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.

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.