Harris Farms Consignment and Stallions at Fasig-Tipton California October Yearlings

Coalinga, CA (September 26, 2020) – Harris Farms, Harris Farms, Agent, and Harris Farms, Agent for Old English Rancho have a combined eight yearlings consigned to the 2020 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings Sale to be held on October 19 at LosAlamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA. 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 82 bay colt by Smiling Tiger – My Senses, by Street Sense

Hip 248 bay colt by Clubhouse Ride – Camille C, by Roman Dancer

Hip 289 bay colt by Clubhouse Ride – Fall Fashion, by Forestry

HARRIS FARMS, AGENT

Hip 47 gray or roan filly by Grazen – Letthepartybegin, by Bertrando

Hip 58 bay filly by Flintshire (GB) – Magic School, by In Excess (IRE)

Hip 187 chestnut colt by Lookin at Lucky – Tiz Elemental, by Cee’s Tizzy

HARRIS FARMS, AGENT for OLD ENGLISH RANCHO

Hip 113 bay colt by Pinky’s Posh, by Bold Badgett

Hip 130 gray or roan filly by Acclamation – Roberta’s Mango, by Bold Badgett

YEARLINGS SIRED BY HARRIS FARMS STALLIONS

ACCLAMATION

Hip 130 gray or roan filly out of Roberta’s Mango, by Bold Badgett

Hip 258 dark bay filly out of Chi Chi Nette, by Ole’

ROUSING SERMON

Hip 90 chestnut filly out of Nicolette Charman, by Good Journey

Hip 182 chestnut colt out of There Goes Gee Gee, by Atticus

SMILING TIGER

Hip 33 bay filly out of King City Kitty, by Gotham City

Hip 82 bay colt out of My Senses, by Street Sense

Hip 121 chestnut colt out of Pulpit Preacher, by Lucky Pulpit

Hip 149 chestnut filly out of She’s So Vain, by Gotham City

Hip 163 chestnut filly out of Starship Duchess, by Speightstown

Hip 281 dark bay colt out of English Royal, by City Zip

Hip 294 chestnut filly out of Finish Rich in NYC, by Gotham City

VRONSKY

Hip 113 bay colt out of Pinky’s Posh, by Bold Badgett

Hip 143 dark bay filly out of Sensitive Soul, by Bernstein

Slam Dunk Sermon Scores Decisive Victory at Golden Gate

Slam Dunk Sermon – Vassar Photography

Albany, CA (September 18, 2020) – Slam Dunk Sermon earned the fourth victory of his first season of racing with a decisive performance in the 6th race at Golden Gate Fields going six furlongs over the all weather.

The 3-year-old son of Rousing Sermon has moved up the ladder steadily in his eight career starts this season. He began in maiden claiming company, moved through the starter allowance ranks and today, he lined up against six other allowance/optional opponents. Slam Dunk Sermon was the outside speed and sharply away. He engaged in a battle for the lead through fractions of 22.55 and 45.17. He put away the others with an 11.17 fifth furlong and came home stopping the timer in 1:09.22. He was two and one-halflengths clear of the second place finisher.

Slam Dunk Sermon is a homebred racing for longtime Harris Farms clients Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams, who bred and raced both his sire and his dam, the winning Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam. He is trained by Steven Specht.

Majestic Harbor’s Second Winner Cruises Home 10-Lengths Best

Shelbyville, IN (September 14, 2020) – Diamond Solitaire became the second winner for California’s Leading Freshman Sire Majestic Harbor with an emphatic ten length victory in maiden special weight company at Indiana Grand Race Course.

Ten fillies lined up in the 9th race, with Diamond Solitaire favored off her debut third over the course on August 24. She was away slowly in her first start, but there was none of that today. She was away in good order from post eight and tracked the leaders two length away while out in the five path down the backstretch. She closed the gap while widest of all around the turn and the lead was hers at the top of the stretch. Rarely do you see the term “cruised” in the chart call, but that describes her stretch run perfectly. She rolled home with little urging to the six furlong contest by ten lengths.

To watch the Trakus® video of the race, click here

The bay 2-year-old races for Deerfield Farm Racing and her co-breeder, Warren Gene McLean, who bred her along with David W. Osborne and Loren Hebel Osborne in Indiana. Produced by the Sightseeing mare, Diamond Seeker, she is trained by Stephen Lyster.

Update – Operating Normally During Fire Season

Like many in California, the smoke from the wildfires have impacted the look of our skies, but we are operating normally. Our daily routine continues and both Harris Farms and River Ranch locations, employees, and horses are safe.

The weanlings are happily oblivious and are enjoying grazing in the paddock.

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by this horrid fire season.

Harris Farms Sale Consignment Graduate Wins Del Mar Juvenile Turf S.

Big Fish, a graduate of the Harris Farms consignment at the 2019 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Northern California Yearling Sale won the $102,500 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes going one mile at Del Mar.

The son of Mr. Big, out of the Into Mischief mare Perched was the second horse through the ring. Legacy Ranch, Inc., who races the 2-year-old gelding, purchased him for $45,000. Trained by David Hofmans, He has won or placed in all four of his career starts and has earned $109,000.

Vronsky Filly Wires Field in Golden Gate MSW

Bold Mistress, who was second in her career debut, went one better in the 6th race at Golden Gate fields, a five furlong maiden special weight over the all weather.

The 2-year-old Vronsky filly jumped straight to the lead from the inside post. She was pressured through an opening quarter in 21:78 and was clear with a half in 45.56. Challenges came in the final furlong, but she dug in to score by a half-length. Final time was 58.40.

Bold Mistress is homebred racing for Curt and Lila Lanning and she is trained by Ed Moger, Jr. She was produced by the winning Bertrando mare, Common Truth.

Unlimited Spending: An OTTB Success Story

Coalinga, CA (September 5, 2020) – Unlimited Spending is a great example of the Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) excelling in a second career. The Harris Farms homebred was foaled in 2007. The bay gelding is a son of Tizbud, out of the Political Ambition mare, Spending Limits. His second dam was the Harris Farms’ California Champion filly Teresa MC. His broke his maiden in his second start and went onto win four additional times in fifteen trips to the post. Lovingly referred to as Tizzy, here is his second career story:

by Rachel Bisaillon
In horse-racing there is always a winner. Always a horse that comes out bigger, faster, and stronger than all the others. Sometimes as trainers, we can tell how successful a horse may be due to breeding, training, and conformation. But as we all know too well, these traits mean nothing if the horse doesn’t have the “heart” for his job. Horses that just wake up every morning eager to compete and please their human counterparts; these horses are unique. This is a story about a special horse who found success both on the racetrack and in his second career because of his love for the sport.

As an event trainer, I have many horses in my barn that I love. Some ponies, some warmbloods, but I have a soft spot for my OTTBs. They are kind, willing, learn quickly, and are athletic as hell. When 2019 started, one of my students and I began looking for a new lease horse, as she had outgrown her previous mount. She had big dreams and a stubborn attitude, with a drive for success like no other. We had tried a few possibilities but none of them were the right match- until we found Tizzy.

Tizzy was owned by a then-acquaintance, now friend, Ben Samrick. Ben has rehomed and placed hundreds of Off-the-Track- Thoroughbreds, even running a non-profit to help these horses find a second career. I had stumbled upon his ranch actually looking at a different horse for a different client. Funny how the universe works. After giving me a tour, we came to the shedrow of his personal horses and I found myself stopped at Tizzy’s stall while Ben told me his story. While at a friend’s ranch, he met Tizzy, whose sire is Tizbud. Ben, an avid pedigree expert, has a soft spot for any Tiznow and Tizbud offspring. Our resident Tizzy had a goofy and sensible personality that Ben could not pass up, despite really not needing another personal horse. As a Harris Farms-bred gelding, Tizzy was a very solid racehorse, winning 5 of 15 races and earning just shy of $50,000. Ben says that “every time a new horse shows up on my doorstep, I get goose bumps,” and Tizzy was no different. They had many adventures and Tizzy was best friends with Ben’s heart horse, Maria.

Fast forward almost six years, and here I was looking into Tizzy’s stall, hearing about his quirks and how much he needed a new person who would have the ability to devote their whole heart to helping Tizzy reach his potential. Ben was generous to lend us such a special horse, and a short four months later, Tizzy was purchased by my client for well-below market value. Ben saw what I saw everyday- a special horse who finally found his person. And that is priceless.

Below is a little piece that Sam, his person, wrote about her experience with Tizzy and how they found success together-

“I first started working with Tizzy in early 2019, when his previous owner made the hard decision to find him a new person who could devote more time to Tizzy’s training. At the time I had very little experience working with thoroughbreds and he was the first “hot-headed” horse I had ridden and worked with consistently. It was definitely a rocky start and I was very nervous working with him in the beginning. That all changed after our first event together, about one month into riding him. Considering we were not familiar with one another and didnt have a strong bond at the time, we had to work really hard to get past his excitement for showing again and the crazy weather of hailstorms and rain. I knew he was my heart-horse after running cross country with him for the first time. Tizzy’s love for eventing has made me love it even more.

After our first event together, we really tried to push through his comfort zone in dressage to find a stable and consistent connection. He was very unsure in the beginning and had trouble trusting us, which led to lots of frustration and confusion for both of usI. He would get very worked up and frazzled and we would spend our whole lesson time trying to calm him down. We were both inexperienced with dressage but after many lessons and light-bulb moments, we finally started to click. After our dressage work improved, our jumping and overall bond really came together as well. I finally felt like we were working as a team.

Tizzy has not only shown me how exciting and enjoyable this sport can be, but also how to be patient and understanding in stressful situations, He has shown me that real progress takes time and hard work really pays off in the long-run. This horse has truly become my best friend and the highlight of my day is seeing his goofy face waiting for snacks and snuggles. I’m excited for the future with him by my side.”

Training horses is not an easy job. Whether it’s for racing, competing, or pleasure. Watching this team learn to figure out how to work together has been such a joy for me. Tizzy has taught Sam some invaluable life lessons about patience and understanding perspectives. And of course, he has taught Sam to appreciate the hot, quirky, and sensitive OTTBs that we love so much.

 

I am eternally grateful for Ben Samrick for making this partnership happen, and to Harris Farms for continuing to care about his success and expressing their interest in his second career. Many times, a hot and sensitive horse like Tizzy is rushed. But great things take time, and I am so lucky that Tizzy has had a team of people looking out for his best interests his entire life.

Ben said it best, “I am not sure who benefits more from having an Off the Track Thoroughbred, the owner or the horse.”

All photos courtesy of MGO Photography

Harris Farms Exacta in Del Mar Maiden Special Weight

Del Mar, CA (September 4, 2020) – It was a Harris Farms’ connected exacta in the 2nd race at Del Mar as our homebred Coalinga Road got the better of Count Alexei (Vronsky) in the five furlong maiden special weight dash over the firm seaside turf course.

Count Alexei caught a flyer out of the gate and set off on a clear trip on the pace. Coalinga Road chased in second down the backstretch and around the turn. The leaders was a tough foe through the stretch, but Coalinga Road wore him down in the late stages, taking the lead inside the final sixteenth and going on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Coalinga Road is a California-bred 3-year-old gelding by Quality Road, out of the stakes-placed Johannesburg mare, Coco Ecolo. He is trained by Carla Gaines.

She’s Got Heart is All Heart at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (September 3, 2020) – She’s Got Heart graduated from the maiden special weight ranks with a frontrunning score in the nightcap at Golden Gate Fields going six furlngs over the all weather.

First out of the gate, the 3-year-old Acclamation filly was not give a moments peace on the lead. She shook off one challenge and was taken on by another. She would not let any of them by and at the wire, she maintained a half-length margin of victory.

To see the race replay, click here

She’s Got Heart is owned and was bred by the partnership of Dar Hanson and Jonny Hilvers. Trained by Sherrie Monroe, she was produced by the Vronsky mare, Myhartovrtheocean.

Harris Farms-bred Closing Remarks Debuts a Winner at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 31, 2020) – Closing Remarks, our Harris Farms homebred, ran like a seasoned professional, debuting a winner in
the 4th race at Del Mar, a maiden special weight going five furlongs over the firm turf course.

The 2-year-old Vronsky filly drew post two in the field of ten. She was no the fastest from the gate, but settled down on the inside two
lengths off the leaders. With others to her outside around the turn, jockey Umberto Rispoli had to patiently wait for racing room. For a
first time started, that can be a big ask, but not for Closing Remarks. She responded when given for her cue to go and without
hesitation, split horses at the top of the stretch. Off she went, turning in a final furlong in 11.67 to win going away by two and one-
quarter lengths.

Closing Remarks was produced by the Unusual Heat mare, Orange Cove, a half-sister to the Harris Farms-bred stakes winner Club
Aspen. She is trained by Carla Gaines.