Smiling Tiger Gets Winner Nr. 4

AURORA, CO (August 5, 2017)-Freshman sire Smiling Tiger picked up his fourth winner when Grinning Tiger crushed the Arapahoe Park maiden special field by seven lengths in his second out. Bred by Patrick Cosgrove in Oregon the gelding is out of Karlee’s Kitten, by Pioneering and has earned $7,760.

Daisycutter Handicap Well Covered with Harris Farms Connections

In the Friday feature at Del Mar three mares with Harris Farms connections try for the win in the $75,000 Daisycutter Handicap. Long Hot Summer is by Street Boss, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Hotlantic, was bred by Harris Farms & Donald Valpredo. She is owned by Fanticola or Scardino and is trained by […]

Third Winner For Smiling Tiger

Ace Korea, by Smiling Tiger–Queen Rolex (SP, $156,333), by Broken Vow. Busan, July 21st, Hcp. ($67k), 1000m. B-International Bloodstock Associates LLC (KY). *Third winner for freshman sire (by Hold That Tiger). **Won by eight lengths as the 11-10 favorite on debut.

Easy Song

Easy Song is a Thorn Song out of Zoelu, by Dynaformer 2013 filly bred by Harris Farms Inc. and owned by Harris Farms, Inc., Burt Bacharach and Jane Bacharach breaking her maiden July 20, 2017 Del Mar third race. She is a 1/2 to Now Victory (Sharp Victor), GSW, $442,546; and Logical Single (Singletary), SW, […]

Smiling Tiger Filly Takes Del Mar Maiden Special

Del Mar, CA (July 19, 2017)-Spiced Perfection put it all together in her third start to pick up the winners share of a Del Mar Maiden Special Weights on opening day. From the first crop of multiple grade one winning millionaire Smiling Tiger, the juvenile filly earned $36,000 to increase her lifetime earnings to $53,280. […]

Harris Farms Consignment 2017 Northern California Yearling Sale

Sale to be conducted on Tuesday, August 15 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, beginning at noon. Harris Farms, Agent 9 Chestnut Filly by Clubhouse Ride out of Fall Fashion (photograph here) 17 Bay Filly by Tizbud out of Go Ruby Go (photograph here) 47 Bay Filly by Smiling Tiger out of Mulberry Lane (photograph […]

Ambitious Brew Turns Cancellation Into Bertrando Win

By Steve Andersen CYPRESS, Calif. – The cancelled Lennyfrommalibu Stakes at Santa Anita on July 4 is becoming a key race. The Lennyfrommalibu Stakes was scheduled for the hillside turf course, but was not used when the race failed to draw enough entries to satisfy track officials. Pee Wee Reese was intended for the Lennyfrommalibu, […]

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Song From Above Takes Juan Gonzalez

PLEASANTON, Calif. (July 1, 2017) — California-bred Song From Above, the lone winner in the field going into the race, remained the lone winner in the field after taking Saturday’s $65,600 Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet. Song From Above is by Lucky Pulpit, out of the […]

Unusual Heat: a Life Well Lived

From the July 2017 California Thoroughbred magazine

Five Wins for Desert Steel

Desert Steel, a Harris Farms bred five-year-old mare, most recently had hit the board in four straight Cal-bred stakes races, culminating with a runner-up effort over this course in the March 18 Irish O’Brien S. Sent off at 6-1 in this $75,852 allowance race, the gray mare by Desert Code out of the stakes placed […]

Smiling Tiger Colt Impressive in Debut Win

Pleasanton, CA (June 24, 2017)-Jacks Masterpiece made an impressive debut in taking a maiden special weights race by four plus lengths at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet; giving Smiling Tiger his first winner by stopping the clock in 58.47. The bay son of Smiling Tiger is out of the $362,553 stakes winning Marty’s Zee, […]

California Chrome’s Last Full Sibling Nears Debut

By Jeremy Balan Time has a funny way of warping in the human brain. Only four years ago, a humbly bred chestnut with a white blaze was just starting his racing career for trainer Art Sherman, but it almost feels like ancient history. Part of that can probably be attributed to the closure of Hollywood […]

California Thoroughbred June 2017 Standout Employee Per Antonsen

By Emily Shields/Photos by Lisa Torres The adage “good help is hard to find” does not apply to Per Antonsen, trainer at Harris Farms in Coalinga for the last 36 years. He oversees the breaking, training, and rehab of all the horses coming out of the Harris program, which means he is the man who […]

Unusual White Colt From Lucky Pulpit’s Last Crop Born in New York

John Norton Photography Gansevoort, New York—An unusually marked, mostly white colt from the last crop of California Chrome’s sire Lucky Pulpit was foaled on May 19 at Stone Bridge Farm in New York in ongoing fulfillment of a dream sparked in owner/breeder Gary Tolchin when he attended races with his father as a youth. The […]

Lucky Pulpit Juvenile Filly Wins Debut

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2017) — Two-year-old Saudi Chroma won at first asking on Thursday in a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita. The Lucky Pulpit filly, out of the  Mr. Greeley mare Nine to Five Lady, was bred by Cole Ranch, is owned by Zedan Racing Stables and trained by Doug O’Neill. The […]


ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2017)—Trainer Peter Miller’s Stormy Liberal, in search of his fourth consecutive win going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, and Marty Jones’s venerable California-bred gelding Ambitious Brew head a field of six 3-year-olds and up in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Daytona Stakes. Undefeated in three hillside turf starts […]

Lucky Pulpit Sires Another Juvenile Winner

Arcadia, CA (May 18, 2017)-Ismelucky was second in her debut in a maiden race for California-bred 2-year-old fillies on May 4. On Thursday, she won a Santa Anita maiden race against open company under jockey Martin Garcia. After disputing the early pace, Ismelucky won by 2 1/2 lengths over Empress of Lov, who closed well […]

Unusual Heat Filly Fetches $195,000

Del Mar, CA (May 18, 2017)-Hip #26 a daughter of Unusual Heat brought $195,000 as the most expensive filly and was the second-highest price. She previewed in 10 and one and was consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, Agent Harris Farms bred the Unusual Heat filly, named Super Patriot. She is out of the Reddatore mare Patriot […]

Unusual Heat Dies at 27

May 18, 2017 – Coalinga, CA – Unusual Heat, the All Time Leading Sire in California Progeny Earnings has passed away at 27 due to complications from arthritis induced laminitis. “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report the passing of Unusual Heat today”, said Harris Auerbach, managing partner of the […]

Grecian Fire Responds to Addition of Blinkers in Alcatraz

By Chuck Dybdal Grecian Fire  responded gamely in the lane to pull off an impressive victory in the $75,675 Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. A gelded son of Unusual Heat, a top California turf sire, out of Maggie’s Odyssey, a turf stakes-placed daughter of Kitten’s Joy, one of the nation’s top turf […]

At long odds, California hopefuls have real shots in Kentucky Derby

By Debbie Arrington Don’t forget California in Saturday’s 143rd Kentucky Derby. Representing the Golden State, Gormley, Irap and Battle of Midway will be long odds in one of the most wide open Derby fields in decades. “California is being overlooked,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who will saddle 30-1 long shot Battle of Midway. That dismissal […]

Lucky Pulpit Sires a 1-2 Finish in Golden Gate Juvenile Race

Albany, CA (April 30,2017)-Lucky Pulpit sired the first two finishers in a maiden special weights four and a half furlong juvenile race at Golden Gate Fields. Defeating males and winning by a length was the filly Song From Above. She was bred in California by her owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and is […]

Harris Farms’ Record Highs All Heart in Feature ARCADIA, Calif. (April 20, 2017)–Harris Farms’ homebred Record Highs broke sharply, pressed the pace throughout and gamely held sway late in winning Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:14.53.  Ridden by Tyler Baze and trained by Carla Gaines, […]

Lucky Pulpit Filly Fetches $360,000

A filly by Lucky Pulpit, who recorded the fastest time at the Barretts under tack preview, brought a finally bid of $360,000 from Dennis R. O’Neill. The filly had worked a furlong in :09 4/5 in preparation for the Barretts sale. Bred by The Cole Ranch in California, the filly who breezed in :09 4/5 […]