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Directions to Harris Farms Horse Division:
Traveling southbound on I-5, take the Derrick Avenue exit and turn right. This exit is 24 miles north of the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant. Proceed along Derrick Avenue (crossing back over I-5), approximately nine miles to the intersection of Derrick and Oakland Avenues, turn left on Oakland Avenue and go one-half mile to the main entrance of the Horse Division.
Traveling northbound on I-5 take the Highway 145 exit off of I-5 and turn left. This exit is two miles north of the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant. Go approximately two miles and then turn right on Coalinga-Mendota Road. Follow Coalinga-Mendota Road (crossing over I-5) approximately five miles to the intersection of Coalinga-Mendota Road and Oakland Avenues, turn right on Oakland Avenue and go one-half mile to the main entrance of the Horse Division.
Harris Farms and Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant is located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Interstate 5 at State Highway 198, near Coalinga, California. The Inn & Restaurant features a 123-room inn, two restaurants, a bar, Country Store, service stations, and a private landing strip.
Located south side of restaurant, 2,800’, paved and lighted; ample parking with tie downs; no fees. Aviation fuel available dawn to dusk: Texaco 100 LL.
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Classic Production From Harris Farms Programs
An outstanding stallion roster highlights the Harris Farms multi-faceted commitment to California’s breeding industry. Each year over 300 broodmares pass through the breeding shed. The farm has produced numerous champions including Eclipse Award Horses of the Year California Chrome and Tiznow. Harris Farms has raised and campaigned 100’s of top race horses over the last 60 years, mainly racing in Northern and Southern California, plus consigning farm and client horses successfully to sales. John Harris has played a most active role in the California and national racing scene, serving multiple terms as the Chairman of CTBA, Chairman of the Bay Meadows Racing Association, as well as being on the CHRB for multiple terms, being appointed by both Republican and Democratic Governors, and serving as board chair for several terms. He is also a member of The Jockey Club, and has served as a Steward there.
A high level of success on the racetrack and from our breeding shed continues to be the goal at Harris Farms, which has accounted for 51 California divisional champions, and eight California 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 $50 million.
Thoroughbred stars who trace their roots to Harris Farms include: California’s All-Time Money Earner, 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome; Horse of the Year Tiznow, the only two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1); Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Thor’s Echo and Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Soviet Problem; additional Grade 1 winners Alphabet Kisses, Healthy Addiction, Greg’s Gold, Cost of Freedom, Nashoba’s Key, Tiz Flirtatious, Spanish Queen, Dominant Dancer, Tamarando and Grade II winners Skye Diamonds, Gervinho, Ceeband, Compari, Continental Red and Moscow Burning.
The Harris Farms Horse Division dates back nearly 60 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 the acclaimed Harris Ranch Restaurant and Inn; until its recent sale, the Harris Feeding Company, California’s largest cattle feed yard and Harris Ranch Beef Company, a pioneer in branded beef. Harris Farms Farming Division founded in 1937 on then barren land 50 miles Southwest of Fresno, in the middle of California, initially focused on growing cotton and grains, but now contains thousands of acres planted in almonds, pistachios, vegetables, wine grapes, and citrus in 3 locations.
Currently, Harris Farms’ horse division includes the 350-acre main farm located north of Coalinga, just east of the I-5, as well as the 200–acre part of the 6000 acre Harris River Ranch near Sanger devoted to horses. The main farm boasts a full commercial facility, offering a wide range of services from breeding and foaling to conditioning and training on the farm’s 7 furlong training track for Harris Farms and its many loyal clients.
The pastoral Harris River Ranch is located 65 miles Northeast of the main farm on the majestic Kings River. The rich, sandy loam soil and underlying limestone work with ideal water conditions to nourish 240 acres of large, expansive pastures conducive to the proper growth and development of weanlings and yearlings. Cared for by River Ranch manager Laurie Brown, her assistant manager Lindsay Miller and the River Ranch staff, young horses are well prepared for the challenges of the racetrack or the sales ring.
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 Jonny Hilvers, a 4th generation horseman with roots back to the Old English Rancho which has dominated California racing and breeding for decades; and long-time farm trainer Per Antonsen. Dr. Jeanne Bowers-Lepore, a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, serves as the farm’s resident veterinarian, assisted by Dr. Virginia Castillo Hernandez as well as Dr. Kirsten Phillips and Ana Celdron both serving as Veterinary interns. Please feel free to call and schedule an appointment to tour the facilities, or visit the Harris Farms website at www.harrisfarms.com
The Harris Farms Team
From Left rear: Per Antonsen, John Harris, Dave McGlothlin, Raul Rosas; Left front: Lisa Torres-Antonsen, Nancy Clover, Jeanne Bowers-Lepore, DVM, Janie Davis, Monica Bazan, Virginia Castillo Hernandez and Raquel Herrero.
“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!” JCH
Jonny Hilvers- 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
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.
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.
The training track, an immaculately groomed 7/8-mile facility, is used in conjunction with, the respective racehorse owner’s, trainer’s and veterinarian’s instructions to produce a winning end product. The results speak for themselves, Per and his staff have produced and developed numerous graded stakes horses including: 2000 and 2001 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner TIZNOW (multiple Grade 1 winner of over $6.5 million), SUPER TUESDAY, IMAGE OF GLORY, SOVIET PROBLEM, WORK THE CROWD, CEEBAND and TERESA MC.
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.
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.
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 Harris Farms Sales graduate win for their new owners.