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Classic Production From Harris Farms Programs

An outstanding stallion roster highlights Harris Farms’ commitment to California’s breeding industry. Each year over 300 broodmares pass through our breeding shed, the first step in a comprehensive program which has produced numerous world class competitors. Unusual Heat, California’s leading sire since 2008 with over $30.8 million in lifetime progeny earnings, heads the Harris roster for 2012. Swiss Yodeler, a perennial leading juvenile sire with earners of over $22 million, and Lucky Pulpit, California’s 2010 Leading Freshman Sire, are important contributors to the success of the breeding programs. New to the lineup this year is dual grade I winner Thorn Song, who joins other promising young stallions Lucky J. H. and Desert Code as well as Stormy Jack, Tizbud and Singletary.

This high level of success on the racetrack and from our breeding shed continues to be the primary goal at Harris Farms, which has accounted for 29 California divisional champions, 19 California Cup champions, and six Horse of the Year honors for the farm and its clients. Stakes-class runners and $250,000-plus winners raised and/or trained at Harris Farms have amassed earnings exceeding $38 million.

Thoroughbred stars who trace their roots to Harris Farms include 2000 Eclipse Horse of the Year Tiznow, the only two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (grade I), Breeders’ Cup Sprint (grade I) runner-up Soviet Problem, grade I winners Alphabet Kisses, Healthy Addiction, Greg’s Gold, Cost of Freedom, Thor’s Echo and Nashoba’s Key, and grade II winners Unzip Me, Compari, Continental Red and Moscow Burning.

The Harris Farms Horse Division dates back over 40 years to the vision of John Harris and his father Jack, both cattle ranchers, farmers and horsemen who wanted to devote part of their operation to the breeding, raising and training of Thoroughbred racehorses. The horse division represents just one area of the larger Harris Ranch operation, which also operates California’s largest cattle feed yard, as well as thousands of acres planted in almonds, vegetables and citrus.

The acclaimed Harris Ranch Restaurant and beautifully appointed Harris Ranch Inn provide a welcome oasis to weary travelers along I-5, and also serves as a gathering place for important political, social and charitable events attracting a wide audience. Harris Farms is not just a Thoroughbred nursery, it is a California institution, providing thousands of jobs to the state’s vital Great Central Valley.

Currently, Harris Farms’ horse division includes the 320-acre main farm located north of Coalinga, just east of the I-5, as well as the 200-acre part of the Harris River Ranch devoted to horses. The main farm boasts a full commercial facility, offering a wide range of services, from breeding and foaling to breaking and training, for both Harris Farms and its many loyal clients.

The pastoral Harris River Ranch, where John and Carole Harris make their home, is located 50 miles east of the main farm. The rich, sandy loam soil and underlying limestone work with ideal water conditions to nourish 200 acres of large, expansive pasture conducive to the proper growth and development of weanlings and yearlings. Cared for by Laurie Brown and her staff, young horses are well prepared for the rigors of the racetrack or the sales ring. Both the main farm and the River Ranch cater especially well to young horses, together totaling 520 acres of lush, irrigated pasture that provide the ideal environments for future stars to grow and develop into sound and healthy racehorses.

President and owner John Harris entrusts his horse division to a loyal and committed group of hard-working employees. The Harris team is led by General Manager David McGlothlin and farm trainer Per Antonsen, both of whom have been with the farm since 1981.Dr. Jeanne Bowers serves as the farm’s resident veterinarian. Other key members include Raul Rosas, assistant farm manager and stallion manager, and assistant trainer Lisa Torres-Antonsen. Dr. Raquel Herrero, Dr. Virginia Castillo Hernandez and Kristina Henson assist with the veterinary team and Patty Lagden leads the foaling crew. The courteous administrative staff consists of: office manager Janie Davis; Debbie Correia, administrative assistant to John Harris; and accountant Monica Bazan. All are ready to field any questions or requests you may have about our operation. Please feel free to call. Also schedule an appointment to tour the facilities, or visit the Harris Farms website at www.harrisfarms.com.

 

The Harris Farms Team

From Left:  Cee's Tizzy, Dave McGlothlin, Raul Rosas, Suzanne Pratt, DVM, Jeanne Bowers-Lepore, DVM, Eric Smith, Darcy Stahl, Per Antonsen, Craig Allen, Sherry Fuller, John Harris, Luanne Lewis, Debbie Correia
December 2000

As Chairman of Harris Farms, I believe that we have the best team in the business. Our staff is both educated and knowledgeable. Their enthusiasm and love of the horses is evident.

The longevity of the staff is another quality that speaks for our operation. Their commitment and continuity is reflected in the successes that we have experienced. I feel confident that this teamwork and dedication will assure future success, as well.

Take a look for yourself. Click on the name below for a detailed biography and then team up with us. You'll be glad you did!

David McGlothlin - General Manager Horse Division

Debbie Correia - Administrative Assistant to the Chairman

Dr. Jeanne Bowers-Resident Veterinarian

Laurie Brown- River Ranch Manager

Per Antonsen - Trainer

Raul Rosas - Stallion Manager

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Horse Division

The main Harris Farms Horse Division facility is located one mile east of Interstate 5 and 15 miles north of the Coalinga exit on I-5. This historic farm has served the California thoroughbred breeder for over 35 years. With its uniquely qualified college graduate staff of managers and assistant managers, Harris Farms has provided the states’ thoroughbred industry with the know how and more importantly the results to obtain the maximum benefits for your equine holdings.

With an annual conception rate hovering above 90%, the Harris Farms breeding shed (home of world class stallions and Grade I sires) continues to lead the state in fertility and live foal rates. The staff of Harris Farms considers each and every broodmare (and their prospective foal) potentially a major contribution to the racing industry. Harris Farms breeding staff knows that an empty broodmare or a stillborn foal is costly and not in the best interest of anyone in the racing industry. Please visit our "Foal Watch section where Harris Farms leads the industry in allowing owners to view their foals on the Internet.

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Harris Farms Horse Division-Training

Harris Farms expects nothing but perfection from its training division graduates. Each individual horse is meticulously trained to attain its fullest potential by our resident trainer, Per Antonsen and his quality staff of employees.

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River Ranch
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An important part of the Harris Farms horse operation is our River Ranch, located east of the main farm, about an hour's drive along a very scenic route. This 140 acre horse facility offers spacious grassy pastures along the Kings River to raise yearlings and provide for your long term turn outs.

Located at the gateway to the Sequoia National Park and blessed with a limestone soil and snow fed water from the Sierras, we have developed an excellent environment to compliment our main farm.

This unique facility provides the clear quality air, fresh mountain water, and the abundant grasses for developing a young Thoroughbred's strong skeletal frames and muscular bodies.

As your horses age, or need a good rest, the nurturing environment and caring staff of the River Ranch should be your location of choice for long term turn outs.

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Rehabilitation

When you think of R and R for your racehorse think of River Ranch. River Ranch provides an excellent facility for track lay-ups. When its time to put a few works into your horse we have the team and the track to get your horse ready for its next campaign. While at River Ranch or the Main Ranch your racehorse will thrive and improve upon its competitive and winning mindset.

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Sales

Harris Farms Sales Division is annually amongst the leaders of sales yearling's in California. Harris Farms Horse Division accepts sales prep horses and of course consignments at all major thoroughbred auctions. Watch this site for previews of our yearling sales candidate. The only thing that makes us happier than owning and winning with a homebred is having our homebred win for their new owners.

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HARRIS FARMS HORSE DIVISION
27366 W. Oakland Avenue
Coalinga, CA 93210
Tel: 559.884.2859 or 800.311.6211
FAX: 559.884.2855
Internet: info@harrisfarms.com


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