An outstanding stallion roster highlights Harris Farms’ commitment to California’s breeding industry. Each year over 350
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 $35.2 million in lifetime progeny
earnings, heads the Harris roster for 2013. Lucky Pulpit, California’s 2010 Leading Freshman Sire, is also an important
contributor to the success of the breeding programs. Grade I winner Heatseeker joins our other promising young stallions
and sires Thorn Song, Lucky J.H., Desert Code and Tizbud.
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 $39 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, Ceeband, 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
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 River Ranch
manager Laurie Brown, her assistant Craig Allen and the River Ranch 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 and
Dr. Virginia Castillo Hernandez 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;
accountant Brooke Fry and receptionist Randele Gibson. 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.
And of course, once again, Harris Farms is the home of Unusual Heat.
|HARRIS FARMS HORSE
27366 W. Oakland Avenue
Coalinga, CA 93210
Tel: 559.884.2859 or
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