin the breeders and owners of California Chrome visited Harris Farms.




Team Unusual Heat Visits Harris Farms

January 8, 2014-Madeline and Harris Auerbach, Team Unusual Heat, visited Harris Farms this past Tuesday and Wednesday.





Charles Cooke Visits Harris Farms

November 19, 2013-National Review columnist Charles Cooke was a recent visitor to Harris Farms– shown here left to right Dave McGlothlin, Charles Cooke, John Harris, William Bourdeau and Steve Ozuna.





Farmers from England as part of Bay Farm Tours visit Harris Farms Horse Division while touring agriculture related industries in California October 9th.


September 18, 2013-Milas and Diana Russell visiting Thorn Song




July 11, 2013-John Harris, David McGlothlin, Ulises Olquin , Donald Valpredo, Per Antonsen and Dr. Jeanne Bowers-Lepore visit the Farm.




June 26, 2013-Dr Craig Shoemaker and Ken West from Boeheinger-Ingelheim  are seen here with Dave McGlothlin during a recent visit at Harris Farms. They were here to introduce a new equine vaccine.




Ron Trentler/ Robomar Racing Stable came by the farm today to check on his broodmare Moonlight Tizzy and her 2013 Giacomo Filly




Harris, Robin, Allison and Jamie Auerbach visit the farm June 20, 2013




Terry Knight and Dru Rucker visit Harris Farms and the River Ranch on June 17, 2013.




Trainer Sean McCarthy, John Harris, and Ron Beegle visiting Harris Farms June 5, 2013.





Madeline Auerbach and Harris Auerbach visiting Gervinho.


A recent visitor to Harris Farms was Catherine Parke, who operates Valkyre Stud in Kentucky.  She sold Harris Farms’ yearling by Unusual Heat-Freedom Dance, by Moscow Ballet at last year’s Keeneland September Sale for $400,000.  She is  shown here with resident Harris Farms vet,  Dr. Jeanne Bowers.


Harris Auerbach, Madeline Auerbach, David McGlothlin,  Catherine Parke, Dr. Mike Tannyhill and Sandy McGlothlin.


Don Valpredo, Michael Valpredo, John Harris and Doug Burge.

Earlier editions of seen at the farm