Scenes From the Harris Farms Annual Stallion Show

Coalinga, CA (January 25, 2020) – An enthusiastic crowd of racing industry members gathered at Harris Farms on January 25 for our annual Stallion Open House. The bright outlook for the future of the California racing and breeding industry was shared by all, even if the local skies didn’t quite reflect the sunny mood of the well attended event.

To see video of the of the stallions, click here:

Video Highlights of Harris Farms Stallion Show

Coalinga, CA (January 31, 2020) – Enjoy highlights of the Harris Farms Stallion Show from January 25th.

Below is the time of appearance of each stallion:

Lakerville :06

Smiling Tiger 1:15

Vronsky 2:03

Acclamation 3:02

Prospect Park 4:02

Conquest Farenhheit 4:54

Om 5:48

Rousing Sermon 7:07

Majestic Harbor 8:16

Jeranimo 9:31

Fashionably Fast Triumphs in California Cup Sprint

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2020)–Head and head for the early lead, Harris Farms homebred Fashionably Fast proved tough as nails late, as he repelled a stout challenge from late closing Lieutenant Dan to take Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita by a neck, providing him with his fifth consecutive victory dating back to July 27 at Del Mar. Ridden by Tiago Pereira and trained by Dean Pederson, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Lucky Pulpit got six furlongs in 1:09.60.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.

“I don’t know if that is his ideal running style, but you gotta ride to win,” said Pederson. “I kind of left it in (Pereira’s) hands. The horse was just game as can be coming down the stretch. The horse has done so much for us, how can you be disappointed in anything he does. We arejust very thankful to be in this position and for the opportunity to have this horse. You can’t train for better owners.”

A winner of a pair of Cal-bred sprint stakes on Oct. 5 at The Big Fresno Fair and on Nov. 24 at Del Mar, Fashionable Fast was off at 2-1 and paid $6.20, $3.00 and $2.60.

“Our plan was to stay just behind the one horse (Baja Sur) and then push on the outside when we came for home,” said Pereira, who has been aboard for his five consecutive
wins. “I switched the whip in the stretch and when the horse (Lieutenant Dan) came outside of us, he really responded…I love this horse.”

“At about the eighth pole, I thought maybe we were in deep water, but he kept going,” said co-owner/breeder John Harris of Harris Farms. “We always want to win, but it’s particularly fun to win with a homebred. And it’s fun to win this race which was named for my good friend Don Valpredo. To be here today, with people like this, is special.”

Owned by Harris Farms, Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti, out of the Forestry mare Fall Fashion, Fashionably Fast now has three stakes wins from an overall mark of 15-6-3-2. With the winner’s share of $90,000, he now has earnings of $389,745.

Fractions on the race were 21.75, 44.72 and 56.79.

Harris Farms Horses Prevalent at Cal Cup Saturday

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a great getaway to Santa Anita racetrack for the California Cup this Saturday? Besides the world class horse racing, they are having the California Wine Festival and the 2nd Annual Bulldog Derby where all proceeds go to Protecting PAWS Animal Rescue and CARMA. Go to for more info on these events.

Race 3 is the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 5 ½ furlongs for a purse of $150,000. A field of seven horses are entered with three of those horses sired by horse that stood or are standing at Harris Farms. Both Apache Princess and Stealthediamonds were sired by Unusual Heat and Lakerball was sired by Lakerville who is by Unusual Heat. Unusual Heat dominated California sire standings as a stallion where he stood at Harris Farms.

Race 5 is the California Cup Sprint at 6 furlongs on the dirt for $150,000 purse. A field of seven is entered with Harris Farms bred Fashionably Fast set as the morning line favorite who is seeking his 5th win in a row.

Interestingly, Fashionably Fast’s main competition in this races are horses sired by Stallions that stand at Harris Farms. Baja Sur is by Smiling Tiger and ran second to Fashionably Fast at the Big Fresno Fair in the Harris Farms Stakes. Smiling Tiger stands at Harris Farms. Trainer Bob Baffert sends out Heck Yeah who is by Acclamation who also stands at Harris Farms. Fashionably Fast is by Lucky Pulpit who also sired the great California Chrome who started his Kentucky Derby trail in 2014 by winning the Cal Cup Derby. Lucky Pulpit also stood at Harris Farms.

Race 8 is the California Cup Oaks at a mile on the turf and a purse of $200,000. This full field of 12 fillies also has several with ties to Harris Farms. Almost A Factor 6-1 morning line was bred by Harris Farms and is owned by Harris Farms and Gary Parker. Smiling Shirlee is by Smiling Tiger and was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds. Warriors Moon is by Jeranimo was bred and owned by Wade Jacobsen and is 6-1 on the morning line.

Almost a Factor Preps for Cal Cup Oaks

Almost a Factor

Coalinga, Calif. (January 13, 2020) – Harris Farms’ bred 3-year-old filly Almost a Factor turned in her final prep today for the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, scheduled for one mile over the turf course at Santa Anita Park on January 18. The bay daughter of The Factor went a half-mile handily over the main track at Santa Anita in :50 4/5.

Almost a Factor owns a maiden special weight victory over the course and distance. Produced by the Tiznow mare, Tizn’t Caught, she races for the partnership of Harris Farms and Gary Parker. She is trained by Carla Gaines.

Harris Farms’ Bred Club Aspen Surprises in King Glorious Stakes

From Los Alamitos Publicity
CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2019) – Making his first start around two turns on dirt, Club Aspen drew off late to post an 8-1 upset in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles on Sunday at Los Alamitos, the final day of the Winter Thoroughbred meet.

Bred by Harris Farms, trained by Craig Lewis for his brother Larry and ridden by apprentice Jorge I. Velez, the 2-year-old Clubhouse Ride colt out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal tracked pacesetter and 3-5 favorite Tap Back for most of the trip, then kicked away in the final eighth of a mile to win by 2 ½ lengths.

The victory was the second in seven starts for Club Aspen, who completed the mile in 1:36.28 in a race restricted to juveniles bred or sired in California. He paid $19.40 and $4.80 while increasing his bankroll to $118,211. There was no show wagering.

“He looked like the winner to me every jump of the way,’’ said Lewis. “I never had a doubt he would handle the two turns.

“He’s had some excuses. In his turf race (sixth in the Zuma Beach Oct. 6) he never had a chance to run. He was in trouble from start to finish, and in the (Golden State Juvenile) he was compromised by drawing the inside post in a huge field.

“I think both of those races were better than they appeared on paper and I think he showed it today.’’

Club Aspen’s success completed a Sunday hat trick for Velez and gave him his third riding title of the year at Los Alamitos. He finished the Winter meet with nine wins, the same number he had in leading the Summer Thoroughbred Festival (June 29-July 14) and he led the Los Angeles County Fair season (Sept. 7-22) with 14.

“There’s a long stretch here, but I like it,’’ said Velez. “You have to be patient. I’m grateful to all the owners and trainers for the success I’ve had. I love riding here.

“(Tap Back) was the horse to beat, so I wanted to follow him around the track and see if I could beat him. I liked this colt’s maiden win (Aug. 2) at Del Mar.’’

Spiced Perfection Always in Control in Go for Wand Handicap

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By OZONE PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 7, 2019) – The connections of Spiced Perfection were torn whether to put the multiple Grade 1 winner through the ring at the Keeneland November sale last month. When the filly failed to meet her reserve – the bidding stopped at $1.35 million – owners Adam Wachtel and Peter Deutsch and partners were not overly disappointed.

“I’m not unhappy that we didn’t sell her, let’s put it that way,” Wachtel said.

Wachtel spoke Saturday from the Aqueduct winner’s circle after Spiced Perfection cruised to a front-running, 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap. Saguaro Row finished second, 1 1/4 lengths clear of Our Super Nova. Need Supervision, Another Broad, and Espresso Shot completed the order of finish as the field basically ran positions unchanged from start to finish.

In a race void of speed, Javier Castellano put Spiced Perfection on the lead soon after the start. Going into the wind at Aqueduct, Spiced Perfection maintained a measured advantage over Saguaro Row through posted fractions of 24.74 seconds for the quarter, 49.09 for the half, and 1:14.03 for six furlongs. Turning for home, Castellano had more than enough horse to finish the job, getting to the wire well clear of Saguaro Row.

Spiced Perfection, a 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger, covered the one mile in 1:39.11 and returned $4.80 as the 7-5 favorite.

Castellano said he spoke with trainer Peter Miller about trying to nurse his filly’s speed on the lead in an attempt to get the mile, a distance at which she had not previously won.

“We took advantage today, there was no speed in the race, to dictate the pace, set slow fractions and that was the key to win the race,” Castellano said. “She did it very easy the first part of the race and we were able to let her finish.”

Spiced Perfection improved her record to nine wins from 20 starts and increased her career earnings to $1,214,405. The Go for Wand was her sixth stakes victory. Spiced Perfection won the Grade 1 La Brea last December at Santa Anita and the Grade 1 Madison in April at Keeneland.

Spiced Perfection was coming out of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She went into that race having missed some time due to a foot injury sustained in her victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland in October.

Wachtel and Deutsch both said the plan for 2020 would be to get Spiced Perfection to Keeneland for next year’s Breeders’ Cup.

In the interim, Spiced Perfection would return to Miller’s barn in Southern California, though she could come back East in February for the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel, a race in which she finished second earlier this year.

Fashionably Fast Wins Cary Grant Stakes

Benoit Photo

Del Mar, CA (November 24, 2019)-Scoring his fourth consecutive victory, even-money favored Fashionably Fast resisted the stretch challenge of Oliver to register a half-length triumph in the featured $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes Sunday at Del Mar.

Always prominent under regular pilot Tiago Pereira, Fashionably Fast took the lead in upper stretch and prevailed gamely in 1:22.13 for the seven furlongs. Oliver, the lone three-year-old in a field of five older California-bred runners, was a clear second, a length and one-half ahead of third-place Ultimate Bango, with Grinning Tiger fourth and longshot Shades of Victory fifth and last. Withdrawn from the sprint was Rick’s Dream.

Fashionably Fast, a four-year-old gelded son of Lucky Pulpit, was bred by the Harris Farms of John Harris who co-owns the horse with partners Per Antonsen and Paul Nicoletti. Dean Pederson is the trainer.

Fashionably Fast was a two-time winner last summer at Del Mar and in October won the Harris Farms Stakes at the Fresno Fair.

He returned $4.20, $2.40 and $2.10 to his backers Sunday and first money of $60,000 increased his earnings to $302,745. It was his fifth win in 14 career starts. Runner-up Oliver paid $3 and $2.20, while Ultimate Bango returned $2.40 to show.

There were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six Sunday, so a carryover of $51,254 will be in effect when racing resumes Friday with a first post of 12:30 p.m.

TIAGO PEREIRA (Fashionably Fast, winner) – “I thought I’d be laying about third. I thought the 5 (Oliver) would go. But we came out of there really well and he’s plenty fast and he went to the front. Then he was running so easy I wasn’t going to take him back. I just let him go. I know this horse (he’s ridden him in nine of his last 10 starts) and I know how good he can be. Four in a row. That’s good.”

DEAN PEDERSON (Fashionably Fast, winner) – “Him maturing quite a bit has played a big roll (in his four straight wins), and obviously taking the blinkers off has helped. It helps him feel a little more relaxed in his running style. He’s a handy horse you can place where you want to and he has been a godsend to us. He has been a remarkable horse over a short period of time for us.”

FRACTIONS: :22.59 :44.99 1:09.49 1:22.13

The stakes win was the first of the meet for rider Pereira and his first in the Cary Grant. He now has six stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the first ever at Del Mar for trainer Pederson.

The winning owners are John Harris of Sanger, CA, and Per Antonsen and Paul Nicoletti. Harris also bred the winner.

Harris Farms Sets Om’s 2020 Fee at $7,500

Coalinga, CA (November 21, 2019)-Harris Farms has set stud fees for its 2020 stallion roster, which includes multiple grade 1-placed, grade 2 winner Om .

A son of Munnings out of Tabasco Cat’s winning daughter and multiple stakes producer Rare Cat, Om will stand for $7,500 with a live-foal guarantee.

Bred by partners Lavin Bloodstock, Bernie Sams, and Bill Farish, Om was bought as a juvenile at the Barretts March Select 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale by trainer Dan Hendricks for $125,000 out of Niall Brennan’s consignment. The colt broke his maiden in his second start at 2 and continued to excel at 3, when he won the Del Mar Derby (G2T), Twilight Derby (G2T), and Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (G2T) for the Sareen Family Trust.

Om contested the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) when the race was run at 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita Park’s downhill turf course. He closed with a furious rally to catch frontrunner and favorite Obviously, but jockey Gary Stevens lost his whip a sixteenth of a mile from the wire and Om just missed by a nose. He was back in this year’s Turf Sprint, run at five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main turf course, with trainer Peter Miller. He was second again, this time to Belvoir Bay. Om was also runner-up in this year’s Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1T).

Now 7, Om retired with a 7-7-6 record out of 31 starts and earnings of $1,354,731. He was first or second in 11 graded stakes from 3 to 7 and has four graded stakes wins to his credit.

Munnings is having an exceptionally good year with 10 black-type winners that include graded winner Fancy Dress Party. Overall, the son of Speightstown has sired 35 black-type winners so far, including 12 graded stakes winners.

Baja Sur Sizzles to Oakland Stakes Win

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ALBANY, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2019) – Multiple stakes winner Baja Sur, a Washington-bred sophomore son of California stallion Smiling Tiger, sizzled to a 4 and 1/4 length win in Saturday’s $52,150 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate.

Baja Sur is out of the Supremo mare Premo Copy and ran the six furlongs in 1:08.68. He has six wins and a second in six starts with earnings of $136,800. His second place finish, the only blemish on his record, was in the Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno.