Breeder William Harris Passes Away

Virginia breeder William Harris passed away at his Mineral home on Friday morning. He was 90 years old.

Since 2000, Harris lodged 217 wins and enjoyed horses like multiple-stakes winning homebred Sweet Goodbye, a daughter of Louis Quatorze who won the Grade II Barbare Fritchie Handicap in 2010. Multiple stakes winner Five Steps, also owned and bred by Harris, won four stakes races in her career, earning over $400,000. His homebred Deer Run won two stakes, including the Maryland Million Sprint, and was second in the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash in 2002.

According to a press release on the Paulick Report, trainer Chris Grove commented fondly on Mr. Harris’ commitment to the sport:

“He was always the biggest client in the barn,” Grove said in the press release. “In our heyday he owned 22 or 23 horses in our 50-stall barn at Bowie, so he got a lot of my attention. We talked on the phone just about every other day. I worked for him since 2000 but only saw him six or seven times but we talked on the phone religiously. He was really like a grandfather to me. He was a big supporter and had a lot of faith in me. I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Harris. He stuck with me through the good times and bad.”

For a video of Sweet Goodbye’s Grade II Barbara Fritchie win, click here.