Smiling Tiger Filly Tops NorCal Sale

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2017) – A filly by leading California first-crop stallion Smiling Tiger brought a sale-topping $70,000 and a Lucky Pulpit colt from the same family sold for $50,000 at Tuesday’s 2017 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The high-bid yearling hip 47 a bay Filly Smiling Tiger out of Mulberry Lane by Cee’s Tizzy. She was bred and consigned by Harris Farms.

The second-highest priced sale hip 115  was also bred and consigned by Harris Farms. That son of Lucky Pulpit, sire of champion California Chrome, is out of the stakes-winning Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal, who also is the second dam of the sale-topper. Both yearlings were purchased by Del Secco DCS, Inc., of Hayward.

The top consignor by gross sales was Harris Farms, with eight horses sold for $149,900.

Tiger Mom Makes it Winner #6 for Smiling Tiger

Del Mar, CA (August 11, 2017)-Smiling Tiger picked up winner number six from his first crop when Tiger Mom went wire-to-wire in a maiden claimer at Del Mar.

Bred by Schroeder Farms, LLC the juvenile filly is out of La Fille Du Roi, by Leroidesanimaux and has earned $14,025 in her two lifetime starts.

Majestic Heat Wins Solana Beach Stakes

FLASH—Barretts August Yearling Sale a full sibling is being offered Harris Farms, Agent for M. Auerbach, LLC
40……dk.b./br.c., Unusual Heat – Chi Chi Nette

Del Mar, CA (August 11, 2017)-For the second straight year, Majestic Heat and jockey Flavien Prat won the $100,000 Solana Beach Stakes, and for the second straight year they won the grass race for California-bred fillies and mares by the slimmest of margins, a nose.

Sent postward the 3-5 favorite, Majestic Heat was well-rated on the lead by Prat, shook off the stalking How Unusual in mid-stretch but then was pushed to the limit to barely resist the last-ditch challenge of the fast-closing Moonless Sky, piloted by Kent Desormeaux.

The stewards conducted an inquiry after How Unusual was forced to take up by jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr. when Moonless Sky came through an opening in pursuit of Majestic Heat. However, they ruled that the incident did not warrant a change in the placings.

Majestic Heat, a five-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat owned by Auerbach, McCauley and Bardy Farm and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, was timed in 1:42.38 for the mile and one-sixteenth in scoring her fifth victory in a dozen starts.

Last summer, she was timed in 1:34.98 for a mile in nosing out Tiz a Kiss while packing 121 pounds, two more than Friday.

Majestic Heat returned $3.40, $2.60 and $2.60 while earning $85,500 to boost her earnings total to $352,639. Runner-up paid $4 and $3, while How Unusual returned $4 to show.

Rider Prat “She’s terrific. She’s so game. Richard (trainer Richard Mandella) does such a good job with her. She dug in there at the end. She felt that other horse (Moonless Sky) come to her and she dug in. She’s very game; a good horse.”

Hold That Smile Becomes Winner Nr Five For Smiling Tiger

Arcadia, CA (August 10, 2017)-Smiling Tiger‘s fifth winner came in a Cal-bred $50,000 maiden claimer by Hold That Smile. The filly broke her maiden in her third lifetime outing scoring by three plus lengths.

The daughter of Chasseur Dame (by French Legionaire) finished second in Cal-bred maiden specials in her first two outings before picking up the win. Overall she has earned $40,800 for her three runs.

Bred in California by Dale Mahlum the filly was a $26,000 2016 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association sale product selling to Ten Broeck Farm.

Long Hot Summer Wins Daisycutter Handicap

Benoit Photo

Del Mar (August 4, 2017)-Fanticola and Scardino’s Long Hot Summer rallied to the lead along the rail in the upper stretch under jockey Joe Talamo and went on to record a one-length triumph in the featured $93,800 Daisycutter Handicap Friday at Del Mar.

Long Hot Summer was bred by Harris Farms & Donald Valpredo, she’s a five-year-old daughter of Street Boss and was third, beaten a half-length, in the 2016 renewal of the Daisycutter to So Sweetitiz, but was able to get the job done in convincing style Friday.

Watch This Cat, the even-money favorite piloted by Rafael Bejarano, shaded Bad Ju Ju by a neck for the runner-up spot, with Anita Partner another length and one-quarter away in fourth. Longshot Woodacouldadid was fifth and last. Pre-race favorite Desert Steel was withdrawn Friday morning.

Long Hot Summer provided trainer Phil D’Amato with his fourth stakes success out of six over-all wins at the current meeting.

Long Hot Summer went postward as the 3-1 third choice and returned $8, $3 and $2.60 after her sixth victory in 16 career starts. First money of $60,060 increased her earnings to $409,194. Time for the five furlongs over the infield grass course was :56.31.

Big Del Mar Debut for Raul Rosas!

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Del Mar, CA (July 27, 2017)-Late-blooming Raul Rosas, a strapping Harris Farms home-bred rewarded the patience of his connections with a wire-to-wire victory in a $61,725 maiden special at 6 1/2 furlongs July 27.

After setting fast early fractions of 21.98 and 44.99, he drew off to win by nearly six lengths under a “long hold”.

The 4-year-old son of Thorn Song named for long-time stallion and assistant farm manager Raul Rosas, received his early lessons from farm trainer and co-owner Per Antonsen.




Harris Farms Consignment Barretts Select Yearling Sale

Del Mar August 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm (PDT)

Harris Farms, Agent
52……b.c., Unusual Heat – Fly Borboleta
80……ch.c., Heatseeker (IRE) – Patriot C H

Harris Farms, Agent for M. Auerbach, LLC
18……gr./ro.c., Unusual Heat – Strawberry Flash
40……dk.b./br.c., Unusual Heat – Chi Chi Nette
42……ch.f., Unusual Heat – Dancing Jo
82……ch.f., Coil – Advection

Harris Farms, Agent for Patricia Elia
75……dk.b./br.c., Unusual Heat – Money Plays

Harris Farms, Agent for Fairview
22……b.c., Goldencents – Totally Worth It
78……dk.b./br.f., Bodemeister – North Freeway

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Rally Back 04-09-2017
Dangerously Close 03-03-2017
Highly Acclaimed 10/22/2016

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Harris Farms Thoroughbred Rewards Program

Harris Farms Adoption Program Graduates
Desperate Times and Freedom Quest enjoying success as jumpers in the show world


Harris Farms Seen at the Farm

Seen at the farm in the past few weeks are:

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.



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



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.



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



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.



Team Unusual Heat Visits Harris Farms

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



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.




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


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



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



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.



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



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



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



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




Madeline Auerbach and Harris Auerbach visiting Gervinho.


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.


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


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

Earlier editions of seen at the farm