Smiling Angelo Earns Golden Gate Allowance Win

Albany, CA (August 7, 2020) – Following Nardini’s win in the 4th race, the second allowance winner on the Golden Gate card by a Harris Farms sire was Smiling Angelo, who determinedly earned his victory in the 7th race, going six furlongs over all weather.

Dashing to the lead from post three, the 5-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding established a clear lead and never relinquished his advantage. Confronted in the final furlong, he would not let the other horse by, winning by a head in a very game effort.

Smiling Angelo is a second generation homebred racing for Ferro Family Trust and Victor Flores. Trained by Steve Miyadi, he is out of the wining Proud Citizen mare, Citizen Bernstein. He has won or placed in five of his nine career starts and has earned $110,468.

Acclamation Filly Scores Third 2020 Victory

Albany, CA (August 7, 2020) – Nardini, the daughter of Acclamation, earned her third win in 2020 with what the chart caller noted was a “stubborn victory” in the 4th race at Golden Gate, a six furlong allowance over the all weather.

The 4-year-old filly carried top weight of 126 pounds in the field of six. Sitting just off the pacesetters, she moved out to the three path to launch her challenge. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and dug in when another closer came calling. Jockey Kyle Frey to go on and she would not let the other go by. She kept her lead and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front.

Bred by Steven Ferraro in California, she is out of the 2011 California-bred Champion 2-year-old filly Ismene, a daughter of Tribal Rule. Nardini races for Legacy Ranch, Inc., and she is trained by Andy Mathis. She has now won or placed in five of her six career starts.

Harris Farms Health Statement – West Nile Virus

Coalinga, CA (August 4, 2020) – Harris Farms is deeply concerned with the health and well being of all equines. Among the many good practices we embrace, here is our farm’s vaccination policy For West Nile Virus.

West Nile virus is included in the list of core vaccines that the American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends for all horses regardless of where they live or whether they travel. Most cases of West Nile virus could have been prevented with proper vaccination. A recent case seen in Stanislaus County in California was in an unvaccinated two year old Quarter Horse. Measures that can be utilized to prevent this disease include proper vaccination and reducing mosquito exposure.

West Nile virus is a member of the Flaviviridae family in the genus Flavivirus. It was first introduced into the U.S. in 1999 and rapidly spread to the 48 contiguous states in the following years. Since 1999 more than twenty-five thousand cases of West Nile encephalitis has been reported in the United States. Many wild bird species can carry high levels of the virus and serve as reservoirs for it. Mosquitoes transmit the virus by feeding on the blood of infected birds and then on susceptible species like horses and humans. Both horses and humans are dead end hosts meaning they cannot transmit the disease even if an infected animal is bitten by a mosquito and that mosquito bites another horse or human.

Clinically the virus damages the brain and spinal cord so infected animals’ exhibit fever and neurological signs such as limb incoordination and stumbling. Additionally this can be accompanied by fever and face, neck or trunk muscle twitching. Behavioral signs can also be seen in horses such as hyperreactivity or depression. In severe cases horses might be unable to rise develop paralysis, coma and eventual death. The case fatality rate in horses in around 33%.

A vaccine was developed in 2001 and widespread vaccination efforts resulted in a dramatic drop in infection rates across the country. The vaccine promotes excellent immunity when administered according to recommendations. The vaccine should have an initial dose given and then be boostered with a second dose 4-6 weeks later. The second vaccine is crucial to elicit the protective immunity. Horses that primarily only receive one vaccine may not be fully protected. After the initial series the horse can receive annual boosters and be fully protected unless in a very high risk area (southern states where mosquitoes remain active all year long). In high risk areas vaccinating twice a year may be

At Harris Farms our foals receive an initial three dose series of vaccines given prior to their yearling year. This ensures that there is no maternal antibody interference with their own immune system. Core vaccines (Rabies, Eastern and Western Encephalitis and West Nile) are then boostered annually. Pregnant mares are boostered with these vaccines one month prior to foaling and colostrum levels are checked at foaling to insure that a high immunoglobulin level is transferred to the foal.

Jeanne Bowers-Lepore, D.V.M.
Veterinarian Harris Farms Horse Division

Maiden Special and New Black-Type Earner for Vronsky

Del Mar, CA (August 1, 2020) – On Mars and Reign of Fire gave Vronsky a solid day at Del Mar. The former earned her maiden special weight victory and the latter became his latest black-type performer.

On Mars came from off the pace to win the 11th race going one mile over the firm turf course. The 3-year-old filly was mid-pack early and came wide with her run into the stretch. Clearly best, romped under a hand ride by Mike Smith, with her final furlong in 11.34, to win by four and one-half lengths.

On Mars was bred in California by the Ed Bernstein and Andrew Molasky and she races for the partnership of Bernstein and Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC. Trained by Phillip D’Amato, she was produced by the winning Clyclotron mare, Elana Mar.

Reign of Fire, earned the first black-type of her young career with a third place finish in the $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes going five and one-half furlongs over the fast main track. The 2-year-old filly had earned her maiden special weight win June 13 at Santa Anita.

Reign of Fire was bred by Regan Wright and Rustin Reidhead. She is out of the winning Roar mare, Red Hot Renee. She races for CTR Stables, LLC and she is trained by Luis Mendez.

El Tigre Terrible Roars to Victory in the Real Good Deal

Del Mar, CA (July 31, 2020) – El Tigre Terrible exploded with an eye-catching turn of foot to win the $125,000 Real Good Deal Stakes going seven furlongs over the fast main track at Del Mar.

The 3-year-old son of Smiling Tiger earned champion state-bred juvenile honors last season in the California. This year, his first two starts found troubling trips, but the third time was the charm today. Away a step slowly, he settled behind the leaders down the backstretch. The field bunched up around the turn and it looked for a time like traffic was going to be an issue again, but a canny ride by Flavien Prat and and immediate reaction by El Tigre Terrible rendered that point moot. He burst out of the pack at the top of the stretch and was open lengths in front in a few strides. Continuing on strongly to the finish, he won by nearly five lengths.

“He broke just a bit slowly today, so he put himself in behind the leaders and was comfortable there,” said Prat. “We had good pace to run at, so that was good. When it came time for him to perform, he performed.”

“It was very frustrating, he’s had two very bad trips the last two races and I thought he was getting in trouble again here,” said winning trainer Peter Miller. “He had a horse to his outside and it looked like he was running up on heels again. But Flavien (Prat) knew what he was doing and he was the best horse. I am very nervous in those moments. He’s a hard-trying little horse with a lot of ability. He loves Del Mar and we hope we can get him in again before the end of meeting.”

El Tigre Terrible races for Nick Cosato’s Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig. He has won or placed in six of his eight career starts and he has earned $210,510. Produced by the stakes-placed Gotham City mare, King City Kitty, he was bred by Martin Bach.

Compratore 2010-2020

Harris Farms home-bred Compratore ( AKA Harley) was humanly euthanized July 18 due to a freak pasture accident. Compratore. a 10yr gelding by Redatore out of the Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm, was campaigned by owners John Harris, Don Valpredo, and John Niccoletti.

Although not as accomplished on the racetrack as his siblings, Compratore did win 3 races and over $25,000, and was a multi talented thoroughbred. His irreplaceable worth would come after is racing career when he joined Kaitlyn Zeleski-Harding and KZ Equestrian at Grace Ranch. This is what Kaitlyn wrote about him.

Harley arrived at Grace Ranch from Harris Farms in January of 2018 as an 8 year old that had raced until he was 7. He had been lightly restarted through the Harris Farms Second Career Program by Lisa and Cera and came with a foundation that made him extremely trainable, matched with an amazing brain that made him trustworthy. I originally took him on as a project for myself, and was unsure of if or how he would be useful in my hunter/jumper training program. It wasn’t long before he proved that he would become my most versatile, patient, and challenging lesson horse and my favorite horse to work with.

At any given time, Harley could be found teaching a little one how to post on the lunge line, rocking a jumper course in one of my advanced lessons, challenging a rider in IEA practice or teaching one of my advanced beginners how to canter. Beach trips and horse shows were among some of his favorite activities. Harley was an expert at gauging the level of rider that he was carrying, and always knew how to challenge them just enough without over facing them. He made my job easy. His favorite rider, Megan, had a style of riding that meshed perfectly to his preferences in a rider, and it was particularly rewarding and extremely fun to help them foster a partnership over the last year. Harley had a bright future ahead of him and we are so sad that it has been cut short. He will always be fondly and lovingly remembered by our entire barn family and we miss him so much already.

Songofthedesert Wins Del Mar Allowance

Del Mar, CA (July 26, 2020) – Songofthedesert, made it two-in-a-row and three wins in her last four starts with her clear cut victory in the 7th race at Del Mar, a $51,000, five furlong allowance over the firm turf course.

The 5-year-old daughter of Desert Code came out of post eight with the lead, but took up the pressing position on the inside speed. Drawing even around the turn, jockey Flavien Prat asked her to go at the top of the stretch. Songofthedesert responded and threw down a final eighth in 11.46 to draw away and win by two and one-quarter lengths.

Bred in California by Oakcrest Stable, she is out of the stakes-placed Tale of the Cat mare, Unchanged Melody. She races for Johnny Taboada and she is trained by Jonathan Wong.

Harris Farms-sired Trifecta at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (July 26, 2020) – Harris Farms-sired runners Songofthedesert, Queensbeccaandjane, and Smiling Annie filled the first three positions in the 7th race at Del Mar, a five furlong turf allowance with a purse of $51,000.

Songofthedesert was the winner. She is a daughter of Desert Code. Runner-up Queensbeccaandjane is a 3-year-old filly by Lakerville. Closing to grab the show spot at the wire was Smiling Tiger‘s 5-year-old daughter, Smiling Annie.

Acclamation Mare Wins Featured Pleasanton Allowance

Pleasanton, CA (July 25, 2020) – My Sweet Lou ran the fastest Equibase Speed Figure of her career while taking the 7th race at Pleasanton, the featured six furlong allowance over the fast track.

Carrying co-highweight of 127 pounds, the 5-year-old daughter of Acclamation was on the engine from the start. She carved out fractions of 22.95 and 45.89 while under close pressure. She put those rivals away and opened up, passing five furlongs in 58.10. She kept on strongly to the wire to finish up three and one-half lengths best in 1:09.82.

My Sweet Lou races for the partnership of Michael DeMoulin and Edwin Gredvig and she is trained by Isidro Tamayo. Produced by the multiple stakes-placed Giant’s Causeway mare, Chetten County, she was bred in California by Carliwood Farms, LLC.

Preaching Trainer Earns Gritty Del Mar Allowance Win

Del Mar, CA (July 24, 2020) – Preaching Trainer, our Harris Farms’ homebred, gamely overcame more trouble than a horse needs sprinting five furlongs to win the 7th race at Del Mar, a allowance over the firm turf course.

Breaking from post eleven, the 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit maintained a midpack position down the backstretch. Approaching the turn, jockey Umberto Rispoli had to check Preaching Trainer hard (sitting down in the saddle hard) when an inside horse came out. That would usually be it for most horses, but not Preaching Trainer. Losing position and some ground, he began to rally, but was force out further than the chart call of five wide around the turn and into stretch. He kept closing and after changing leads in the final furlong, he turned in a sub-twelve second final eighth to earn a hard fought half-length victory.

Trained by Carla Gaines, Preaching Trainer has won or placed in six of this eight career starts and he has earned $98,622. He was produced by the multiple stakes winning Citidancer mare, Debbie Sue.