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Soviet Problem 1990-2011

Press Release

Soviet Problem, 1994 California Horse of the Year and Breeders Cup Sprint runner-up, was euthanized recently due to the infirmities of old age at John Harris’ farm near Coalinga, CA. Foaled in 1990, Soviet Problem was bred, campaigned and owned throughout her lifetime by the partnership of John Harris and Donal Valpredo.

Foaled in 1990, the big chestnut daughter of Moscow Ballet x Nopro Blama, by Dimaggio was on the board in 18 of 20 starts, winning 15 with earnings of $905,546. Trained by Greg Gilchrist throughout her career and ridden primarily by Chris McCarron and Russell Baze, she was voted California Champion Three Year Old Female in 1993 and California Champion Sprinter, Champion Older Female, Champion Turf Horse and Horse of the Year in 1994. Her narrow defeat by Cherokee Run in the Breeders Cup Sprint was a heartbreak loss to her many fans. She won her final start, the 1995 Valkyr H. carrying 127 pounds in 1:02 2/5th for 5 1/2 furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf course.

John Harris commented, ”Soviet Problem was a dream mare for Don and I to own. She gave 100% every race. We will always have fond memories of all the fun times we had with her. She never produced a foal nearly as good as she was although we do feel good about her three year old, Good to Be King, by Gulch, who is currently in training. She will live on in pedigrees as the granddam of Unzip Me (11 wins, GSW, $743,003), who shows her gameness and speed.”

Soviet Problem was buried at her birthplace, Harris Farms, near her sire, Moscow Ballet.

For further information contact:
John Harris 559-884-2477 johnharris@harrisfarms.com 
Don Valpredo 661-858-2888 donald@valpredofarms.com 
Dave McGlothlin 559-884-2859 davem@harrisfarms.com 


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Coalinga, CA 93210
Tel: 559.884.2859 or 800.311.6211
FAX: 559.884.2855
Internet: info@harrisfarms.com

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