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by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch VINTON, LA—MAY 19, 2017—Stallionesearch.com has continues its webcast coverage of the 2017 LQHBA Lassie Futurity(RG2) and LQHBA Laddie Futurity(RG2) from Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com previews Saturday's $266,140 RG2 LQHBA Laddie Futurity by talking with two-time ...



ELK CITY, OK—MAY 19, 2017—Lake and Ladonna Newcomb of Newcomb Cattle Company suffered near destruction of their home and barns after a tornado hit Elk City, Oklahoma in Beckham County, Tuesday (May 16) afternoon. At least 100 structures were damaged and more than 50 were destroyed in the area. There are 10 reported injuries. The Elk City ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch VINTON, LA—MAY 19, 2017—Stallionesearch.com has continues its webcast coverage of the 2017 LQHBA Lassie Futurity(RG2) and LQHBA Laddie Futurity(RG2) from Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com previews Saturday's $266,140 RG2 LQHBA Laddie Futurity by talking with former ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch VINTON, LA—MAY 19, 2017—Stallionesearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the 2017 LQHBA Lassie Futurity(RG2) and LQHBA Laddie Futurity(RG2) from Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com previews the upcoming LQHBA Lassie Futurity's top three qualifiers going into the 330-yard event. This year's Lassie Futurity carries with it a record $322,285 purse for the restricted-Grade 2 event. CLICK HERE to watch the Stallionesearch.com webcast of the 2017 LQHBA Lassie Futurity(RG2) preview from Delta Downs. The coverage of the Lassie and Laddie Futurities is the fourth and fifth installment of the 2017 Louisiana Quarter Horse Racing Series on ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 18, 2017—Severe weather was the norm on Thursday night throughout most of western Oklahoma. As the storms moved to the Oklahoma City metro area, straight-line winds in excess of 50mph knocked out power to the track lighting system, ending the Thursday night program after six races. The mid-card cancellation is the ...



AURORA, CO—MAY 18, 2017—As the national horse racing and sports spotlight focuses on Always Dreaming’s Triple Crown bid in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, the local horse racing spotlight in the Rocky Mountain region will flick on for the start of the 2017 season in Colorado at Arapahoe Park. The Aurora, Colorado racetrack will conduct 39 days of live horse racing in 2017 from Friday, May 19, to August 13. Arapahoe Park, which has raced every summer since 1992, will feature Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with nine races each day beginning at 1 p.m. MDT. There will be a special racing program on Memorial Day, May 29, and during the holiday weekend ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—MAY 18, 2017—Quarter Horse twilight racing, after the March 2018 time change, could be on the agenda for the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino's 2017-18 race meet. The southern New Mexico racetrack plans to submit its 2017-18 race meet format to the New Mexico Racing Commission during the commission’s June 15 meeting in ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MAY 17, 2017—The latest AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-year-olds welcomed a new face, as Fire And Sass, winner of Sunday’s Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) at Los Alamitos, debuted in the fourth spot behind a trio of runners in a near-three-way tie. La Vencedora, the leader last week and winner of ...



CLAREMORE, OK—MAY 17, 2017—Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is welcoming gaming and horse racing fans alike with a fresh face. The casino and race track underwent extensive renovations to provide guests an even better entertainment experience. Guests can now enjoy an upgraded dance floor and entertainment venue, an impressive bar, a new ...



NORMAN, OK—MAY 17, 2017—Five Quarter Horse jockeys have been nominated for the 2017 Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award, which honors riders whose lives and character positively impact the Quarter Horse racing industry, both on and off the racetrack. The nominees are: Cesar De Alba, Jorge Martin Bourdieu, Alfonso Lujan, Esgar Ramirez, and Ricky ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 17, 2017—Sam Houston Race Park hosts its final weekend of live American Quarter Horse racing beginning Friday. Fans can enjoy live racing on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and a special 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon racing program in conjunction with the running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Stakes action this ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—MAY 17, 2017—A $200 fee is due June 1st for any mare owned by an out of state entity participating in the LQHBA Bred program. The mare is also required to reside in Louisiana, from the time she is bred to a Louisiana stallion, until the foal is born and accredited. Breeders must submit the LQHBA 2017 Out-of-State Mare Report ...



AUSTIN, TX—MAY 16, 2017— Both SB 1971 and SB 1972 have passed the Texas Senate and will now go on to the House. Senate Bill 1971 will create a purse matching fund from the state's general revenue fund that is expected to increase purses by $25 million. As has been well publicized, the Texas Racing Commission and our industry need legislative action to survive. Many thanks to Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Senator Dawn Buckingham. Stay tuned for information on how you can help pass those bills in the House. ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MAY 16, 2017—The 2018 AQHA Graded Stakes have been approved and are now available. Find a list of 2018 graded stakes at www.aqha.com/racing. Stakes grades are reviewed by the Graded Stakes Committee and ultimately approved by AQHA’s Executive Committee. In 2018, six races will have their grades ...



AUSTIN, TX—MAY 15, 20107—Horsemen and women - we need you to act NOW! Time is running out in the current legislative session and two important Senate bills that can benefit the Texas horse industry are at stake! Please contact both Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and your Senator to ask for a vote on the Senate Floor and their support of SB 1971 and SB 1972. Senate Bill 1971 would create a purse matching fund from the state's general revenue fund that is expected to increase purses by $25 million. As has been well publicized, the Texas Racing Commission and our industry need legislative action to survive. To send your own email, find out who your Senator is by clicking here, entering your address in the box entitled "Who Represents ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 3, 2017—David and Susan Mackie’s Strawberry Silk, winner of the 1989 All American Futurity, died peacefully early Sunday morning in her stall at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla. She was 30. David Mackie was told that Strawberry Silk was checked at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and was sleeping after eating all of her food. ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—MAY 15, 2017—Louisiana horsemen overwhelmingly defeated two bills today that would have disrupted the state's racing industry. After committee hearings on Senate Bill 226 and House Bill 585, the authors of both bills voluntarily deferred them after meeting with staunch opposition from both committees.   "A special thank ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 15, 2017—Television and film actor Powers Boothe passed away on Sunday morning at his Los Angeles home. The Emmy Award winning Deadwood and Sin City and Tombstone actor was active in Quarter Horse racing for many years and was a "true ambassador for the Quarter Horse racing industry," said Bud Alessio, the president of the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 14, 2017—Another week and another set of Pick Four records at Los Alamitos. On Kindergarten Futurity night, Los Alamitos had a record pool in its Late Pick Four of $164,219, which eclipsed the previous mark of $160,312 set on March 12. Los Alamitos also enjoyed its biggest Late Pick Four pool ever for a Friday night ...



BATON ROUGE, LA—MAY 13, 2017—Senate Bill 226 will ELIMINATE the Video Draw Poker Purse Supplement Fund which will reduce Louisiana Bred Purses and Breeders Awards paid. Senate Bill 226 by Senator Sharon Hewitt is scheduled for Monday morning (May 15th) @ 10:00 AM in the Senate Finance Committee. Please contact members of the Senate Finance Committee (see list below) and ask them to support our Horse Breeding & Racing Industry by voting NO on Senate Bill 226. YOUR CALLS DEFINITELY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! CLICK HERE for a complete list of Senate Finance Committee members, their addresses and phone numbers. ...



HOBBS, NM—MAY 12, 2017— Zia Park is seeking applications for both its Track Superintendent and Announcer positions as it gears up for its 13th live race meet commencing September 9. Interested parties can visit ziaparkcasino.com under the "Careers" section to review the requirements and qualifications required for both positions and may apply on-line. This year will mark the first live race meet at Zia Park for Matt Crawford, the new Manager of Racing Operations and Racing Secretary. Crawford began the year as Racing Secretary at Sam Houston Race Park and will continue in that position in addition to his duties at Zia Park. Crawford previously worked in racing management ...



ALTOONA, IA—MAY 11, 2017— Opening day of the 2017 Quarter Horse season at Prairie Meadows is still 14 weeks away, but the racetrack has already released its first condition book. The Quarter Horse season opens on Saturday, August 19 and will continue through Saturday, October 14. The first condition book covers the initial 14 days of the 26-day meet. The book is available online at prairiemeadows.com and will soon be sent to horsemen via mail. Stall applications, which are due Wednesday, July 12, are also available online and will be distributed by mail at the end of the week. Stall applications should be returned to Prairie Meadows’ racing office. Prairie Meadows will offer 21 ...



BATON ROUGE, LA—MAY 11, 2017—House Bill 585 by Representative Jay Morris (R-D14) is assigned to be heard in the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, May 15th at 9:00 AM. This bill will reduce by half the Slot Purse Supplement Funds. It ONLY takes funds from purses – it takes nothing from the Race Track’s revenue. It takes the ...



ELGIN, TX—MAY 11, 2017—The fifth sustaining payment for the 2017 $1 million-est. Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby and nominations to the 2017 TQHA Sire's Cup Futurity and Sires' Cup Derby are both due Monday, May 15. Horses nominated to the Texas Classic Futurity and Derby must send a $400 payment ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MAY 10, 2017—The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to protecting the welfare of the American Quarter Horse. As part of this pursuit, AQHA is regularly teaming up with racetracks and racing commissions to deploy Racing Integrity Teams to racing events. These teams are deployed to ensure ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 10, 2017— Another action-packed weekend is in store at Sam Houston Race Park. Saturday’s card includes the running of the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) as well as the final of the $41,757 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge (see related story). A full field of ten will compete in Saturday’s $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) (see related story). TLC Dale, a son of 2011 Sam Houston Classic champion, The Louisiana Cartel, has been installed as the 5-2 choice in the 440-yard stakes. Owned by Rogelio Garza Guarjardo and conditioned by Eusevio Huitron, the 4-year-old won the 2016 Sam Houston Derby (G3) and was second in the Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs. ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 10, 2017—Trainer Judd Kearl continues his dominant showing in the 2017 Sam Houston Quarter Horse meet with 25 wins. He has won seven Sam Houston leading trainer titles to date. Leon Bard has won multiple stakes this season, and is second in the standings with 12 wins and an impressive 67% of his starters hitting the board. Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud are tied for third with 11 wins each. Rodrigo Vallejo remains on top of the 2017 jockey standings with 23 wins. Francisco Calderon tied Luis Vivanco for second place, with 16 winners each. Sadly, Vivanco was injured ten days ago and will not ride again this meet. Juan Garcia, Jr. is third with 15 trips to the winner’s circle. A. D. Maddox is the leader in ...



American Quarter Horse Association—May 10, 2017—Even though Bodacious Eagle nor Jessies First Down ran during the past week, the deadlock between the two at the top of the AQHA Racing National Poll for older horses was broken, thanks to a victory by BH Lisas Boy in the Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos. That win helped BH Lisas Boy ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 9, 2017—Jockey Berkley Packer notched his 1,000-career Quarter Horse victory April 15th when he piloted In Class to victory in the 11th race at Remington Park. Bob and Sissie McClure's 3-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding finished responded well under Packer to win a $19,000 Allowance by three-quarters. The 45-year-old jockey reached the milestone after 7,101 starters. The native of Idaho Falls, Idaho who began riding in 1988 but went strictly Quarter Horses in 2008. He has also ridden 766 Thoroughbred winners. He currently ranks 85th by wins and 59th in earnings with nearly $10.4 million. Last season Packer rode ...



HORSEPLAYERNOW.COM—MAY 9, 2017—Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program since 2011, presents its third live lesson premiere of the season at 8:30 ET tonight. The 90-minute interactive audio and live chat presentation features the third of 10 "Handicapping Duos" to be featured monthly throughout 2017. Tonight's guest instructors will be Jeff Siegel, racing analyst for XBTV and longtime racehorse owner; as well as James Scully, handicapper and racing writer for BRISNET. Fans are encouraged to participate in the process by posing questions directly to the instructors and by engaging live with other interested students worldwide. The combination of camaraderie and access to the experts has been a hallmark of the program. It's free to join in live or via the always-accessible archives. Hundreds of past Night School guests and topics are available ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 8, 2017—On Friday (May 5) Remington Park stewards issued "Summary Suspensions of Occupation Licensee" notices to eight people. Owner-trainers Cosme Velasquez, Julianna Nicole Mancillas, Monse Melendez-Chavez, Salimm Hernandez-Ortiz, Alfred Morris Gomez, Kasey Leon Willis; trainers Simon Alberto Moreno-Rodriguez, and owner Mary Helen Meza all had horses, according to the stewards, that tested positive for clenbuterol through urine sample testing conducted by Industrial Laboratories in Colorado. Hernandez-Ortiz was cited with two positives. Horse named in the notices all won the races in question with two winning on April 20, one on April 21 and three each on April 22 and April 23. Suspensions began ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 8, 2017—It was a record setting Pick Four weekend at Los Alamitos headlined by an all-time high pool in the Early Pick Four of $239,868 on Sunday night, the first time that a night time Pick Four pool had gone over $200,000 mark at the Orange County track. The new early Pick Four mark crushed the previous track record of $197,178 set on February 26, 2017. A new record was in the cards even before the horses were on the track for the opening race on the card, as over $100,000 had already been wagered with 12 minutes to post. The pool reached the highly anticipated $200k mark as the horses were approaching the starting gate and over $215,000 as the horses began to get loaded in the gate. For the three-night week, a total of $542,784 was wagered in the early Pick Fours for a record average pool for the week of ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—MAY 8 2017—LQHBA's office in Alexandria, Louisiana will be closed from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday. For additional information call LQHBA at 318.487.9506 or visit the association's website at lqhba.com. ...



OTHELLO, WA—MAY 7, 2017—Funeral services were held Saturday, April 29th for Michael Shannon McKay of Othello. He passed away April 22 surrounded by his wife and children. Shannon was born April 8, 1949, in Prosser, Washington to Edgar and Betty (McCullough) McKay. He was raised in Othello, a community that he loved dearly and served ...



WASHINGTON, DC—MAY 5, 2017—The US Senate passed a bipartisan budget bill Thursday night, several days after the House of Representatives passed the same bill, largely unchanged from the original budget agreement reached between Republicans and Democrats on Sunday night. Passage of the bill allows the government to avoid a shutdown prior to a Friday deadline. Both houses of Congress approved the budget bill that allows for an increase in the number of nonagricultural visas issued this fiscal year, a provision considered important to the horse racing industry. The current cap on nonresident, nonagricultural visas is 66,000, a number reached early this year, according to the American Horse Council, a Washington-based organization. The new bill allows that cap to rise to ...



DALLAS, TX–May 5, 2017–StallioneSearch releases another edition of the "StallioneSearch Stallion Spotlight" for the week of April 25th thru May 1st on the website, as well as on Facebook. The StallioneSearch Stallion Spotlight is a weekly feature, spotlighting the sire of the top stakes runner from the past week of racing. Only member stallions of StallioneSearch are eligible for the honor, which will run through the Quarter Horse racing calendar of 2017. This week's Stallion Spotlight goes to 6666 Ranch's champion and world champion sire One Famous Eagle. CLICK HERE to watch the Stallion Spotlight for the week of April 25th thru May 1st. The ...



INDIANAPOLIS, IN—MAY 5, 2017—The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced this week their approval for the use of flipping halters for Quarter Horses. The approval is subject to the following requirements:
  • Trainers must get the approval of the starter for each horse’s use
  • The use of a flipping halter must be declared at the ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 3, 2017—Sam Houston Race Park will present an action-packed weekend of live racing and the always thrilling simulcast of the 143rd Running of the Kentucky Derby. Live racing resumes on Friday, May 5 at 7:00 pm with the popular 50 cent Beer Friday from 6-9 pm. On Friday, racing fans will be able to enjoy the running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks from Churchill Downs as well as place advance wagers on Saturday's Kentucky Derby card. To coincide with the Kentucky Derby, Sam Houston Race Park will host a special 1:00 pm afternoon live racing program on Saturday, May 6, which will include two stakes: the $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon and the $15,000 ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MAY 3, 2017— The initial AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-year-olds was essentially a three-horse race for the top spot, with La Vencedora, winner of the $1,002,500 Remington Park Futurity (RG2), leading the field by a slim margin. The Oklahoma-bred filly by Ivory James, who tops all Quarter Horses in North America by ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 3, 2017—Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire is the 4-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Wagering on the complete programs on Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs will be available at Ruidoso Downs. The All American Turf Club will be open at noon on Saturday with a special ...



LOUISVILLE, KY—MAY 2, 2017—D. Wayne Lukas announced this week his personal racing collection of trophies and art will be permanently housed at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The collection includes four Kentucky Derby and four Kentucky Oaks trophies, Breeders’ Cup trophies, painting of Winning Colors at Keeneland by Peter Curling, bronze sculpture of Serena’s Song by artist Nina Kaiser, multiple Eclipse awards, and photos from his Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred training career. Lukas ...



WASHINGTON, DC—MAY 2, 2017— According to an article published Monday on the Daily Racing Form website, a bipartisan federal budget agreement reached late Sunday includes language that raises a cap on the number of nonagricultural worker visas that can be issued this year, quelling concerns in the racing ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 1, 2017—Get ready for the opening of the Ruidoso Downs summer season on May 26 with full simulcast wagering on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby and Friday’s Kentucky Oaks at Ruidoso Downs. The Kentucky Derby is for three-year-old thoroughbreds while the Kentucky Oaks is for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. The All ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 30, 2017—The 2017 American Quarter Horse Season continues into the new month of May with live racing Thursday thru Sunday, May 4-7. The $100,000 Sooner State Stakes for older Oklahoma-breds is the local stakes feature with the big national race the simulcast of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, both will take place Saturday, May 6. Remington Park racing will take place at 6pm on Thursday and Friday, May 4 & 5. Then on Saturday, May 6, live racing begins with a special 3:45pm post time with the action leading up to the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Following is the timeline for the festive Kentucky Derby simulcast day at Remington Park:
  • 9am – Doors and ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—APRIL 30, 2017—Tony Guymon, the recipient of the PCQHRA Jockey Special Achievement Award in 2016, scored his 1,000th career Quarter Horse win after piloting Carol and John Cooper’s Branquino to victory in the third race on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Guymon has enjoyed some great moments at Los Alamitos since arriving here ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 28, 2017—The trainer-jockey team of Kasey Willis and Cesar Gomez piled up the wins on Friday night at Remington Park, working together for three victories. The Willis-Gomez hat trick began in the eighth race when One Dashing Duck ($9.20 to win) flew to victory to break her maiden in her second career start. The late daily double, races 11 and 12, then went to Willis and Gomez as Streakin PR ($9) won the 11th with KBR Ground Pounder ($3.80) scoring his first career victory in the 12th. The training-riding hat trick moved both Willis and Gomez up their respective standings. Willis moved up to nine wins for the season, putting him into a tie for ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—APRIL 28, 2017—The race track opened at Ruidoso Downs this morning in anticipation of the start of the summer racing season on May 26. The summer meet begins with two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and then the Grade 1 $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Derby. The quarter horse starting gates will be set up and workouts will start on Monday, May 1. That will also be the day for entries to the training races that will be held on May 8-10. Highlighting next week, are the simulcasts of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The Kentucky Oaks will be held of Friday afternoon with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon. There will be ...



DALLAS, TX–APRIL 24, 2017–StallioneSearch releases another edition of the "StallioneSearch Stallion Spotlight" for the week of April 18th thru April 24th on the website, as well as on Facebook. The StallioneSearch Stallion Spotlight is a weekly feature, spotlighting the sire of the top stakes runner from the past week of racing. Only ...



CASPER, WY—APRIL 28, 2017—On Monday, April 3, 2017 through the Commission’s Executive Director, Charles Moore an email was received from the Wyoming All Breeds Racing Association serving as notification that it resigns its prior designation as the State Breed Registrar for Wyoming. On April 11, 2017 during a Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—APRIL 28, 2017—Concerned horsemen and women, about the continuing discussion of reductions of horse racing in the state of New Mexico, have launched a petition they plan to present at the May 11th New Mexico Racing Commission meeting in Farmington. According to the group, just the discussion of reductions in racing ...