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 […]

California Chrome Focused in Penultimate Move

By Alicia Wincze-Hughes Alan Sherman still has a job to do. Most important, so too does the champion chestnut Sherman and his father have had in their care for over four seasons now. So as much as Sherman gets asked about the emotions of the moment, how his barn will cope once they officially have […]

California Chrome Eclipse Finalist

By (edited) ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2017) — Arrogate and California Chrome battled it out in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and are the leading contenders for Horse of the Year after they were named as two of the three finalists for the year’s top honor – along with the 3-year-old filly Songbird – when […]

California Chrome Logs Final Los Alamitos Workout

By Jeremy Balan California Chrome stepped on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course for the last time Jan. 4. You wouldn’t know it from the way he behaved, because the 6-year-old chestnut went through the motions like he has so many mornings before. Under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, California Chrome stood motionless at […]

Red Hot Bad Ju Ju Takes $75,000 Kalookan Queen S. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2016)–Last with three furlongs to run, California-bred Bad Ju Ju surged to the lead a sixteenth of a mile from home to take Friday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita by 2 ½ lengths under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old daughter of Desert Code got […]

Heatseeker Euthanized

Harris Farms’ multiple graded stakes-winning stallion Heatseeker was euthanized Dec. 27 at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of California-Davis after he was discovered in his paddock with a broken left femur. The 13-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway  began his stud career in 2009 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Central Kentucky before relocating […]

California Chrome Works Easy for Pegasus WC

By Jeremy Balan Rain in the forecast forced a change in California Chrome  ‘s training schedule in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I), but it didn’t alter the standard mood on the deck at Schwanie’s At The Gap Dec. 29. Per usual, trainer Art Sherman and assistant trainer Alan Sherman greeted […]

Bettys Bambino Victorious in Comeback

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016) — Multiple stakes winner Bettys Bambino returned spectacularly from a 22-month layoff by winning Monday’s $100,000 Grade III San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita, his fifth consecutive victory. Bettys Bambino is by Unusual Heat, out of the High Brite mare Brite Betty, was bred by owners Alesia, Ciaglia and Mellen […]

California Chrome Pushes Lucky Pulpit to Top of California Sire Ranks

By Nicole Russo Lucky Pulpit’s reign atop the California sire ranks was cemented less than a quarter of the way through 2016, as California Chrome stormed down the stretch to dominate the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The victory in what was then the world’s richest race helped California Chrome become North America’s all-time leading […]

Unusual Heat Has Left His Mark on California Racing

By Steve Andersen The Auerbach family, trainer Barry Abrams, and their partners bought California racing history for $80,000 in 1996. In June of that year at Hollywood Park, the partnership claimed Unusual Heat on a day the then 6-year-old won a one-mile turf race. Within two years, Unusual Heat began his stud career at a […]

Barretts January 2017 Harris Farms Consignment

Barretts January Mixed Sale 2017 Tuesday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Harris Farms 11……ACTIVE IMAGINATION, 2007 gr./ro.m., Cee’s Tizzy – Interactive {Lucky Pulpit} 55……KEEP ACTIVE, 2006 gr./ro.m., Cee’s Tizzy – Interactive {Clubhouse Ride} 78……PROTECT FREEDOM, 2010 b.m., In Excess (IRE) – Freedom Dance {Clubhouse Ride} Harris Farms, Agent 99……STARDUST MEMORIES, 2013 ch.f., Unusual Heat – […]

California Chrome Gallops Home in ‘Challenge’

By Jeremy Balan The Winter Challenge was supposed to be a procession—a proper sendoff for the King of California. And that’s exactly what it was. California Chrome, the California-bred with an unpretentious pedigree who captured so many hearts during his four seasons of racing, romped in the race that was designed for him to romp […]

Full Field Set To Face California Chrome In Winter Challenge

by Paulick Report California Chrome, who has been based at Los Alamitos since January, 2014, will race for the first time locally – and last time in California – in the $180,000 Winter Challenge Saturday. Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles, the Challenge – designed as a prep for California Chrome’s career finale in the $12 […]

California Chrome Logs Final ‘Challenge’ Work

By Jeremy Balan The early Saturday mornings remaining to watch the shiny chestnut with the white blaze train at Los Alamitos Race Course are dwindling. On most of those weekends, trainer Art Sherman has been out on his perch at Schwanies At The Gap, the trackside grill right on the eighth pole, watching the best […]

California Chrome Logs Work for ‘Challenge’

By Jeremy Balan The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course’s $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a “paid workout” for the 2014 Horse of the Year. For the chestnut’s connections, however, too much is at stake to […]

California Chrome Continues Work at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan As impressive as California Chrome looked during his timed workout Nov. 26 at Los Alamitos Race Course, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Just an accelerating black dot in the early morning darkness of the Los Alamitos turn, his recognizable blaze emerged at the top of the stretch under the Cypress, […]

Isa Firecracker Pops in Golden Gate Debutante

By Chuck Dybdal Isa Firecracker ($8.20) impressed her trainer Jamey Thomas once again with her gameness as she held off favored Grand Prix to win the $60,075 Golden Gate Debutante by a nose at Golden Gate Fields on Friday. The 2-year-old Heatseeker filly ran third in the Golden State Juvenile in her previous start at […]

California Chrome Breezes at Los Alamitos

By CYPRESS, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2016) — Alan Sherman got a clear indication California Chrome was doing just fine after his work Nov. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course. While getting the 2014 Horse of the Year untacked after his first timed drill since a second-place run in the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Classic […]

Chao Chom Upsets Enola Gray in Betty Grable Stakes

by Del Mar, CA (November 13, 2016)-S Samdow, Inc.’s Chao Chom hooked 1-9 favored Enola Gray shortly after the start and never relented in scoring a convincing victory in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares Sunday. With Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, Chao Chom dueled with Enola Gray […]

Jeranimo to Stand at Harris Farms

COALINGA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2016) – Jeranimo, a 10-year-old son of Congaree, out of Jera, by Jeblar, will stand the 2017 breeding season at John Harris’ Harris Farms in Coalinga. Jeranimo was campaigned by Robert LaPenta and B.J. Wright and trained by Michael Pender. Jeranimo won the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (Gr. IT), Eddie Read Stakes […]

For California Chrome, a Nearly Perfect Season

By David Grening ARCADIA, Calif. – A year ago, jockey Victor Espinoza basked in the glow of an adoring Keeneland crowd after guiding American Pharoah to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, capping an unforgettable season that included the Triple Crown. On Saturday, Espinoza’s emotions were on the opposite end of the spectrum after Arrogate, […]

Arrogate Upsets California Chrome in BC Classic

By Alicia Wincze-Hughes The question trainer Bob Baffert kept asking himself was the same one the racing community wondered. Just how good was Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate? And what would possibly happen if jockey Mike Smith ever really asked him to unleash all of his form? The answer to all of the above came roaring down […]

California Chrome Targets Perfect Ending

By Frank Angst After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome   will try to extend his perfect 2016 campaign in the richest race ever run in North America. California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year […]

Ambitious Brew and Ryans Charm are in Breeders’ Cup

Arcadia, CA (October 31, 2016)-Ambitious Brew drew the ten post with Mike Smith for the $1 million Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. He is by Tizbud, out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen, was bred by owner Pamela Ziebarth and is trained by Martin Jones. He has seven wins in 20 starts and earnings […]

California Chrome Arrives at Santa Anita

By Claire Novak California Chrome stuck his nose out the window of the Bob Hubbard horse van and breathed familiar air. Arriving back at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30, around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from trainer Art Sherman’s home base at Los Alamitos Race Course, the world’s greatest racehorse soon powered […]