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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by DMTC.com
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.”

Majestic Heat Relishes Dirt Surface in Betty Grable Win

By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. – From the time Richard Mandella took over as the trainer of Majestic Heat, he had given thought to running her on dirt, based on the way she trained on the surface, but because she was doing so well on turf, he left well enough alone.

But after Majestic Heat failed to fire in the Grade 2 Goldikova on the turf here at Del Mar on Nov. 4, Mandella thought the Betty Grable eight days hence provided the ideal time to experiment.

“The day after the race, she didn’t look like a horse that had run,” Mandella said. “She just mailed it in. She works like she can sprint on the dirt. I always was interested in running her on the dirt. She works on it like a star.”

The experiment worked. Majestic Heat, looking as though she’s wanted to sprint on dirt all her life, powered clear of seven rivals with a dominating victory Sunday in the $100,690 Betty Grable, for older California-bred females going seven furlongs.

Majestic Heat ($9.20) beat Barbara Beatrice by 3 1/4 lengths, with Late ’n Left another 2 1/2 lengths back in third. How About Zero, the 3-1 favorite, was fourth and was followed by Run for Retts, Bad Ju Ju, Cuddle Alert, and Time for Ebby.

Flavien Prat rode Majestic Heat, who covered seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:22.56.

“If it didn’t work, so what? It wouldn’t be my first mistake,” Mandella said.

Mandella had Majestic Heat transferred to him a little more than two years ago, when her original trainer, Barry Abrams – who also is the co-breeder and is a co-owner of Majestic Heat – had to retire owing to health problems. Abrams was known for often wheeling his runners back on short rest.

“I’m sure everybody’s thinking Barry told me to do this,” Mandella said.

Majestic Heat, a 5-year-old mare by Unusual Heat, had raced 14 times previously, all on turf, winning five. She’s been not quite good enough against graded company but is a terror against California-breds. She won the Solana Beach on this course at the summer meets in both 2016 and 2017.

She has now earned $410,329 for a partnership that includes Abrams, Madeline Auerbach, and Ron McCauley.

Mandella said he’s not sure if Majestic Heat will race at age 6, and he’s not about to ask.

“I’m going to keep going until they pull me up,” he said.

Bookies Luck Holds on in GS Juvenile

From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) — Under a typically vigorous ride by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, Bookies Luck held on tenaciously in the final strides to nose out the hard-charging Smokem in the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes Saturday, the second of 12 races on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup Championships at Del Mar.

Bookies Luck, the narrow 8-5 favorite over Smokem, who also went to the post at 8-5, scored his third win in six starts in a game performance for breeders and owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trainer Jeff Bonde.

“The outside post helped us a lot,” said Bonde. “This is a really deep track and you’ve got to have something left at the end. I think Kent (Desormeaux) did a really good job of rationing his speed and it was really close at the end.”

Smokem, who was piloted by Evin Roman, finished four and one-half lengths in front of third-place Lucky Romano, with Campaigner fourth in the field of seven California-bred two-year-olds. Schulace was withdrawn from the original line-up.

Bookies Luck, a son of Lucky Pulpit, ran the seven furlongs in 1:24 flat and rewarded his backers with an across-the-board payoff of $5.20, $3 and $2.40. Smokem paid $2.60 and $2.20, while Lucky Romano returned $3.80 to show.

“Compliment to the trainer he was a different horse today than last time,” said Desormeaux. “He really settled very nicely. The extra furlong might be a lot for him, but Mr. Bonde had him nice and calm for five-eighths. He had plenty to finish the last eighth of a mile. He was running through the lane.”

First money of $120,000 increased the colt’s career earnings to $224,649.

Big Score Takes Transylvania (G3)

April 7, 2017 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select – Big Score

Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts

Barretts Sales/Cecilia Gustavsson

By Tracy Gantz
Stormy Hull once hoped he would one day sell a horse for $50,000. At the Oct. 17 Barretts October fall mixed sale in Pomona, Calif., Hull topped the sale with a $220,000 yearling filly he hauled to Southern California from Washington state himself.

“It’s beyond my dreams—it’s surreal,” Hull said.

The filly, named Smiling Diamonds, has plenty of pedigree. Consigned as Hip 94 from Hull and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm, she is out of Hull’s stakes-placed Slewdledo mare Carrie’s a Jewel, who is already the dam of California Diamond, champion California-bred 2-year-old male of 2016. The sale topper is by Smiling Tiger, California’s leading first-crop sire.

Steve Gasparrelli, who already has promising Smiling Tiger runners in his arsenal, bought the sale topper. Advised by his trainer, Mike Puype, Gasparrelli bought the filly in the name of his Slugo Racing. Gasparrelli bought last year’s sale topper, a $190,000 son of Smiling Tiger-Erica’s Smile, by Williamstown.

“I like Smiling Tiger a lot, and the dam is also very attractive,” said Gasparrelli. “California Diamond is a very good horse.”

A total of 128 yearlings grossed $2,155,000 and averaged $16,836, with a median of $5,500, compared to 2016, when 136 yearlings grossed $2,132,500 and averaged $15,680, with a median of $8,750. The yearling buy-back rate was 35%, with 68 of the 196 through the ring not sold. Overall, 155 grossed $2,301,000 and averaged $14,845, compared to last year’s figures of 175 grossing $2,496,500 and averaging $14,266.

“The top end of the market is getting stronger and more competitive,” said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. “Any time an above-average horse came in the ring, there was a lot of competition.”

Gasparrelli, who said he has about 20 horses in training, all with Puype, led all buyers at the sale. He purchased two for a total of $305,000. In addition to the sale topper, he went to $85,000 for Hip 147, a California-bred daughter of Slew’s Tiznow-Grand Advice, by Mr. Greeley, a full sister to 2017 El Camino Real Derby (G3) winner Zakaroff. Adrian Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds  consigned the filly.

Hull was ecstatic after selling the Smiling Tiger sale topper. He bought Carrie’s a Jewel for $5,000 and raises all of her foals himself in Sequim, Wash., after they foal in California. He said he ponied the Smiling Tiger filly himself to get her fit for the sale.

“These horses are my family,” Hull said. “I do everything—feed them, clean their stalls, pony them. This filly was spectacular from the time she was foaled. I have a weanling full brother to her as well, and Carrie’s a Jewel is in foal to Bluegrass Cat.”

Two other horses brought six figures at the sale, including a California-bred daughter of Acclamation-Ismene, by Tribal Rule. Consigned by John Harris’ Harris Farms as agent for Stephen Ferraro, the filly sold for $160,000. Trainer Terry Knight signed the ticket for Pete and Evelyn Parrella’s Legacy Ranch.

“She was a very good individual, backed up by a good pedigree,” said Knight, who recently became the general manager of Legacy Ranch near Clements, Calif. “And we also liked the fact that she is a Cal-bred.”

Daylight Win for Smiling Tigress

Arcadia, CA (October 5, 2017)-Smiling Tigress became winner number seven this year for her first year sire Smiling Tiger with a daylight win by six at Santa Anita.

Out of the Hard Spun broodmare Spun Clear this two-year-old filly has made four starts and has earned $45,585 with the win and one second on her record.

Smiling Tiger is the leading freshman sire in California and is in the top thirteen nationally.

Don’t pass up checking out our Barretts Consignment featuring two yearlings by Smiling Tiger: hip 188 filly Smiling Tiger – Miss Rhythmic and hip 174 colt Smiling Tiger – Lit de Bet.

Harris Farms Consignment Barretts October 2017

Barretts 2017 Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of All Ages
Tuesday, October 17th, at 11:00 a.m. Pomona, CA

Harris Farms, Agent
1…….QUIZ KID, 2016 dk.b./br.c., Acclamation – Quizzical
71……2016 b.f., Acclamation – Askra
132…..2016 b.c., Vronsky – Exclusive Game Photo Here
165…..2016 dk.b./br.f., Papa Clem – Kind Lady
176…..2016 ch.f., Lucky Pulpit – Little Miss Zip
180…..LA PURISSIMA, 2016 b.f., Eddington – Lucera (IRE)
188…..2016 dk.b./br.f., Smiling Tiger – Miss Rhythmic
198…..2016 b.f., Macho Uno – Oelectra
207…..2016 dk.b./br.c., Acclamation – Plush

Harris Farms, Agent for M. Auerbach, LLC
36……2016 ch.c., Unusual Heat – Style of the Year Photo Here
240…..SUN BELT, 2010 dk.b./br.m., Unusual Heat – Laguna Sunrise {Mr. Big}

Harris Farms, Agent for Stephen Ferraro
159…..2016 dk.b./br.f., Acclamation – Ismene Photo Here
248…..YANA, 2011 dk.b./br.m., Bertrando – Wild Apart {Acclamation}

Harris Farms, Agent for Sharon Pasko
174…..2016 gr.c., Smiling Tiger – Lit de Bet

Ismelucky Wins Barretts Debutante

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From Los Alamitos Publicity
CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2017) — Favored California-bred Ismelucky won Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos.

Overcoming trouble at the start and traffic trouble along the way, Ismelucky, a 2-year-old Lucky Pulpit filly out of the Tribal Rule mare Ismene, rallied along the rail to overtake 14-1 shot Shaken Memories near the wire.

Bred by Stephen Ferraro and owned by trainer Jeff Bonde and Jerome Russell, Ismelucky completed the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.84. The win was her second in three starts and increased her earnings to $108,420.

The Debutante was the first race for Ismelucky since she defeated maidens by 2 ½ lengths May 18 at Santa Anita.

“We backed off on her after she won because I thought she was a nice filly and she had some tightness in her hind end,’’ said Bonde. “We cranked her up again to get her ready for this race.”

Bonde was pleased with how Ismelucky had trained leading into Saturday, but was apprehensive when she drew the rail in the field of nine. His fears were founded given what happened at the start and along the way.

“It was an eventful trip to say the least,’’ said jockey Kent Desormeaux, whose other stakes win at the LACF meet came with Soi Phet in the E.B. Johnston Stakes hours before he won the Beverly Lewis with Princess Karen.

“We got slammed at the start by (eventual eighth-place finisher Funny Bean, who broke directly outside Ismelucky), then we had to wait for room, and then in the stretch, (Shaken Memories) was using her tail like a fan in front of us. This filly really showed me something today.’’