2018 Foal Crew

One of the many pleasures of the horse business is all of the good people in it that share the passion for horses. This recent photo shows some of our foal crew. We are a 24 hour operation, and I much appreciate all the good work it takes to raise a good horse. – John Harris

From left-
Veronica Jones- Graduates from Fresno State this year with a degree in Animal Science and Communication.

Jessica Hayward – Attended College of The Sequoias and majored in Equine Science and we have been her first post college job.

Dr. Rebecca Scalco- A native of Brazil, where she graduated from Vet School and is an intern for Harris Farms.

Emilie Albright – Attended College of The Sequoias and majored in Equine Science.

John Harris- California Thoroughbred Hall of Fame

Ima Happy Cat Shrugs Off Shaky Start, Wins Seattle Stakes

By Randy Goulding
Despite having to be reshod in the paddock, getting bumped at the start and being rank while in tight early, Ima Happy Cat was able to win the $50,000 Seattle Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday.

She paid $6.30 for her 2 1/2-length victory over Bella Mia, who was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the six-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies.

After bumping with Spot On at the break, Ima Happy Cat was eager to join Brilliant Bird and Bella Mia, who dueled through a quarter-mile in 21.76 seconds. Leading rider Rocco Bowen had other intentions, however, and when he tried to ease her into a stalking position she wasn’t thrilled about the idea. Fighting with Bowen, she had to steady at the seven-sixteenths mark.

She settled nicely after she moved outside the dueling pair heading into the turn and she made a strong move to take control of the race at the top of the stretch. She held a 1 1/2-length advangage over Brilliant Bird at the eighth pole and was well in hand in the final stages of the race as Bowen posed for the win picture. Bella Mia looked like she might lose the duel with Brilliant Bird, but she came back late to gain the runner-up position. Brilliant Bird finished a length in front of Diamonds R.

The final time was 1:09.68.

“I was on a loaded horse today,” Bowen said. “She was pretty eager and I had to strangle her early. She finished well and I had her geared down inside the sixteenth pole.”

Trained by Dan Markle, Ima Happy Cat was coming off a sharp win on Tapeta in a maiden special weight race at Golden Gate Fields on April 28.

“She got spooked by a couple of young kids in the paddock and lost a shoe,” Markle said. “She’s just a real quality filly and was a real pro when we had to re-shoe her.”

The California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger is owned by Sue and Tim Spooner.

“We were just looking to get a race into her at Golden Gate and then bring her back to Emerald, where she would have a fitness edge in a maiden special race,” Sue Spooner said. “It was a pleasant surprise when she ran so well at Golden Gate. I am a happy cat right now.”

Tizbud’s Soi Phet Surprises in Crystal Water Stakes

Benoit Photo

By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. – There’s plenty of fight left in the 10-year-old Tizbud gelding Soi Phet.

On Sunday at Santa Anita, Soi Phet ($96.80) scored a massive upset in the $102,070 Crystal Water Stakes for California-bred turf milers, holding off a sustained threat from the 4-year-old B Squared to prevail by a head.

“He’s got a big heart,” winning rider Alonso Quinonez said.

The Crystal Water Stakes was Soi Phet’s first stakes win on turf in his 58th start. Soi Phet has won 14 races, seven of which were stakes.

“He’s amazing,” trainer Leonard Powell said.

The second-longest shot in a field of 11, Soi Phet was well placed throughout the Crystal Water. Soi Phet was fourth for the first six furlongs, stalking early pacesetter Well Developed through modest fractions of 23.20 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.18 for a half-mile.

Turning into the stretch, Soi Phet was two lengths behind leader Tule Fog and trailed by about that margin at the eighth pole. Well Developed and Tule Fog were within a head of each other with a furlong remaining, but could not sustain the effort.

Soi Phet took the lead in the final strides to edge B Squared, who was a neck in front of Well Developed, a 7-2 chance.

“The plan was to break and follow the speed,” Quinonez said.

Ashleyluvssugar, a graded stakes winner the last two years, was fourth as the 3-1 favorite in his first start of the year, finishing a half-length behind Soi Phet. Tule Fog finished fifth, followed by Ward ‘n Jerry, Accountability, Camino Del Paraiso, Smokey Image, Desert General, and Rye.

Soi Phet was timed in 1:35. The Crystal Water was his 14th start on turf and second win on the surface. He won a starter handicap for $12,500 claimers here in June 2014.

Owned by Mathilde Powell, Paul Viskovich, and Gerald Benowitz, Soi Phet had his third start of 2018 on Saturday. He was second in an allowance race with a $62,500 claiming option on March 23 when eligible to be claimed, and finished a well-beaten fifth behind Dr. Dorr in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes on April 28.

“When Dr. Dorr passed him, he said, ‘I’m too old for this and I’ll wait for another day,’ ” Powell said.

Dr. Dorr is a leading contender for the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Powell said Soi Phet has thrived in recent training, weighing 1,167 pounds, a bit higher than his average weight of 1,145 in recent years.

“His weight is above anything he’s been in the last two years.”

Soi Phet, who has earned $955,250, is expected to start in the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for Cal-bred milers at Los Alamitos on July 4. Powell said he plans to race Soi Phet sparingly in coming months, focusing on statebred races.

“I want to do what’s right for the horse,” he said.

The owners and Powell claimed Soi Phet for $16,000 at Hollywood Park in May 2013. The five-year anniversary of the acquisition is Wednesday. Since being claimed, Soi Phet has earned $918,170.

Smiling Tiger’s Montana Sunset Goes Wire-to-Wire at Pimilco

Baltimore, MD (May 17, 2018)-Montana Sunset, a two-year-old filly by Smiling Tiger, took the winner’s share of a Pimlico maiden special race with a wire-to-wire two length win.

The filly is out of the multiple stakes producing Chasseur Dame (French Legionaire) and was bred in Washington by Dale Mahlum. She is owned by Ten Broeck Farm, Inc. and trained by Wesley Ward.

Smiling Tiger was the 2017 leading freshman sire in California and is currently the leading second crop sire for the region. He is standing for $6,500.

Lucky Pulpit Sires a Pair of Golden Gate Stakes Winners

ALBANY, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2018) – Pulpit Rider, a daughter of Lucky Pulpit, scored her second victory of the year in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 3-year-old fillies under jockey Corey Nakatani.

Bred by owners Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams, with a late surge she won by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:38.63 on firm turf. The Mike Puype-trained filly previously won the Feb. 19 California Cup Oaks before she finished fourth in the April 7 Providencia Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park, her only outing in graded company.

Pulpit Rider has a record of 4-0-1 in nine starts, with earnings of $260,536.

Later on the card Silver Creek Stables’ Hardboot, a 10-1 longshot, scored an upset win April 29 in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes for Golden State Series eligible at Golden Gate Fields.

In the one-mile turf test for 3-year-olds bred or sired in California, the son of Lucky Pulpit broke last in the field of 10, as Night At the Opera set fractions of :23.93, :47.87, and 1:11.87 through the first six furlongs.

Turning into the lane, jockey Juan Hernandez swung Hardboot to the outside and ran four wide in the stretch as they pushed forward for a last-ditch effort in the final furlong. As he blew past the waning Night At the Opera, Hardboot made short work of the remaining contenders, won by 1 3/4 lengths and completed the race in a time of 1:37.33. Unpossible finished second, with Psycho Dar a half-length behind in third. Luke’s On Fire finished fourth.

The winner paid $22.80, $10, and $7.60.

Bred by James Mann and trained by Michele Dollase, Hardboot is out of the Cryptoclearance mare Mme. Espionage. The Silky Sullivan win is the first for the colt since he broke his maiden in November at Del Mar.

Harris/Valpredo Homebred Debuts a Winning Effort

by TDN
Arcadia, CA (April 27, 2018)-Bakersfield Sound (g, 4, Acclamation–Hotlantic {MSW, $174,511}, by Stormy Atlantic), a half to Long Hot Summer (Street Boss), MSW & GSP, $424,539; and to TDN Rising Star Pacific Heat (Unusual Heat), MSW, $381,185, got the job done at first asking at a generous 73-10. Debuting in a $55,725 Cal-bred maiden special one mile grass he stopped the clock in 1:35.05.

Ridden for pace by Drayden Van Dyke, the handsome dark bay bowled along through splits of :23.11 for the opening quarter and :46.74 to the half-mile. Still going great guns with ears pricked on the turn, the homebred was kicked further in front off the home corner and was never in danger, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths from favored Minister’s Glory (Ministers Wild Cat).

John Harris and Don Valpredo teamed to purchase this gelding’s MSW dam for $47,000 in foal to Street Boss at Keeneland November in 2011.

The in utero foal, the future Long Hot Summer, topped the 2014 Barretts May sale on a bid of $260,000 and fetched a similar amount at this year’s Keeneland January sale following an outstanding career at the races. The mare’s next produce was Pacific Heat, who became the dearest lot at the 2014 Barretts October yearling sale and earned her Rising Star with a towering debut score at Los Alamitos. The Peter Eurton-trained Pacific Heat remains in training and is up to five furlongs as she nears a return to the races.

Returned to Keeneland November in 2016, Hotlantic fetched $115,000 in foal to City Zip and produced a colt last year before dropping a colt from the first crop of California Chrome earlier this season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. O/B-Harris Farms & Donald Valpredo (CA); T-Neil D Drysdale.


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

Name YOB-sex Sire-Dam Forms More Info
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