Harris Farms Consignment for Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale

Tuesday, August 14, at noon Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Harris Farms
22 Chestnut Filly by Clubhouse Ride out of Mulberry Lane Image Here
41 Bay Colt by Unusual Heat out of Quickly Gone Image Here
67 Chestnut Colt by Clubhouse Ride out of Subpoena the Dress Image Here
75 Bay Colt by Acclamation out of Team Builder Image Here
96 Chestnut Colt by Clubhouse Ride out of Artistic Sway Image Here
108 Chestnut Colt by Smiling Tiger out of Charisma Matters
122 Chestnut Filly by Lakerville out of Don’t Despair
128 Chestnut Colt by Smiling Tiger out of Exclusive Game

Harris Farms, Agent
33 Chestnut Filly by Eddington out of Pams Pompallier (NZ)
36 Bay Filly by Grazen out of Plush
79 Gray or Roan Colt by Southern Image out of Tiz Misty Image Here
104A Bay Colt by Ministers Wild Cat out of Bold Roberta
120 After Sundown by Desert Code out of Desert Pearls
134 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Storm Wolf out of Gannet

Harris Farms, Agent (Property of Old English Rancho)
92 Chestnut Colt by Vronsky out of Affectionatelyours
112 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Acclamation out of Chosen Royalt
151 Bay Colt by Vronsky out of Honey Bee Lucky

Ima Happy Cat Shrugs Off Shaky Start, Wins Seattle Stakes

By Randy Goulding
Despite having to be reshod in the paddock, getting bumped at the start and being rank while in tight early, Ima Happy Cat was able to win the $50,000 Seattle Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday.

She paid $6.30 for her 2 1/2-length victory over Bella Mia, who was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the six-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies.

After bumping with Spot On at the break, Ima Happy Cat was eager to join Brilliant Bird and Bella Mia, who dueled through a quarter-mile in 21.76 seconds. Leading rider Rocco Bowen had other intentions, however, and when he tried to ease her into a stalking position she wasn’t thrilled about the idea. Fighting with Bowen, she had to steady at the seven-sixteenths mark.

She settled nicely after she moved outside the dueling pair heading into the turn and she made a strong move to take control of the race at the top of the stretch. She held a 1 1/2-length advangage over Brilliant Bird at the eighth pole and was well in hand in the final stages of the race as Bowen posed for the win picture. Bella Mia looked like she might lose the duel with Brilliant Bird, but she came back late to gain the runner-up position. Brilliant Bird finished a length in front of Diamonds R.

The final time was 1:09.68.

“I was on a loaded horse today,” Bowen said. “She was pretty eager and I had to strangle her early. She finished well and I had her geared down inside the sixteenth pole.”

Trained by Dan Markle, Ima Happy Cat was coming off a sharp win on Tapeta in a maiden special weight race at Golden Gate Fields on April 28.

“She got spooked by a couple of young kids in the paddock and lost a shoe,” Markle said. “She’s just a real quality filly and was a real pro when we had to re-shoe her.”

The California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger is owned by Sue and Tim Spooner.

“We were just looking to get a race into her at Golden Gate and then bring her back to Emerald, where she would have a fitness edge in a maiden special race,” Sue Spooner said. “It was a pleasant surprise when she ran so well at Golden Gate. I am a happy cat right now.”

Tizbud’s Soi Phet Surprises in Crystal Water Stakes

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By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. – There’s plenty of fight left in the 10-year-old Tizbud gelding Soi Phet.

On Sunday at Santa Anita, Soi Phet ($96.80) scored a massive upset in the $102,070 Crystal Water Stakes for California-bred turf milers, holding off a sustained threat from the 4-year-old B Squared to prevail by a head.

“He’s got a big heart,” winning rider Alonso Quinonez said.

The Crystal Water Stakes was Soi Phet’s first stakes win on turf in his 58th start. Soi Phet has won 14 races, seven of which were stakes.

“He’s amazing,” trainer Leonard Powell said.

The second-longest shot in a field of 11, Soi Phet was well placed throughout the Crystal Water. Soi Phet was fourth for the first six furlongs, stalking early pacesetter Well Developed through modest fractions of 23.20 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.18 for a half-mile.

Turning into the stretch, Soi Phet was two lengths behind leader Tule Fog and trailed by about that margin at the eighth pole. Well Developed and Tule Fog were within a head of each other with a furlong remaining, but could not sustain the effort.

Soi Phet took the lead in the final strides to edge B Squared, who was a neck in front of Well Developed, a 7-2 chance.

“The plan was to break and follow the speed,” Quinonez said.

Ashleyluvssugar, a graded stakes winner the last two years, was fourth as the 3-1 favorite in his first start of the year, finishing a half-length behind Soi Phet. Tule Fog finished fifth, followed by Ward ‘n Jerry, Accountability, Camino Del Paraiso, Smokey Image, Desert General, and Rye.

Soi Phet was timed in 1:35. The Crystal Water was his 14th start on turf and second win on the surface. He won a starter handicap for $12,500 claimers here in June 2014.

Owned by Mathilde Powell, Paul Viskovich, and Gerald Benowitz, Soi Phet had his third start of 2018 on Saturday. He was second in an allowance race with a $62,500 claiming option on March 23 when eligible to be claimed, and finished a well-beaten fifth behind Dr. Dorr in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes on April 28.

“When Dr. Dorr passed him, he said, ‘I’m too old for this and I’ll wait for another day,’ ” Powell said.

Dr. Dorr is a leading contender for the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Powell said Soi Phet has thrived in recent training, weighing 1,167 pounds, a bit higher than his average weight of 1,145 in recent years.

“His weight is above anything he’s been in the last two years.”

Soi Phet, who has earned $955,250, is expected to start in the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for Cal-bred milers at Los Alamitos on July 4. Powell said he plans to race Soi Phet sparingly in coming months, focusing on statebred races.

“I want to do what’s right for the horse,” he said.

The owners and Powell claimed Soi Phet for $16,000 at Hollywood Park in May 2013. The five-year anniversary of the acquisition is Wednesday. Since being claimed, Soi Phet has earned $918,170.

Smiling Tiger’s Montana Sunset Goes Wire-to-Wire at Pimilco

Baltimore, MD (May 17, 2018)-Montana Sunset, a two-year-old filly by Smiling Tiger, took the winner’s share of a Pimlico maiden special race with a wire-to-wire two length win.

The filly is out of the multiple stakes producing Chasseur Dame (French Legionaire) and was bred in Washington by Dale Mahlum. She is owned by Ten Broeck Farm, Inc. and trained by Wesley Ward.

Smiling Tiger was the 2017 leading freshman sire in California and is currently the leading second crop sire for the region. He is standing for $6,500.

Lucky Pulpit Sires a Pair of Golden Gate Stakes Winners

ALBANY, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2018) – Pulpit Rider, a daughter of Lucky Pulpit, scored her second victory of the year in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 3-year-old fillies under jockey Corey Nakatani.

Bred by owners Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams, with a late surge she won by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:38.63 on firm turf. The Mike Puype-trained filly previously won the Feb. 19 California Cup Oaks before she finished fourth in the April 7 Providencia Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park, her only outing in graded company.

Pulpit Rider has a record of 4-0-1 in nine starts, with earnings of $260,536.

Later on the card Silver Creek Stables’ Hardboot, a 10-1 longshot, scored an upset win April 29 in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes for Golden State Series eligible at Golden Gate Fields.

In the one-mile turf test for 3-year-olds bred or sired in California, the son of Lucky Pulpit broke last in the field of 10, as Night At the Opera set fractions of :23.93, :47.87, and 1:11.87 through the first six furlongs.

Turning into the lane, jockey Juan Hernandez swung Hardboot to the outside and ran four wide in the stretch as they pushed forward for a last-ditch effort in the final furlong. As he blew past the waning Night At the Opera, Hardboot made short work of the remaining contenders, won by 1 3/4 lengths and completed the race in a time of 1:37.33. Unpossible finished second, with Psycho Dar a half-length behind in third. Luke’s On Fire finished fourth.

The winner paid $22.80, $10, and $7.60.

Bred by James Mann and trained by Michele Dollase, Hardboot is out of the Cryptoclearance mare Mme. Espionage. The Silky Sullivan win is the first for the colt since he broke his maiden in November at Del Mar.

Harris/Valpredo Homebred Debuts a Winning Effort

by TDN
Arcadia, CA (April 27, 2018)-Bakersfield Sound (g, 4, Acclamation–Hotlantic {MSW, $174,511}, by Stormy Atlantic), a half to Long Hot Summer (Street Boss), MSW & GSP, $424,539; and to TDN Rising Star Pacific Heat (Unusual Heat), MSW, $381,185, got the job done at first asking at a generous 73-10. Debuting in a $55,725 Cal-bred maiden special one mile grass he stopped the clock in 1:35.05.

Ridden for pace by Drayden Van Dyke, the handsome dark bay bowled along through splits of :23.11 for the opening quarter and :46.74 to the half-mile. Still going great guns with ears pricked on the turn, the homebred was kicked further in front off the home corner and was never in danger, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths from favored Minister’s Glory (Ministers Wild Cat).

John Harris and Don Valpredo teamed to purchase this gelding’s MSW dam for $47,000 in foal to Street Boss at Keeneland November in 2011.

The in utero foal, the future Long Hot Summer, topped the 2014 Barretts May sale on a bid of $260,000 and fetched a similar amount at this year’s Keeneland January sale following an outstanding career at the races. The mare’s next produce was Pacific Heat, who became the dearest lot at the 2014 Barretts October yearling sale and earned her Rising Star with a towering debut score at Los Alamitos. The Peter Eurton-trained Pacific Heat remains in training and is up to five furlongs as she nears a return to the races.

Returned to Keeneland November in 2016, Hotlantic fetched $115,000 in foal to City Zip and produced a colt last year before dropping a colt from the first crop of California Chrome earlier this season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. O/B-Harris Farms & Donald Valpredo (CA); T-Neil D Drysdale.

Spiced Perfection Flees Rail and Upsets the $200,000 Evening Jewel S.

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by SantaAnita.com
Arcadia, CA (April 7, 2018)-Unhurried from her rail post position, trainer Brian Koriner’s Spiced Perfection swung three-wide turning for home and overhauled heavily favored Show It N Moe It well inside the sixteenth pole to win Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes by a hard-fought neck. Ridden by Joe Talamo, she got seven furlongs in 1:17.08.

A Cal-bred stakes winner four starts back this past August at Del Mar, Spiced Perfection, a 3-year-old California-bred filly by Smiling Tiger out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat, she was off at 10-1 in a field of eight Golden State Series eligible sophomore fillies and paid $23.60, $6.00 and $3.40.

Owned by Dare to Dream Stable, LLC, Spiced Perfection improved her overall mark to 8-3-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $110,000, she increased her earnings to $227,625.

Show It N Moe It, who was ridden by Mike Smith, had no apparent excuses from the far outside and was second best in a game effort. Off 2-5, she paid $2.40 and $2.10.

Smiling Tigress, who had to alter course in deep stretch, was third best, finishing a neck in front of Ismelucky. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Smiling Tigress was off at 7-1 and paid $2.80 to show.

Fraction on the race were 22.24, 45.48 and 1:10.53.

Smiling Tiger Colt Stops Barretts Clock in 10 Flat; Sells for $200K

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Del Mar, CA (April 3, 2018)-Hip #63 a February 29th colt by Smiling Tiger was the fastest Cal-bred of the April preview and was tied with two KY breds for quickest overall preview times.

The colt sold on Wednesday for $200,000 to agents Solis/Litt.

The Smiling Tiger colt, Hip #63, is part of Andy Havens’ Havens Bloodstock Agency consignment.

The youngster is a full brother to Spiced Perfection, a stakes-winning filly from Smiling Tiger’s first crop. Premier Thoroughbreds bred the colt and Spiced Perfection from the winning Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat.

Grade 2 Winner Majestic Heat Retired

March 19, 2018 – Arcadia, CA – 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2) winner Majestic Heat has been retired from racing after her 5th place finish on Saturday in Santa Anita Park’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes as announced by owner-racing manager Madeline Auerbach.

A California Bred daughter of sire Unusual Heat, Majestic Heat was trained for the bulk of her career by Hall of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella and was known for her versatility and durability during her four seasons of racing. Majestic Heat is a 4 time stakes winner on both turf and dirt while also winning stakes both sprinting and routing. Her top accomplishment on the track was her victory in the 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2) at Los Alamitos defeating 2016 Eclipse Award winner Champagne Room in the process. The dark bay mare also captured the 2016 Solana Beach Stakes (LR) at Del Mar and came back to defend her title and win the 2017 edition of the Solana Beach in similar fashion. She also captured the 2017 Betty Grable Stakes (LR) at Del Mar along with being stakes placed in the 2018 Santa Maria Stakes (Grade 2) and 2018 Spring Fever Stakes (LR) both at Santa Anita Park.

Owned by co-breeder Auerbach along with Ron McCauley and Bardy Farm, Majestic Heat is a full sister the Multiple Stakes Winner and Grade 1 placed Mensa Heat along with stakes placed Real Heat and $249K earner Empty Headed. Her full sister Phi Beta Heat was a Maiden Allowance winner and is the dam of 2018 $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic winner Rye.

Majestic Heat boasts career earnings of $578,329 and a final record of 20-7-1-2. She will be bred in 2018 to Coolmore-Ashford Stud’s stallion Uncle Mo.


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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2018)–Trainer David Bernstein’s Smiling Tigress blew by heavily favored Strike At Daylight with a sixteenth of a mile to run to take Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ¾ lengths. Ridden patiently from her rail post position, the 3-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger got six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.94.

“She’s a pretty nice filly,” said the affable Bernstein. “She’s getting better and better all the time and Tyler rode her great. She wants to come from off the pace, that’s her best way to go. We’ll see how she is and look at some Cal-bred stakes.”

Second in her last two starts at the level, but winless in four races since breaking her maiden here on Oct. 5, Smiling Tigress was off at 9-2 in a field of eight California-bred or sired fillies and mares and paid $11.00, $4.40 and $3.40.

Owned by Naseer Mohammed Fasihuddin and Madiha Sarwar, Smiling Tigress picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $107,485. Her overall mark now stands at 9-2-3-0.

The 3-2 favorite with Geovanni Franco, Strike At Daylight sat just off early pacesetter Love a Honeybadger into the far turn, took command a quarter mile out but was no match for the winner while finishing second, a head in front of an on-rushing Red Stich.

Strike At Daylight paid $3.40 and $2.60.

Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Red Stich broke a bit awkwardly, wheeled four-wide coming into the stretch and just missed the place. Off at 5-1, Red Stich finished 2 ¾ lengths in front of Pied N True and paid $2.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.01, 45.43 and 58.16.