Harris Farms Crew Celebrates California Chrome Victory

by | 05.04.2014 | 10:58pm
Harris Farms horse division celebrates the Kentucky Derby win by California Chrome

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is not just the pride and joy of California but of the horse division of Harris Farms in Coalinga, where the son of Lucky Pulpit was born and raised and where his sire stands.

According to Dave McGlothlin, the farm's general manager, Lucky Pulpit's popularity skyrocketed this year after California Chrome's emergence as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby.

“Lucky Pulpit has been a very popular stallion with California breeders for several seasons,” said McGlothlin. “He has 66 2-year-olds and 75-plus yearlings. This year he is currently booked to 124 mares and his book is closed.

“Prior to the San Felipe, he was booked to about 115 mares at the advertised fee of $2,500. After his victory in that race, the fee moved to $10,000 and an additional nine mares were booked. We have had numerous inquiries regarding availability, but his book is now closed.

“He is a true professional in the breeding shed and does an exceptional job settling his mares, thus allowing the large book. He will cover mares until July 1.”

On Saturday, the farm staff took some time off to watch Lucky Pulpit's most famous offspring make a successful Run for the Roses, becoming the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win. Someone had the foresight to videotape the horse division crew watching the Derby telecast and California Chrome's thrilling victory. McGlothlin (with mustache, standing on the left side of the group) is among the celebrants. Farm owner John Harris was at Churchill Downs.

  • Barbara Bowen

    That is pretty awesome to watch.

    • nu-fan

      Yes, that was great to watch. It gave me a chance to celebrate this win all over again, and this time with this crowd, albeit, remotely from far away. What a great feeling that they must have knowing that they all played a role in California Chrome in some way. They must be just busting with pride! Good for them.

  • Stephanie Morse

    congratulations to the Harris Farms crew

  • Black Helen

    The joy on these peoples faces just made me forget all that is bad in racing.
    This is just wonderful.
    Heart is worth more than money and steroids.
    May all good things come your way.

  • Glenn Craven

    Congratulations, to Harris Farms and all the connections of California Chrome. And if this clip doesn’t become part of a commercial for the sport — at least recruiting ownership of Cal-breds — several somebodies in this industry’s marketing departments have missed the boat.

  • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

    This is wonderful to watch. Congratulations to all of the connections. A job well done.

  • Bob


  • Not many farms have bred and foaled both a Kentucky Derby winner and a Breeders Cup Classic winner (two-time winner Tiznow). Kudos to Harris Farms.

    • rachel

      It’s always bugged me that the breeders get so little recognition…they don’t even get a mention at The Breeders Cup!!!

      • Bev

        Seems the mid western and Eastern breeders try to push the fact that THEIR horses are the best coming from where they come from and they all try to HIDE all the thousands of GREAT winners that are Calbred’s. LOL HELL, can’t get any sounder than a Cal Bred. they’re very sound horses which in my eyes…counts if you want to RACE a horse a FULL season and more. If you want a stall horse to just take care of all the time……then hey, you know where to get one.

    • nu-fan

      Did not know that they bred/foaled Tiznow. Thank you for that information. Harris Farms also had Swiss Yodeler for some time; he’s been a great sire here in California.

  • Patricia Jones

    the faces of hope thank you

  • Nayrod

    Kudos and much success to the whole team.

  • Bourbon Gal

    I love how the guys are ready to get the race off and running, pretty much brimming with confidence. Meanwhile, the females are clutching their hands and looking nervous. That was me!!

    • nu-fan

      Me too, but I didn’t wait until race day to get nervous. I spent the whole week doing so and trying to concentrate on work, get a good night’s sleep, etc. By the time the race started, I was nervous, impatient (waiting for that last turn into the homestretch) and totally exhausted! Still recuperating from that whole experience. Have this week to rest and, then, start the whole process all over again for the Preakness.

  • santacruzchuck

    So Cool !!!

  • betterthannothing

    A winning video!

  • jamrpb

    Dave….GREAT WIN for the owners, Artie Sherman, Victor and, of course YOU at Harris Farms. CONGRATULATIONS on your superb job raising the horse…giving him the care & concern…NOW, ON TO THE PREAKNESS.

  • Congratulations to all of the connections of California Chrome. THIS is why I still love racing even though I have been dealing with so much of the negative side of it, but this again is why I resolved to part of the solution to Thoroughbred retirement and adoption. My sentimental favorite was Uncle Sigh since he is trained by Gary Contessa who is President of The Exceller Fund and one of the rare industry figures to get truly involved in Thoroughbred aftercare, but California Chrome was my choice if Uncle Sigh didn’t win.

  • slinkyleia

    Harris Farms rocks! They are a class act. I love to bet their homebreds when I see them on the card, they are potential winners a majority of the time.

  • Bev

    One year later I STILL love this video! What a great team Harris Farm has! GREATEST video ever.

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