Grade 2 Winner Majestic Heat Retired

March 19, 2018 – Arcadia, CA – 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2) winner Majestic Heat has been retired from racing after her 5th place finish on Saturday in Santa Anita Park’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes as announced by owner-racing manager Madeline Auerbach.

A California Bred daughter of sire Unusual Heat, Majestic Heat was trained for the bulk of her career by Hall of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella and was known for her versatility and durability during her four seasons of racing. Majestic Heat is a 4 time stakes winner on both turf and dirt while also winning stakes both sprinting and routing. Her top accomplishment on the track was her victory in the 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2) at Los Alamitos defeating 2016 Eclipse Award winner Champagne Room in the process. The dark bay mare also captured the 2016 Solana Beach Stakes (LR) at Del Mar and came back to defend her title and win the 2017 edition of the Solana Beach in similar fashion. She also captured the 2017 Betty Grable Stakes (LR) at Del Mar along with being stakes placed in the 2018 Santa Maria Stakes (Grade 2) and 2018 Spring Fever Stakes (LR) both at Santa Anita Park.

Owned by co-breeder Auerbach along with Ron McCauley and Bardy Farm, Majestic Heat is a full sister the Multiple Stakes Winner and Grade 1 placed Mensa Heat along with stakes placed Real Heat and $249K earner Empty Headed. Her full sister Phi Beta Heat was a Maiden Allowance winner and is the dam of 2018 $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic winner Rye.

Majestic Heat boasts career earnings of $578,329 and a final record of 20-7-1-2. She will be bred in 2018 to Coolmore-Ashford Stud’s stallion Uncle Mo.


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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2018)–Trainer David Bernstein’s Smiling Tigress blew by heavily favored Strike At Daylight with a sixteenth of a mile to run to take Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ¾ lengths. Ridden patiently from her rail post position, the 3-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger got six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.94.

“She’s a pretty nice filly,” said the affable Bernstein. “She’s getting better and better all the time and Tyler rode her great. She wants to come from off the pace, that’s her best way to go. We’ll see how she is and look at some Cal-bred stakes.”

Second in her last two starts at the level, but winless in four races since breaking her maiden here on Oct. 5, Smiling Tigress was off at 9-2 in a field of eight California-bred or sired fillies and mares and paid $11.00, $4.40 and $3.40.

Owned by Naseer Mohammed Fasihuddin and Madiha Sarwar, Smiling Tigress picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $107,485. Her overall mark now stands at 9-2-3-0.

The 3-2 favorite with Geovanni Franco, Strike At Daylight sat just off early pacesetter Love a Honeybadger into the far turn, took command a quarter mile out but was no match for the winner while finishing second, a head in front of an on-rushing Red Stich.

Strike At Daylight paid $3.40 and $2.60.

Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Red Stich broke a bit awkwardly, wheeled four-wide coming into the stretch and just missed the place. Off at 5-1, Red Stich finished 2 ¾ lengths in front of Pied N True and paid $2.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.01, 45.43 and 58.16.


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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2018)—Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Battleground State unleashed a well-timed late rally to take Friday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one half length. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 4-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat got a flat mile on turf in 1:35.70.

Mid-pack early and fourth at the rail a quarter mile from home, Battleground State was all business turning for home as she kicked off the final turn to overhaul pacesetter X S Gold a sixteenth of a mile out and prevailed late over a fast finishing My Aunt Tillie at the wire.

Most recently a close fifth at the level going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Battleground State was off at 6-1 in a field of 10 California-bred or sired fillies and mares three and up and paid $15.40, $8.80 and $5.20.

“She made a nice little run down the hill the other day (Jan. 5) and I thought she ran really well today,” said Drysdale, who picked up his eighth win of the meet from 32 starters—a 25 percent win clip. When asked about the high percentage meet he’s currently enjoying, the veteran Hall of Famer quipped, “Eddie Truman and I are drinking from the same fountain.”

Bred in California by Harris Farms, Battleground State, who is out of the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance, is owned by Harris Farms, Inc. and Jeanne Bowers-Lepore. With the winner’s share of $33,600, Battleground State now has earnings of $83,425 and she’s now 6-2-1-1.

Last after the first half mile, My Aunt Tillie unleashed a furious stretch rally to just miss while edging X S Gold for the place by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, My Aunt Tillie was off at 13-1 and paid $12.60 and $6.60.

X S Gold, who carved out splits of 22.81, 46.39, 1:10.57 and 1:23.10, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 to show.

First Foal is a Colt for California Stallion Metaboss

The first foal by Grade 3 winner Metaboss was born Monday at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif., when the stakes-placed Amira J produced a colt.

Bred by Mersad Metanovic LLC, the chestnut colt is the first for Amira J, a 5-year-old Sky Mesa mare who won one of three starts during her on-track career and ran second in the listed Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile. Notable runners in the pedigree include Grade 3 winner Proctor, Chilean Group 2-placed stakes winner El Facha, and stakes winners Over Your Shoulder and Al Rahib.

“I really love this colt,” Metanovic said. “He has a little of everything, which is impossible to buy – great shoulder, started walking right away, good-minded, nice walk, and great personality. He minds his mama, is ready to run, very curious naturally, and has a great mind.”

Metaboss stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for an advertised fee of $1,500.

The 6-year-old son of Street Boss won three of 12 starts during his on-track career, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby and a second in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap. He is out of the stakes-placed Free House mare Spinning Yarns.

Bookies Luck California’s Champion Two-Year-Old Male

by Emily Shields
Arcadia, CA (March 2, 2018)-With three wins in seven starts as a 2-year-old, Bookies Luck fought his way to the top of the juvenile ranks and has been rewarded as California’s champion 2-year-old male. (read more)

Pulpit Rider Fights to California Cup Oaks Win

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By Steve Andersen
ARCADIA, Calif. (February 19, 2018)-When she stopped beating herself up, Pulpit Rider beat the six other 3-year-old California-bred fillies in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita on Monday.

Pulpit Rider was fussy in the gate but brilliant in winning her first stakes in the one-mile turf race. Trainer Mike Puype noticed in the winner’s circle that Pulpit Rider sustained cuts on her face and shoulder.

“She tried to turn over in the gate,” he said.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Pulpit Rider ($7.60) closed from the back of the field with a wide rally to beat runner-up One Fast Broad, the 3-5 favorite, by 2 1/2 lengths. Pulpit Rider was timed in 1:35.80.

“Her turn of foot was scintillating,” Puype said. “She’s getting better.”

Nakatani had Pulpit Rider last through the opening quarter-mile and in sixth on the backstretch, racing off the rail. Felony One, a 54-1 outsider, set fractions of 22.65 seconds for the first quarter-mile and 46.51 for a half-mile.

One Fast Broad rallied four wide to reach contention in the stretch, but could not hold off Pulpit Rider.

One Fast Broad finished a half-length in front of X S Gold, who was followed by Mo See Cal, Nice Ice, Carpathia, and Felony One.

One Fast Broad was favored on the basis of her 2-year-old form in 2017, which included two stakes wins on dirt against California-bred fillies and two second-place finishes in turf stakes against open company.

Pulpit Rider, by Lucky Pulpit, has won 3 of 7 starts and earned $194,536, all for owners and breeders Larry and Marianne Williams.

Pulpit Rider was sixth in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies and fifth in the Soviet Problem Stakes last fall. One Fast Broad won both races.

The Cal Cup Oaks was Pulpit Rider’s second start on turf. She was third in an optional claimer against open company on the hillside turf course on Jan. 19.

Puype said Pulpit Rider will have her graded stakes debut in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes, a $150,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf on April 7.

Lucky Pulpit’s Last Foal

Coalinga, CA (February 3, 2018)-Lucky Pulpit’s last and only foal of 2018 arrived at 8:35 p.m. on January 31 at John Harris’ Harris Farm near Coalinga CA. The plain bay colt is out of Mother Luck (Street Sense x Alishir’s World). His dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and G1 stakes placed Antares World. The unnamed colt was bred by his owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ Tree Top Ranch, who also owned his sire.

Lucky Pulpit is most noted as the sire of multiple Eclipse winning and two-time Horse of the Year winner California Chrome ($14,752,650). Lucky Pulpit entered stud in 2007 and stood his entire career at Harris Farms. He was California’s Leading Freshman Sire of 2010 and topped the California General Sire List in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, Lucky Pulpit was the Leading Sire of California Conceived Foals by number of winners and of two-year-olds by earnings.

Inquiries to Dave McGlothlin at Harris Farms 800-311-6211 or

Harris Farms Connections Garner Cal-bred Awards for Champions of 2017

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2018) —Harris Farms, as breeder, was the leading breeder of Cal-breds in 2017. Additionally, Harris Farms stallions Unusual Heat, Lucky Pulpit and Smiling Tiger picked up sire championships

  • Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Unusual Heat, property of The Unusual Heat Syndicate.
  • Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
  • Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings – Unusual Heat, property of The Unusual Heat Syndicate.
  • Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings – Lucky Pulpit, property of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
  • Champion First-Crop Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – Smiling Tiger, property of Philip Lebherz & Alan Klein.
  • Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings – Harris Farms.
  • Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male – Bookies Luck (by Lucky Pulpit), bred by Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
  • Champion California-bred Older Female – Skye Diamonds (foaled at Harris Farms), bred by Dizney Double Diamond LLC.

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.
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