Bonde Buys Smiling Tiger Filly for $130,000

by Steve Andersen Trainer Jeff Bonde paid $130,000 for a Smiling Tiger filly at Tuesday’s Barretts Select Yearling Sale, the most expensive hip among the 76-horse sale. Bonde was joined in the acquisition with new client Jerome Russell of Lincoln, Neb. Bonde trained Smiling Tiger, whose oldest foals are yearlings. Smiling Tiger, 9, was a […]

Wide Trip Does Not Stop Soi Phet

by Steve Andersen Soi Phet (by Tizbud) won his second stakes of the summer in Wednesday’s first division of the Harry Brubaker Stakes at a mile. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Soi Phet ($4.20) was three-wide while racing in the six-path on the backstretch and four-wide on the turn before drawing off in the final furlong. […]

PEDIGREE ANALYSIS with Alan Porter CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS IN WEEKEND STAKES

Among the notable results from last weekend’s graded stakes were Unbridled Mo’s victory in the Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) and Tourist’s success in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IT). Unbridled Mo’s tally was particularly notable, as it credited her sire Uncle Mo with his 19th stakes winner—11 graded—believed to be a record for a sire’s first […]

California Chrome Romps in Pacific Classic

by DMTC.com California Chrome, all-time leading money-winner in North America, embellished his growing stature as one of the finest Thoroughbreds to grace the racing scene in recent times with a brilliant triumph in the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Saturday. Sent to the lead by jockey Victor Espinoza from his inside post position […]

Smiling Tiger and Lucky Pulpit Sire Top Dollar Yearlings at NORCAL

Pleasanton, CA (August 17, 2016)-First crop yearling sire Smiling Tiger had yearlings fetch upwards of $40,000 at the NORCAL CTBA Yearling Sale. Hip number 69 a Smiling Tiger April 21st yearling and the first foal out of $93,000 earner Greatest Escape brought the $40,000 from Jeff Bonde, agent. The colt was consigned by Woodbridge Farm […]

California Chrome Lands Inside Post for Pacific Classic

By Jay Privman DEL MAR, Calif. – Twice before in his 22-race career, California Chrome has drawn the rail. He finished sixth both times. So it was no surprise that when California Chrome landed the inside post Tuesday during the draw for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, trainer […]

Majestic Heat Hangs on to Win Solana Beach Handicap

By Del Mar Publicity Majestic Heat, the 3-2 betting choice piloted by Del Mar’s leading rider this summer, Flavien Prat, held on gallantly in the final strides to nose out the onrushing longshot, Tiz a Kiss, and win the featured $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap Sunday. Majestic Heat opened a clear lead in midstretch but then […]

California Chrome Works in 1:00 1/5

By Evan Hammonds California Chrome’s preparation toward the Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) continued Aug. 14 with the son of Lucky Pulpit   working five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 1/5 at Los Alamitos. Exercise rider Dihigi Gladney was aboard. “It went according to plan,” said trainer Art Sherman. “It was nice—he was just […]

Only You Babe Goes From Last to First in Wine Country Debutante

By Chuck Dybdal Only You Babe ($5.80) rallied from last place to score her third straight victory and second stakes triumph as she won the $62,125 Wine Country Debutante at the Santa Rosa Fair Grounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday. The 2-year-old Thorn Song filly ran down pacesetting Unbroken Code to score a half-length victory […]

California Chrome Back to Work at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan CYPRESS, CA (August 7, 2016)-Art and Alan Sherman wanted California Chrome to run an easy half-mile in his first breeze following a hard-earned victory in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), and the father-son training duo got what they asked for Aug. 7 at Los Alamitos Race Course. The 2014 Horse of […]

You’re Late Gets Great Trip to Win CTBA Stakes

By Jay Privman DEL MAR, Calif. – You’re Late was right on  time on Friday at Del Mar, as the improving 2-year-old filly won her second straight race, and first in a stakes, when capturing the $98,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes. You’re Late ($8.40) took advantage of the outside post in the field of […]

California Chrome Outduels Dortmund in San Diego Handicap

By Jay Privman DEL MAR, Calif. — California Chrome and Dortmund turned the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap into a match race on Saturday, with California Chrome prevailing officially by a half-length — it looked closer to a neck — after a duel that saw them together for the final three furlongs of the […]

Back From the Desert, Chrome Hits the Beach

By Jay Hovdey As a full moon began to set over the Del Mar stables Thursday morning, a superhero in a horse suit was trying to ignore the golden Labrador nosing around his stall. “Jasper, knock that off or Chrome’ll nail you,” chided Alan Sherman, Jasper’s owner. It wasn’t exactly a scene from Town & […]

Harris Farms Consignment to the Barretts Select Yearling Sale

Barretts Select Yearling Sale 2016 August 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Del Mar Harris Farms 46……gr./ro.f., Lucky Pulpit – Sunny Outcome Photo Harris Farms, Agent 52……ch.c., Unusual Heat – Aerial Prancer Harris Farms, Agent for M. Auerbach, LLC 41……dk.b./br.c., Paddy O’Prado – Soo Steamy Photo 44……gr./ro.f., Fort Larned – Strawberry Flash Photo Harris Farms, […]

California Chrome Works Strong Five Furlongs for San Diego Handicap

By Jay Privman DEL MAR, Calif. – California Chrome looked as though he was all set for his first start since the Dubai World Cup when he worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds Saturday morning at Del Mar, a work that was vastly superior to what he was doing recently at Los Alamitos. With exercise […]

Harris Farms Consignment to the 2016 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale

2016 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale Tuesday,  August 16 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Harris Farms, Agent 13 Chestnut Colt by Lucky Pulpit out of Arousing 14 Bay Filly by Desert Code out of Bal d’Argent 17 Legendary Parfait by Truest Legend out of Belong to Parfait 20 Tenga’s Star […]

California Chrome Goes in Company at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan Art Sherman didn’t get what he wanted out of California Chrome during his workout July 2, so he made sure he got it July 9, in the chestnut’s final drill at Los Alamitos Race Course before shipping south to Del Mar for the July 23 San Diego Handicap (gr. II). In a […]

Only You Babe Prevails By Nose In Juan Gonzalez Memorial

By Chuck Dybdal Only You Babe, last until reaching the stretch, angled widest in the lane and came flying to win a photo over Unbroken Code in the $62,225 Juan Gonzalez Memorial on Saturday at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The victory reversed Only You Babe’s loss by a […]

Sherman Wanted ‘Stronger’ Work From ‘Chrome’

By Jeremy Balan Trainer Art Sherman has said for weeks leading up to California Chrome’s next start in the July 23 San Diego Handicap (gr. II)—when the blinkers go on, that’s when things get serious. Wearing his silver California Chrome-stamped hood as he stepped onto the track at Los Alamitos Race Course during his private […]

Heatseeker’s Ryan’s Charm Repeats in G1

by Paulick Report With a furious rally on the extreme outside, Stud Nautica’s six-year-old mare Ryan’s Charm (Heatseeker) posted a repeat victory in the G1 Clasico Pamplona to earn an automatic berth into the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. The Pamplona, Peru’s only Group […]

Venerable Soi Phet Dictates Terms and Wins $75,000 McCann’s Mojave H.

SantaAnita.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 26, 2016)–In his 45th career start, venerable 8-year-old gelding Soi Phet rolled to the lead into the Club House turn and dictated terms throughout as he took Sunday’s $75,000 McCann’s Mojave Handicap by 2 ½ lengths while covering a mile and a sixteenth in 1:40.80–thus turning the tables on runner-up Avanti […]

California Chrome Logs Weekly Drill at Los Al

By Jeremy Balan Another week, another performance from Los Alamitos Race Course’s resident superstar in front of some of his most loyal fans. About 20 “Chromies”—with donuts and coffee in tow—showed up June 25 at the Orange County, Calif. racetrack to watch California Chrome   breeze about a month out from his next expected start in […]

Cheekaboo Flies Late to Win GII, $200,000 Honeymoon S.

From SantaAnita.com ARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2016)–With Mike Smith at the controls, California-bred Cheekaboo flew late and in a three-way blanket finish, got up to win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes by a head while covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.86. On an unusually hot day that saw the thermometer hit 103 […]

California Chrome Works Strong Six Furlongs

By Steve Andersen CYPRESS, Calif. – California Chrome continued to make steady progress toward a comeback next month with a six-furlong workout in 1:12.20 at Los Alamitos early Saturday. What California Chrome did in the half-minute following the workout left trainer Art Sherman encouraged by the 5-year-old’s development. California Chrome galloped out in an aggressive […]

Home of Champions Tiznow, California Chrome Foaled and Raised at Harris Farms

by Tracy Gantz/Photos by Ron Mesaros That California Chrome and Tiznow, North America’s all-time leading money earner and the only horse to win two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), came of the same farm is amazing enough. That the farm isn’t located in the heart of Kentucky speaks volumes about the quality […]