History

DSC_0014Situated on a hillside in Na-Au-Say Township in Kendall County just 35 miles Southwest of downtown Chicago, four miles west of Plainfield, and five miles east of Oswego, Northfork Farm features beautiful rolling pastures and views that are breath taking.  With the Chicago skyline in the distant background, it is remarkable how quiet this prairie is.  With quick access to Interstate 55 for both Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Courses, Northfork has transitioned into both a thoroughbred horse facility, and a pleasure riding and boarding facility. With rich soils (drummer and loam) the farm features rich green pastures designed for providing essential nutrients for all horses turned out for grazing.  It is very common to find rich black dirt as far down as thirty inches below the surface throughout the entire property.  The farm also grows and produces its own hay (alfalfa and grass mix).

The farm dates back to when former President Polk owned it.  The Pasteris family purchased the farm in January 1961, and the farm has been in the family ever since.  Peter Pasteris Sr. began the operation with his Appaloosa Stallion named Dalton’s Cowboy.  The stud was so impressive with his color, that his stud fee consistently remained at $1,000 from 1968-1980 until he was pensioned on the farm.  Pasteris Sr. then trained and converted him to a cart horse for the remainder of his life.

Dr. Peter Pasteris Jr. who grew up on the farm, now owns and operates it.  In 2001 he demolished the original farm house and main barn and designed the layout much like Southfork Ranch in Plano, Texas; however, it very much resembles the type of farms located in Lexington, Kentucky where Northfork takes their mares for breeding.   In 2006, Dr. Pasteris purchased his first thoroughbred mare named Summertime Val sired by Summer Squall (Winner of the 1990 Preakness and 2nd in the 1990 Kentucky Derby to Unbridled) out of Weekend Surprise (Broodmare of The Year- 1985) who was sired by Secretariat (Triple Crown winner – 1973).  Summertime Val produced Apollo Dolce (THREE TIME GRADE 1 STAKES WINNER in Japan), and her last two foals have sold for $386,000 and $168,000 respectfully.

Since that time, two additional mares have been added to the broodmare band.  Most notable, Wicked Tap sired by Pleasant Tap (1992 Champion Older Male Horse and runner up Horse of the Year to AP Indy).  Pleasant Tap who earned $2,721,169 during his racing career and sired 53 stakes winners and the earners of more than $51.5 million, ironically finished third in the 1990 Kentucky Derby behind Unbridled and Summer Squall. His half-brother (Go for Gin) won the 1994 Kentucky Derby.

The farm began boarding horses on a referral basis in 2008.  The farm has trails and turnout pastures with automatic mirafount waters that are heated during the winter months to avoid freezing.  Hay is included with the board, and the boarder provides their own grain and supplements.  Trees and run in sheds provide shade and wind break. Farm tours are available upon request.