Grade 1 Winner Halladay to Stand at Harris Farms

COALINGA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2022) — Halladay, a Grade 1 winner by the top international sire War Front, has been retired from racing and will commence his stallion career in 2022 at Harris Farms in California, as the property of a syndicate led by Adrian Gonzalez of Checkmate Thoroughbreds. He will be the only Grade 1 winning son of War Front to stand west of Kentucky and his only stakes winning son in California.

Halladay’s introductory fee is $7,500 live foal stand and nurse guarantee, with shares available.

Campaigned by Harrell Ventures and trained by Todd Pletcher, Halladay won six races including three stakes, earning $565,245. His greatest victory occurred in the 2020 Grade I Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, where he defeated Grade I winners Uni (GB), Got Stormy, Raging Bull (FR), Casa Creed, Without Parole (GB) and Valid Point, while leading gate to wire, stopping the clock for one mile on the turf in 1:33 1/5. In his next race, Halladay set the pace in the 2020 Breeder’s Cup Mile until deep stretch and was beaten only 2 ½ lengths.

“Halladay was a very talented colt,” Pletcher said. “He was precocious with elite cruising speed. He never had a bad day on the track and was a pleasure to train. He has the best qualities of his sire and broodmare sire and makes for an extremely exciting stallion prospect.”

Gonzalez said that “Halladay is a Grade I winner by War Front out of a graded stakes-winning Tapit mare. War Front is North America’s leading sire by percentage of stakes winners and Grade I winners to foals. Tapit has led the general sire list three times and has been a top-5 sire for nine of the last 10 seasons.

“He is a gorgeous, well-balanced horse standing 16.1 hands. It is a rare opportunity to launch a stallion with this genetic makeup that is a Grade I winner in California, and we are thrilled to present him.”

War Front is the sire of eight Champions, 23 Grade I winners and at least 100 stakes winners. He is the leading sire in North America by percentage of stakes winners, percentage of graded stakes winners and percentage of Grade I stakes winners from racing-age foals through 2021. In North America, War Front is the sire of the stallion The Factor (G1), as well as soon to hit market top stallion prospects Omaha Beach (GI) and Classic winner War of Will (GI).

Halladay was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Farm and is out of the Tapit mare Hightap, herself a multiple graded stakes winner, including the Grade III Dogwood at Churchill Downs and the Grade III Iowa Oaks. For information about seasons and shares, contact Adrian Gonzalez. 1-805-720-5395. CheckmateRacing@yahoo.com.

Closing Remarks Dazzles in Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (January 17, 2022) – Closing Remarks returned to her favored surface and was much the best in the 5th race at Santa Anita, an $82,920 allowance going nine furlongs over firm, yet slightly dampened by rain, turf course.

The Harris Farms homebred daughter of Vronsky rated well off the early pace for the first three-quarters of a mile. She circled the field around the turn and was on even terms with the leaders at the top of the stretch. Asked for another gear, she complied with jockey Joe Bravo’s request and drew away with authority, winning while geared down in the final sixteenth by two and one-quarter lengths. The margin could easily have been twice that.

Closing Remarks has won or placed in 8 of her twelve starts, with a stakes win and three graded stakes-placing. Her career earnings stand at $347,320. Produced by the Unusual Heat mare, Orange Cove, she is trained by Carla Gaines.

Harris Farms Homebred Acclamation Filly Takes Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (January 16, 2022) – Issa Court, our Harris Farms homebred daughter of Acclamation, earned her second victory in three starts in the 2nd race at Santa Anita, a $69,500 allowance going one mile over the fast main track.

Issa Court stumbled at the start from her inside post, but quickly found her stride. The leader had cleared the field before the clubhouse turn, so Issa Court moved out to the two path to take up a stalking position. Passing the half, the leader opened up, but Issa Court was not finished. She relentlessly closed, catching the leader midstretch and going on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Issa Court is out of the winning Johannesburg mare, Subpoena the Dress.

Allowance Winner and Stakes-Performer for Smiling Tiger

Albany, CA (January 14, 2021) – Sen Sen, the daughter of Smiling Tiger was stakes-placed last season at two, opened her sophomore campaign in style with a frontrunning victory in allowance company at Golden Gate Fields.

Going one mile over the all weather surface, Sen Sen was first out of the gate and rated kindly for jockey Assael Espinoza. He asked her to keep to her business at the top of the stretch and she responded, drawing away to win by three and one-half lengths as much the best.

Sen Sen races for Antone Metaxas and she is trained by Steven Specht. She has won or placed in four of her six career starts. Bred in California by Martin Bach, she is out of the stakes-placed Gotham City mare, She’s So Vain.

Today also saw the 2022 debut of Smiling Tiger’s stakes winning son, Tiger Dad, who finished second in the $60,000 Walter R. Cluer Memorial Stakes going seven and one-half furlongs over the firm turf course at Turf Paradise.

The 6-year-old gelding has won or placed in fifteen of his twenty-three starts and he takes his earnings to $370,445.

Tamarando Filly Romps to MSW Victory at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (January 9, 2022) – Tamarando filly Momma Mocca outclassed the competition to earn her maiden special weight diploma by more than seven lengths in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields going one mile over the all weather surface.

Breaking with the field from post five, she was the outside of three around the first turn. She settled just off the pace, rating kindly for jockey Frank Alvarado down the backstretch and into the final turn. Midway around the turn, Alvarado asked her to pick up the leaders and she did. In front at the top of the stretch, she drew away to win as much the best.

Momma Mocca was bred by David McGlothlin, a name very familiar to our Harris Farms family and to the California Thoroughbred industry. She is out of the multiple stakes-producing Olé mare, Chi Chi Nette. Trained by Jonathan Wong, she races for Cheryl Doyle, Reina E. Gonzalez, Matthew Gutierrez, Mark A. Hanna, Maria Hanna, Ralph Martin and Jordan Smith.

Foaled at Harris Farms, click here to see a baby photo of Momma Mocca

Acclamation Son Table for Ten Wins Featured Allowance at Golden Gate

Albany, CA (December 26, 2021) – Acclamation son Table for Ten continued his ascent through the ranks with his third victory in his last four starts, taking the featured allowance at Golden Gate Fields.

A field of nine lined-up to go one mile over the Tapeta in the 10th race. Table for Ten drew the rail, but early speed is not his game. He split the field for the opening five furlongs while saving ground. As the field bunched up when the real running began, the only route for him to take for clear running was the far outside. At the top of the stretch he was so wide, he left the video replay for several strides, but reappeared as he drew aim on the leaders. His closing kick carried him past those leaders in the waning strides to win by three-quarters of a length.

Table for Ten has won or placed in twelve of his sixteen career starts for owners Dino Forristall, Herb Robinson, Marilyn Taylor and his trainer, Bill McLean. Produced by the stakes winning Sky Mesa mare, Mesaatmimiscafe, he was bred by Old English Rancho, as was his stakes-winning second dam, Mimi’s Cafe. This family traces back to the Man ‘o War mare, Valkyr, for whom the CTBA’s Valkyr Trophy is named.

Rousing Sermon Filly Remains Unbeaten

Albany, CA (December 26, 2021) – Lady’s Sermon, the 2-year-old daughter of Rousing Sermon, remained unbeaten in her young career, clearing her first against winner’s condition in the 6th race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather.

Lady’s Sermon sat off the early pace duel down the backstretch and began to close around the turn. On the far outside, she drew even at the furlong marker and kept on resolutely to the wire to win by a half-length in a final time of 1:03.94.

A second generation homebred for Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, She was produced by the multiple stakes winning and stakes-producing Ride the Rails mare, Lady Railrider. She is trained by Steven Specht.

Acclamation Daughters 1-2 in Bear Fan Stakes

Albany, CA (December 11, 2021) – Acclamation daughters Rebalation and Nardini provided the exciting exacta in the $78,600 Bear Fan Stakes going six furlongs over the all weather at Golden Gate Fields.

Making her stakes debut, Rebalation settled back in tenth in the field of thirteen for the run down the backstretch. She improved her position from the four path around the turn, but was forced out twice as wide for the stretch run. She was six lengths away, but closed with gusto to get up in the final few strides to catch her cropmate and win by a half-length.

Rebelation was bred by and races for the partnership of  Eric Schweiger, Gordy Jarnig and Kenny Marshall. Trained by Tim McCanna, she has won or placed in nine of her eleven career starts and she has earned $137,328. She is out of the multiples stakes winning and graded stakes-placed He’s Tops mare, Reba Is Tops.

 

 

Acclamation Son 5-for-6 in 2021

Albany, CA (December 3, 2021) – Silver Claim, the 5-year-old son of Acclamation has put together a stellar season. He has started six times and come away with five victories. His latest visit to the winner’s circle came in the 8th race at Golden Gate Fields, a five furlong allowance over the firm turf course.

Dashing away from gate, he opened a clear advantage. A challenger emerged around the turn, but Silver Claim found another gear, extended his lead and crossed under the wire a length and one-half best.

Silver Claim has been first or second in all but one of his career starts for owner MJVET Stables and trainer Jonathan Wong. Bred by Andrew Molasky and Bruce Headley, he is out of the multiple Grade-1 placed Alphabet Soup mare, Silvery Swallow.

Tiger Dad Wins Luke Krytbosch Stakes

Phoenix, AZ (November 26, 2021) – Tiger Dad, the 5-year-old son of Smiling Tiger, gamely came back after being headed to win the $60,000 Luke Krytbosch Stakes going one mile over the fast main track at Turf Paradise.

Tiger Dad got first jump from the gate and quickly dashed to a clear lead. A challenger made a run around the final turn and poked his head in front at the top of the stretch. Tiger Dad responded and was not going to be denied. He regained the lead and drew away to win by a length and one-half.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Tiger Dad races for Rosette Racing LLC. He has won or placed in fourteen of his twenty-two starts and has earned $358,025. Bred in California by Mark Devereaux, Scott Gross, and Mark Gross, he was produced by the Unusual Heat mare, Q T Shae.

To watch video of the race, courtesy of the Blood Horse, click here.