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Harris Farms, Old English Rancho Enter Joint Operating Agreement

Combining over 100 years of leadership and excellence in California and national racing, John Harris’s Harris Farms and the Johnston’s family’s Old English Rancho are joining forces to keep California racing and breeding strong. Stallions to now all be located at the Harris Farms facility near I-5 about midway between the Bay Area and the […]

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Leading California Sire Unusual Heat Pensioned At 26

Unusual Heat, the all-time leading sire in California progeny earnings, has been pensioned from stud at the age of 26 “It is with great emotion that we have to announce the retirement of Unusual Heat”, said Harris Auerbach, managing partner of M. Auerbach, LLC. “He’s been remarkable and even in his final season at stud […]

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John Harris, Founder of Harris Farms, Named Fresno’s Agriculturalist of the Year

John Harris, founder of Harris Ranch as well as Thoroughbred breeding center Harris Farms, was named the 2014 Agriculturalist of the Year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce on Friday, according to a story by the Fresno Bee. Harris Farms, which has produced several champions in California, bred and raised dual classic winner California Chrome […]

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Harris Farms Crew Celebrates California Chrome Victory

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is not just the pride and joy of California but of the horse division of Harris Farms in Coalinga, where the son of Lucky Pulpit was born and raised and where his sire stands. According to Dave McGlothlin, the farm’s general manager, Lucky Pulpit’s popularity skyrocketed this year after California […]

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A Holiday Tale: Rallying to Help ‘Old Warrior’ Cost of Freedom

When has a horse done enough? That was the question many people were asking a week ago when Cost of Freedom, a 10-year-old California-bred gelding by Cee’s Tizzy with career earnings of $1,018,799, was entered in an $8,000 claiming race on the final weekend of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park. He’d been racing since 2006, beginning […]

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‘The Fugitive’ and Other Trainer Suspension Stories

Remember “The Fugitive,” that 1960s TV series later turned into a movie starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, the “innocent victim of blind justice” falsely convicted in the murder of his wife? Kimble escaped while en route to prison’s death row, then searched far and wide for a one-armed man he saw leave the […]

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Harris, Lear, and Polk Elected to Jockey Club Board of Stewards

John C. Harris, William M. Lear Jr., and Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr. have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the expired positions of James C. Brady, William S. Farish, and Richard T. Santulli. Harris has been a member of The Jockey Club since 1988 and was a steward […]

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John Harris named 2012 recipient of Pincay Award

John Harris will be presented the ninth annual Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award during the Hollywood Gold Cup program Saturday, July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park. Pincay, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame since 1975, will make the presentation between the fifth and sixth races. The Pincay Award is presented yearly to someone who has […]

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Horse division not affected in Harris Ranch eco-terrorist attack

The central California farm of John Harris – one of the state’s most prominent Thoroughbred horsemen and its biggest cattle rancher – was attacked earlier this week by a radical animal rights group that set afire tractor trailors and cattle carriers in an act authorities are calling eco-terrorism. The Harris Farms Thoroughbred division of the ranch, […]

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Former California Horse of the Year Soviet Problem euthanized

Press Release Soviet Problem, 1994 California Horse of the Year and Breeders Cup Sprint runner-up, was euthanized recently due to the infirmities of old age at John Harris’ farm near Coalinga, CA. Foaled in 1990, Soviet Problem was bred, campaigned and owned throughout her lifetime by the partnership of John Harris and Donald Valpredo. Foaled […]

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