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Spiced Perfection is a Finalist for the 2018 Cal-bred Horse of the Year

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2019)–Spiced Perfection is one of two finalists for the 2018 California-bred Horse of the Year, which will be announced at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting on Monday, Feb. 25.

Other championship awards for the Harris Farms stallion roster were earned by:

Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.

Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male – Cruel Intention, (Smiling Tiger-Perfect Feat) bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC, owned by Jungle Racing LLC, LNJ Foxwoods & Nexus Racing Club, trained by Bob Baffert.

Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Male – Take the One O One, (Acclamation-North Freeway) bred by Thomas Bachman, owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, trained by Brian Koriner.

Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Female – Spiced Perfection, (Smiling Tiger-Perfect Feat) bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC, owned by Dare To Dream Stable LLC, trained by Brian Koriner.

Champion California-bred Sprinter – Spiced Perfection, bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC, owned by Dare To Dream Stable LLC, trained by Brian Koriner.

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 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





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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.

Harris Farms/Old English Rancho Announce Joint Operating Agreement

COALINGA, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2018)-Combining over 100 years of leadership and excellence in California and national racing, John Harris’s Harris Farms and the Johnston’s family’s Old English Rancho are joining forces to keep California racing and breeding strong. Stallions now will all be located at the Harris Farms facility near I-5 about midway between the Bay Area and the Los Angeles area include: Acclamation, Clubhouse Ride, Desert Code, Jeranimo, Lakerville, Majestic Harbor, Mr. Big, Prospect Park, Smiling Tiger, Tamarando, and Vronsky. Both farms utilize over 700 irrigated acres or irrigated pasture for boarding of broodmares as well as stallions, and the development of yearlings.

Jonny Hilvers, the general manager of Old English Rancho for 8 years will become General Manager of the newly combined entity. Hilvers, 33, a Sanger native is the grandson of popular California owner and breeder, Buddy Johnston and great-grandson of Elwood “The Pie Man” Johnston, the founder of Old English Rancho, a dominant force in California racing and breeding for decades.

Harris Farms owner John Harris, a 1965 graduate of the University of California at Davis is a farmer, a cattleman, a beef processor, a restaurateur, and an enthusiastic owner and breeder of thoroughbreds in California for over 50 years. He has been a member of The Jockey Club since 1984, still serves on the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board and is a former Chairman. He was inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also a prominent owner and breeder, having bred numerous California Champions and Grade One Stakes winners Alphabet Kisses and Cost of Freedom. Although breeding predominantly to race, he has sold several sales toppers in recent California yearling and 2-year-old sales. Harris was Chairman of Bay Meadows Racing Association in the mid-1990s.

Dave McGlothlin, who started managing Harris breeding stock in 1981, will remain as a consultant.

Per Antonsen, farm trainer for many years will continue in that role. At Harris, he was key in the early training of Champions Tiznow and California Chrome, and many other California champions.

Raul Rosas, a 30 plus year horseman who has handled all the top Harris stallions remains at Harris as stallion manager.

Dr. Jeanne Bowers Lepore, a graduate of the Veterinary School of the University of California at Davis has been a well-respected veterinarian for many years, and has overseen Harris Farms equine health since 1997. She is assisted by her associate Dr. Virginia Hernandez, as well as newly arrived Kristen Phillips and Ana Celdran.

Debbie Sue Winick will remain as Office Manager and Customer Relations specialist. Debbie is a former Paymaster of Purses at Bay Meadows and was an Executive Assistant at California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Laurie Brown, a key player for Harris for the last several years, manages the River Ranch operation near Sanger, assisted by Lindsay Miller. Patricia Langden is foaling manager and assists with sales preps, as well as overall equine health issues.

John Harris commented, “I feel incredibly blessed to have such a fine group of people come together with the common goal of producing thoroughbreds that can compete at the very top levels. Now that the drought is behind us, and by adding additional pastures, we can give horses more room and expansive grass pastures to grow up on, while still having many smaller sized paddocks as options for various needs. I want to have the best facility, the best nutritional and health programs, the best people, and the most promising stallion roster in California. We want to be valued as a place to raise top horses. Jonny Hilvers will be a key ingredient to all of the mutual success I envision. He brings us solid leadership and practical excellence, and represents a new generation to help lead California forward”.

For further information contact:

John C. Harris email
Jonny Hilvers email
Debbie Winick email
Dr. Jeanne Bowers email
General office number is 559.884.2859

Tour with the boss John Harris

John Harris along with him are Dr Hernandez, Jonny Hilvers, Raul Rosas, Debbie Winick.

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.