Mr. Big Colt Tops NorCal Sale

PLEASANTON, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2019) — A Mr. Big colt brought $45,000 to top Tuesday’s Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The colt, out of the Into Mischief mare Perched, was consigned by Harris Farms and purchased by Legacy Ranch.

Right behind the topper was a Tamarando colt that sold to Lawrence Lewis for $44,000. He was out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal and also was consigned by Harris Farms.

The sale showed increases over last year’s sale in average and median, fueled in large part by yearlings sired by some of the state’s fashionable stallions like Mr. Big and Tamarando.

The two highest-priced fillies went for $30,000. One was by Tamarando , out of the Ole mare Chi Chi Nette, was consigned by Harris Farms and purchased by Reina Gonzalez.

The other $30,000 filly was by Dialed In, out of the Mutakddim mare Nuffsaid Nuffsaid, was consigned by Woodbridge Farm, Agent, and was purchased by Harris Farms.

Lynne’s Legacy Rallies to Win Solana Beach

From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2019) — In a rousing finish, Lynne’s Legacy rallied from dead last to forge to the front in the final strides and win the featured $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares Friday at Del Mar.

With Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, Lynne’s Legacy closed powerfully to win by a neck over 9-5 favored Pulpit Rider, with Don’t Sell third another head away and nose in front of Mo See Cal.

However, the order of finish was revised by the board of stewards who posted the inquiry sign after the race. Upon viewing videotape, Pulpit Rider was disqualified from the runner-up spot for interfering with Fiery Lady in mid-stretch. Moved up to second was Don’t Sell, followed by Mo See Cal in third and A Walk in the Park in fourth as Pulpit Rider was demoted to sixth in the seven-horse field behind Fiery Lady.

Withdrawn from the one-mile contest on grass were Battleground State, Donut Girl and Sneaking Out.

Lynne’s Legacy, sent postward at 4-1, accomplished the distance in a fast 1:33.92 and paid $10, $5 and $3.40 after her sixth success in 35 career races. First money of $85,500 increased the six-year-old Unusual Heat mare’s earnings to $437,611. A year ago, she was a distant ninth and last in the Solana Beach.

Lynne’s Legacy is owned by Maureen Richardson of Danville, Ca., Richie Robershaw of San Diego and Terri Tucker of Santa Monica. Her trainer is Doug O’Neill.

“This filly is such an honest filly and she’ll run two miles if you asked her,” said O’Neill. “The trouble with the mile and a quarter and longer races is that there’s no pace to run at. So we thought in this mile race we’d get a good pace to run at, which we did. Hats off to Rafael (Bejarano), he won the race with a perfectly timed ride. It was a lot of fun to watch.”

Clubhouse Ride Juvenile Graduates at Del Mar

Del Mar, CA (August 3, 2019)-Club Aspen, a juvenile son of Clubhouse Ride, graduated from the maiden ranks scoring by three parts of a length in a August 2nd Del Mar Cal-bred maiden special event.

Club Aspen “angled in and dueled between horses, put a head in front between foes in midstretch, fought back just off the rail under left handed urging in deep stretch and gamely prevailed.” He stopped the timer in 1:12.9.

Bred by Harris Farms and sold at the Fasig Tipton June Sale, Club Aspen was knocked down at $55,000 and sold to owner Larry Lewis. The colt has now earned $40,260 in his two starts.

Clubhouse Ride was also represented by a Monmouth Park maiden winner on August 3.

Clubhouse Ride is currently the number two second crop sire in the state. The $1.3 million multiple G2 winner is by leading sire Candy Ride (ARG) out of Seeking Results, by Seeking the Gold.

Big Returns Wins Graduation by DQ

From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2019) — Big Returns, the 6-5 favorite, was second under the wire in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-olds on Friday but was elevated into first place when 13-1 longshot Square Deal, the original winner, was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch.

Square Deal, with jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., in the saddle, reached the wire a length and three-quarters in front but drifted in late in the stretch, interfering with Pas de Panique, third at the end of the five and one-half furlongs, a length and one-half behind Big Returns.

After viewing the videotape of the stretch run, Del Mar’s board of stewards disqualified Square Deal, placing him third and moving Big Returns into first and Pas de Panique to runner-up.

Big Returns, piloted by Ruben Fuentes for owner William R. Peeples and trainer Luis Mendez, earned $57,000 with his second victory in as many starts. The winner, a son of Mr. Big bred by George Krikorian, returned $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40.

“I thought he could be put up (for the win),” said Mendez. “The rider had to bring him up, big time, and that caused him to lose momentum. He had space to go through, but had to pull up. I’m happy with what they (stewards) did. They did the right thing. When he came out of the gate, the second jump he kind of stumbled but he came back like a champion. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and make sure he’s OK and go from there. But I’m excited about this horse. We might go to the Futurity.”

Pas de Panique, who was ridden by Abel Cedillo, paid $4 and $3.80, while Square Deal returned $5.60 to show. Fourth in the field of seven California-bred two-year-olds was Bluegrass Faith. Withdrawn from the sprint were Project Leader, Bulletproof One and Fast Enough.

Time for the distance was 1:06.34.

Cedillo and Drayden Van Dyke had doubles on the program. Cedillo won the first on Brilliant Richie in the first and Clear to Close by disqualification in the fifth, while Van Dyke’s winners were Wildman Jack in the fourth and Meal Ticket in the sixth.

Grecian Fire is Dreamin’ After Nightmare

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From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 26, 2019) — Grecian Fire, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite under Hall of Famer Mike Smith, withstood serious traffic trouble on the far turn and a subsequent stewards’ inquiry to win the featured $150,000 California Dreamin’ Stakes for Golden State Series eligibles Friday.

Grecian Fire, a five-year-old son of Unusual Heat bred by owner KMN Racing, was forced to take up sharply while rallying when The Hunted bore in, causing the eventual winner to bear out and interfere with runners to his outside. After posting the inquiry sign and viewing videotape of the incident, the stewards absolved Grecian Fire of blame and certified his triumph.

“My goodness, I got hit hard on the turn there,” said winning rider Mike Smith. “The six horse (The Hunted) came over and hit me hard. I was lucky we didn’t go down. It was good they ran that :22 and :45 early. That allowed me to come late and get up, even after what happened. If I don’t get hit, I win by 10.”

Impressively, Grecian Fire recovered to rally in the stretch and outfinish 25-1 The Street Fighter, reaching the wire a length in front in a swift 1:39.85 for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield grass circuit. Third was What a View, who set a fast pace in his first race in almost a year while finishing a half-length behind runner-up The Street Fighter. Fourth in the field of eleven turf runners was longshot Hardboot.

“I can tell you this…everyone is looking for superlatives right?” said trainer J. Keith Desormeaux. “I’ve never seen anything like that. In a stake, how do you recover from something like that and close the way he did. It was a little unnerving because on the live shot it looked like a no-brainer: the six (horse) came over on him, clipped heels and overreacted. It took a while and they shouldn’t do that to us.”

The Hunted, who was a close second choice in the wagering, also at 3-1, finished seventh.

Grecian Fire was scoring his sixth victory in 25 starts and first money of $85,500 increased his career earnings to $384,202. He returned $8.20, $5.00 and $4.00. The Street Fighter paid $22.80 and $12.80, while What a View returned $6.40 to show.

Big Returns Crushes Maiden Field

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Del Mar, CA (July 20, 2019)-Big Returns, a two-year-old colt by Mr. Big out of Quick Chick (Orientate), hammered down to 2-1 favoritism off a 6-1 morning-line quote in this debut, hopped a bit at the break before recovering to duel through a :22.56 quarter.

Edging away from his pace foe past the five-sixteenths pole, he drew clear strongly after straightening for home and strolled across the line 7 1/4 lengths in front stopping the timer in 59.21.

The winner has a yearling full-sister and a full-brother of this season.

Big Returns was a $70,000 purchase from the consignment of Harris Farms, Agent at the 2018 Barretts August Select Yearling Sale.
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,600. Owner-William R. Peeples; Breeder-George Krikorian (CA).

Harris Farms Consignment to 2019 Northern California Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age Sale

Tuesday, August 13th at Noon, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Harris Farms
30 Chestnut Colt by Clubhouse Ride out of Speak Easy Gal
43 Chestnut Filly by Clubhouse Ride out of Tahitian Lagoon
71 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Temple City out of Arousing
73 Bay Colt by Tamarando out of Aspen Gal
90 Gray or Roan Colt by Tamarando out of Charisma Matters
92 Bay Filly by Tamarando out of Chi Chi Nette

Harris Farms, Agent
2 Big Fish by Mr. Big out of Perched
3 Slew of Fashion by Eddington out of Pogonip
8 Chestnut Colt by Gervinho out of Princess Pegasus
14 Big Error by Mr. Big out of Remake
15 Big Flame by Mr. Big out of Renegade Heat
33 Great Catch by Affirmative out of Star Catch
47 Gray or Roan Colt by Grazen out of Tiz a Classy Lass
49 Bay Colt by Daaher out of Tiz Makin Memories
51 Chestnut Colt by Grazen out of Tiz Zoe Cee
52 Wine Not Whine by Uptown Rythem out of Tizzy Retsina
81 Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Tizbud out of Blush With Reality
110 Big Gamble by Mr. Big out of Game Recap
111 Clubhouse Wave by Clubhouse Ride out of Gannet
112 Northern Gem by Northern Causeway out of Geode
116 Big Award by Mr. Big out of Grammy Times Six
122 Street Gambler by James Street out of It’sallyoursbaby
137 Lit de Tiger by Smiling Tiger out of Lit de Bet
140 Big Heist by Mr. Big out of Lovestealer
144 Big Boost by Mr. Big out of Maria’s Own
160 Lulu by Acclamation out of Sassy Shoes
164 Gray or Roan Colt by Grazen out of Tiz Zoe Cee
165 Zoe’s Papa Cee by Papa Clem out of Tiz Zoe Cee
168 Yippee Ki Yay by Tapizar out of Blush With Reality
171 Promnesia by Tizdejavu out of Clever Freud
172 Your Adorable by Morning Line out of Copperopolis
176 Sugary by Indygo Shiner out of Hello Sugar
181 Bud Knight by Tizbud out of Masquerade Belle
183 Dark Bay or Brown Colt by Tizbud out of Miss Midnight Brew

Harris Farms, Agent for Chris J. Ray
148 Tin Can Buddy by Daddy Nose Best out of Mystical Heat

Jade Native Becomes First Winner for Jeranimo

Auburn, WA (July 19, 2019)-Jade Native became the first winner sired by multiple Grade One winner Jeranimo.

Sophomore Jade Native graduated by a length and a half in the one mile Emerald Downs maiden race. He was bred in California by his owner Dr. Rodney Orr and is out of the Skip Away broodmare Jadelet.

Jeranimo is an eight-time graded winner (including two G1’s) of $1.5 million and is from the classic sire line of BLUSHING GROOM, RAINBOW QUEST and ANIMAL KINGDOM. The son of Congaree and Jera, by Jeblar, stands for $2,500 as the Property of a Partnership.

Acclimate Goes Wire-to-Wire in G3 San Juan Capistrano

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From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–In sharp recent form and blessed with an abundance of natural speed, California-bred Acclimate took six rivals on a merry chase that resulted in a stirring half length victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old gelding by Acclamation got the marathon mile and three quarters on turf in 2:48.80.

Fresh off a gate to wire victory in a 1 1/8 mile turf starter allowance on May 31, Acclimate broke sharply and was immediately under a snug hold down the hill and enjoyed a three-length advantage heading into the Club House turn. With favored Causeforcommotion beginning to tire in second position, Garcia let out a notch a quarter mile from home and Acclimate enjoyed a three length advantage over eventual runner-up Oscar Dominguez a furlong from home en route to a hard fought win.

Off at 9-1, Acclimate paid $21.00, $8.60 and $4.40.

“It was all in the instruction Phil gave me,” said Garcia. “He said, ‘Just break, take the lead and don’t look back. He has natural speed and he is going to handle (the distance) no problem. When I asked him, he just responded and they never caught me.”

Owned by the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing, Acclimate, who is out of the Boundary mare Know No Bounds, was bred by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho, Sal Berumen and Patsy Berumen. A winner in his first stakes appearance, Acclimate is now 14-5-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he has earnings of $175,521.

“When this horse gets comfortable, he keeps clipping those steady fractions,” said D’Amato. “Even though he was going fast, he was kind of doing it the right way. He didn’t look like he was all out. I knew they were coming to him at the half mile pole and Martin kind of turned him loose and he opened up again…Hat’s off to Martin. He rode a brilliant race.”

Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez, next to last early, rallied strongly but was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Red King. Off at 5-2, Oscar Dominguez paid $4.00 and $3.20.

Red King never threatened and finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of stablemate Ya Gotta Wanna, the third D’Amato-trained horse in the San Juan. Off at 7-1 with Aaron Gryder, Red King paid $5.40 to show.

Fractions on the race, all set by the winner, were 22.26, 46.10, 1:09.76, 1:34.95, 1:59.86 and 2:24.10.

Our Silver Oak Rallies in Snow Chief

From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2019)–Based at Golden Gate Fields, Our Silver Oak rallied from off the pace and outran a determined Irish Heatwave to prevail by a head in Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith, the 3-year-old Unusual Heat gelding provided trainer Jonathan Wong with his first Santa Anita stakes win by traversing a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:50.04.

Named for the Mel Stute-conditioned California-bred son of Reflected Glory, who was named Eclipse Champion 3-year-old male of 1986, the Snow Chief Stakes is part of the lucrative Golden State Series. Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State series is for California-bred or sired horses.

Breaking from the rail in a field of nine California-bred or sired sophomores, Our Silver Oak was in the two-path around the Club House turn and although he was next to last at the five furlong pole, he was full of run as Smith began working his way towards to the front of the pack. Fifth turning for home, Our Silver Oak wheeled about four-deep heading into the stretch and kept to his task in game fashion.

“I had a really, really good trip, even though the horse was really tough to saddle and my saddle did start to move back in the paddock before we came out,” said Smith, who was riding Our Silver Oak for the first time. “But I didn’t want to go over there (to re-saddle) and get him all riled up. It wasn’t bad enough where I couldn’t ride him as hard as I want to, but I didn’t need to, so it worked out good.”

Most recently second, beaten a nose by Irish Heatwave (Unusual Heat) in the state-bred Silky Sullivan Stakes at one mile over the Golden Gate turf on April 28, Our Silver Oak, who is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Strawberry Flash and was bred in California by CHRB Commissioner Madeline Auerbach, was off as the 2-1 favorite and paid $6.00, $3.20 and $2.60.

Owned by Robert Jones, Michael Nentwig and Ray Pagano, Our Silver Oak notched his first stakes win and improved his overall mark to 11-2-4-2. With the winner’s share of $110,000, he now has earnings of $224,694.

“Mike Smith, he’s the man,” said Wong, who has become a perennial leading trainer at Golden Gate. “You can’t get a better rider…(Our Silver Oak) is best as a turf runner, especially being by Unusual Heat, he’s bred up and down for grass. He is just a really cool horse. I am very grateful for everyone who gave me the opportunity to train him and Mike Smith for the great ride.”

Irish Heatwave, who appeared to very keen up the backside, just missed in a big effort and finished three quarters of a length in front of Lieutenant Dan for the place. The second choice at 3-1, Irish Heatwave, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, paid $3.60 and $2.80.

Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Lieutenant Dan pressed the pace throughout and finished a half length better than longshot Prodigal Son. Off at 4-1, Lieutenant Dan paid 3.20 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.63, 48.03, 1:12.69 and 1:37.54.