John Harris Visits Two-Year-Olds in Training

Coalinga, CA (March 21, 2020) – The daily operations at Harris Farms Horse Division continues uninterrupted. Today, John Harris stopped in to watch the two-year-olds go through their paces with farm trainer Per Antonsen.



Tamarando’s Half-Brother wins G3 San Luis Rey S.

Courtesy of the Arcadia, CA (March 21, 2020) – Amid COVID-19 restrictions that left a Santa Anita Park grandstand void of owners, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams had reason to smile from afar March 21 when their 7-year-old homebred gelding Ward ‘n Jerry rallied off the final turn en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $101,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (G3T).

With the San Luis Rey starting gate set halfway up the hillside turf course, Ward ‘n Jerry rated early while a joint third, about three lengths behind pacesetter Go for a Ride and Ashleyluvssugar. Then as the pace quickened leaving the half-mile pole, Ward ‘n Jerry wrested the lead from Ashleyluvssugar at the top of the lane and was all business through the drive as he held Camino Del Paraiso and even-money favorite Oscar Dominguez at bay.

Trained by Mike Puype, the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit raced the marathon 1 1/2 miles over a good turf course in 2:28.67, following splits of :49.21, 1:14.37, and 1:39.71. The second choice in a field of seven older horses, he paid $5.60 to win.

“I hadn’t been on him in a long time and Mike told me that he’s best at these long distances,” said jockey Flavien Prat, who was last aboard the horse in June 2016. “He was a little keen early, but he settled down fine and as you saw, he had a good turn of foot through the stretch.”

Out of the Dehere mare Tamarack Bay, Ward ‘n Jerry, who was most recently second in the Unusual Heat Turf Classic Stakes for California-breds at 1 1/8 miles Jan. 18, notched his first graded stakes win in his 20th career start. With six overall wins, the winner’s share of $60,000 brought his total earnings to $373,579.

He is the fourth stakes winner from his dam with the others being Luckarack (by Lucky Pulpit), U’narack (by Unusual Heat), and Tamarando (by Bertrando). The latter won the Del Mar Futurity (G1) in 2013.

“If you look at his form, you can see that he’s done his best at long distances,” said Puype. “He had won at a mile and a quarter and at a mile and three-eighths, and he ran a really good third going a mile and one half last December (beaten a neck in the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes, G2T, at Del Mar). They came home pretty fast today, they put a couple 24-second quarters together there, so this was a big effort.”

Camino Del Paraiso, the runner-up previously in the Thunder Road Stakes (G3T), was second-best again, finishing 1 1/4 lengths clear of third-place Oscar Dominguez.

The ’20 Lord Nelson-Unzip Me Colt Pictorial

Farm Manager Jonny Hilvers with the ’20 Unzip Me colt by Lord Nelson, bred by Harris Farms, Don Valpredo, and Martin Jones. He looks like he is going to be a fast one just like his mama! (His papa was pretty fast too!) Pictured at one month of age.

His dam is booked to Harris Farms’ first season stallion Om for 2020.





Om: A Rare New Regional Value Sire for 2020

By Chris McGrath – Courtesy of Thoroughbred Daily News (March 7, 2020) –

OM (Munnings–Rare Cat, by Tabasco Cat), Harris Farms, $7,500

Alydar’s disappointing legacy at stud gets additional mitigation here, as he is responsible for the second dam of a very fast and hardy horse in Om.

Here’s a rookie who looks very eligible to consolidate and complement the sterling work his farm has been doing with Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger), who’s now fully established as a $6,500 sire of a Grade I winner in Spiced Perfection.

We won’t give Om credit he doesn’t need, for happening to have none other than American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) back in fifth in a sprint maiden on the synthetic at Del Mar. More pertinent, in view of his seven-length margin and 98 Beyer that day, is the fact that a reverse on dirt in stakes company next time persuaded connections not only to try turf but also to stretch him out to eight and nine furlongs–over which distances he collected three Grade II prizes and a Grade I podium as a sophomore.

Though exploding from last place to share a photo when dropped back for the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint down the hill at Santa Anita, at four, he did not convert to full-time sprinting until switched to Peter Miller as a 7-year-old last year. He promptly chased home the top-class World Of Trouble (Kantharos) in the GI Jaipur Invitational; set a track record over five and a half furlongs at Churchill in a June 29 allowance; and again finished runner-up in the Turf Sprint at the Breeders’ Cup, this time over the bare five furlongs.

Om is the leading earner by a stallion of ample excellence to become a sire of sires, while the Storm Cat line works in any number of ways through broodmares. His female line, meanwhile, goes back to none other than Miss Grillo, the South American nugget who did so much to introduce Horatio Luro to the American Turf (and does so through her daughter Meadow Music, dam of an Irish Derby winner).

There is a corresponding old-school resonance to Om’s record, having won or placed in 17 graded stakes, while 14 triple-digit Beyers give him all the commercial appeal he might need today. And if his speed will never go out of fashion, an aptitude for turf may prove to be no bad thing out west in the years ahead. New stallions are hardly ever value but I’d be inclined to make an exception for this guy.

First Foal for Multiple Stakes Winner Conquest Farenheit

Conquest Farenheit-Miss Sea Cup colt

Coalinga CA (March 6, 2020) – The first reported foal by Conquest Farenheit , a grade 2-placed, multiple stakes-winning son of Scat Daddy, is Rockingham Ranch’s dark bay or brown colt out of Miss Sea Cup, an allowance-winning daughter of Sea of Secrets.

Foaled February 14 at Harris Farms, the colt is a half-brother to six-time winner Astonishing Tweet, their dam’s only foal to race.

A five-length winner of his 2-year-old debut at Woodbine, Conquest Farenheit followed with a second-place finish in G2 Summer Stakes before his $735,000 purchase by Rockingham Ranch at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale.

At three, he posted back-to-back black type wins in the 6 1/2-furlong Baffle Stakes (1:12.83) and the Pasadena Stakes at one mile (1:33.58) at Santa Anita on turf.

In his final career start, he was second in the Rainbow Stakes at 1 1/8 miles and retired to stud with earnings of $187,655 in seven starts.

Conquest Farenheit stands his first season at Harris Farms for $3,000 live foal.

Fashionably Fast Wins His Sixth Straight! Peter Lurie post race interview with Dean Pederson and John Harris.

Arcadia, CA (March 1, 2020) – Harris Farms, Inc., Per Antonsen, and John Nicoletti’s Fashionably Fast made it six straight visits to the winner’s circle with a gutty performance in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-breds going one mile over the fast main track at Santa Anita Park.

Stepping up in distance, the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit reigned in his blazing speed and sat just off the leader’s flank for an opening half in 46.66. He moved to the lead shortly thereafter, but the pacesetter wasn’t done. Fashionably Fast was pressed around the turn and into the stretch. Putting that rival away, another challenged loomed in the final furlong. As good horses will do, he found more when jockey Tiago Pereira asked in those final strides. He gamely held his lead and won by a half-length. Final time was a solid 1:36.64.

“I thought the number the number two (Tiger Dad), would go and he did,” said Pereira. “When we got by the two (leaving the furlong pole), he saw the one (Oliver) coming and he’s just a fighter. I hand rode him and he’s so game. He likes to win.”

“His last couple of works, Tiago has worked hard on getting him to relax in the first part but still finish, ” said winning trainer Dean Pederson. “To me that was the key of the race today. If he relaxed, he gave himself a chance. If he didn’t relax you get back to the barn and get the bathwater ready.”

“Any win is a thrill for us but this one in particular is gratifying,” said winning owner John Harris. “He’s a game horse that just doesn’t want another horse to get in front of him.”

“When he started running he looked like he was gonna be a nice horse all the way, but he didn’t really stand out as a baby,” continued Harris. “He’s very typical of Lucky Pulpit, he’s a smooth looking horse. We had another horse win six in a row, but we’ve never had a horse win four stakes in a row. You always hope they progress…I didn’t know if he’d go a mile or not. When he sees the horses around him, he wants to win. Dean’s done a tremendous job with him.”

Fashionably Fast was bred by Harris Farms and he is out of the Forestry mare, Fall Fashion. He has seven wins, three seconds and two thirds in his sixteen career starts and he has earned $449,745.

Spiced Perfection Repeats as California-bred Horse of the Year

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2020) – Spiced Perfection, the daughter of Smiling Tiger, became the first female to repeat as California-bred Horse of the Year, which was announced at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton San Gabriel on Tuesday night.

To read about her historic championship season, click here.

Grinning Tiger Oregon-bred Horse of the Year

Grand Ronde, OR (Feb. 22, 2020) —Grinning Tiger, the son of Smiling Tiger, was named the Oregon-bred Horse of the Year and champion Older Gelding of the Year at the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association annual awards banquet held on Feb. 22 at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde.

Campaigning for Tyree Wolesenky, Grinning Tiger earned $87,091. He scored twice in allowance company at Los Alamitos and was second, defeated by a neck, in the California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita during his 4-year-old season. His dam, the Pioneering mare, Karlee’s Kitten, was named Oregon Broodmare of the Year. He was bred by Patrick Cosgrove and is trained by Anthony Saavedra. Overall, he was won or placed in twelve of his twenty-five starts and has earned $149,301.

Smiling Tiger was represented again at the ceremony wheh 2-year-old filly Jaded Tiger was named champion in her division. A two-time winner in her juvenile season, Jaded Tiger is out of the Skip Away mare, Jadelet. She races for the partnership of her trainer, Benjamin Root, Fan Warden and Margaret Root. She was bred by Dr. Rod Orr.

Smiling Tiger’s Baja Sur Washington Horse of the Year

Auburn, WA (February 22, 2020) – Baja Sur, the son of Smiling Tiger, was named horse of the year, champion sprinter and champion 3-year-old at the 2019 Washington Annual Awards Dinner and Horsemen Stimulus Auctions held on February 22 at Emerald Downs.

A champion at two last season, Baja Sur was a stakes winner in Washington and California during his 2019 campaign. He opened the year with back-to-back victories in the Auburn Stakes and the Coca-Cola Stakes at Emerald Downs. Second in the Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno Fair, he closed out his season with a win in the Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Baja Sur campaigns for John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald and Gail Schneider and he is trained by Blaine Wright. Bred by John Roche, he is out of the Supremo mare, Premo Copy. He has won or placed in six of his seven lifetime starts and he has earned $139,800.

Slam Dunk Sermon’s Got Game

Albany, CA (February 13, 2020) – The tip-off of the NBA All Stars Weekend begins today with their rising stars. Slam Dunk Sermon showed the contemporaries of his sport today that he’s got game with a dazzling maiden score at Golden Gate Fields.

Making his second career start, the 3-year-old Rousing Sermon son was eye-catchingly impressive. Away sharply, Slam Dunk Sermon pressured the pacesetter in the early stages. Putting him away, he did something you rarely see a maiden do going five and one-half furlongs. He opened up on the competition, throwing down a final three-eighths in 17.74 to win by six lengths. His final time was a very racy 1:03.68.

Slam Dunk Sermon is a homebred racing for longtime Harris Farms clients, Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams, who campaigned his multiple stakes-winning sire. Produced by the Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam, he is trained by Steven Specht. He was ridden to victory by Pedro Flores. Earlier in Pedro’s career, he was an exercise rider at Harris Farms.