Jetinwith Kennedy Passes at 29

COALINGA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2018) – California-bred Jetinwith Kennedy, a multiple stakes winner and the 2005 California Broodmare of the Year, was euthanized at the age of 29 at Harris Farms on Monday.

Jetinwith Kennedy, a daughter of Kennedy Road, out of the Blue Eyed Davy mare Blue Jet Set, was bred by owner Sidney Factor and won four of 12 starts with earnings of $103,328. Among her wins were the 1992 Las Ninas Stakes at Fairplex Park and the 1993 Karandebs Big Kat Stakes at Golden Gate.

She was sold to former CTBA director Joan Rogers at the 2000 Barretts January Mixed Sale for $17,000 in foal to Apollo and went on to foal 13 thoroughbreds, the most accomplished being Jet West, who won seven of 22 starts with earnings of $554,345. Jetinwith Kennedy was named the 2005 California Broodmare of the Year by CTBA.

Jet West, bred by Rogers’ Applebite Farms, was a graduate of the CTBA Del Mar Yearling Sale. His biggest win was the 2005 California Cup Sprint, but his biggest payday was a third-place finish in the 2006 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Jetinwith Kennedy also foaled multiple stakes winners Jetin Excess and Triumphant Flight and stakes winner Jetinto Houston.

Lakerball Scores Wire-to-Wire in Surfer Girl S.

Benoit Photo

Arcadia, CA (October 8, 2018)-The Lakerville juvenile daughter, Lakerball was trying three new items in the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes. It was her stakes debut and trying turf for the first time as well as routing for the first time. Jumping quickly from the gate the filly kept rolling along from her outside post stopping the clock in 1:35.23.

She defeated foes by War Front, Into Mischief and Midshipman.

From her four outings her record now stands at two wins and a third and has earned $84,480

Bred by Rancho de Los Aviadores in California and Lakerball is out of the Capsized broodmare Category Ten.

Lakerville is a brilliantly fast stakes winning son of  Unusual Heat and stands for private treaty.

Shades of Victory Shocks Johnston at 80-1

CYPRESS, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2018) – Former claimer Shades of Victory turned his first dirt route into a stunning upset in Saturday’s $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos.

Shades of Victory’s win price of $162.60 was the second largest since daytime thoroughbred racing returned to Los Alamitos in 2014. Devils Triangle, who won the fourth race Dec. 11, 2016, holds the record at $185.80.

Owned by trainer Reed Saldana and bred by C-Punch Ranch, the 5-year-old son of Thorn Song, out of the Street Sense mare Sensible Girl, has five wins in 17 starts and earnings of $136,449. He is 2-for-5 since Saldana claimed him for $12,500 April 7 at Golden Gate.

“Down the stretch I was just hoping he could hold on,” said Saldana. “(Jockey) Martin (Pedroza) rode a great race. We decided to run him here because another race we wanted to run in at Del Mar didn’t fill, so this worked out great. I thought the distance would be to his benefit. One of the reasons I claimed him was because he had won a race at Sacramento where he showed a lot of fight just like he did today.’’

Shades of Victory ran the mile in 1:35.17 and won by a head over B Squared, with odds-on favorite Edwards Going Left third in the field of seven.

Unusual Heat Colt Tops Barretts Del Mar Sale

Del Mar, CA (August 28, 2018)-Unusual Heat’s dark bay son brought a high bid of $250,000 from Jay Em Ess Stable. Topping the sale the colt as hip 11 Unusual Heat-Cinema Paradisa image here had generated an early buzz before he set foot in the ring due to his dam producing two stakes placed juveniles.

Jay Em Ess Stable secured the sale-topper at the Barretts Select Yearling Sale for a second straight year, going to $250,000 for hip 11, an Unusual Heat colt.

The dark bay or brown colt is out of the winning Capote mare Cinema Paradisa, who is the dam of five winners, including stakes-placed Moving Desert and Sambamzajammin. The California-bred is from the family of stakes winners Johnny Whip, Bonnie and Gay, Lady Offshore, and La Noticia.

Harris Farms, the operation that stood Unusual Heat at stud, consigned the sale-topper. Unusual Heat was euthanized in May 2017 due to complications from laminitis.

Top Selling Norcal Filly is by Smiling Tiger

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018)-A Smiling Tiger filly was the top priced female at Tuesday’s 2018 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The top selling filly was by Smiling Tiger, out of the Tannersmyman mare Tanned Reflection, was bred and consigned by Woodbridge Farm. Hip 74 was purchased by Perry & Denise Martin for $24,000.

Smiling Tiger was the California’s 2017 leading freshman sire and he is currently the leading second crop sire in the state. He has out 2018 stakes winners Naughty Tiger, Baja Sur, Ima Happy Cat and Spiced Perfection.

Cal-bred Finds Second Career in Canada

Chelsea Boychuk Photo

California-bred Desperate Measures, a 10-year-old daughter of Lucky Pulpit, has found a good home in Canada, where owner Jan Melnychuk says the mare “has become a bit of a local celebrity.”

Melnychuk fell in love with Desperate Measures when she and a friend visited Assiniboia Downs in Canada looking for potential polo ponies. When Melnychuk frst saw Desperate Measures in her stall, she was struck by “these big beautiful eyes and a giant blaze.” Melnychuk called it “love at first sight,” and she and Desperate Measures have since trained together in dressage and over jumps.

Desperate Measures was featured in Canadian Thoroughbred as an of-track Thoroughbred of the month and as “Miss February” in the 2017 Assiniboia Downs calendar, Melnychuk wrote in an email to John Harris’ Harris Farms, which bred Desperate Measures. The mare also modeled a halter for Greenhawk Equestrian.

“Everyone loves her personality,” wrote Melnychuk, “almost as much as she loves to get out of any sort of work. Divas don’t work, and it is unfortunate that humans don’t understand that.”

A daughter of the High Brite mare Don’t Despair, Desperate Measures began her racing career in the Harris Farms colors. In her second start and frst victory, she was claimed for $40,000. Desperate Measures made most of her 33 starts in California, but she also raced in New Mexico, Iowa, and Canada, ending her career in 2013 at Assiniboia Downs. She earned a total of $112,503.

“She is loved by everyone at the barn for her personality,” said Melnychuk. “She is quite the comedian, and I often get photos from someone at the barn catching her up to something hilarious.”

Recent Harris Farms Racehorse Videos

Coalinga Hills –
Evening Up –
Reverend –
Sunday Nap –

R Sunday Surprise Wins Race 8 at Del Mar 08/10/2017

Warm Endowment Wins Race 2 at Del Mar 08/10/2017

Hold That Smile Wins Race 6 at Del Mar 08/10/2017

Miracle March 06/11/2017
Onefortheteam 06 02 2017
Rally Back 04-09-2017
Dangerously Close 03-03-2017
Highly Acclaimed 10/22/2016

Horses Available for Adoption

Name YOB-sex Sire-Dam Forms More Info
Bay Street 2009 gelding Lucky Pulpit-Spanish Bay Photo-pedigree  

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:

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.



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