Harris Farms Stallion Showcase January 19, 1019

We have an impressive group of stallions that I think can make long term impacts on the future of California breeding. I feel it is important that you take a look at our stallions in play for this season. I want to give you an opportunity to come to Harris Farms on Saturday, January 19th to view the stallions. While pedigrees, nicks, etc. may be important, there is nothing as key as seeing a sire in person that you may be staking your mare’s future, plus your own racing and breeding successes on.

Plan on joining us on January 19th for a productive day that can shape your racing future into the next decade. We will start at noon with a video presentation of our sires and some of their progeny’s race records, which will occur over lunch at the Restaurant in the Farm Room. We will then adjourn to our stallion barn, about a 15-minute drive away, to see the 11 stallions standing here for the 2019th season. You’ll be able to assess what confirmation type you like, and how that may best blend with your broodmare. Some of our key staff members will be there to answer any questions and have information regarding the stallions.

We will then move back to our Restaurant/Inn for a hosted reception which will include some remarks on the overall California breeding industry, and a good discussion including all present.

I have made arrangements to provide a 40% discount off our normal room rates for California breeders should you wish to stay over either Friday or Saturday (the 18th or 19th). Contact the Inn directly at 559.935.0717 or via the Internet at www.harrisranch.com to make your own arrangements.

The day will also be a good chance for you to meet Jonny Hilvers, the new GM of Harris Farms.

Best wishes for a happy and winning New Year.


John C. Harris

January 19th, 2019





Please RSVP to DebbieWinick@harrisfarms.com
or MayraTamayo@HarrisFarms.com

Harris Farms Bred Lynne’s Legacy Rallies for Win In Miss America S.

Albany, CA (December 8, 2018)-In the $63,125 first division of the Miss America, Lynne’s Legacy unleashed a strong closing kick to rally from last to first.

Winning rider Alonso Quinonez was content to sit back early on the 5-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat. She is the fiftieth stakes winner for her sire.

“That’s the way she runs races, I was going to do that no matter what. I got a perfect trip,” he said.

Lynne’s Legacy was last in the field of eight as Savannah Slew set the early pace. The front-runner was challenged and overtaken by Birdie Gold into the stretch, but the new leader was no match for the late-running Lynne’s Legacy, who split horses in the lane, defeating Fiery Lady by 1 1/2 lengths. Birdie Gold was a head behind the runner-up in third. The winning time was 1:44.08.

Lynne’s Legacy was claimed away from trainer Doug O’Neill two starts back at Santa Anita for $40,000. In her next start, on Nov. 22 at Del Mar, two of the original owners, Maureen Richardson and Steve Rothblum, joined by Ritchie Robershaw, teamed with O’Neill to claim her back for the same price. Her win Saturday was worth $39,450 to the group.

Going into the Miss America, Lynne’s Legacy had made 27 of her 28 career starts on turf, but when the race was moved to the synthetic main track, the connections decided to stay in the race.

“We knew turf horses run well on it so we decided to run,” said Leandro Mora, O’Neill’s assistant. “My only concern was it’s brown, and she might think she was running on dirt, but she’s like me, color-blind, so it didn’t matter.”

Lynne’s Legacy has now won 5 of 29 starts with total earnings of $305,780.

Ace Korea trumps his elders in Kookje New Cup romp

From the Thoroughbred Daily News
November 19, 2018-Ace Korea produced a breakout performance to win the Kookje News Cup at Busan Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old dominated a field containing some of the nation’s best sprinters as he cruised to a two-and-a-half length victory.

Always set to be a battle of the up and comers against the established stars, the five-year-old Doraonpogyeongseon, recognised as the current top one-turn horse in Korea was sent off as slight favourite ahead of Ace Korea with Today and champion mare Silver Wolf also well supported. Ultimately Ace Korea was untouchable.

He didn’t even get off to the best of starts. While Perdido Pomeroy looped the field to take an early lead, Ace Korea stumbled out of the gate slightly with jockey Jo Sung-gon coming perilously close to slipping out the side. He held on and Ace Korea was quickly into stride and on the shoulder of the leader. When Perdido Pomeroy inevitably faded in the home straight, the young colt took things up and was a winner all the way.

Silver Wolf rallied home for a good 2nd with 80/1 chance Morning Daero grabbing an unlikely 3rd, a head in front of Today. Doraonpogyeonseon endured a difficult trip and once he finally found some room it was too late, and he could only manage to come home in 5th place.

An American import by Smiling Tiger and out of the Broken Vow mare Queen Rolex, Ace Korea is trained by Australian Peter Wolsley, who with the win moved onto a remarkable 497 winners in Korean racing. Ace Korea has accounted for six of them now and while this is his first triumph in Listed company, he had already dropped a big hint as to his potential when 5th in the international Korea Sprint in September having briefly led the race close to home.

A trip to the Dubai World Cup Carnival is a potential next step for Ace Korea. With his trainer still convinced we haven’t seen the best of him yet, he could provide a lot of interest come the New Year.

Prospect Park to Stand at Harris Farms

Grade 3-winning son of Tapit will stand for $2,500
Coalinga, CA (November 16, 2018)-Prospect  Park, winner of the G3 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar, has been retired to stand at Harris Farms, Coalinga, California.

The horse has been purchased by PVNC Stables LLC in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.

Prospect  Park retires having won four of 18 starts and $539,770 in earnings for trainer Cliff Sise.

A hard-knocking and consistent Graded stakes performer in California who was highly regarded from the outset by connections, the son of Tapit enjoyed his finest moment as the wide-margin winner of the La Jolla Handicap.

He was also a Santa Anita maiden winner as a two-year-old and ran placed on ten occasions, notably when second to Dortmund in the G2 San Felipe Stakes while on the Kentucky Derby trail.

He was also second in the G2 Los Alamitos Derby and G3 Affirmed Stakes and third in the G2 Del Mar Derby and G2 Californian Stakes. Along the way, he defeated some of the best of his generation, notably Lord Nelson, Om and Bolo.

Prospect  Park brings talent, durability and pedigree to the table,” said Chad Schumer. “He was regarded as a Derby prospect by all around him at three but then showed that rare versatility to switch successfully to turf. He is also beautifully bred, being a son of emerging sire of sires Tapit.

“As a horse who is well known to a Californian audience, we are anticipating that he will be an excellent fit at Harris Farms.

“He’ll stand his initial season for $2,500, which we believe offers breeders excellent value.”

Pamela and Martin Wygod’s homebred is out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance and therefore a half-brother to G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Silent Sighs and dual G2 winner Proposed.

Spiced Perfection Wins Betty Grable

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From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2018) — Perfectly placed by jockey Flavien Prat behind dueling leaders in the early stages of the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares, Spiced Perfection surged between rivals to take command entering the stretch and drew off impressively to win the seven-furlong sprint by two and one-quarter lengths Sunday.

Bred by Premier Thoroughbreds, Spiced Perfection, sent off at 4-1 odds, scored her fourth win in six lifetime starts at Del Mar and fifth in 13 career efforts, running the distance in 1:23.21. Runner-up was Just Grazed Me under Tyler Baze, with S Y Sky, the 2-1 favorite, third, a length and one-quarter farther back, and three-quarters in front of fourth-place Love a Honeybadger in the field of eight older California-bred fillies and mares. Mo See Cal was scratched.

Spiced Perfection, a three-year-old daughter of former top sprinter Smiling Tiger, is owned by the Dare to Dream Stable of Michael Faber of Mundelein, Illinois and conditioned by Brian Koriner. She returned $10.60, $5 and $3.20 and earned $57,000 to increase her bankroll to $442,405. Prat also won the Betty Grable Stakes a year ago, aboard Majestic Heat.

Just Grazed Me paid $5 and $3, while S Y Sky returned $2.80 to show.

In addition to winning the Betty Grable Stakes, Koriner also saddled two other winners, for a rare training triple. He won the sixth race with Fast Cotton for a $4.20 payoff and the day’s ninth and final race with Gypsy Blu in a $63.60 upset.



Now at Harris Farms for 2019!

MAJESTIC HARBOR won the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita by a widening 6 1/4 lengths, posting a 111 Beyer Speed Figure over GAME ON DUDE (G1), LIDERIS (G1), SALTO DEL INDIO (G1), CLUBHOUSE RIDE (G2), IMPERATIVE (G2), and FURY KAPCORI (G3).

MAJESTIC HARBOR was on the board in 31 of 42 starts, including 14 times in Graded Stakes, and he competed in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Graded Stakes wins included the (G1)Santa Anita Gold Cup S., (G2) Alysheba S., (G3) Mineshaft H., and (G3)Tokyo City Cup S, and he was on the board in the (G1) Stephen Foster H. (twice), (G1) Awesome Again S., (G2) Marathon S.,(G2) Californian S., (G2) New Orleans Handicap, (G2) San Pasqual S., (G2) Hawthorne Gold Cup H., and (G3) Greenwood Cup, etc.

Cruel Intention Outfinishes Galilean in Golden State Juvenile

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By Steve Andersen
Arcadia, CA (November 3, 2018)-Cruel Intention and Galilean could not get rid of each other through the stretch of Saturday’s Golden State Juvenile for 2-year-old California-breds at Santa Anita before Cruel Intention prevailed by a neck.

This was their first meeting, but is unlikely to be their last. They could easily meet in statebred stakes, or perhaps graded stakes, in coming months.

Cruel Intention ($3.60) stalked the early pace and moved alongside early leader Galilean with a quarter-mile remaining. Galilean led by a head with a furlong to go. The two ran as a pair to the final yards before Cruel Intention took a narrow lead nearing the wire, finishing seven furlongs in 1:22.82.

Galilean finished 16 lengths clear of third-place finisher Luck’s Royal Flush, a 13-1 chance.

Galilean set a solid pace of 22.17 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.90 for a half-mile and ran brilliantly in defeat.

I Belong to Becky, the 71-1 longest shot in the field, finished fourth, followed by Listing, Oliver, and Whooping Jay.

Cruel Intention was ridden by Evin Roman for absent trainer Bob Baffert, who was at the Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs. Cruel Intention was saddled by Mike Marlow, an assistant to Baffert who directs the famous trainer’s division at Los Alamitos.

Marlow had Cruel Intention in his stable until mid-September when the colt by Smiling Tiger was transferred to Baffert at Santa Anita. Cruel Intention won his debut in a maiden special weight race at six furlongs by 5 1/2 lengths on Oct. 13.

The win in the Golden State Juvenile was worth $110,000 to the partnership of Jungle Racing, Nexus Racing Club, and Larry Roth’s LNJ Foxwoods.

“He ran a really nice race,” Marlow said. “The only time the rider had me a little nervous was when he had a tight hold of him on the backstretch, but not for too long. Sometimes, you can take too much away from them when you take a hold.

“He’s always shown he’s a good horse. He started out that way. I had him over there and he showed a lot of quality.”

Cruel Intention was purchased for $200,000 at the Barretts 2-year-olds in-training sale at Del Mar earlier this year.


Lakerball Has Easy Time in Pike Place Dancer

Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography

By Chuck Dybdal
Albany, CA (Octber 27, 2018)-Trainer Doug O’Neill couldn’t have scripted things more perfectly for Lakerball ($4) as the 2-year-old Lakerville filly won her second straight turf stakes, taking the $75,225 Pike Place Dancer with ease on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

O’Neill sent the filly north to see how well she shipped and because he wanted to keep her on the turf after scoring an upset in the Surfer Girl at Santa Anita in her previous start.

The journey didn’t bother the filly at all, and she got a dream trip under Alonso Quinonez on Golden Gate’s Lakeside Turf Course, sitting third while three wide behind pacesetting Brahms Command.

When Quinonez asked her to run nearing the quarter pole, she responded nicely, taking command in the lane of the one-mile race. She pulled clear of the field, defeating Brahms Command by five lengths in 1:38.57. Tomlin finished well to be third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Brahms Command with Sneaky Dianne, the longest shot on the board, another 2 1/2 lengths back.

All six runners were coming off wins.

Owned by Pappas Horse Racing Corp., Purple Rein Racing, and Tom R. Roberts, Lakerball scored her third victory in five starts., earning $45,000. She now has career earnings of $129,400 and is 2 for 2 on turf.

She won her debut for O’Neill in a $50,000 maiden claimer on Aug. 8 at Del Mar after running third for trainer Richard Baltas in her career debut. She was fifth in her debut against winners before winning the Surfer Girl.

Jetinwith Kennedy Passes at 29

COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2018) – California-bred Jetinwith Kennedy, a multiple stakes winner and the 2005 California Broodmare of the Year, was euthanized at the age of 29 at Harris Farms on Monday.

Jetinwith Kennedy, a daughter of Kennedy Road, out of the Blue Eyed Davy mare Blue Jet Set, was bred by owner Sidney Factor and won four of 12 starts with earnings of $103,328. Among her wins were the 1992 Las Ninas Stakes at Fairplex Park and the 1993 Karandebs Big Kat Stakes at Golden Gate.

She was sold to former CTBA director Joan Rogers at the 2000 Barretts January Mixed Sale for $17,000 in foal to Apollo and went on to foal 13 thoroughbreds, the most accomplished being Jet West, who won seven of 22 starts with earnings of $554,345. Jetinwith Kennedy was named the 2005 California Broodmare of the Year by CTBA.

Jet West, bred by Rogers’ Applebite Farms, was a graduate of the CTBA Del Mar Yearling Sale. His biggest win was the 2005 California Cup Sprint, but his biggest payday was a third-place finish in the 2006 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Jetinwith Kennedy also foaled multiple stakes winners Jetin Excess and Triumphant Flight and stakes winner Jetinto Houston.

Lakerball Scores Wire-to-Wire in Surfer Girl S.

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Arcadia, CA (October 8, 2018)-The Lakerville juvenile daughter, Lakerball was trying three new items in the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes. It was her stakes debut and trying turf for the first time as well as routing for the first time. Jumping quickly from the gate the filly kept rolling along from her outside post stopping the clock in 1:35.23.

She defeated foes by War Front, Into Mischief and Midshipman.

From her four outings her record now stands at two wins and a third and has earned $84,480

Bred by Rancho de Los Aviadores in California and Lakerball is out of the Capsized broodmare Category Ten.

Lakerville is a brilliantly fast stakes winning son of  Unusual Heat and stands for private treaty.