Baja Sur Prevails In $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes

by EmeraldDowns.com
AUBURN, Wash. (June 16, 2019) – Baja Sur remained undefeated with his latest impressive victory in the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs.

Scoring his third stakes win and fourth victory overall, Baja Sur held off Runningwscissors for a 1 ¾-length victory in 1:15.60 for 6 ½ furlongs. Ridden by Franklin Ceballos at 124 lbs, Baja Sur paid $2.60 as the 3 to 10 betting favorite.

Baja Sur set fractions of :22.58 and :45.12, shook off Perfect Dude into the stretch and held sway to the wire.

Runningwscissors was clearly second best, 5 ¼ lengths clear of Perfect Dude in third, while Verynsky and Fuzzy Dolphin rounded out the order of finish. Baja Sur, Runningwscissors and Perfect Dude also finished first, second and third in the Auburn Stakes last month.

Baja Sur improved to two for two this year with wins in the Auburn and Coca-Cola Stakes, and also was two for two last year with wins in a maiden special weight and the King County Express. He now has wins at 5 furlongs, 5 ½ furlongs, 6 furlongs and 6 ½ furlongs—all gate to wire—by a combined 22-½ lengths.

A Washington-bred gelding by Smiling Tiger-Premo Copy, earned $27,500 and increased his overall ledger to $87,450 for the ownership of John and Janene Maryanski and Gail and Gerald Schneider, all of Auburn.

Thor’s Echo Goes to Desert Law

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Arcadia, CA (June 15, 2019)-Harris Farms homebred Desert Law romped to his first stakes win in the Thor’s Echo.

Stalking the pace Desert Law, when asked, took control of the race with a powerful run through the stretch to score by seven widening lengths.

“I’ve been working him the last three weeks and he’s been training amazing. I told Carla, anything, six or 6 ½ (furlongs) and he’ll be tough. I thought the speed would go today and it worked out good for us” rider Rafael Bejarano.

Winning trainer Carla Gaines, “He has been training fantastic, he loves the track. He’s one of those that just glides over this deeper racetrack. His works have been phenomenal and he’s run out of conditions.

“The Cal-bred program is great because you are restricted to Cal-breds, so it’s all good!”

Desert Law is by Desert Code, out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Treasure Chest, is trained by Carla Gaines. He has five wins in 15 starts with earnings of $259,707.

Vronsky Colt Knocked Down for $110,000

By Bloodhorse.com
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2019) — A California-bred son of Vronsky sold for $110,000 at Wednesday’s inaugural Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

The colt out of the Speightstown mare Copperopolis was bred by Donald Valpredo, consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, agent, and sold to Blinkers On Racing Stable for $110,000.

McCarthy Bloodstock also consigned a Cal-bred gelded son of Clubhouse Ride that sold for $95,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds/Hollendorfer. He is out of the Huddle Up mare Team Decision and was bred by Harris Farms and Double D Farms.

Ima Happy Cat Goes Wire-to-Wire

AUBURN, Wash. (May 27, 2019) — Ima Happy Cat went wire-to-wire in the Monday feature $50,000 Hastings Stakes at Emerald Downs.

Ima Happy Cat is by Smiling Tiger, out of the Wekiva Springs mare Infernal McGoon, was bred by Dale Mahlum, is owned by Sue & Tim Spooner and trained by Dan Markle.

She now has five wins in 14 starts, earnings of $168,696 and stopped the timer in 1:08.73 scoring by a length.

Grecian Fire Makes the Grade in All American

By Mary LaRue
Albany, CA (May 27, 2019)-Jerry Hollendorfer had two of the top choices in the $100,000 All American Stakes (G3) when the field went to post May 27 at Golden Gate Fields, giving the Hall of Fame trainer a prime chance to win the stakes for the ninth time.

While the favored Choo Choo finished fifth, third-choice Grecian Fire did not let Hollendorfer down, as the son of Unusual Heat earned his first graded victory in the one-mile test over the all-weather course.

With longshot Many Roses shooting to the lead early on, Grecian Fire and jockey William Antongeorgi III settled just off the pace in fourth as fractions clicked off in :23.43 and :47.48 through a half-mile. As the field came off the turn for home Gabo’s Macondo, who had raced in second, took the lead briefly, but Grecian Fire sprinted clear in the stretch and finished the distance in 1:36.49.

The winner returned $10.60, $5.60, and $3.40 across the board, while Builder got within 1 1/4 lengths for second and paid $7.80 and $4.80. Touched by Autism finished third, returning $5.60 to show.

Grecian Fire finished fifth most recently in the San Francisco Mile (G3T), a race that like the All American he has contested twice. Last year, the 5-year-old gelding tested graded stakes waters, finishing seventh in the San Francisco Mile and then third in the All American.

This year’s All American victory brings Grecian Fire’s record to 5-2-4 from 23 starts and brings his earnings to $286,702.

A homebred for KMN Racing, Grecian Fire is the second foal out of the stakes-placed Kitten’s Joy mare Maddie’s Odyssey, who also produced this weekend’s Summertime Oaks (G2) runner-up Sneaking Out.

Clubhouse Ride Juvenile Cruises to Five Length Win

From: CTBA.com
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (May 22, 2019) – The Northern California Yearling Sale of 2018 was represented by its first winner on Tuesday when Megan Marie was a 5 ¼-length winner of a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Race Course.

The California-bred daughter of Clubhouse Ride is out of the All Thee Power mare Summer Lite, was bred by Victoria Polzin, is owned by Jonathan Nance, Barbara Eakin, Steve Smith and Bart Sherman and is trained by Nance.

The $4,000 purchase at the Northern California Yearling Sale ran the five furlongs in 1:00.12 and went off at odds of 17-1 in the field of seven. It was her second lifetime start.

Baja Sur Sets Record In $50,000 Auburn Stakes

by Emeralddowns.com
AUBURN, Wash. (May 19, 2019) – State champion as a 2-year-old, Baja Sur showed Sunday that he might be the dominant 3-year-old at Emerald Downs in 2019.

Returning from a 10-month break, Baja Sur stormed to a five-length victory over Runningwscissors in the $50,000 Auburn Stakes for 3-year-old colts or geldings.

The winning time—a sterling 1:07.98—broke the stakes record and is the fastest six-furlong clocking of the meet. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for owners John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald and Gail Schneider.

Ridden by Franklin Ceballos at 119 lbs, Baja Sur paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.20.

A Washington-bred gelding by Smiling Tiger-Premo Copy, Baja Sur is now undefeated and virtually untested—winning his three career starts by a combined 20 ¾ lengths. In his two starts at age 2, Baja Sur broke his maiden by 5 ¼ lengths before rolling by 10 ½ lengths in the King County Express.

Sunday’s victory, worth $25,300, boosted Baja Sur’s earnings to $59,950.

Baja Sur broke alertly and took command early, setting fractions of :21.90 for the quarter-mile and :44.50 for the half. Shaking off Fuzzy Dolphin into the lane, Baja Sur opened a three-length advantage past mid-stretch, running five furlongs in a blistering :56.13, and widened his lead to the wire.

Barring something unforeseen, Baja Sur figures to be a prohibitive favorite when 3-year-olds reconvene for the $50,000 Coca-Colas Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on Sunday, June 16.

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Desperate Times and Freedom Quest enjoying success as jumpers in the show world

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Harris Farms Seen at the Farm

Seen at the farm in the past few weeks are:

April 1, 2019-Debbie Winick, Kim and Sean McCarthy, Per Antonsen, John Harris and Dean Pederson

 

January 9, 2018-Sharon Pasko and Timely Bet vising at the River Ranch.


April 13, 2017-We were happy to have the owners of Smiling Tiger visit the farm yesterday along with some friends. We look forward to having them back soon.


Andrea Thatcher and her father, Warren Thatcher with Andrea’s drawing of Horse of the Year California Chrome.

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Joe and Brandi Becerra touring the farm on their one year anniversary.

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California Chrome’s Breeders/Owners Visit Harris Farms

May 11, 2014-Steve and Carolyn Coburn, the breeders and owners of California Chrome, with John and Carol Harris visited Harris Farms.

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Jerry Hawthorne, John Harris and Gary Gray visiting the farm on April 8.

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California Chrome’s Breeders/Owners Visit Harris Farms

February 12, 2014-Steve and Carolyn Coburn, Perry and Denise Martin the breeders and owners of California Chrome visited Harris Farms.

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Team Unusual Heat Visits Harris Farms

January 8, 2014-Madeline and Harris Auerbach, Team Unusual Heat, visited Harris Farms this past Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Charles Cooke Visits Harris Farms

November 19, 2013-National Review columnist Charles Cooke was a recent visitor to Harris Farms– shown here left to right Dave McGlothlin, Charles Cooke, John Harris, William Bourdeau and Steve Ozuna.

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Farmers from England as part of Bay Farm Tours visit Harris Farms Horse Division while touring agriculture related industries in California October 9th.

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September 18, 2013-Milas and Diana Russell visiting Thorn Song

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July 11, 2013-John Harris, David McGlothlin, Ulises Olquin , Donald Valpredo, Per Antonsen and Dr. Jeanne Bowers-Lepore visit the Farm.

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June 26, 2013-Dr Craig Shoemaker and Ken West from Boeheinger-Ingelheim  are seen here with Dave McGlothlin during a recent visit at Harris Farms. They were here to introduce a new equine vaccine.

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Ron Trentler/ Robomar Racing Stable came by the farm today to check on his broodmare Moonlight Tizzy and her 2013 Giacomo Filly

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Harris, Robin, Allison and Jamie Auerbach visit the farm June 20, 2013

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Terry Knight and Dru Rucker visit Harris Farms and the River Ranch on June 17, 2013.

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Trainer Sean McCarthy, John Harris, and Ron Beegle visiting Harris Farms June 5, 2013.

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Madeline Auerbach and Harris Auerbach visiting Gervinho.

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A recent visitor to Harris Farms was Catherine Parke, who operates Valkyre Stud in Kentucky.  She sold Harris Farms’ yearling by Unusual Heat-Freedom Dance, by Moscow Ballet at last year’s Keeneland September Sale for $400,000.  She is  shown here with resident Harris Farms vet,  Dr. Jeanne Bowers.

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Harris Auerbach, Madeline Auerbach, David McGlothlin,  Catherine Parke, Dr. Mike Tannyhill and Sandy McGlothlin.

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Don Valpredo, Michael Valpredo, John Harris and Doug Burge.

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