Top Selling Filly is by Smiling Tiger

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018)-A Smiling Tiger filly was the top priced female at Tuesday’s 2018 Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The top selling filly was by Smiling Tiger, out of the Tannersmyman mare Tanned Reflection, was bred and consigned by Woodbridge Farm. Hip 74 was purchased by Perry & Denise Martin for $24,000.

Smiling Tiger was the California’s 2017 leading freshman sire and he is currently the leading second crop sire in the state. He has out 2018 stakes winners Naughty Tiger, Baja Sur, Ima Happy Cat and Spiced Perfection.

Lakerville Sires First Winner

Del Mar, CA (August 8, 2018)-Freshmen sire Lakerville picked up his first winner when Lakerball graduated at the seaside oval. Breaking sharply from the seventh post position, Lakerball settled behind a pair of runners before drawing off by 8 plus lengths under Agapito Delgadillo.

Lakerball defeated the field of ten Cal-bred maidens in her second lifetime start. She has now earned $21,600 for her owners Bardy Farm, DA Meah Racing and Tom R. Roberts with the win and the third place debut.

Lakerball is out of Category Ten, by Capsized and was bred by Rancho de Los Aviadores.

Lakerville a brilliantly fast stakes winning son of Unusual Heat and stands for private treaty.

Naughty Tiger Upsets in C.T.B.A. Stakes

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Del Mar, CA (August 1, 2018-Naughty Tiger, a chestnut daughter of former outstanding sprinter Smiling Tiger, asserted herself in the stretch to score an upset in the featured $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes for California-bred two-year-old fillies Wednesday.

With jockey Ruben Fuentes in the saddle, Naughty Tiger, sent to the gate at 5-1, surged to the front turning into the stretch and continued on gamely to score by a length and one-quarter over Accomplishedsister who nosed out 2-1 favored Lippy for place honors. Time for Suzzie was a distant fourth in the field of eight fillies. Time for Kisses was scratched.

Naughty Tiger, owned by a partnership of Brian Blackburn, Shannon Hunt and Mike Marsden and trained by Edward Freeman, ran the five and one-half furlongs in 1:06.27 and returned $12.40, $5.60 and $3.20 after her second win in three races. She broke her maiden in her second race, in June, at Santa Anita. First money of $57,000 increased the filly’s earnings to $98,880. She was a $40,000 purchase at the Barretts two-year-old training sale last April.

Trainer Ed Freeman: “She didn’t break very well and Ruben (Fuentes) used his head and just let her settle. I had told him ‘I don’t care where you are on the backside, the horses to worry about are probably going to be coming from behind.’ It didn’t work out all that well, she went five wide on the turn, but she went into the race so fit and she was good enough today.”

Harris Farms Consignment for Barretts Del Mar Select Yearling Sale

August 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm (PDT)

Harris Farms
11……dk.b./br.c., Unusual Heat-Cinema Paradisa
68……ch.f., Lucky Pulpit-Sioux Zen

Harris Farms, Agent
14……SAN EMIDIO, dk.b./br.c., Vronsky-Copperopolis
20……ch.f., Lucky Pulpit-Easy El
35……b.f., Blame-Holler
56……SCREEN GOSSIP, b.f., Fed Biz-Patsy G and Me
57……TRAFFIC STOPPER, b.f., Cross Traffic-Perched
58……VIA ALPINA, dk.b./br.f., Artie Schiller-Princess Pegasus
59……BIG RETURNS, b.c., Mr. Big-Quick Chick
66……ch.f., Grazen-Sidestepping
69……ch.f., Verrazano-Somethin’ Unusual
80……dk.b./br.f., Creative Cause-Temeeku

Harris Farms, Agent for M. Auerbach LLC, et al.
7……b.f., Unusual Heat-Bel Air Belle

Harris Farms, Agent for Stephen Ferraro
37……GUY NOIR, dk.b./br.c., Acclamation-Ismene

Smiling Tiger Gelding Cruises by Ten Lengths in King County Express S.

Auburn, WA (July 15, 2018)-Baja Sur a two-year-old son of Smiling Tiger crushed his foes by over ten lengths with his wire-to-wire win in the $50,000 King County Express Stakes.

Out of Supremo mare Premo Copy, Baja Sur has won both his starts and his bankroll now is $34,650.

The gelding is a $67,000 graduate of the 2017 Washington Yearling Sale for breeder John Roche.

Luck’s Royal Flush Holds On in Everett Nevin

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By Chuck Dybdal
Pleasanton, CA (July 7, 2018)-Trainer Jeff Bonde had plenty of reason to celebrate in his hometown of Pleasanton, Calif. on Saturday when Luck’s Royal Flush ($21.40) showed his heels to five rivals, winning the $100,225 Everett Nevin stakes in the signature race for the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fair.

“Hometown wins are really special,” said Bonde, whose colt was the most experienced runner in the field of six 2-year-olds after winning his maiden at third asking last time at Santa Anita.

Under jockey Stewart Elliott, best known as the rider of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, Luck’s Royal Flush broke alertly on Saturday, dueling with stakes-winning Call Waiting through a 22.18-second opening quarter.

He put his head in front nearing the quarter pole as Call Waiting began to wilt.

“He took me to the lead all by himself,” said Elliott. “It’s easier breaking from the outside because it puts less pressure on you.”

Luck’s Royal Flush opened a three-length lead in the stretch as Cozze Kid, the lone filly in the field, moved up with a four-wide move after breaking slowly from the rail.

“I knew he had a lot left in the lane,” said Elliott, who was confident all the way down the stretch despite a late rally by Leadville, the longest shot on the board at 43.60-to-1, who broke slowly before swinging six wide in the lane.

Despite running a bit erratically at midstretch, Leadville finished determinedly but was still a half-length behind Luck’s Royal Flush, who reached the wire in the 5 1/2-furlong race in 1:05.00. Odds-on favorite Mr Paytience, who could not match Leadville in the lane, finished a neck back in third, five lengths in front of second-choice Cozze Kid.

“[Luck’s Royal Flush] had a rough trip the first time,” said Bonde of the Larry and Marianne Williams homebred, who was fourth in his career bow on May 5 at Santa Anita. “He lost a heartbreaker the second time when he was stuck on the rail.

“He can get a little hot, but he had a really good week here.”

The victory was worth $60,000, boosting the lifetime earnings of the Lucky Pulpit colt to $109,440.

Harris Yearling Sales Produces a Maiden Special Winner

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Cypress, CA (July 4, 2018)-Our Silver Oak was Harris Farms raised and sold at the 2017 Barretts Select Sale and easily broke his maiden by two lengths in his debut.

Purchased by William E. Morey, agent for $30,000 at the 2017 sale the colt rallied to win a maiden special race picking up $24,000 plus the Cal-bred bonus of $17,500.

Bred by M Auerbach, LLC Our Silver Oak is by Unusual Heat out of Strawberry Flash (Alphabet Soup).

Soi Phet Becomes a Millionaire

By Steve Andersen
CYPRESS, Calif. (July 4, 2018)-The amazing 10-year-old son of Tizbud, Soi Phet surpassed $1 million in career earnings and won the 15th race of his career with a thrilling victory by a nose over B Squared in Wednesday’s $101,035 Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos.

The win was not confirmed until four minutes after the two runners reached the wire nearly together in the one-mile race for California-breds. Until the result of the photo was announced, trainer Leonard Powell doubted whether Soi Phet had won the seventh stakes of his career.

Powell watched the race about a sixteenth of a mile from the finish and said he could not judge the margin. Even a video replay left him unsure.

“I watched it here and you have no idea,” he said while walking toward the winner’s circle. “When I watched the replay, I had no idea.”

Soi Phet ($9.60) prevailed by the narrowest of margins over B Squared, the 2-1 favorite. The result left Powell amazed at the resiliency of Soi Phet, who was claimed for $16,000 in 2013.

“That’s what racehorses are,” Powell said.

Even Soi Phet’s most ardent backers were right to have doubts with a quarter-mile remaining. Winning rider Alonso Quinonez had Soi Phet on the inside throughout the race, and they were fourth, trailing pacesetter Taman Guard by more than two lengths, entering the stretch. Quinonez had Soi Phet under urging early in the quarter-mile stretch and they trailed by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining.

“He does that a lot,” Powell said. “He’ll hit a flat spot. I wasn’t too concerned.”

Soi Phet closed steadily between rivals in the final sixteenth to reach the front. He ran a mile in 1:35.53 to deny B Squared, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez for trainer Doug O’Neill.

The result left Gutierrez stunned.

“Mario is not too happy about it,” said Leandro Mora, O’Neill’s chief assistant.

B Squared held a narrow advantage with a furlong remaining.

“The horse looked like he would take off,” Mora said of B Squared. “Sometimes, he waits for horses. When he felt Soi Phet come on the inside, he came back on.”

Grecian Fire, third in the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 28, closed from seventh in the final quarter-mile to finish third. Grazen Sky finished fourth, followed by Taman Guard, Make It a Triple, Continental Divide, and Magic Mark.

After the race, Magic Mark, the 5-2 second choice, collapsed and died in the stable area, according to a racing official. Magic Mark was second to the quarter pole before quickly fading from contention. He was eased and finished 52 lengths behind the winner.

Magic Mark was walked to the stables where he was stricken. A cause was not immediately known. A necropsy will be performed, which is standard when a horse dies at a California racetrack.

Soi Phet has won 15 of 59 starts and earned $1,015,250. Owned by Powell’s wife, Mathilde, along with Paul Viskovich and Gerald Benowitz, Soi Phet won the Crystal Water Stakes at a mile on turf for Cal-breds at Santa Anita on May 20 in a 47-1 upset.

Since being claimed, Soi Phet has earned $978,170.

Cal-bred Finds Second Career in Canada

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California-bred Desperate Measures, a 10-year-old daughter of Lucky Pulpit, has found a good home in Canada, where owner Jan Melnychuk says the mare “has become a bit of a local celebrity.”

Melnychuk fell in love with Desperate Measures when she and a friend visited Assiniboia Downs in Canada looking for potential polo ponies. When Melnychuk frst saw Desperate Measures in her stall, she was struck by “these big beautiful eyes and a giant blaze.” Melnychuk called it “love at first sight,” and she and Desperate Measures have since trained together in dressage and over jumps.

Desperate Measures was featured in Canadian Thoroughbred as an of-track Thoroughbred of the month and as “Miss February” in the 2017 Assiniboia Downs calendar, Melnychuk wrote in an email to John Harris’ Harris Farms, which bred Desperate Measures. The mare also modeled a halter for Greenhawk Equestrian.

“Everyone loves her personality,” wrote Melnychuk, “almost as much as she loves to get out of any sort of work. Divas don’t work, and it is unfortunate that humans don’t understand that.”

A daughter of the High Brite mare Don’t Despair, Desperate Measures began her racing career in the Harris Farms colors. In her second start and frst victory, she was claimed for $40,000. Desperate Measures made most of her 33 starts in California, but she also raced in New Mexico, Iowa, and Canada, ending her career in 2013 at Assiniboia Downs. She earned a total of $112,503.

“She is loved by everyone at the barn for her personality,” said Melnychuk. “She is quite the comedian, and I often get photos from someone at the barn catching her up to something hilarious.”

Desert Law Captures Santa Anita Allowance

Arcadia, CA (June 24, 2018)-On closing day of the 2017-18 Santa Anita meet Desert Law, the Harris Farms homebred, won an $76,000 open allowance six furlong race for his fourth lifetime win.

Desert Law is a four-year-old altered son of Desert Code out of Treasure Chest, by Lemon Drop Kid and he has earned $194,325 from his lifetime record of thirteen starts, four wins and three thirds.

Desert Law “stalked outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, bid outside the runner-up in the stretch, gained the lead past the eighth pole and inched away late under urging.”

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