Fashionably Fast Wins His Sixth Straight! Peter Lurie post race interview with Dean Pederson and John Harris.

Arcadia, CA (March 1, 2020) – Harris Farms, Inc., Per Antonsen, and John Nicoletti’s Fashionably Fast made it six straight visits to the winner’s circle with a gutty performance in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-breds going one mile over the fast main track at Santa Anita Park.

Stepping up in distance, the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit reigned in his blazing speed and sat just off the leader’s flank for an opening half in 46.66. He moved to the lead shortly thereafter, but the pacesetter wasn’t done. Fashionably Fast was pressed around the turn and into the stretch. Putting that rival away, another challenged loomed in the final furlong. As good horses will do, he found more when jockey Tiago Pereira asked in those final strides. He gamely held his lead and won by a half-length. Final time was a solid 1:36.64.

“I thought the number the number two (Tiger Dad), would go and he did,” said Pereira. “When we got by the two (leaving the furlong pole), he saw the one (Oliver) coming and he’s just a fighter. I hand rode him and he’s so game. He likes to win.”

“His last couple of works, Tiago has worked hard on getting him to relax in the first part but still finish, ” said winning trainer Dean Pederson. “To me that was the key of the race today. If he relaxed, he gave himself a chance. If he didn’t relax you get back to the barn and get the bathwater ready.”

“Any win is a thrill for us but this one in particular is gratifying,” said winning owner John Harris. “He’s a game horse that just doesn’t want another horse to get in front of him.”

“When he started running he looked like he was gonna be a nice horse all the way, but he didn’t really stand out as a baby,” continued Harris. “He’s very typical of Lucky Pulpit, he’s a smooth looking horse. We had another horse win six in a row, but we’ve never had a horse win four stakes in a row. You always hope they progress…I didn’t know if he’d go a mile or not. When he sees the horses around him, he wants to win. Dean’s done a tremendous job with him.”

Fashionably Fast was bred by Harris Farms and he is out of the Forestry mare, Fall Fashion. He has seven wins, three seconds and two thirds in his sixteen career starts and he has earned $449,745.

Spiced Perfection Repeats as California-bred Horse of the Year

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2020) – Spiced Perfection, the daughter of Smiling Tiger, became the first female to repeat as California-bred Horse of the Year, which was announced at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton San Gabriel on Tuesday night.

To read about her historic championship season, click here.

Grinning Tiger Oregon-bred Horse of the Year

Grand Ronde, OR (Feb. 22, 2020) —Grinning Tiger, the son of Smiling Tiger, was named the Oregon-bred Horse of the Year and champion Older Gelding of the Year at the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association annual awards banquet held on Feb. 22 at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde.

Campaigning for Tyree Wolesenky, Grinning Tiger earned $87,091. He scored twice in allowance company at Los Alamitos and was second, defeated by a neck, in the California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita during his 4-year-old season. His dam, the Pioneering mare, Karlee’s Kitten, was named Oregon Broodmare of the Year. He was bred by Patrick Cosgrove and is trained by Anthony Saavedra. Overall, he was won or placed in twelve of his twenty-five starts and has earned $149,301.

Smiling Tiger was represented again at the ceremony wheh 2-year-old filly Jaded Tiger was named champion in her division. A two-time winner in her juvenile season, Jaded Tiger is out of the Skip Away mare, Jadelet. She races for the partnership of her trainer, Benjamin Root, Fan Warden and Margaret Root. She was bred by Dr. Rod Orr.

Smiling Tiger’s Baja Sur Washington Horse of the Year

Auburn, WA (February 22, 2020) – Baja Sur, the son of Smiling Tiger, was named horse of the year, champion sprinter and champion 3-year-old at the 2019 Washington Annual Awards Dinner and Horsemen Stimulus Auctions held on February 22 at Emerald Downs.

A champion at two last season, Baja Sur was a stakes winner in Washington and California during his 2019 campaign. He opened the year with back-to-back victories in the Auburn Stakes and the Coca-Cola Stakes at Emerald Downs. Second in the Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno Fair, he closed out his season with a win in the Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Baja Sur campaigns for John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald and Gail Schneider and he is trained by Blaine Wright. Bred by John Roche, he is out of the Supremo mare, Premo Copy. He has won or placed in six of his seven lifetime starts and he has earned $139,800.

Tiznow Stakes Next for Fashionably Fast

Fashionably Fast after his win in the Harris Farms Stakes.

Coalinga CA (February 23, 2020) – Fashionably Fast will step up in trip when making his next start on March 1 in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, for California-breds going one mile at Santa Anita Park. The Lucky Pulpit gelding is currently on a five race win streak at sprint distances, which began with consecutive allowance victories over the summer at Del Mar. He stepped back into stakes competition, taking the six furlong Harris Farms Stakes at the Fresno Fair. He finished his 4-year-old season with a return to Del Mar, and a win in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes.

He started his 5-year-old season with a victory in the California Cup Sprint Stakes over six furlongs at Santa Anita on January 18. His lifetime record is now 15-6-3-2 and he has earned $389,745 for the partnership of Harris Farms, Per Antonsen, and John Nicoletti. He is trained by Dean Pederson.

Slam Dunk Sermon’s Got Game

Albany, CA (February 13, 2020) – The tip-off of the NBA All Stars Weekend begins today with their rising stars. Slam Dunk Sermon showed the contemporaries of his sport today that he’s got game with a dazzling maiden score at Golden Gate Fields.

Making his second career start, the 3-year-old Rousing Sermon son was eye-catchingly impressive. Away sharply, Slam Dunk Sermon pressured the pacesetter in the early stages. Putting him away, he did something you rarely see a maiden do going five and one-half furlongs. He opened up on the competition, throwing down a final three-eighths in 17.74 to win by six lengths. His final time was a very racy 1:03.68.

Slam Dunk Sermon is a homebred racing for longtime Harris Farms clients, Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams, who campaigned his multiple stakes-winning sire. Produced by the Grand Slam mare, Royal Grand Slam, he is trained by Steven Specht. He was ridden to victory by Pedro Flores. Earlier in Pedro’s career, he was an exercise rider at Harris Farms.

Spiced Perfection Repeats as Dual Cal-bred Champion and HOTY Finalist

Arcadia, CA (February 5, 2020) – Smiling Tiger’s Spiced Perfection, the reigning California-bred Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter and Champion 3-year-old filly continued to add accolades to her resume being named Champion California-bred Older Female, Champion California-bred Sprinter, and she was named a finalist for California-bred Horse of the Year.

Spiced Perfection put on her traveling shoes in 2019. In addition to one start in her home state, the Peter Miller trainee made starts at Laurel Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs and she finished her year at Aqueduct. Those frequent flier miles brought home victories in the Madison Stakes (G1), the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) and the Go For Wand Handicap (G3).

Spiced Perfection earned $592,000 in her six starts at four, additionally placing in the Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G3). Bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC, she campaigns for Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch. In total, she has won or placed in 16 of her 21 starts and she has earned $1,223.705.

Acclimate Dual Cal-bred Champion and HOTY Finalist

Arcadia, CA (February 5, 2020) – Acclimation was no stranger to championship accolades. He has passed that tradition onto his son, Acclimate, who was named Champion California-bred Older Male and Champion California-bred Turf Horse. He is also a finalist for California Horse of the Year.

A dual graded stakes winner during his 5-year-old season, Acclimate came home in the top spot in the Del Mar Handicap (G2) and the San Juan Capistrano Handicap (G3). He missed by a short length with a second-place finish in the John Henry Turf Championship, defeating Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) runner-up United in the process.

Acclimate’s championship season earned $329.182 for the partnership of The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing. He is trained by Phil D’Amato. Bred by Old English Rancho, Sal and Patsy Berumen, he is out of the Boundary mare, Knows No Bounds. He has earned a career total of $365,872.

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.