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Harris Benefits From Sire Moves
By Steve Andersen drf.com

December 26, 2010-Mare owners need to update their address books, with four of California’s most established stallions having changed farms recently, including the state’s leading sire, Unusual Heat.

Unusual Heat, the top stallion in California the last three years by progeny earnings, will be based at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., in 2011, having previously stood at Old English Rancho in Sanger.

Unusual Heat is co-owned by Madeline Auerbach and is one of a number of Auerbach horses, including broodmares, moving to Harris Farms. Auerbach said last week that she does not envision a major change in Unusual Heat’s stallion career at Harris, one of the state’s leading farms. Unusual Heat will remain the highest-priced stallion in the state, at $20,000, and will be bred to 50 or 60 mares, she said.

The list of breeders booked to Unusual Heat in 2011 is a familiar one, she said.

“I’ve looked at the book, and most of the people have bred to him before,” Auerbach said. “It’s not necessarily the same mares, but the same people with different mares. Everybody who had mares that wanted to go to him found us.”

Those breeders are trying to capture a level of Unusual Heat’s success in the last few years. He holds the California record for single-season progeny earnings – $5,827,513 in 2008 – and is the 2010 leader through Dec. 20 with $4,306,684.

At age 21, Unusual Heat will be closely managed in terms of the number of mares bred to him.

“With his age now, we don’t want to overburden him,” Auerbach said. “He’s booked, but not overbooked. We’ve always had all the mares we can handle. He’s going to be 21, and he has moved. Everyone would like to get off to a smooth start and see how we do.

“I’m hoping if he can do 50 or 60 that would be great. He was right around the 65 area last year.”

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