Bookies Luck California’s Champion Two-Year-Old Male

by Emily Shields
Arcadia, CA (March 2, 2018)-With three wins in seven starts as a 2-year-old, Bookies Luck fought his way to the top of the juvenile ranks and has been rewarded as California’s champion 2-year-old male. (read more)

Pulpit Rider Fights to California Cup Oaks Win

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By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (February 19, 2018)-When she stopped beating herself up, Pulpit Rider beat the six other 3-year-old California-bred fillies in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita on Monday.

Pulpit Rider was fussy in the gate but brilliant in winning her first stakes in the one-mile turf race. Trainer Mike Puype noticed in the winner’s circle that Pulpit Rider sustained cuts on her face and shoulder.

“She tried to turn over in the gate,” he said.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Pulpit Rider ($7.60) closed from the back of the field with a wide rally to beat runner-up One Fast Broad, the 3-5 favorite, by 2 1/2 lengths. Pulpit Rider was timed in 1:35.80.

“Her turn of foot was scintillating,” Puype said. “She’s getting better.”

Nakatani had Pulpit Rider last through the opening quarter-mile and in sixth on the backstretch, racing off the rail. Felony One, a 54-1 outsider, set fractions of 22.65 seconds for the first quarter-mile and 46.51 for a half-mile.

One Fast Broad rallied four wide to reach contention in the stretch, but could not hold off Pulpit Rider.

One Fast Broad finished a half-length in front of X S Gold, who was followed by Mo See Cal, Nice Ice, Carpathia, and Felony One.

One Fast Broad was favored on the basis of her 2-year-old form in 2017, which included two stakes wins on dirt against California-bred fillies and two second-place finishes in turf stakes against open company.

Pulpit Rider, by Lucky Pulpit, has won 3 of 7 starts and earned $194,536, all for owners and breeders Larry and Marianne Williams.

Pulpit Rider was sixth in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies and fifth in the Soviet Problem Stakes last fall. One Fast Broad won both races.

The Cal Cup Oaks was Pulpit Rider’s second start on turf. She was third in an optional claimer against open company on the hillside turf course on Jan. 19.

Puype said Pulpit Rider will have her graded stakes debut in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes, a $150,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf on April 7.

Lucky Pulpit’s Last Foal

Coalinga, CA (February 3, 2018)-Lucky Pulpit’s last and only foal of 2018 arrived at 8:35 p.m. on January 31 at John Harris’ Harris Farm near Coalinga CA. The plain bay colt is out of Mother Luck (Street Sense x Alishir’s World). His dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and G1 stakes placed Antares World. The unnamed colt was bred by his owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ Tree Top Ranch, who also owned his sire.

Lucky Pulpit is most noted as the sire of multiple Eclipse winning and two-time Horse of the Year winner California Chrome ($14,752,650). Lucky Pulpit entered stud in 2007 and stood his entire career at Harris Farms. He was California’s Leading Freshman Sire of 2010 and topped the California General Sire List in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, Lucky Pulpit was the Leading Sire of California Conceived Foals by number of winners and of two-year-olds by earnings.

Inquiries to Dave McGlothlin at Harris Farms 800-311-6211 or

Harris Farms Connections Garner Cal-bred Awards for Champions of 2017

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2018) —Harris Farms, as breeder, was the leading breeder of Cal-breds in 2017. Additionally, Harris Farms stallions Unusual Heat, Lucky Pulpit and Smiling Tiger picked up sire championships

  • Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Unusual Heat, property of The Unusual Heat Syndicate.
  • Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – 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 – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
  • Champion First-Crop Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Smiling Tiger, property of Philip Lebherz & Alan Klein.
  • Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings – Harris Farms.
  • Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male – Bookies Luck (by Lucky Pulpit), bred by Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
  • Champion California-bred Older Female – Skye Diamonds (foaled at Harris Farms), bred by Dizney Double Diamond LLC.

Harris Farms Tops Leading Breeders List in CA

Harris Farms Consignment to the January 2018 Barretts Sale

Barretts January Mixed Sale 2018 Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. (PDT) Pomona, CA

Harris Farms, Agent

3…….WINNING TALE, 2007 dk.b./br.m., Tale of the Cat – Mining Missharriet {Tizbud}
19……2017 b.c., Vronsky – Belloma
20……BRILLIANT RESPONSE, 2005 b.m., High Brite – Beyond a Doubt {Lakerville}
43……HAIMISH HY, 2007 dk.b./br.h., Ecton Park – Tifonica (ARG)
47……2017 ch.f., Clubhouse Ride – Kind Lady
48……KIND LADY, 2004 b.m., Sir Cat – Kindnesses {Clubhouse Ride}
49……LONG LEGGED LOVELY, 2007 dk.b./br.m., Benchmark – Susan’s Choice {Lakerville}
70……SPIRIT CHILD, 2006 dk.b./br.m., Hennessy – Babeinthewoods {Tizbud}
75……2017 b.f., Stay Thirsty – Stunning Drama
79……TEA CAKES, 2003 ch.m., Moscow Ballet – Kokomotion {Desert Code}
80……2017 dk.b./br.c., Cross Traffic – Termite
85……2017 b.c., Gig Harbor – Twin Spirit
149…..2016 dk.b./br.f., Smiling Tiger – Miss Rhythmic

Majestic Heat Wins Grade II Bayakoa

From Los Alamitos Publicity
CYPRESS, Calif.(Dec. 3, 2017) – Three weeks after an easy win in her dirt debut, Majestic Heat became a graded stakes winner on the surface with another decisive victory in the $201,035 Bayakoa Sunday at Los Alamitos.

After dispatching of fellow California-breds by 3-1/4 lengths going seven furlongs in the Betty Grable Nov. 12 at Del Mar, the 5-year-old Unusual Heat mare prevailed by 2-1/2 lengths when stretched to 1 1/16 miles in the Grade II, which was run Sunday at Los Alamitos for the first time since 2014.

Reserved off the quick early pace set by eventual runner-up Champagne Room, Majestic Heat began to rally wide nearing the stretch under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, easily collared the leader and went on to her seventh victory in 16 starts.

The 3-1 third choice in the field of eight, Majestic Heat, who is owned by Bardy Farm, Ron McCauley and Madeline Auerbach and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, completed the distance in 1:42.15 and paid $8, $4.20 and $3.40. She’s earned $530,329. She was bred by Auerbach and Barry Abrams.

Champagne Room, the 2016 2-year-old filly champion, returned $3.80 and $3.20 as the 5-2 second choice. She finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of 9-1 shot Madame Stripes, who paid $5 to show.

Completing the order of finish were Bernina Star, Pacific Wind, the 5-2 favorite, Street Surrender, Shenandoah Queen and Constellation.

An off-the-board effort in the Grade II Goldikova on turf – a surface on which she has won five of 14 – Nov. 4 at Del Mar is what inspired Mandella to try Majestic Heat on the dirt eight days later in the Grable.

“I’ve always had it in my mind to try her on dirt,’’ said Mandella. “I mentioned it to (Auerbach), but just never quite did it. I thought she didn’t run at all (in the Goldikova) and she came back the next day and looked like a horse who hadn’t run.

“I had nominated her to the (Grable), so I decided to put her in there and see what happens. We do that a lot and sometimes it doesn’t work, so we can’t brag too much.

“I thought she ran very well today. It gives us a lot of options for next year.’’

Smith, who won the 2016 Bayakoa at Del Mar with Vale Dori, was impressed after his first collaboration with Majestic Heat.

“The plan was to let her run out of there and see what everybody else did,’’ he said. “When several of them went that was good for us. She settled nicely and when I tipped her out she did everything on her own in the stretch.’’

How Unusual Scores Upset in Red Carpet Handicap

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Masterfully-ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani, longshot How Unusual spurted between horses at the top of the stretch to enter contention and outfinished 2-1 favored Responsibleforlove in the final sixteenth to win the featured Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap on Thanksgiving holiday Thursday at Del Mar.

How Unusual, a daughter of Unusual Heat, sent to the gate at 9-1 for the mile and three-eighths grass marathon, was outrun in the early stages, but showed an impressive turn of foot when cut loose by Nakatani to score by a half-length in 2:14.92 for the distance.

Responsibleforlove, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, was runner-up, a half-length in front of Laseen, with La Manta Gris fourth in the field of 12 older fillies and mares. Galileo’s Song and Lottie were withdrawn from the original field.

How Unusual, owned by the partnership of Fetkin, Sill and St. Hilaire and trained by Mike Pender, scored her fifth victory in 19 outings and returned $21.80, $7.60 and $5 while earning first money of $60,000. The four-year-old filly now has a total bankroll of $302,367.

Jockey Corey Nakatani said, “Mike (trainer Mike Pender) and I talked and we both agreed that there was only one way to go with her: to take her back, get her to settle and into a nice rhythm and then make that late run. I thought sure she’d handle the distance and she did. She’s a nice filly.”

Harris Farms Keeneland November Purchases

Harris Farms purchases from Keeneland earlier this month were:

Maziette hip#1032 Candy Ride-Saracina by Bertrando.  Maziette in foal to Flatter purchased for $50,000

My Senses hip#1899 Street Sense-Palmilla by Crowd Pleaser. My Senses in foal to Summer Front purchased for $50,000

Camille C hip#2112 Roman Dancer-Paris Operetta by Rahy. Camille C in foal to Not This Time purchased for $25,000