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Harris Farms
Our Programs Produce Classic Performance
(Reprinted from the September 2008 California Thoroughbred)

The addition of Swiss Yodeler to Harris Farms’ stallion roster highlights the farms commitment to the California breeding industry. With 19 stakes winners and earners of nearly $17 million, Swiss Yodeler has consistently been a leading sire in California. The sire of Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Thor’s Echo, Swiss Yodeler joins established stallions Cee’s Tizzy, the only stallion in California to have sired two Eclipse Award winners, and High Brite, sire of 43 stakes winners and earners of over $31 million. In addition, the roster features promising young stallions Stormy Jack, sire of world record holder Bob Black Jack, Redattore, the leading freshman sire in Brazil with a group I winner in his first crop, Tizbud, Lucky Pulpit and Downtown Seattle.

This high level of success on the racetrack and in the breeding shed continues to be the goal at Harris Farms, which has accounted for 23 California divisional champions, 17 California Cup champions, and six Horse of the Year honors for the farm and its clients. Thoroughbred stars who trace their roots to Harris Farms include Soviet Problem, Work the Crowd, Continental Red, Moscow Burning, Thor’s Echo, Nashoba’s Key and Eclipse Horse of the Year and only dual winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Tiznow.

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 our experienced River Ranch manager 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 Bower 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. Our courteous administrative staff consists of office manager Janie Davis; Debbie Correia, administrative assistant to John Harris; accountant Monica Bazan; and receptionist Randi Camp.

All are ready to field any questions or requests you may have about our operation. Please feel free to the call the farm and schedule and appointment to tour the facilities, or visit our website at www.harrisfarms.com

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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