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Harris Farms Bred Lynne’s Legacy Rallies for Win In Miss America S.

Albany, CA (December 8, 2018)-In the $63,125 first division of the Miss America, Lynne’s Legacy unleashed a strong closing kick to rally from last to first.

Winning rider Alonso Quinonez was content to sit back early on the 5-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat. She is the fiftieth stakes winner for her sire.

“That’s the way she runs races, I was going to do that no matter what. I got a perfect trip,” he said.

Lynne’s Legacy was last in the field of eight as Savannah Slew set the early pace. The front-runner was challenged and overtaken by Birdie Gold into the stretch, but the new leader was no match for the late-running Lynne’s Legacy, who split horses in the lane, defeating Fiery Lady by 1 1/2 lengths. Birdie Gold was a head behind the runner-up in third. The winning time was 1:44.08.

Lynne’s Legacy was claimed away from trainer Doug O’Neill two starts back at Santa Anita for $40,000. In her next start, on Nov. 22 at Del Mar, two of the original owners, Maureen Richardson and Steve Rothblum, joined by Ritchie Robershaw, teamed with O’Neill to claim her back for the same price. Her win Saturday was worth $39,450 to the group.

Going into the Miss America, Lynne’s Legacy had made 27 of her 28 career starts on turf, but when the race was moved to the synthetic main track, the connections decided to stay in the race.

“We knew turf horses run well on it so we decided to run,” said Leandro Mora, O’Neill’s assistant. “My only concern was it’s brown, and she might think she was running on dirt, but she’s like me, color-blind, so it didn’t matter.”

Lynne’s Legacy has now won 5 of 29 starts with total earnings of $305,780.

Harris Farms/Old English Rancho Announce Joint Operating Agreement

COALINGA, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2018)-Combining over 100 years of leadership and excellence in California and national racing, John Harris’s Harris Farms and the Johnston’s family’s Old English Rancho are joining forces to keep California racing and breeding strong. Stallions now will all be located at the Harris Farms facility near I-5 about midway between the Bay Area and the Los Angeles area include: Acclamation, Clubhouse Ride, Desert Code, Jeranimo, Lakerville, Majestic Harbor, Mr. Big, Prospect Park, Smiling Tiger, Tamarando, and Vronsky. Both farms utilize over 700 irrigated acres or irrigated pasture for boarding of broodmares as well as stallions, and the development of yearlings.

Jonny Hilvers, the general manager of Old English Rancho for 8 years will become General Manager of the newly combined entity. Hilvers, 33, a Sanger native is the grandson of popular California owner and breeder, Buddy Johnston and great-grandson of Elwood “The Pie Man” Johnston, the founder of Old English Rancho, a dominant force in California racing and breeding for decades.

Harris Farms owner John Harris, a 1965 graduate of the University of California at Davis is a farmer, a cattleman, a beef processor, a restaurateur, and an enthusiastic owner and breeder of thoroughbreds in California for over 50 years. He has been a member of The Jockey Club since 1984, still serves on the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board and is a former Chairman. He was inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also a prominent owner and breeder, having bred numerous California Champions and Grade One Stakes winners Alphabet Kisses and Cost of Freedom. Although breeding predominantly to race, he has sold several sales toppers in recent California yearling and 2-year-old sales. Harris was Chairman of Bay Meadows Racing Association in the mid-1990s.

Dave McGlothlin, who started managing Harris breeding stock in 1981, will remain as a consultant.

Per Antonsen, farm trainer for many years will continue in that role. At Harris, he was key in the early training of Champions Tiznow and California Chrome, and many other California champions.

Raul Rosas, a 30 plus year horseman who has handled all the top Harris stallions remains at Harris as stallion manager.

Dr. Jeanne Bowers Lepore, a graduate of the Veterinary School of the University of California at Davis has been a well-respected veterinarian for many years, and has overseen Harris Farms equine health since 1997. She is assisted by her associate Dr. Virginia Hernandez, as well as newly arrived Kristen Phillips and Ana Celdran.

Debbie Sue Winick will remain as Office Manager and Customer Relations specialist. Debbie is a former Paymaster of Purses at Bay Meadows and was an Executive Assistant at California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Laurie Brown, a key player for Harris for the last several years, manages the River Ranch operation near Sanger, assisted by Lindsay Miller. Patricia Langden is foaling manager and assists with sales preps, as well as overall equine health issues.

John Harris commented, “I feel incredibly blessed to have such a fine group of people come together with the common goal of producing thoroughbreds that can compete at the very top levels. Now that the drought is behind us, and by adding additional pastures, we can give horses more room and expansive grass pastures to grow up on, while still having many smaller sized paddocks as options for various needs. I want to have the best facility, the best nutritional and health programs, the best people, and the most promising stallion roster in California. We want to be valued as a place to raise top horses. Jonny Hilvers will be a key ingredient to all of the mutual success I envision. He brings us solid leadership and practical excellence, and represents a new generation to help lead California forward”.

For further information contact:

John C. Harris email
Jonny Hilvers email
Debbie Winick email
Dr. Jeanne Bowers email
General office number is 559.884.2859

Tour with the boss John Harris

John Harris along with him are Dr Hernandez, Jonny Hilvers, Raul Rosas, Debbie Winick.

Ace Korea trumps his elders in Kookje New Cup romp

From the Thoroughbred Daily News
November 19, 2018-Ace Korea produced a breakout performance to win the Kookje News Cup at Busan Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old dominated a field containing some of the nation’s best sprinters as he cruised to a two-and-a-half length victory.

Always set to be a battle of the up and comers against the established stars, the five-year-old Doraonpogyeongseon, recognised as the current top one-turn horse in Korea was sent off as slight favourite ahead of Ace Korea with Today and champion mare Silver Wolf also well supported. Ultimately Ace Korea was untouchable.

He didn’t even get off to the best of starts. While Perdido Pomeroy looped the field to take an early lead, Ace Korea stumbled out of the gate slightly with jockey Jo Sung-gon coming perilously close to slipping out the side. He held on and Ace Korea was quickly into stride and on the shoulder of the leader. When Perdido Pomeroy inevitably faded in the home straight, the young colt took things up and was a winner all the way.

Silver Wolf rallied home for a good 2nd with 80/1 chance Morning Daero grabbing an unlikely 3rd, a head in front of Today. Doraonpogyeonseon endured a difficult trip and once he finally found some room it was too late, and he could only manage to come home in 5th place.

An American import by Smiling Tiger and out of the Broken Vow mare Queen Rolex, Ace Korea is trained by Australian Peter Wolsley, who with the win moved onto a remarkable 497 winners in Korean racing. Ace Korea has accounted for six of them now and while this is his first triumph in Listed company, he had already dropped a big hint as to his potential when 5th in the international Korea Sprint in September having briefly led the race close to home.

A trip to the Dubai World Cup Carnival is a potential next step for Ace Korea. With his trainer still convinced we haven’t seen the best of him yet, he could provide a lot of interest come the New Year.

Prospect Park to Stand at Harris Farms

Grade 3-winning son of Tapit will stand for $2,500
Coalinga, CA (November 16, 2018)-Prospect  Park, winner of the G3 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar, has been retired to stand at Harris Farms, Coalinga, California.

The horse has been purchased by PVNC Stables LLC in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.

Prospect  Park retires having won four of 18 starts and $539,770 in earnings for trainer Cliff Sise.

A hard-knocking and consistent Graded stakes performer in California who was highly regarded from the outset by connections, the son of Tapit enjoyed his finest moment as the wide-margin winner of the La Jolla Handicap.

He was also a Santa Anita maiden winner as a two-year-old and ran placed on ten occasions, notably when second to Dortmund in the G2 San Felipe Stakes while on the Kentucky Derby trail.

He was also second in the G2 Los Alamitos Derby and G3 Affirmed Stakes and third in the G2 Del Mar Derby and G2 Californian Stakes. Along the way, he defeated some of the best of his generation, notably Lord Nelson, Om and Bolo.

Prospect  Park brings talent, durability and pedigree to the table,” said Chad Schumer. “He was regarded as a Derby prospect by all around him at three but then showed that rare versatility to switch successfully to turf. He is also beautifully bred, being a son of emerging sire of sires Tapit.

“As a horse who is well known to a Californian audience, we are anticipating that he will be an excellent fit at Harris Farms.

“He’ll stand his initial season for $2,500, which we believe offers breeders excellent value.”

Pamela and Martin Wygod’s homebred is out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance and therefore a half-brother to G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Silent Sighs and dual G2 winner Proposed.

Spiced Perfection Wins Betty Grable

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From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2018) — Perfectly placed by jockey Flavien Prat behind dueling leaders in the early stages of the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares, Spiced Perfection surged between rivals to take command entering the stretch and drew off impressively to win the seven-furlong sprint by two and one-quarter lengths Sunday.

Bred by Premier Thoroughbreds, Spiced Perfection, sent off at 4-1 odds, scored her fourth win in six lifetime starts at Del Mar and fifth in 13 career efforts, running the distance in 1:23.21. Runner-up was Just Grazed Me under Tyler Baze, with S Y Sky, the 2-1 favorite, third, a length and one-quarter farther back, and three-quarters in front of fourth-place Love a Honeybadger in the field of eight older California-bred fillies and mares. Mo See Cal was scratched.

Spiced Perfection, a three-year-old daughter of former top sprinter Smiling Tiger, is owned by the Dare to Dream Stable of Michael Faber of Mundelein, Illinois and conditioned by Brian Koriner. She returned $10.60, $5 and $3.20 and earned $57,000 to increase her bankroll to $442,405. Prat also won the Betty Grable Stakes a year ago, aboard Majestic Heat.

Just Grazed Me paid $5 and $3, while S Y Sky returned $2.80 to show.

In addition to winning the Betty Grable Stakes, Koriner also saddled two other winners, for a rare training triple. He won the sixth race with Fast Cotton for a $4.20 payoff and the day’s ninth and final race with Gypsy Blu in a $63.60 upset.



Now at Harris Farms for 2019!

MAJESTIC HARBOR won the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita by a widening 6 1/4 lengths, posting a 111 Beyer Speed Figure over GAME ON DUDE (G1), LIDERIS (G1), SALTO DEL INDIO (G1), CLUBHOUSE RIDE (G2), IMPERATIVE (G2), and FURY KAPCORI (G3).

MAJESTIC HARBOR was on the board in 31 of 42 starts, including 14 times in Graded Stakes, and he competed in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Graded Stakes wins included the (G1)Santa Anita Gold Cup S., (G2) Alysheba S., (G3) Mineshaft H., and (G3)Tokyo City Cup S, and he was on the board in the (G1) Stephen Foster H. (twice), (G1) Awesome Again S., (G2) Marathon S.,(G2) Californian S., (G2) New Orleans Handicap, (G2) San Pasqual S., (G2) Hawthorne Gold Cup H., and (G3) Greenwood Cup, etc.

Cruel Intention Outfinishes Galilean in Golden State Juvenile

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By Steve Andersen
Arcadia, CA (November 3, 2018)-Cruel Intention and Galilean could not get rid of each other through the stretch of Saturday’s Golden State Juvenile for 2-year-old California-breds at Santa Anita before Cruel Intention prevailed by a neck.

This was their first meeting, but is unlikely to be their last. They could easily meet in statebred stakes, or perhaps graded stakes, in coming months.

Cruel Intention ($3.60) stalked the early pace and moved alongside early leader Galilean with a quarter-mile remaining. Galilean led by a head with a furlong to go. The two ran as a pair to the final yards before Cruel Intention took a narrow lead nearing the wire, finishing seven furlongs in 1:22.82.

Galilean finished 16 lengths clear of third-place finisher Luck’s Royal Flush, a 13-1 chance.

Galilean set a solid pace of 22.17 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.90 for a half-mile and ran brilliantly in defeat.

I Belong to Becky, the 71-1 longest shot in the field, finished fourth, followed by Listing, Oliver, and Whooping Jay.

Cruel Intention was ridden by Evin Roman for absent trainer Bob Baffert, who was at the Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs. Cruel Intention was saddled by Mike Marlow, an assistant to Baffert who directs the famous trainer’s division at Los Alamitos.

Marlow had Cruel Intention in his stable until mid-September when the colt by Smiling Tiger was transferred to Baffert at Santa Anita. Cruel Intention won his debut in a maiden special weight race at six furlongs by 5 1/2 lengths on Oct. 13.

The win in the Golden State Juvenile was worth $110,000 to the partnership of Jungle Racing, Nexus Racing Club, and Larry Roth’s LNJ Foxwoods.

“He ran a really nice race,” Marlow said. “The only time the rider had me a little nervous was when he had a tight hold of him on the backstretch, but not for too long. Sometimes, you can take too much away from them when you take a hold.

“He’s always shown he’s a good horse. He started out that way. I had him over there and he showed a lot of quality.”

Cruel Intention was purchased for $200,000 at the Barretts 2-year-olds in-training sale at Del Mar earlier this year.