Songofthedesert Wins Del Mar Allowance

Del Mar, CA (July 26, 2020) – Songofthedesert, made it two-in-a-row and three wins in her last four starts with her clear cut victory in the 7th race at Del Mar, a $51,000, five furlong allowance over the firm turf course.

The 5-year-old daughter of Desert Code came out of post eight with the lead, but took up the pressing position on the inside speed. Drawing even around the turn, jockey Flavien Prat asked her to go at the top of the stretch. Songofthedesert responded and threw down a final eighth in 11.46 to draw away and win by two and one-quarter lengths.

Bred in California by Oakcrest Stable, she is out of the stakes-placed Tale of the Cat mare, Unchanged Melody. She races for Johnny Taboada and she is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Harris Farms-sired Trifecta at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (July 26, 2020) – Harris Farms-sired runners Songofthedesert, Queensbeccaandjane, and Smiling Annie filled the first three positions in the 7th race at Del Mar, a five furlong turf allowance with a purse of $51,000.

Songofthedesert was the winner. She is a daughter of Desert Code. Runner-up Queensbeccaandjane is a 3-year-old filly by Lakerville. Closing to grab the show spot at the wire was Smiling Tiger‘s 5-year-old daughter, Smiling Annie.

Acclamation Mare Wins Featured Pleasanton Allowance

Pleasanton, CA (July 25, 2020) – My Sweet Lou ran the fastest Equibase Speed Figure of her career while taking the 7th race at Pleasanton, the featured six furlong allowance over the fast track.

Carrying co-highweight of 127 pounds, the 5-year-old daughter of Acclamation was on the engine from the start. She carved out fractions of 22.95 and 45.89 while under close pressure. She put those rivals away and opened up, passing five furlongs in 58.10. She kept on strongly to the wire to finish up three and one-half lengths best in 1:09.82.

My Sweet Lou races for the partnership of Michael DeMoulin and Edwin Gredvig and she is trained by Isidro Tamayo. Produced by the multiple stakes-placed Giant’s Causeway mare, Chetten County, she was bred in California by Carliwood Farms, LLC.

Preaching Trainer Earns Gritty Del Mar Allowance Win

Del Mar, CA (July 24, 2020) – Preaching Trainer, our Harris Farms’ homebred, gamely overcame more trouble than a horse needs sprinting five furlongs to win the 7th race at Del Mar, a allowance over the firm turf course.

Breaking from post eleven, the 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit maintained a midpack position down the backstretch. Approaching the turn, jockey Umberto Rispoli had to check Preaching Trainer hard (sitting down in the saddle hard) when an inside horse came out. That would usually be it for most horses, but not Preaching Trainer. Losing position and some ground, he began to rally, but was force out further than the chart call of five wide around the turn and into stretch. He kept closing and after changing leads in the final furlong, he turned in a sub-twelve second final eighth to earn a hard fought half-length victory.

Trained by Carla Gaines, Preaching Trainer has won or placed in six of this eight career starts and he has earned $98,622. He was produced by the multiple stakes winning Citidancer mare, Debbie Sue.

Grade One Sire Tizbud 1999-2020


Tizbud winning the 2003 California Cup Classic

Coalinga, CA (July 20, 2020) – Harris Farms resident stallion Tizbud, the Grade One sire and full brother to Tiznow, was euthanized on July 20, 2020 due to an overall decline in health. Tizbud was pensioned at the farm, in 2018, where he was foaled, raised and stood at stud.

Tizbud, was bred by Cecilia Straub Rubens and is a son of Cee’s Tizzy out of Cee’s Song. He was the younger stakes winning full brother to Tiznow. Tizbud raced for Cee’s Stable LLC when he won the 2003 California Cup Classic by three lengths and placed in that years San Fernando Breeders’ Cup S. [G2]. He was trained by John Sadler.

Owner Pamela C. Ziebarth stood Tizbud at Harris Farms and for her, as breeder, Tizbud sired Grade I winner Tiz Flirtatious, Grade 3 winner Ambitious Brew and stakes winner Kitty Boom Boom. For other breeders he sired stakes winners; millionaire Soi Phet, Italian Boy, Catch Lorraine, Chao Chom among others.

David McGlothlin, retired farm manager of Harris Farms, “as different as they were, Tiznow and Tizbud both had that aura of ‘I am tops and I can prove it and don’t test me’. With my daily rounds at the farm, Tizbud was always my first stop and as always, he was eager for his carrot snacks. With his passing, this marks the end of a significant era in California breeding/racing. Tizbud will always have a special place in my heart and at the farm.”

Tizbud lived out his final few months in the same paddock where his famous brother was raised. He will be buried adjacent to his sire Cee’s Tizzy near the Harris Farms Stallion complex.

Slam Dunk Sermon Wins Pleasanton Nightcap

Pleasanton, CA (July 18, 2020) – Slam Dunk Sermon is showing himself to be a model of consitency in his young career. The 3-year-old son of Rousing Sermon has finished in the top three in five of his six lifetime starts. He came home the winner in his latest outing, a five and one-half furlong allowance carded as the 9th race at Pleasanton.

Away a step slowly from post two, he responded quickly when asked to hustle by jockey David Lopez to maintain his inside position from the outside leader. He drew even going into the far turn and had put away that challenger at the top of the stretch. He opened up and maintained his advantage to the wire, despite not changing leads until the gallop out. His margin of victory was officially a length and three-quarters and the final time was a crisp 1:03.53.

Slam Dunk Sermon is a homebred racing for Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Trained by Steven Specht, he was produced by the winning Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam.

Harris Farms at the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale


Tuesday, August 11th at Noon, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Harris Farms and Harris Farms, Agent have a combined nine yearlings consigned to the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale. Listed below the farm’s consignment are the Harris Farms’ stallion-sired yearlings at the sale. All sale horses are listed with links to their catalog pages.

Harris Farms

Hip 12 Bay Colt by Tamarando out of Aspen Gal, by Talkin Man
Hip 18 Bay Colt by Smiling Tiger out of Bench Glory, by Benchmark
Hip 61 Gray or Roan Filly by Smiling Tiger out of Lofty Ambition, by Sky Mesa
Hip 71 Chestnut Colt by Clubhouse Ride out of Moving Desert, by Desert Code
Hip 121 Bay Filly by Mr. Big out of This Means War, by War Chant

Harris Farms, Agent

Hip 27 Chestnut Colt by Smiling Tiger out of Codacious, by Desert Code
Hip 58 Chestnut Filly by Tamarando out of Lit de Bet, by Lit de Justice
Hip 66 Gray or Roan Filly by Smiling Tiger out of Mark of a Gem, by Benchmark
Hip 122 Chestnut Colt by Clubhouse Ride out of Tizzy Miss, by Cee’s Tizzy

Harris Farm Stallions have a combined 18 yearlings consigned to the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale


Acclamation has six yearlings consigned to the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale:

Hip 10 Bay Filly out of Amare, by Flatter
Hip 33 Dark Bay or Brown Filly out of Dixie Dame, by Dixie Chatter
Hip 68 Dark Bay or Brown Colt out of Mesaatmimiscafe, by Sky Mesa
Hip 73 Bay Filly out of Myhartovertheocean, by Vronsky
Hip 89 Gray or Roan Colt out of Queen’s Court, by Monarchos
Hip 100 Dark Bay or Brown Filly out of Saturday Yodeler, by Benchmark

Smiling Tiger

Smiling Tiger has five yearlings consigned to the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale:

Hip 18 Bay Colt out of Bench Glory, by Benchmark
Hip 27 Chestnut Colt out of Codacious, by Desert Code
Hip 48 Chestnut Colt out of Hong Kong Lake, by Friends Lake
Hip 61 Gray or Roan Filly out of Lofty Ambition, by Sky Mesa
Hip 66 Gray or Roan Filly out of Mark of a Gem, by Benchmark


Tamarando has two yearlings consigned to the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale:

Hip 12 Bay Colt out of Aspen Gal, by Talkin Man
Hip 58 Chestnut Filly out of Lit de Bet, by Lit de Justice


Vronsky has five yearlings consigned to the 2020 Northern California Yearling Sale:

Hip 36 Chestnut Filly out of English Caramac, by English Channel
Hip 52 Chestnut Filly out of I’m Tops, by He’s Tops
Hip 80 Chestnut Colt out of Optimistic Outcome, by Trappe Shot
Hip 102 Chestnut Filly out of Seasontoperfection, by Poteen
Hip 105 Bay Colt out of She’s Flush, by Awesome Gambler

Three Winners at Pleasanton with Harris Connections

Coalinga, CA (June 20, 2020) – Three horses with connections to Harris Farms came home winners on the June 20th card at Pleasanton.

Fireitup, the 2-year-old daughter of Desert Code, who was second in her debut, broke her maiden second time out in the 1st race going five furlongs by two and one-quarter lengths. Bred in California by Woodbridge Farm LLC & Lilley Ranch, she is out of the Comic Strip mare, Lady Deputy. She races for her trainer Quinn Howey.

Completing the early daily double, Drippin Sauce, the 3-year-old Vronsky gelding, came home best by a half-length in the 2nd race, a six furlong allowance. Bred by Old English Rancho, he was produced by the Bold Badgett mare, Always Fashionable. He is trained by Jonathan Wong for Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig.

The third winner was the filly Warm Summer, who was bred by Harris Farms and Gary Parker. The 3-year-old won the 7th race, a five and one-half furlong allowance by one length. The Clubhouse Ride-Valley Storm, by Moscow Ballet daughter races for Paradise Road Ranch LLC, David Crossley, Jose Parga, Daniel Preiss, and Angel Valadez. She is trained by O. Jauregui.

K. B. Sareen and Om

K. B. Sareen visiting Om at Harris Farms

Courtesy of By Emily Shields Coalinga CA June 19, 2020 – Kulbhushan Sareen—known to all as K. B. —never would have guessed he would end up breeding horses. In fact, his route to California from his boyhood in Calcutta was so circuitous that it’s a surprise he is in the sport at all. But through all of his global travels, a love of horse racing has endured.

“It was destiny,” Sareen said.

After his father passed away when he was an infant, Sareen grew up in a poor family led by a single mother with five children.

“My childhood wasn’t very pleasant,” Sareen admitted, “and I never had any money on me.”

But he became good at scraping together 40 rupees to take to the Royal Calcutta Turf Club on Saturdays, earning enough back with his wagering selections to buy a week of room and board. “I was pretty lucky,” he said.

He eventually made enough to go to university, achieving a bachelor’s degree in four years. He still used his racetrack winnings to “pay for my entertainment and to take girls out to dinner.”

But a degree couldn’t secure him a job in India. Sareen went to Iran to work for Toshiba International, but was thrown out in 1979 by the Islamic Republic as it removed foreigners from the country.

“Instead of going home to India, I bought a one-way ticket to America,” he said.

Sareen congratulates jockey Gary Stevens for the winning ride on Om in the Del Mar Derby

In December 1980, Sareen arrived in America on a tourist visa and was “determined to make it.” He started by washing dishes in Los Angeles, then moved up through the ranks to busboy, waiter, and bartender. He couldn’t believe his fortune, making $300 in tips in a single night.

“I thought this was the ultimate, but it wasn’t why I came to America,” he said. “I became an insurance salesman and made my own success.”

Sareen became friends with Selwyn Touber, who owned a Thoroughbred mare with little value.

“I asked him why he didn’t just breed her,” Sareen said. “We became partners.”

The winning True Knight mare, Never Bend True, produced an Expressman filly for them in 1991. That became Noori, who broke her maiden in her debut by 61⁄2 lengths for the partners and trainer Dan Hendricks. She ultimately won four of 25 starts and earned $27,334.

From there Sareen dabbled in the game.

“I would buy this or that, but nothing was very serious,” he said.

Enter Om. By Munnings out of the Tabasco Cat mare Rare Cat, Om was a $125,000 purchase at the 2014 Barretts March select 2-year-old sale. The notoriously hot-tempered colt broke his maiden by 7 1⁄4 lengths in his second start at odds of 22-1, handing 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah what would be the first of only two defeats.

The Sareen family’s pride and joy, Om, following his victory in the grade 2 Del Mar Derby

Om went on to be a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,355,082 and ran second in the Breeders’ Cup twice.

Om was best in the summer and fall of 2015, winning the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (G2T) at Del Mar and the $200,750 Twilight Derby (G2T) at Santa Anita. Those memories are still clear to Sareen, whose son, United States Major Taj Sareen, brought his whole squadron into the winner’s circle for the Del Mar Derby.

“It was a lot of fun,” Sareen said. “The whole family was there, and the whole squadron.”

But Sareen’s personal life took a turn when his son was killed in an F-18 crash near London while deployed for the third time. He was 34. Just three days later Om won the Twilight Derby.

“My son had asked me to give him Om,” Sareen said. “I had done it orally, but we hadn’t done any transfers yet when he was deployed. He was a family favorite, so I could never sell him or give him away to anyone.”

Om ran second by a nose in the $920,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) in 2016. He also finished second in the same race last year after being transferred from the Hendricks barn to that of trainer Peter Miller. Om retired with seven wins, seven seconds, and six thirds in 32 starts. He now stands stud at Harris Farms in Coalinga.

Sareen is planning on supporting Om with three current broodmares and one mare on the track. He has an Uncle Mo mare named Savera being bred to him this spring, and his Bernstein mare Nice Meidel is currently at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky with a Liam’s Map colt, after producing a Bayern colt last year. She will return to California to visit Om next season. Sareen claimed the winning Stormy Atlantic mare Classy Atlantic out of a Feb. 28 race at Santa Anita solely because she nicks well with Om.

“I’ll continue to race her this year, then send her to Om when she retires,” Sareen said.

Sareen joked that his wife has put a stop on him adding more horses to the band— “I’m 77 and if something happened to me, she wouldn’t be able to handle it.” But he does have two horses currently on the track. One of them is four-time winner Major Cabbie, named after his beloved son.
I’ve gone deeper into (horse racing) than I ever thought I would like to, but it’s been exciting. – K. B. Sareen

The $260,000 juvenile purchase broke his maiden in his second start in 2017, and went on to add three allowance optional claiming races. He was fifth in the $600,000 Clark Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, and has been working at Oaklawn Park for his return to the races. The other runner is two-time winner Grand Meister, a son of Bodemeister who was last seen winning at Turfway Park in December.

“I’ve gone deeper into it than I ever thought I would like to,” Sareen said, “but it’s been exciting.”

And with Om’s first foals slated to be born in 2021, it can only get more exhilarating.

Tiger Dad Draws Away to Win Thor’s Echo

Courtesy of Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, CA. (June 13, 2020) – With most of the attention focused on last year’s winner, trainer Carla Gaines’ “Avis choice,” consistent Tiger Dad, set the tone early as he battled head and head for the lead with a well-meant Principe Carlo, eventually gaining the ascendency in deep stretch as he drew off to win Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes by three quarters of length. Ridden by regular pilot Victor Espinoza, Tiger Dad, a 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Smiling Tiger, got six furlongs in 1:09.56 while never threatened by his well fancied stablemate Desert Law, who checked in third as the even money favorite.

“I have been riding him quite a few times (his last eight races), so I really have the confidence in him. When some other horse is outside, it is exactly what he wants because he won’t let them go by. I didn’t want to take the lead too soon because he has a bad habit of waiting for horses, so today I was just hoping the outside horse (Principe Carlo) would keep going and keep me company all the way to the wire and it worked out perfectly.”

Most recently second to highly regarded Collusion Illusion in a six furlong allowance here on May 17, Tiger Dad was the third choice at 5-2 in a field of five California-bred or sired three year olds and up and paid $7.60, $3.80 and $2.20.

“He ran fantastic,” said Gaines. “He really dug in and Victor knows him so well. As I said pre-race, my other horse (Desert Law) needs a race off of a layoff. He got a little far back.”

Owned by his breeders, Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, Tiger Dad, who had been out of the money in just two of his previous 14 starts, notched his first stakes victory and improved his overall mark to 15-4-5-3. Out of the Unusual Heat mare Q T Shae, Tiger Dad bagged $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $276,661.

Tiger Dad was raised and trained at Harris Farms. His dam foaled a half-brother for our long time clients on May 8 from the first crop of GSW Prospect Park.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Desert Law (Desert Code), who had been idle since running second in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 27, paid $2.10 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.33, 45.06 and 57.09.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Thor’s Echo, for 3-year-olds and up, is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.