09/10/2014 2:13PM

Smiling Tiger to Harris Farms for 2015

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Barbara D. Livingston
Smiling Tiger will stand for his second season as a sire at Harris Farms.

Multiple Grade 1 winner and young sire Smiling Tiger will relocate to Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for the 2015 breeding season.

The 7-year-old son of Hold That Tiger debuted at stud in 2014, standing at Premier Equine Center in Oakdale, Calif., for an advertised fee of $5,000. He will stand for the same fee in 2015.

“We are excited to announce that Harris Farms has agreed to stand Smiling Tiger,” said Phil Lebherz, the stallion’s co-owner. “Harris Farms produced [Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner] California Chrome, and has world class facilities located centrally in California. Smiling Tiger has over 80 mares in foal from his first year at stud, and we expect more for 2015.”

In total, Smiling Tiger won 9 of 23 races for earnings of $1,480,704. He was campaigned during his racing career by owners Alan Klein and Lebherz and was trained by Jeff Bonde. He won seven graded stakes over four seasons of racing, highlighted by Grade 1 scores in the Bing Crosby Stakes, Triple Bend Handicap, and Ancient Title Stakes.
“He is a big, good-looking horse, very consistent and hard-knocking, and was on the board in tough races 19 of 23 times,” said John Harris, owner of Harris Farms. “He keeps the Storm Cat line going and will be a fabulous sire for California and the nation.

“He is a three-quarter brother to sensational Eclipse Award winner, She’s a Tiger,” Harris continued. “ He got a very good book of mares in his first season and was highly supported by his owners and fans.  We plan to breed some of our best mares to him.  We are very proud to have him at Harris Farms and think he’ll continue our great sire tradition.”