Spiced Perfection Flees Rail and Upsets the $200,000 Evening Jewel S.

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by SantaAnita.com
Arcadia, CA (April 7, 2018)-Unhurried from her rail post position, trainer Brian Koriner’s Spiced Perfection swung three-wide turning for home and overhauled heavily favored Show It N Moe It well inside the sixteenth pole to win Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes by a hard-fought neck. Ridden by Joe Talamo, she got seven furlongs in 1:17.08.

A Cal-bred stakes winner four starts back this past August at Del Mar, Spiced Perfection, a 3-year-old California-bred filly by Smiling Tiger out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat, she was off at 10-1 in a field of eight Golden State Series eligible sophomore fillies and paid $23.60, $6.00 and $3.40.

Owned by Dare to Dream Stable, LLC, Spiced Perfection improved her overall mark to 8-3-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $110,000, she increased her earnings to $227,625.

Show It N Moe It, who was ridden by Mike Smith, had no apparent excuses from the far outside and was second best in a game effort. Off 2-5, she paid $2.40 and $2.10.

Smiling Tigress, who had to alter course in deep stretch, was third best, finishing a neck in front of Ismelucky. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Smiling Tigress was off at 7-1 and paid $2.80 to show.

Fraction on the race were 22.24, 45.48 and 1:10.53.

Smiling Tiger Colt Stops Barretts Clock in 10 Flat; Sells for $200K

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Del Mar, CA (April 3, 2018)-Hip #63 a February 29th colt by Smiling Tiger was the fastest Cal-bred of the April preview and was tied with two KY breds for quickest overall preview times.

The colt sold on Wednesday for $200,000 to agents Solis/Litt.

The Smiling Tiger colt, Hip #63, is part of Andy Havens’ Havens Bloodstock Agency consignment.

The youngster is a full brother to Spiced Perfection, a stakes-winning filly from Smiling Tiger’s first crop. Premier Thoroughbreds bred the colt and Spiced Perfection from the winning Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat.

Grade 2 Winner Majestic Heat Retired

March 19, 2018 – Arcadia, CA – 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2) winner Majestic Heat has been retired from racing after her 5th place finish on Saturday in Santa Anita Park’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes as announced by owner-racing manager Madeline Auerbach.

A California Bred daughter of sire Unusual Heat, Majestic Heat was trained for the bulk of her career by Hall of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella and was known for her versatility and durability during her four seasons of racing. Majestic Heat is a 4 time stakes winner on both turf and dirt while also winning stakes both sprinting and routing. Her top accomplishment on the track was her victory in the 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2) at Los Alamitos defeating 2016 Eclipse Award winner Champagne Room in the process. The dark bay mare also captured the 2016 Solana Beach Stakes (LR) at Del Mar and came back to defend her title and win the 2017 edition of the Solana Beach in similar fashion. She also captured the 2017 Betty Grable Stakes (LR) at Del Mar along with being stakes placed in the 2018 Santa Maria Stakes (Grade 2) and 2018 Spring Fever Stakes (LR) both at Santa Anita Park.

Owned by co-breeder Auerbach along with Ron McCauley and Bardy Farm, Majestic Heat is a full sister the Multiple Stakes Winner and Grade 1 placed Mensa Heat along with stakes placed Real Heat and $249K earner Empty Headed. Her full sister Phi Beta Heat was a Maiden Allowance winner and is the dam of 2018 $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic winner Rye.

Majestic Heat boasts career earnings of $578,329 and a final record of 20-7-1-2. She will be bred in 2018 to Coolmore-Ashford Stud’s stallion Uncle Mo.


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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2018)–Trainer David Bernstein’s Smiling Tigress blew by heavily favored Strike At Daylight with a sixteenth of a mile to run to take Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ¾ lengths. Ridden patiently from her rail post position, the 3-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger got six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.94.

“She’s a pretty nice filly,” said the affable Bernstein. “She’s getting better and better all the time and Tyler rode her great. She wants to come from off the pace, that’s her best way to go. We’ll see how she is and look at some Cal-bred stakes.”

Second in her last two starts at the level, but winless in four races since breaking her maiden here on Oct. 5, Smiling Tigress was off at 9-2 in a field of eight California-bred or sired fillies and mares and paid $11.00, $4.40 and $3.40.

Owned by Naseer Mohammed Fasihuddin and Madiha Sarwar, Smiling Tigress picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $107,485. Her overall mark now stands at 9-2-3-0.

The 3-2 favorite with Geovanni Franco, Strike At Daylight sat just off early pacesetter Love a Honeybadger into the far turn, took command a quarter mile out but was no match for the winner while finishing second, a head in front of an on-rushing Red Stich.

Strike At Daylight paid $3.40 and $2.60.

Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Red Stich broke a bit awkwardly, wheeled four-wide coming into the stretch and just missed the place. Off at 5-1, Red Stich finished 2 ¾ lengths in front of Pied N True and paid $2.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.01, 45.43 and 58.16.


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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2018)—Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Battleground State unleashed a well-timed late rally to take Friday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one half length. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 4-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat got a flat mile on turf in 1:35.70.

Mid-pack early and fourth at the rail a quarter mile from home, Battleground State was all business turning for home as she kicked off the final turn to overhaul pacesetter X S Gold a sixteenth of a mile out and prevailed late over a fast finishing My Aunt Tillie at the wire.

Most recently a close fifth at the level going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Battleground State was off at 6-1 in a field of 10 California-bred or sired fillies and mares three and up and paid $15.40, $8.80 and $5.20.

“She made a nice little run down the hill the other day (Jan. 5) and I thought she ran really well today,” said Drysdale, who picked up his eighth win of the meet from 32 starters—a 25 percent win clip. When asked about the high percentage meet he’s currently enjoying, the veteran Hall of Famer quipped, “Eddie Truman and I are drinking from the same fountain.”

Bred in California by Harris Farms, Battleground State, who is out of the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance, is owned by Harris Farms, Inc. and Jeanne Bowers-Lepore. With the winner’s share of $33,600, Battleground State now has earnings of $83,425 and she’s now 6-2-1-1.

Last after the first half mile, My Aunt Tillie unleashed a furious stretch rally to just miss while edging X S Gold for the place by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, My Aunt Tillie was off at 13-1 and paid $12.60 and $6.60.

X S Gold, who carved out splits of 22.81, 46.39, 1:10.57 and 1:23.10, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 to show.

First Foal is a Colt for California Stallion Metaboss

The first foal by Grade 3 winner Metaboss was born Monday at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif., when the stakes-placed Amira J produced a colt.

Bred by Mersad Metanovic LLC, the chestnut colt is the first for Amira J, a 5-year-old Sky Mesa mare who won one of three starts during her on-track career and ran second in the listed Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile. Notable runners in the pedigree include Grade 3 winner Proctor, Chilean Group 2-placed stakes winner El Facha, and stakes winners Over Your Shoulder and Al Rahib.

“I really love this colt,” Metanovic said. “He has a little of everything, which is impossible to buy – great shoulder, started walking right away, good-minded, nice walk, and great personality. He minds his mama, is ready to run, very curious naturally, and has a great mind.”

Metaboss stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for an advertised fee of $1,500.

The 6-year-old son of Street Boss won three of 12 starts during his on-track career, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby and a second in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap. He is out of the stakes-placed Free House mare Spinning Yarns.


Harris Farms Adoption Program Graduates

Desperate Times and Freedom Quest enjoying success as jumpers in the show world

Desperate Times (a.k.a “Hashtag”) an 8yr. old gelding By Redatorre out of the High Brite mare Don’t Despair is showing great potential under the care of new owner Courtney Gharibeh, earning several ribbons at the local shows, the partnership jumped clean rounds and placed 3rd in the Columbus Day Classic Mini Prix at W&KRP Open Show in Sanger, Ca. this past November. They also did well at the Almaden Farms Horse Show held in Watsonville, Ca. placing 3rd in the C &N Tractor Class, 1st in the 2’7 jumper class, and also participated in the lead line class with her 3yr old daughter Addyson in the saddle. They are looking forward to a promising 2015 show season.(below)




Freedom Quest affectionately known as Quest is an 8yr. old gelding by Soft Gold out of the mare Northern Freedom. A winner at three in 5 starts had limited success at the race track, but has found his calling as a great companion and show horse. The promising partnership between Emily Colvard and Quest has shown potential competing in the 2’6 jumper classes and hopes to have a great 2015 show season. below




Both are working with trainer Rene Beggs from River View Farms located in Sanger, Ca.
Lisa Torres Antonsen

Horses Available for Adoption

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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