El Tigre Terrible Champion Cal-bred 2YO Colt

Arcadia, CA (February 5, 2020) – El Tigre Terrible, the son of Smiling Tiger, was named Co-Champion California-bred 2-year-old male!

The bay gelding broke his maiden in frontrunning style on July 19 at Del Mar. Came from off the pace to earn his second win on September 1 at Del Mar. Switching from dirt to turf, El Tigre Terrible finished his juvenile season with a last-to-first victory over open company in the $101,755 Speakeasy Stakes going five furlongs at Santa Anita.

Overall, he won or placed in four of his five starts and he earned $118,300 for the partnership of Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig. Produced by the Gotham City mare, King City Kitty, he was bred by Martin Bach.

First Foals for Prospect Park

COALINGA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2020) — The first foals by the Tapit Grade 2 stakes winner of $539,770 Prospect Park arrived almost simultaneously at 7:00 am Saturday, February 1 at Harris Farms. Classy Lady Liz, a winning daughter of Papa Clem, delivered a dark bay colt, her first foal, for breeder Dana Rocheford.

Stakes-class producer Clouds of Glory (by Beau Genius), a winning half-sister to stakes winners Super Tuesday and Vaderator, foaled a dark bay colt bred by John C. Harris.

Harris Farms welcomed a third Prospect Park foal on Monday, February 3. The homebred dark bay filly is the second foal from Quick Luck, a winning daughter of Lucky J. H.

Foals are available for viewing on our Foals page.

On the board in 16 of 18 starts, Prospect Park won or placed in five graded stakes in seven starts at 3 including a 4-plus length victory in the Grade II La Jolla Handicap posting a 103 Beyer Speed Rating.

Prospect Park stands the 2020 season for $2,500 live foal.

Scenes From the Harris Farms Annual Stallion Show

Coalinga, CA (January 25, 2020) – An enthusiastic crowd of racing industry members gathered at Harris Farms on January 25 for our annual Stallion Open House. The bright outlook for the future of the California racing and breeding industry was shared by all, even if the local skies didn’t quite reflect the sunny mood of the well attended event.

To see video of the of the stallions, click here:

Video Highlights of Harris Farms Stallion Show

Coalinga, CA (January 31, 2020) – Enjoy highlights of the Harris Farms Stallion Show from January 25th.

Below is the time of appearance of each stallion:

Lakerville :06

Smiling Tiger 1:15

Vronsky 2:03

Acclamation 3:02

Prospect Park 4:02

Conquest Farenhheit 4:54

Om 5:48

Rousing Sermon 7:07

Majestic Harbor 8:16

Jeranimo 9:31

Fashionably Fast Triumphs in California Cup Sprint

From Santa Anita Publicity ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2020)–Head and head for the early lead, Harris Farms homebred Fashionably Fast proved tough as nails late, as he repelled a stout challenge from late closing Lieutenant Dan to take Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita by a neck, providing him with his fifth consecutive victory dating back to July 27 at Del Mar. Ridden by Tiago Pereira and trained by Dean Pederson, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Lucky Pulpit got six furlongs in 1:09.60.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.

“I don’t know if that is his ideal running style, but you gotta ride to win,” said Pederson. “I kind of left it in (Pereira’s) hands. The horse was just game as can be coming down the stretch. The horse has done so much for us, how can you be disappointed in anything he does. We arejust very thankful to be in this position and for the opportunity to have this horse. You can’t train for better owners.”

A winner of a pair of Cal-bred sprint stakes on Oct. 5 at The Big Fresno Fair and on Nov. 24 at Del Mar, Fashionable Fast was off at 2-1 and paid $6.20, $3.00 and $2.60.

“Our plan was to stay just behind the one horse (Baja Sur) and then push on the outside when we came for home,” said Pereira, who has been aboard for his five consecutive
wins. “I switched the whip in the stretch and when the horse (Lieutenant Dan) came outside of us, he really responded…I love this horse.”

“At about the eighth pole, I thought maybe we were in deep water, but he kept going,” said co-owner/breeder John Harris of Harris Farms. “We always want to win, but it’s particularly fun to win with a homebred. And it’s fun to win this race which was named for my good friend Don Valpredo. To be here today, with people like this, is special.”

Owned by Harris Farms, Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti, out of the Forestry mare Fall Fashion, Fashionably Fast now has three stakes wins from an overall mark of 15-6-3-2. With the winner’s share of $90,000, he now has earnings of $389,745.

Fractions on the race were 21.75, 44.72 and 56.79.

Harris Farms Horses Prevalent at Cal Cup Saturday

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a great getaway to Santa Anita racetrack for the California Cup this Saturday? Besides the world class horse racing, they are having the California Wine Festival and the 2nd Annual Bulldog Derby where all proceeds go to Protecting PAWS Animal Rescue and CARMA. Go to www.SantaAnita.com for more info on these events.

Race 3 is the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 5 ½ furlongs for a purse of $150,000. A field of seven horses are entered with three of those horses sired by horse that stood or are standing at Harris Farms. Both Apache Princess and Stealthediamonds were sired by Unusual Heat and Lakerball was sired by Lakerville who is by Unusual Heat. Unusual Heat dominated California sire standings as a stallion where he stood at Harris Farms.

Race 5 is the California Cup Sprint at 6 furlongs on the dirt for $150,000 purse. A field of seven is entered with Harris Farms bred Fashionably Fast set as the morning line favorite who is seeking his 5th win in a row.

Interestingly, Fashionably Fast’s main competition in this races are horses sired by Stallions that stand at Harris Farms. Baja Sur is by Smiling Tiger and ran second to Fashionably Fast at the Big Fresno Fair in the Harris Farms Stakes. Smiling Tiger stands at Harris Farms. Trainer Bob Baffert sends out Heck Yeah who is by Acclamation who also stands at Harris Farms. Fashionably Fast is by Lucky Pulpit who also sired the great California Chrome who started his Kentucky Derby trail in 2014 by winning the Cal Cup Derby. Lucky Pulpit also stood at Harris Farms.

Race 8 is the California Cup Oaks at a mile on the turf and a purse of $200,000. This full field of 12 fillies also has several with ties to Harris Farms. Almost A Factor 6-1 morning line was bred by Harris Farms and is owned by Harris Farms and Gary Parker. Smiling Shirlee is by Smiling Tiger and was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds. Warriors Moon is by Jeranimo was bred and owned by Wade Jacobsen and is 6-1 on the morning line.

Harris Farms 2020 Stallion Open House Saturday, January 25th

COALINGA, Calif. (January, 15, 2020) – Harris Farms will host their 2020 open house and stallion show on Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please join us for inspections of the 2020 stallion roster and enjoy food and refreshments.

All of the farms stallions will be available for viewing including new for 2020: Conquest Farenheit, Om, and Rousing Sermon. Joining an already impressive lineup: Acclamation, Desert Code, Jeranimo, Lakerville, Majestic Harbor, Prospect Park, Smiling Tiger, Tamarando, and Vronsky.

For more information on stallions, click here http://harrisfarms.com/

Harris Farms is located at 27366 West Oakland Ave, Coalinga, CA 93210

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559-884-2859 or debbiewinick@harrisfarms.com

Harris Ranch Restaurant will be featuring a
Winemaker Dinner on Friday, January 24th
the night before our stallion open house.
For more information, click link below

https://www.harrisranch.com/events/winemaker-dinner/

Almost a Factor Preps for Cal Cup Oaks

Almost a Factor

Coalinga, Calif. (January 13, 2020) – Harris Farms’ bred 3-year-old filly Almost a Factor turned in her final prep today for the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, scheduled for one mile over the turf course at Santa Anita Park on January 18. The bay daughter of The Factor went a half-mile handily over the main track at Santa Anita in :50 4/5.

Almost a Factor owns a maiden special weight victory over the course and distance. Produced by the Tiznow mare, Tizn’t Caught, she races for the partnership of Harris Farms and Gary Parker. She is trained by Carla Gaines.

Harris Farms’ Bred Club Aspen Surprises in King Glorious Stakes

From Los Alamitos Publicity
CYPRESS, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2019) – Making his first start around two turns on dirt, Club Aspen drew off late to post an 8-1 upset in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles on Sunday at Los Alamitos, the final day of the Winter Thoroughbred meet.

Bred by Harris Farms, trained by Craig Lewis for his brother Larry and ridden by apprentice Jorge I. Velez, the 2-year-old Clubhouse Ride colt out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal tracked pacesetter and 3-5 favorite Tap Back for most of the trip, then kicked away in the final eighth of a mile to win by 2 ½ lengths.

The victory was the second in seven starts for Club Aspen, who completed the mile in 1:36.28 in a race restricted to juveniles bred or sired in California. He paid $19.40 and $4.80 while increasing his bankroll to $118,211. There was no show wagering.

“He looked like the winner to me every jump of the way,’’ said Lewis. “I never had a doubt he would handle the two turns.

“He’s had some excuses. In his turf race (sixth in the Zuma Beach Oct. 6) he never had a chance to run. He was in trouble from start to finish, and in the (Golden State Juvenile) he was compromised by drawing the inside post in a huge field.

“I think both of those races were better than they appeared on paper and I think he showed it today.’’

Club Aspen’s success completed a Sunday hat trick for Velez and gave him his third riding title of the year at Los Alamitos. He finished the Winter meet with nine wins, the same number he had in leading the Summer Thoroughbred Festival (June 29-July 14) and he led the Los Angeles County Fair season (Sept. 7-22) with 14.

“There’s a long stretch here, but I like it,’’ said Velez. “You have to be patient. I’m grateful to all the owners and trainers for the success I’ve had. I love riding here.

“(Tap Back) was the horse to beat, so I wanted to follow him around the track and see if I could beat him. I liked this colt’s maiden win (Aug. 2) at Del Mar.’’

Spiced Perfection Always in Control in Go for Wand Handicap

Coglianese Photo

By DRF.com OZONE PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 7, 2019) – The connections of Spiced Perfection were torn whether to put the multiple Grade 1 winner through the ring at the Keeneland November sale last month. When the filly failed to meet her reserve – the bidding stopped at $1.35 million – owners Adam Wachtel and Peter Deutsch and partners were not overly disappointed.

“I’m not unhappy that we didn’t sell her, let’s put it that way,” Wachtel said.

Wachtel spoke Saturday from the Aqueduct winner’s circle after Spiced Perfection cruised to a front-running, 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap. Saguaro Row finished second, 1 1/4 lengths clear of Our Super Nova. Need Supervision, Another Broad, and Espresso Shot completed the order of finish as the field basically ran positions unchanged from start to finish.

In a race void of speed, Javier Castellano put Spiced Perfection on the lead soon after the start. Going into the wind at Aqueduct, Spiced Perfection maintained a measured advantage over Saguaro Row through posted fractions of 24.74 seconds for the quarter, 49.09 for the half, and 1:14.03 for six furlongs. Turning for home, Castellano had more than enough horse to finish the job, getting to the wire well clear of Saguaro Row.

Spiced Perfection, a 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger, covered the one mile in 1:39.11 and returned $4.80 as the 7-5 favorite.

Castellano said he spoke with trainer Peter Miller about trying to nurse his filly’s speed on the lead in an attempt to get the mile, a distance at which she had not previously won.

“We took advantage today, there was no speed in the race, to dictate the pace, set slow fractions and that was the key to win the race,” Castellano said. “She did it very easy the first part of the race and we were able to let her finish.”

Spiced Perfection improved her record to nine wins from 20 starts and increased her career earnings to $1,214,405. The Go for Wand was her sixth stakes victory. Spiced Perfection won the Grade 1 La Brea last December at Santa Anita and the Grade 1 Madison in April at Keeneland.

Spiced Perfection was coming out of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She went into that race having missed some time due to a foot injury sustained in her victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland in October.

Wachtel and Deutsch both said the plan for 2020 would be to get Spiced Perfection to Keeneland for next year’s Breeders’ Cup.

In the interim, Spiced Perfection would return to Miller’s barn in Southern California, though she could come back East in February for the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel, a race in which she finished second earlier this year.