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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 19, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its preview coverage of the 2019 $895,210 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City with a look at the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby(RG2). On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with Trey Wood's assistant ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 19, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its preview coverage of the 2019 $895,210 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1) from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with champion jockey Ricky Ramirez about picking up the mount on Lota Shakin Goin On, the fastest qualifier from day 1 of the Remington Park Ok-Bred Futurity(RG1) trials. The Lota Pyc gelding is bred by Reed Land and Cattle Co, and is co-owned by trainer Gerald W. Reed and Whiting Ranch. CLICK HERE to watch the third-preview episode of the 2019 ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 18, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its preview coverage of the 2019 $895,210 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1) from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with trainer Guillermo "Bill" Valdivia about the fastest qualifier from day two of the Remington Park Futurity(RG1) trials, Uptown Babe. The daughter of leading sire Mr Jess Perry out of the FDD Dynasty mare Ms Southern Dynasty is a sister to 2017 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) winner Uptown Dynasty. CLICK HERE to watch the second-preview episode of the 2019 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1). One of the ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 17, 2019—StallioneSearch.com begins its preview coverage of the 2019 $895,210 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1) from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with jockey James Flores about his mount going into the Saturday final. Remington Park's leading rider will be aboard Jose Guzman and Rito Sosa's second fastest qualifier from night 1, Liarliar Hocksonfire. Trainer Rick Robinson conditions the son of a leading first crop sire Kiss My Hocks. CLICK HERE to watch the first-preview episode of the 2019 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1). One of the richest state-bred programs in the industry, the ...



VINTON, LA—APRIL 17, 2019—Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will begin its 2019 American Quarter Horse season Friday and Saturday nights, April 19 and 20. The 46-day meeting runs through July 6 and will feature live programs each Wednesday through Saturday after opening weekend is complete. First post time nightly is set for 6:15 pm Central Time. Opening weekend will feature two stakes races. The Friday night feature will be the $20,000 Delta Dash (see related story) for 3-year-olds and up competing at 250 yards. Last year’s winner, Dm La Jolla, will return to defend his title under jockey Rolando Cabrera. The Porfirio Fierro trainee has won five of 25 starts and banked nearly $100,000 in earnings. Saturday’s action will include the $40,000 Louisiana ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—APRIL 16, 2019—Billy's Sports Bar and Grill offers a brunch buffet on Easter Sunday, April 21st, from 9 a.m. to 1 pm (MDT) and continues brunch service through the summer racing season beginning on Mother's Day weekend. The 2019 season horse racing season opens May 10 and runs through Labor Day weekend, with racing conducted Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday and three special holidays. They are Memorial Day, Monday May 27th; Thursday, Fourth of July; and Monday, Labor Day September 2nd. The Sunday brunch menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy for $6.99. "The brunch was popular when featured this past winter, so we're bringing it back for Easter and the rest of the season," president and general manager Jeff True said. "We've been adding more activity in our sports bar during the ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 14, 2019—Remington Park will race Monday, April 29, as a makeup day for the Saturday night card that was canceled due to weather-related safety issues; first post time will be 11:30 a.m. After visiting with the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association regarding last night's cancellation, we've determined the best option for those horses that couldn't compete last night would be to card a special nine-race program for Monday, April 29," said Matt Vance, Remington Park Vice President of Racing Operations. "Due to several variables regarding eligibility and hair testing it will be many of those horses' only chance to receive an opportunity to compete before the Heritage Place trials May 10-12." Vance reiterated that Saturday's cancellation at Remington Park was a result of doing what was in the best ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 13, 2019—Consistently heavy rains that started Saturday morning in Oklahoma City, forced Remington Park to cancel the final 11 races on the 12-race card Saturday evening program. "After meeting with the jockey's after the first race this evening it was decided that in the best interests for the safety of the horses and riders we would cancel the remainder of tonight's races," according to Matt Vance, Remington Park vice president of racing operations. "We will make up those 11 races later in the meet. We extend our sincere apology to our guests that braved the weather to come out tonight." The first race of the night was run over a sloppy track with temperatures in the low-40s and a cold northerly wind of 21mph. All wagers from race two and beyond were refunded. The Daily Double, 1 with All, paid $5.80. ...



God has blessed me with my wife Bunny, who is an Angel (for putting up with me for 54 years), three sons, three daughters-in-law and 10 grandchildren that are as diverse as any person could imagine. They are all good people to the core (thank you Lord). Without this family, there may not be a Jumonville Farm. I can tell you that without Dutcher it would not be what it is today. And thank you to all our employees that help make it work. Irene, Robin, Dee, Ms Barbara and many others. ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—APRIL 13, 2019—LQHBA held their annual Awards Banquet tonight (Saturday) in the events center at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas. The 2018 LQHBA racing champions were honors as well as J.E. Jumonville, Jr. and ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—APRIL 11, 2019—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association (LQHBA) will honor their 2018 LQHBA Racing Champions on Saturday during the association's annual awards banquet at the Evangeline Downs Event Center in Opelousas. The annual awards banquet in held in conjunction with voting of officers from the LQHBA membership every year. Early voting begins at 2pm (CDT) in the events center where the banquet is to be held. Voting continues until 6pm and is for LQHBA members only. The banquet festivities start at 5pm with the seating and mingling of banquet attendees, followed by the opening of the meeting at 6pm by current LQHBA president Ryan Robicheaux. Newly appointed Executive Director Bruce Salard will ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch OKLAHOMA CITY, OK— APRIL 10, 2019——With the first month of Remington Park's 2019 Quarter Horse meet completed, the glaring takeaway from the opening 30-days is the colossal start that veteran jockey James Flores is off too. Other than being at the top of the riders standings for Remington's 2019 Quarter Horse meet, Flores has seen victories in the Eastex Stakes (G2), Oklahoma Derby (G3), Speedhorse Graham Paint and Appaloosa Derby (G1), and the Oklahoma Futurity (G2). All four of these graded stake victories for Flores occurred on the same night (March 23), including two other day races to tally a six-win night for the talented young ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE RACING—APRIL 10, 2019— The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to the welfare of horses, as well as the integrity of American Quarter Horse racing. In an effort to recognize only those whose standards help to maintain the integrity of our sport, the association created the Racing Awards and Publicity ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 8, 2019—The 2019 Quarter Horse racing season at Sam Houston Race Park gets underway on Friday. It will be an action-packed opening weekend with trials for the $35,000 added Sam Houston Derby (G3) (see related story) on Friday night and 15 trials for the $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) (see related story) on Saturday. Post time for Saturday has been moved up to 4:00 pm. James Leatherman To Serve as Racing Secretary James Leatherman will serve as racing secretary for the upcoming Quarter Horse meet at Sam Houston Race Park. The Vinton, Louisiana native has a 28-year tenure as a ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—APRIL 8, 2019—Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino welcomes major corporate sponsors City Bank, Admiral Beverage Inc., and Sierra Blanca Motors for the upcoming 2019 Horse Racing Season. "We have a tremendous relationship with our business partners as well as a large group of supporting businesses in this community that ...



ELGIN, TX—APRIL 8, 2019—Sustaining payments for the 2019 $1 million-est. Texas Classic Futurity(G1) and the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby(G2) are due Monday, April 15. A $400 payment is due April 15, 2019 to sustain American Quarter Horse foals of 2017 to the 2019 Texas Classic Futurity(G1). Late nominations for $2,250 ($400 plus all ...



AUSTIN, TX—APRIL 5, 2019—Three bills favorable to the Texas horse racing industry - HB2463, HB1995, and HB3366 - have successfully passed out of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee of Texas House of Representatives and now move to the Calendars Committee to be assigned a date to be heard on the House floor. "We encourage ...



Q-RACING—APRIL 4, 2019—The American Quarter Horse Association has a paramount concern for the welfare of the American Quarter Horse, as well as the integrity of the races in which they compete. Unfortunately, following the March 14 introduction of the proposed bill HR 1754 (commonly referred to as the “Horse Racing Integrity Act”), as well as sweeping actions taken after a series of fatalities at Santa Anita Race Track in California, the racing industry is in the animal welfare spotlight. Additionally, The Jockey Club recently issued a 12-page white paper, entitled “Vision 2025,” identifying what it says are flaws in racing and saying that to prosper, horse racing needs ...



EDMONTON, ALB—APRIL 4, 2019—Century Mile Racetrack and Casino in South Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will open its inaugural Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse season on April 28. On Monday, Century Casinos announced the opening of its racing entertainment center at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino. At 9:30 a.m. (MDT), the doors opened for the ...



VINTON, LA—APRIL 4, 2019—Eight training races for 2-year-olds scheduled for 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana have been pushed to 5:00 p.m. due to inclement weather in the area. "Hopefully they can still be carded today," Chris Warren Director of Racing for both Delta and Evangeline Downs said. Fifty-nine 2-year-olds are entered to contest in the eight races over 220 yards. Results of today's races, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—APRIL 3, 2019—Dominic "Bud" Alessio, a long-time Quarter Horse owner and breeder who also served the industry as President of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Board of Directors since 1993, passed away on Tuesday evening. He was 77. A businessman and head of a real estate investment firm in San Diego, Alessio was an active breeder and owner of Quarter Horses since 1979. Previously, he was majority owner of Ruidoso Downs and Sunland Park racetracks in New Mexico from 1972 to 1978. He began his service to the Association in 1992 and was elected ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—APRIL 3, 2019—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is pleased to announce that Bruce Salard has been named executive director of the state-bred racing association. He will replace the position vacated by Tony Patterson, who served as executive director of LQHBA, before resigning last month. Salard was born and raised in Alexandria, attending Holy Savior Menard High School before continuing his education at Louisiana Tech University, where he earned his BS of Finance. He went on to receive his MBA from ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 3, 2019—According to OQHRA there will be no hair testing collections on April 26 or April 27. Horsemen and women are asked to plan accordingly. Horses nominated for the $1 million-est. Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity and Grade 3 Heritage Place Derby can begin testing now. The final day to test for the Heritage Place ...



Q-RACING—APRIL 2, 2019—Night School, the free online handicapping education program hosted by HorsePlayerNow, is every Tuesday from April 2 (tonight) through June 4, and then again August 27 through October 29. This education program is sponsored by AQHA. The educational seminar is live at 8:30 p.m. ET or any time on demand by CLICKING HERE. The spring semester topics for each seminar are:
  • April 2: Handicapping Overview
  • April 9: The Betting Menu
  • April 16: Trainer Angles
  • April 23: Bankroll and Small Bankroll Management
  • May 7: Betting to Win
  • May 14: Pace Handicapping
  • May 21: Betting Exactas
  • May 28: Speed Handicapping
  • June 4: Betting Trifectas and Superfectas
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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—APRIL 1, 2019—Los Alamitos Race Course had its biggest Early Pick Four pool of the season when $230,909 was wagered on Sunday night. Los Alamitos Race Course had its biggest Early Pick Four pool of the season when $230,909 was wagered on Sunday night. The figure was also the second highest ever at night at Los Alamitos, bettered only by the track record of $239,868 set on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Sunday’s figure is also the highest at the Orange County oval since $211,416 was bet here on March 3. This Sunday’s payout for the Early Pick Four was $7,741.80 after the sequence featured upset wins by Six Eighteen ($25.40) in the first and Callie View ($34.40) in the third. $130,644. The total amount wagered during the weekend of March 29-31 in the track’s Pick ...



PORTLAND, OR—MARCH 31, 2019—Portland Meadows a longtime Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racetrack in the Pacific Northwest is closing for good according to an article published this week on the PortlandMonthly.com website. A permit for "initial phase redevelopment" of the track property was filed on Wednesday according to Portland city records. The longtime facility sits on 64.65 acres. The track just completed its 2018-2019 racing season in February. Portland Meadows, opened its doors in 1946. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the track hosted legendary concerts, and in recent years it attracted a crowd for marquee events like its Kentucky ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MARCH 30, 2019—Godolphin’s Thunder Snow tries to repeat his win in the Group 1 $12-million Dubai World Cup at Meyden Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday with simulcast wagering at Billy’s Race Book. There will be a total of $35-million in purses for six Group 1 races and three Group 2 races on the extravagant program. The final three races on the program — highlighted by the Dubai World Cup — will be offered live on Saturday morning at Billy’s Race Book adjoining Ruidoso Downs. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. on ...



LOS ANGELOS, CA—MARCH 29, 2019—Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7th as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America's Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. Once again superstar guest jockeys ...



SAINT PAUL, MN—MARCH 29, 2019—The Minnesota Racing Commission announced on Thursday that deputy director Joe Scurto will be leaving the commission in June to return to the private sector. "Joe has accomplished so much in his five years with the commission," said MRC executive director Tom DiPasquale. "He hired and trained outstanding ...



ALTOONA, IA—MARCH 28, 2019—A quick reminder to all owners and trainers that payment schedules begin on April 1st for the 2019 Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby races sponsored by Prairie Meadows or Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association. April 1st payments for the following races should be sent to Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association c/o John Lawless:
  • Iowa Double Gold Futurity ($85,000 Added / $200,000 Est.)
  • Iowa Double Gold Derby ($50,000 Added / $125,000 Est.)
  • Iowa Stallion QH Futurity ($60,000 Added / $100,000 Est.)
  • Iowa Stallion QH Derby ($50,000 Added / $75,000 Est.)
  • Jim ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 27, 2019—When a horse’s path has led down a road to millionaire success, the tendency is to follow that road of gold. That is exactly what the connections for Jessies First Down expect to do here at Remington Park this spring. Jessies First Down stepped off the van at Remington Park this week and looked like a ...



ZACHARY, LA—MARCH 27, 2019—A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday (March 29) for Francis Jane Manuel Schultz, 74, who died March 21. The memorial service will be conducted at 4:30 pm (CDT) in the Charlet Funeral Home, in Zachary. Visitation will be from 2pm until a 4:30pm. Francis Jane Manuel Schultz, wife of longtime ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—MARCH 26, 2019—Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino's 60th anniversary season reached another plateau on Sunday, March 24, 2019 with a new all-time high New Mexico state record handle. The 12-race all-Thoroughbred card anchored by the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) generated a track and state record all-sources handle of ...



ELGIN, TX—MARCH 26, 2019—At the March 19, 2019 meeting of the Texas Racing Commission the Texas Quarter Horse Association proposed a rule change to Accredited Texas-bred rules regarding requirements for Accredited Texas Broodmares. The proposed rule change deletes the requirement that in order to be accredited as a Texas broodmare the mare must be permanently domiciled in Texas. This rule proposal was passed by the commission and will now be posted in the Texas Register. The next meeting of the Texas Racing Commission is scheduled for June 11, 2019. If there is no objection this rule change will most probably be adopted at that meeting. If adopted, this rule change will allow ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—MARCH 26, 2019—In an open letter to membership Monday, LQHBA President Ryan Robicheux informed the association that LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson submitted his resignation to the LQHBA board earlier this month. Last week Patterson confirmed his intentions to resign and after thorough consideration by the board, his resignation was accepted and a search for a new Executive Director has started. "Tony has been an asset to our association and will be sorely missed," Robicheux said. "Be assured that the board is confident that the search will be successful ...



FARMINGTON, NM—MARCH 26, 2019—The 2019 live racing season at SunRay Park and Casino begins on Friday, May 3, offering a daily purse structure expected to exceed $200,000. The Farmington, New Mexico-based track will be running a boutique meet this season, consisting of 17 days of live racing, campaigning primarily on Friday, Saturday and ...



ROYSTON, GA—MARCH 24, 2019—Funeral services for Jimmy Lowell Hart, 85, will be held Wednesday in Royston, Georgia. Hart, of Royston, passed away Sunday (Mar. 24) at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. Rev. Bert Synan and Rev. David Bryan officiate the services at 2:00 pm (CDT) at the Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church Interment will follow in the Hart family farm. Mr. Hart was born on December 2, 1933 in Royston, GA, son of the late Guy H. Hart and the late Gertrude Phillips Hart. He was a farmer, business owner and in later years helped his son, Chad, with Hart Farms. Mr. Hart was a U. S. Army veteran having served ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 24, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and Derby(G3) weekend at Remington Park with the release of Episode 3. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson was on-hand at Remington Park in Oklahoma City to capture the 2019 running of the Oklahoma Derby(G3), including a post-race interview with winning jockey James Flores. Flores won six races on the Saturday card including the Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity, Grade 2 Eastex and the Grade 1 Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby. ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 24, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and Derby(G3) weekend at Remington Park with the release of Episode 2. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson was on-hand at Remington Park in Oklahoma City for the 2019 rendition of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2). Established in 1941, the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) is the oldest, consecutively run futurity in the sport of Quarter Horse racing. CLICK HERE to view Episode 2—2019 Oklahoma Futurity(G2) Recap. Coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma Futurity and Derby weekend from ...



i>OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 23, 2019—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and Derby(G3) weekend at Remington Park with the release of Episode 1. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson analyzes the seventh-trial race of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) with four of the top five qualifiers coming from that key trial race, including the fastest qualifier EC Revenge. CLICK HERE to view Episode1—2019 Oklahoma Futurity(G2) Preview. Coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma Futurity and Derby weekend from Remington Park is sponsored by the sire POWER JAM (TB). The son of Concord Point, who set two track records in California going 5.5f, stands at Jumonville Farms ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 22, 2019—The 2019 Quarter Horse racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs concluded on Wednesday. The 46-day meet, which got underway on January 5, wrapped with many positives from a racing perspective as well as increases in gains in both on-track and off-track handle. Officials have reported the following numbers ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 21, 2019—Trainer Trey Wood sent out a pair of 3-year-olds for their first official gate works at Remington Park today (Thursday). Both horses were grade 1 winning 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs last summer. Bill T. Robbins' All American Futurity(G1) winner Apocalyptical Jess posted a :13.39 clocking for 250 yards, the second fastest from 44 works from the gate at that distance Thursday. The son of last year's leading sire of money earners Apollitical Jess won three of six starts last year and banked over $1.5 million. Following a three-race win streak, that included the $3 million All American Futurity(G1), he finished his 2-year-old season last November with a sixth-place effort in the $1 million Texas ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 21, 2019—StallioneSearch.com releases its webcast coverage of the 2019 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3), the open graded for American Quarter Horse Association 2-year-olds in 2019. Trainer Arturo Davila, III saddled Trump My Record, by first crop sire Apollitical Blood, to ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 12, 2019—The final day of the 2019 Quarter Horse racing season today (Wednesday) also included presentations for the meet’s leading jockey, trainer and owner. Everardo Rodriguez won his second Louisiana Downs leading rider title. The 29-year-old was born in San Luis Potosí, a city in central Mexico and began riding ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 20, 2019—Remington Park’s popular and free online racing contest, The RP High Q Test, is back again for 2019. The game begins on Saturday and continues through the final day of the season on June 1. Returning for an eighth season, the 2019 High Q Test features a total prize pool of $7,000 with the Grand Prize winner ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MARCH 26, 2019—Los Alamitos Race Course will not race on Friday, March 22nd thru Sunday, March 24th to conduct moderate rehabilitation of the track surface. The track will remain open for morning training at the regularly scheduled hours with the rehabilitation work beginning after the end of training. Saturday’s gate works ...



INDIANAPOLIS, IN—MARCH 20, 2019—At the March 12 meeting of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, the commission voted unanimously to prohibit the use of albuterol in American Quarter Horses. The new rule, 71 IAC 8.5-1-2.2 states:
  • No Quarter Horse participating in a race shall carry in its body albuterol in excess of the threshold ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 20, 2019—Nominations for the 1st running of the Space City Maiden Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park are due Friday, March 29th. A $200 nomination fee must be paid on or before Friday, March 29th to enter the $25,000-added Space City Maiden Futurity. For Quarter Horse foals of 2017 that are maidens at time of entry (March ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 20, 2019—One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success, as there were no horse breakdowns during 96 races at the meet this year. "A couple of years ago, as Rillito was opening for the season ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 18, 2019—The Annual OQHRA Legislative Dinner, canceled last month due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 26. The dinner provides the opportunity for horsemen to meet with legislators one-on-one in a relaxed setting to tell them about how the issues they vote on affect our livelihood. ...