First Foal for Grade 1 Winner Halladay

 Halladay – Katie’s Heat, by Unusual Heat

Parkfield, CA (January 19, 2023) – Grade 1 winner Halladay sired his first reported foal when a colt out of the Unusual Heat mare Katie’s Heat was born on Jan. 17 at Checkmate Thoroughbreds in Parkfield, Calif.

Owned by Checkmate Thoroughbreds LLC, Hector and Denise Cuevas, Raul Montenegro, and Javier Montenegro, Katie’s Heat is a daughter of California Broodmare of the Year Miss Soft Sell, who produced multiple G1 winner Brother Derek, winner of the Hollywood Derby (G1), Santa Anita Derby (G1), and fourth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) en route to earnings of more than $1.6 million. Katie’s Heat is a half-sister to Dontsellmeshort, a multiple stakes winner of $402,365, Sister Kate, multiple stakes winner of $282,186, and Swizzle Stick, a stakes-placed earner of $129,964.

Halladay is ranked #1 in California and amongst the Top-5 of Freshman Stallions in America by Class Performance Index for mares bred in 2022, asserting him in the class of Charlatan, Essential Quality, Maxfield, and Yaupon.

Halladay- a G1 winning son of perennial leading sire War Front was campaigned by Harrell Ventures and trained by Todd Pletcher. An Impressive front-running winner of the $400,000 Fourstardave H. (G1) at Saratoga, Halladay defeated six G1 winners, including Got Stormy, Raging Bull (FR), Uni (GB), etc.

“Halladay is an incredible physical specimen by a sire of international leading sires. He’s bred the best mares in California and his book is looking even stronger for 2023. It’s exciting to see such a quality first foal and we’re grinning ear-to-ear like it’s Christmas morning with the promise of more gifts to come” – Adrian Gonzalez, owner of Checkmate Thoroughbreds and manager of Halladay Syndicate.

Halladay stands at Harris Farms for a $7,500 fee LFSN. Shares available

Harris Farms Homebred Coalinga Road Wins $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic

Coalinga Road Winning the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic                                                                                                      Benoit Photo

Courtesy of Santa Anita Park ARCADIA, CA. (Jan. 7, 2023) – In the final race of the day on California Cup Day Saturday at Santa Anita, one of the state’s longest and most successful Thoroughbred owner/breeders, John Harris, witnessed his homebred Coalinga Road rally to take the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank by neck under Hall of Famer John Velazquez. Trained by Carla Gaines, Coalinga Road got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:49.79.

The Unusual Heat Turf Classic is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.

Content to stalk the early leaders into the first turn, Coalinga Road was fourth, about two off Kings River Knight with three-quarters of a mile to run. Leaving the three furlong pole, Velazquez was on the move three-deep, gradually overtook Kings River Knight inside the sixteenth pole while prevailing over the onrushing Aligato and Luvluv on the money.

Bred and owned by Harris Farms, Inc., Coalinga Road, who had raced on dirt in his last two starts, most recently on Nov. 19 at Del Mar when third to the multiple stakes winning The Chosen Vron in the statebred Cary Grant Stakes at seven furlongs, was off at 3-1 in a field of eight older horses and paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3.20.

By Quality Road, out of the Johannesburg mare Coco Ecolo, Coalinga Road, in notching his first stakes win, improved his overall race record to 18-4-6-3. With the winner’s share of $110,000, he increased his earnings to $260,600.

Multiple Stakes Winning Harris Homebred Fashionably Fast Retires

Courtesy of DRF.com ARCADIA, Calif. – Fashionably Fast has run his last race.

A six-time stakes winner against California-breds, Fashionably Fast was sent to co-owner and breeder John Harris’s farm in Coalinga, Calif., last week to begin his retirement, trainer Dean Pederson said Monday.

Fashionably Fast won 10 of 33 starts and earned $807,143 in a five-year career from 2018-22.

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Rolling Daily Double for Smiling Tiger at Los Alamitos

Cypress, CA (December 16, 2022) – Smiling Tiger had a pair of winners grace the winner’s circle today at Los Alamitos. Smile for Glory, a Harris Farms homebred, came home best in a maiden special weight and Respectfully in allowance company in back-to-back fashion.

Smile for Glory lined-up against five other foes in his six furlong contest, carded as the 6th race. The 3-year-old chestnut gelding was quickly out of post three and it didn’t take long for him to grab the lead. He had company until the top of the stretch, but when asked, he left them behind and drew away to win by three and one-half lengths.

Trained by Smile for Glory is the third generation of Harris Farms-bred runners going back to the Zanthe mare, Image of Super, who was purchased in 1993 at the California Thoroughbred Sales Winter Sale. He is trained by Sean McCarthy, who also trained his stakes winning dam, the Benchmark mare, Bench Glory.

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One race later, 4-year-old filly Respectfully earned her third victory of the season and sixth overall with her own frontrunning score going six furlongs. In similar style as Smile for Glory, she grabbed the lead early and opened up through the late to also win by three and one-half lengths.

Respectfully races for Mia Familia Racing Stable and she is trained by Librado Barocio. She has earned $208,838. Bred by Bud Petrosian, she is out of the Menifee mare, Yerevan Sky.

Royal ‘n Rando Caps Off Solid Weekend for Tamarando

Albany, CA (December 11, 2022) – Royal ‘n Rando, making his thirteenth start of the season, came away with his sixth 2022 victory in the 10th race at Golden Gate Fields, a mile and one-sixteenth allowance over the all weather.

The 3-year-old Tamarando gelding began the year still a maiden and moved up to stakes winner as he has matured. Today, facing older runners in the field, he turned in one of his best performances. Allowed to settle around the first turn and down the backstrech, he kept the talented favorite Kings River night (Acclamation) in sight and when he began his challenge, Royal ‘n Rando kept pace. Going wide into the stretch, he caught the favorite and the two Harris Farms-sired runners drew away from the rest of the field. Royal ‘n Rando was going best at the finish to win by a length and one-quarter.

Royal ‘n Rando finished off a fine weekend for his sire, who saw his 3-year-old filly Tam’s Little Angel earn additional black-type in the Bear Fan Stakes and Tamantari earn her maiden special weight diploma. All three were bred and are campaigned by Larry and Marianne Williams. Royal ‘n Rando is out of the Williams-bred Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam. He is trained by Jeff Bonde.

Papa Tiger Scores Frontrunning MSW Victory

Albany, CA (December 11, 2022) – Papa Tiger became his sires’ 50th individual winner in 2023 with his maiden special weight victory to close out the card at Golden Gate Fields.

The 3-year-old son of Smiling Tiger just missed the winner’s circle by one length last out in his first race over the all weather. Today, he stumbled at the start, but got his legs under him quickly and went straight to the front. Taking an uncontested lead into the stretch, he was looking around a little until a challenger appeared. He dug in and kept going gamely to win by a half-length.

Papa Tiger was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds and he races for the partnership of Rusty Brown, Philip Lebherz and Alan Klein. Trained by Andy Mathis, he was produced by the nine-time winning Mutakddim mare, Nuff Said Nuff Said.

Undefeated Harris-Nicoletti-bred Filly Defeats Older in Bear Fan S.

Courtesy of ctba.com ALBANY, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2022) — On Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields, unbeaten 3-year-old filly Chancery Way faced older foes for the first time in her stakes debut, the $75,000 Bear Fan Stakes for California-bred or sired fillies and mares 3-year-olds old and upward at six furlongs on Tapeta. She picked a good day to run a career best.

Breaking sharply from the gate, Chancery Way went to the lead and set fractions of 22.20, 45.53, 56.7.3 before holding off a late challenge in deep stretch from even-money race favorite Big Summer. Ridden by Kevin Radke, Chancery Way had not competed since a two-turn allowance victory at Sacramento in July. She hit the wire a length and a quarter ahead of Big Summer and stopped the clock for six furlongs on Tapeta in 1:09.89 seconds.

Chancery Way, sent off at odds of 10-1, paid $22.40 to win, $7.80 to place, and $5.00 to show. Big Summer returned $3.00 to place and $2.40 to show while third place finisher Tam’s Little Angel (Tamarando) returned $4.80 to show. Sheza Girly Girl was next followed by All Dialed In, Luxury Liner, Tip Top Gal, Carolina Mia, Hot Rageous and Exactly Wendy.

With the Bear Fan Stakes win, Chancery Way has now won all 4 career starts with lifetime earnings of $110,520. Trained by Jamey Thomas and owned by Andy and Rob Smolich, the California-bred daughter of Mr. Big was purchased for a bargain price of $6,500 at the Northern California Yearling Sale. She was bred by Harris Farms and John Nicoletti.

Smiling Tiger 2YO Filly Dashes to Allowance Victory

Albany, CA (December 4, 2022) – Smiling Lady, the 2-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger, said come and catch me and no one did as she romped in the 2nd race at Golden Gate Fields, a one mile allowance over the all weather.

Dashing out of the gate, Smiling Lady opened up four lengths on the field after the opening quarter. She was never challenged at any point and rolled in the easiest of winners by four and one-half lengths.

Smiling Lady was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC and she was produced by the 10-time winning Pleasantly Perfect mare, Banner Elk Lady. She races for Phillip Lebherz and she is trained by Andy Mathis.

Passarando Adds Gold Rush S. to Juvenile Stakes Win Tally

Albany, CA (December 3, 2022) – Passarando, the 2-year-old son of Tamarando, had already achieved the accolade of juvenile stakes winner when he won the Golden State Juvenile Stakes sprinting. Today, he made his two turn debut and can now claim the honor of two-time stakes winner with his victory in the $77,250 Gold Rush Stakes going one mile over the all weather at Golden Gate Fields.

Frontrunning speed is not Passarando’s forte and he was near the back of the pack around the clubhouse turn and down the backstretch. Roused by jockey Catalino Martinez around the final turn, he rallied inside and then moved outside for the stretch run. He blazed his final furlong, catching the leader inside the final sixteenth and drawing away to win by a length and one-quarter.

Passarando has four wins and two seconds in his first season of racing and he has earned $218,830. He is a third generation homebred for Larry and Marianne Williams. Trained by Steven Specht, he is out of the winning Lucky Pulpit mare, I’m Passing Ya Now.

Fourth Winner for Freshman Sire Conquest Farenheit

Albany, CA (December 3, 2022) – Chilly Willy, who finished third in his first two career starts, changed his style and the third time proved to be the charm with his maiden victory coming in the nightcap at Golden Gate Fields going six furlongs over the all weather. He is the fourth winner for Freshman Sire Conquest Farenheit.

Taking off the pace in his first two races, Chilly Willy used his natural speed to go the front without encouragement. Saving ground, he fought off constant pressure and proved best the further they went. He opened up inside the final sixteenth to win by a length and one-quarter.

Chilly Willy is a homebred racing for Matthew Dohman and he is trained by Matthew Troy. He was produced by the winning Hat Trick (JPN) mare, She’s Memorable.