Vronsky #1 Stallion Standing Outside of Kentucky

Coalinga, CA (February 23, 2021) – Vronsky is the 2021 Leading Sire (outside of Kentucky) by Percentage of Black-Type Performers. His 9.1% of black-type performers to runners is nearly double that of the stallion in the second spot and more than two and one-half times the next highest listed stallion standing in California. The statistics were compiled through February 22 and published in the Blood Horse Daily in their February 23 issue.

Vronsky’s lifetime average earnings per starter is a robust $72,109. He sires 69% winners to starters and he is just four shy of achieving 150 lifetime winners.

Lakerville Son Leads Home Harris Farms-sired Superfecta in Santa Anita MSW

Arcadia, CA (February 19, 2020) – Lakerville son Luvluv closed with a rush to lead home a maiden special weight superfecta of Harris Farms-sired runners in the 3rd race at Santa Anita.

Luvluv was bumped at the start of the six and one-half furlong turf sprint, but he overcame that to settle in midpack in the field of nine. He began to close around the turn, but the traffic ahead forced in him into the five path. Despite the wide trip, he had plenty left for the finish. He caught the leader inside the the final furlong and he drew away to win by two and one-quarter lengths. Filling out the superfecta was the debuting second place finisher In Vronsky Style (Vronsky), followed by Racetrackers (Tizbud) and Queen’s Code (Desert Code).

Luvluv was bred in California by the partnership of Francoise Dupuis and Michael Newman. He races for his breeders and Jean Pierre Dupuis. Trained by John Sadler, he was produced by the winning Fasliev mare, Lucera (IRE).

Slam Dunk Sermon Now Three-for-Three in 2021

Albany, CA (February 14, 2021) – Slam Dunk Sermon is now three-for-three this season. The latest victory for the son of Rousing Sermon came in the 7th race at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong allowance over the all weather course.

Slam Dunk Sermon sat off the dueling pacesetters until the far turn. He launched his challenge to the outside of the leaders and the three lined up for a battle down the stretch. Game as they come, Slam Dunk Sermon proved best in the final yards and at the wire, he proved himself a half-length best.

Slam Dunk Sermon has seven wins, one second and two thirds in his twelve starts over two years of competition. His full brother Rousing Slammer won over the same course nine days ago. Both are campaigned by Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Steven Specht.

Rousing Sermon Son Rousing Slammer Tops Golden Gate Allowance

Albany, CA (February 5, 2021) – Rousing Slammer, the Rousing Sermon gelding who is the year younger full brother to current six-time winner Slam Dunk Sermon, is starting to build his own resume and he scored his first victory against winners in the 2nd race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather.

First out of the gate from the outside post, he was joined on the pace and the duel was on. The two fought until midstretch, when Rousing Slammer gained the lead for good. He moved out in the final strides to win by three-quarters of length.

Rousing Slammer and his full brother are the product of the Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams’ breeding and racing program. Both his sire and his grandsire Lucky Pulpit were homebreds, as is his dam, the winning Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam. The brothers are trained by Steven Specht.

Almost a Factor Wins Santa Anita Feature Race

Arcadia, CA (January 31, 2021) – Harris Farms, Inc. and Gary Parker’s Almost a Factor proved much the best to win the feature race on the Sunday card at Santa Anita, a nine furlong allowance over the turf course that was rated good after recent local rains.

Almost a Factor rated kindly in mid-pack as the field passed the stands for the first time. She settled into a smooth stride and with no urging, moved up to the outside of the second flight down the backstretch. Joel Rosario continued to sit chilly as she sought the lead around the turn. He shook the reins at the top of the stretch and the race was over. She kept to her task with the minimum of coaxing to win in hand by more than two lengths.

Bred in California by Harris Farms, the 4-year-old filly is by The Factor and she was produced by the Tiznow mare, Tizn’t Caught, who comes from one of the prolific SamSon Farms female families. The Carla Gaines trainee has now earned $102,420.

Mark Whats Mine First Winner for Tamarando

Albany, CA (January 29, 2021) – Mark Whats Mine became the first winner for Tamarando with her wire-to-wire victory going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields.

The dark bay 3-year-old filly dashed away from post three and cleared the field by a length down the backstretch and around the turn. She was challenged in the stretch, but dug in determinedly to finish on equal terms with her rival at the wire. It was two lengths back to the third place finisher.

Mark Whats Mine is a homebred racing for Mr. & Mrs Larry Williams, who bred and raced both her sire and her dam, the Benchmark mare, Marks Mine. She is trained by Steven Specht, who also conditioned her stakes-winning dam.

Slam Dunk Sermon Keeps on Winning

Albany, CA (January 28, 2021) – Slam Dunk Sermon made it three wins in his last four starts and six for eleven lifetime with his victory in the 4th race at Golden Gate Fields, a six furlong allowance over the all weather.

The son of Rousing Sermon had visited the winners circle eleven day ago over the same course and a sixteenth of a mile shorter distance. His style is to come running late and today was no different. He sat off the pacesetters and came into the stretch in the two path. He wore down the leaders late and came away three-quarters of a length best.

The win takes his earnings to $106,592 for his owner/breeders Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams. Trained by Steven Specht, his dam is the winning Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam.

First Reported Foal for Om

Om – All That Heat Filly foaled 1.18.21 at Harris Farms.

Coalinga, CA (January 22, 2021) – The first reported foal by multiple graded winner Om was born January 18 at Harris Farms. Bred by Al and Saundra Kirkwood, the chestnut filly is the third foal from the Unusual Heat allowance winner All the Heat who is a full sister to Inflamed, dam of Grade I winner Mo Forza.

Making headlines breaking his maiden in his second start at 2 defeating Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Om continued to excel at 3 through his 7-year-old season winning four graded races including the Del Mar Derby (G2T), Twilight Derby (G2T) and Mathis Brothers Mile (G2T), in addition to second and third-place finishes in 13 other graded stakes including two editions of the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Om recorded 14 Triple Digit Beyers at five different race tracks coast to coast, including a new course record at Churchill Downs for 5 ½furlongs. He retired with earnings of $1,355,082.

The leading money-winning son of his sire Munnings, Om will stand his second season at Harris Farms for $6,000 payable when foal stands and nurses. He is the property of the Sareen Family Trust and Harris Farms.

Slam Dunk Sermon Makes Fifth Visit to the Winner’s Circle

Slam Dunk Sermon is the kind of racehorse everyone can love. He shows up to run every time he sets foot on the racetrack. The Rousing Sermon gelding’s latest effort came in the 8th race at Golden Gate Fields and he earned his fifth victory in his tenth career start.

A field of ten lined-up for the five and one-half furlong allowance, chasing the winner’s share of the $41,134 purse. Saving ground while chasing the pacesetters in fourth, Slam Dunk Sermon found some traffic while waiting to launch his bid. He came off the rail in mid-stretch, caught the leaders passing the sixteenth pole and he opened up to win by a length and one-quarter.

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In addition to his five wins, Slam Dunk Sermon has one second and two third-place finishes. He has not finished worse than fourth since an unplaced effort in his career debut. He is a homebred racing for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, who also bred and raced his dam, the winning Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam.

Golden Gate Maiden Special Weight Win for Vronsky Son

Star Racer, the 4-year-old son of Vronsky, fought valiantly through the stretch to gain his maiden special weight condition in the 5th race at Golden Gate Fields going five and one-half furlongs over the all weather.

Coming wide into the stretch after sitting of the early pace, Star Racer and his opponent put those speed horses away and dueled until deep stretch. Star Racer gained the advantage late to win by a half-length in a gritty performance.

Produced by the Bold Badgett mare, Honey Bee Lucky, he was bred by the partnership of Old English Ranch and Bruce Headley. He races for the partnership of Blue Moon Racing Ltd and Steven Dietrich and he is trained by Angelo Tekos, Jr.