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By Ray Paulick RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 12, 2019—The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials – 12% of the total horses competing for spots in the Labor Day race – when he received a summary suspension on Aug. 9 for a medication violation. The suspension was issued after Gold Heart Eagle V tested positive for albuterol following a victory in the fourth race at Ruidoso July 27. Albuterol is a Class 3 drug with ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—AUGUST 11, 2019—Debbie Schauf, executive director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, died earlier today (Aug. 11). The respected horsewoman was serving on the AQHA Racing Council, and worked tirelessly to help horse racing not only in her own state, but the rest of the world. She worked to represent horse racing in regard to racing laws, rules and regulations, medication issues and promotional efforts. An AQHA life member, she served as a member of ...



By Paulick Report Staff RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 11, 2019—Leading Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood has been summarily suspended by New Mexico Racing Commission stewards after one of his horses tested positive for the prohibited substance albuterol. The suspension was issued Aug. 9 after 30 horses from Wood's barn had been entered in Aug. 16 -17 time trials at Ruidoso Downs for the Sept. 2 All American Futurity, Quarter Horse racing's most famous race. The suspension was issued after Gold Heart Eagle V tested positive for albuterol after winning the fourth race at Ruidoso July 27. ...



ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 11, 2019—The three most accomplished jockeys in the 30-year history of this Altoona, Iowa racetrack –Alex Birzer, Glenn Corbett, and vTerry Thompson– were inducted into the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame along with champion Quarter Horse Ajs High on Saturday August 10, 2019. Through August 1, 2019, Birzer, Corbett, and Thompson had combined for 4,431 victories at Prairie Meadows with Corbett leading the trio at 1,637 wins. Corbett, who rode his first winner at Penn National Racecourse in 1985, logged his initial Prairie Meadows winner during the second meet of the inaugural season in 1989. Nearly 35 years later, Corbett finds himself approaching 3,900 lifetime victories and within range of ...



LEWISTON, ID—AUGUST 10, 2019—Funeral services were held Friday for Earl Pepper, 81, of Lewiston, passed away at home Monday (Aug 5), knowing he had a great life and was so loved by his family and many friends. Earl was born Feb. 7, 1938, in American Falls, Idaho, to Ned and Maleta Pepper. He graduated from high school in Salmon, Idaho, in 1955. That summer, he started working for the Bureau of Public Roads, a job he worked in for 38 years, plus two years saved-up sick leave days. ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 9, 2019—Ruidoso Downs races were canceled after the fourth race on Friday afternoon when a severe thunderstorm struck the area. "We cancelled the races to ensure the safety of the jockeys and horses competing today," Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True said. "The conditions were unsuitable to continue." Racing resumes at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first post time. On Saturday’s program is the $26,928 ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge, trials to the $143,091 Rio Grande Senor Futurity and trials to the the $123,165 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity. Also the inaugural Battle of the Bases will be held. The competition brings ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—AUGUST 9, 2019—Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is donating $100,000 to be distributed between the El Paso Community Foundation’s El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund. The gift is intended to support the many victims of the mass shooting which recently ...



By Martha Claussen NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 9, 2019—Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots kicks of its 2019 Quarter Horse meet on Friday, August 16. Post time for the ten-day live racing season is noon (Central) with a busy opening weekend on hand. Friday’s features include the $40,000 Treme (G3) for accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 25, 2019—The latest AQHA Racing National Polls do not include any major changes in the top half of the rankings, but movement is likely over the next month, as the eyes of the American Quarter Horse racing world turn to Ruidoso Downs for the All American Futurity (G1) and All American Derby (G1). Trials for the Futurity are set for August 16-17 with the Derby trials on August 18. A bevy of ranked horses, including the No. 1 horse in each poll, are expected to be in action and looking for a spot in the rich finals to be run over Labor Day weekend at the New Mexico track. In the older-horse ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—AUGUST 6, 2019—Evangeline Downs will be conducting its 2019 American Quarter Horse season with 46 racing days scheduled to be run on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule from Friday, September 27 through Saturday, December 14. Post time for the season will be 5:35 pm Central Time. Stall applications are due to the Evangeline Downs racing office by Tuesday, August 20. Horsemen can access the application on-line via the evdracing.com website and clicking in the “Horsemen’s Info” tab at the top of the page. In addition to the stall applications, nomination ...



SALLISAW, OK—AUGUST 6, 2019—A Blue Ribbon Downs reunion of horsemen, jockeys, parimutuel tellers, vets and anyone else who has a “family” tie to the first parimutuel racetrack in Oklahoma will be held Saturday. Persons are urged to bring all of their Blue Ribbon Downs photos and memorabilia to share with attendees. Set for 6:30 p.m. the event will held in the Rugers' Grill (Downtown Sallisaw) at 118 E. Cherokee Avenue (across the street from public library and old train depot). The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association (OQHRA) and the Blue Ribbon Downs Chapel will provide a buffet style dinner. For more information ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 4, 2019—Handicappers take center stage once again on Sunday when Ruidoso Downs Race Track presents the second "Dr Pepper Handicapping Challenge" of the season. First post is 1 p.m. with free parking and general admission. "We had a tremendous response to the first handicapping contest, so we're going to have another event using the same rules," Ruidoso Downs' president and general manager Jeff True said. "The winner will receive a $500 cash voucher, so there remains a strong incentive to pick the right horses and win." The contest consists of playing four races on the Ruidoso Downs card, the sixth through the ninth races, along with a race from ...



AMARILLO, TX—AUGUST 5, 2019—The American Quarter Horse Association released the following rulings for horses who competed in 2019 "Stakes Races" that required disqualifications due to medication positives.
  • Home Boy James has been disqualified from 3rd place in the Mr. Jet Moore Stakes(RG2) race held on April 4, 2019 due to a ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—AUGUST 5, 2019—The LQHBA office in Alexandria, Louisiana will be closed today (Aug 5). LQHBA concluded their 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale on Saturday in Kinder (CLICK HERE for related story). The staff is transitioning the last week's sale off in Kinder back to their home office in Alexandria. For information visit the association's website at lqhba.com or call the office on Tuesday morning at (318) 487-9506. ...



KINDER, LA–AUGUST 4, 2019–StallioneSearch.com concludes its coverage of the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale from the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. On this episode, StallioneSearch was on hand to capture video of Hip 505 Tf Sweet Lil Jess, the high-selling yearling in the closing session of the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale. ...



KINDER, LA–AUGUST 3, 2019–StallioneSearch.com continues its coverage of the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale from the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. On this episode, StallioneSearch was on hand to capture video of the record breaking, highest-selling yearlings from the second session of the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale. A colt by ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 2, 2019—Michael Wrona, one of the world’s top race-callers, has been named the full-time track announcer at Los Alamitos Race Course starting with the opening night of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred season on Friday, December 27, 2019. Wrona will follow the longtime voice of Los Alamitos Ed Burgart, who is ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 2, 2019—Jockey Francisco Calderon rode his 500th career winner on Friday when he won the 4th race at Retama Park aboard Total Texas. It was the first win in four career starts for the son of Total Resolve, a homebred racing for Chavez Enterprises and trained by Fernando Chavez. The longtime Quarter Horse jockey has ...



KINDER, LA–AUGUST 2, 2019–StallioneSearch.com begins its coverage of the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale from the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. On this episode, StallioneSearch was on hand to capture video of the high-selling yearlings from the opening session of the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale. The Day 1 recap includes coverage of the top three sellers from the first of three sessions. Judd Kearl, Agent, signed a $102,00 ticket for Hip 149 Tipsy Blood from the consignment of Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. Agent. The colt by #2 leading first-crop sire of money earners, Apollitical Blood and is out of Tipsy Kitty, by Tres Seis. Wilson One Consulting ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 1, 2019—A team of athletes representing all three of New Mexico’s Air Force bases — Holloman, Kirtland and Cannon Air Force bases — will appear at Ruidoso Downs Race Track on Saturday, August 10th in the first "Battle of the Bases" competition. "We’re looking forward to hosting the competition on the race track," ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 30, 2019—For the first time in its history, the Bank of America Challenge Championships will call The Downs Racetrack & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home for the next two years. Last year, AQHA announced The Downs Racetrack & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host the 2019 Bank of America Challenge Championships scheduled for October 26. AQHA and The Downs Racetrack & Casino have recently signed an agreement for the racetrack to also host the Bank of America Challenge Championships in 2020. This will be only the third time in 28 editions of the Challenge Championships that the event will be held in the Land of Enchantment. While ...



VAN BUREN, AR—JULY 31, 2019—Funeral services for longtime horse trainer Hubert Blankenship, 86, who passed away Sunday (JUL 28) will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Gill Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today (Jul 31), at Edwards ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JULY 30, 2019—On July 29, 2019, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis virus, also known as VSV, at a premise in Tillman county. This horse showed erosions in its mouth. VSV is a viral disease of horses, donkeys, mules, cattle and swine. Initial symptoms include excessive salivation and reluctance to eat or drink. Clinical signs include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, ears, teats and coronary bands of their hooves. Lameness or weight loss may follow. Body temperature may rise immediately before or at the same time lesions first appear. In 2019, VSV has been reported in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. This is the first outbreak since 2015-2016 and the ...



By Martha Claussen KINDER, LA—JULY 28, 2019—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is in final preparations for its 43rd annual Louisiana Bred Yearling Sale. Prospective buyers will have an opportunity to preview and bid on 625 yearlings at the annual event which is held at the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion in Kinder, Louisiana. The first 160 yearlings will enter the sale ring on Thursday, August 1, beginning at 5:00 pm. The remaining horses will be sold on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, beginning at 10:00 am. Each year, the LQHBA Yearling Sale ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 27, 2019—In a time span of two weeks between July 4 and July 18, the New Mexico Racing Commission went on an all-out testing mission at Ruidoso Downs amidst allegations that ongoing cheating continues in the Quarter Horse industry, specifically with newer types of drugs. The feeling is that since New Mexico went zero-tolerance on albuterol, unscrupulous trainers have searched for new advantages to build muscle mass on their horses in order to win races. The agency's official laboratory, Industrial Laboratories in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, tested over 507 samples, including 151 out-of-competition samples in the two-week period. The mission turned up eight ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 26, 2019—The connections of a star-studded list of eight Quarter Horses have each made a late payment of $30,000 to make their respective horses eligible compete in the trials to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby to be held here on Saturday, October 19. It’s truly a remarkable list headed by AQHA champion Flash And Roll, multiple graded stakes winner Powerful Favorite, and Heritage Place Derby winner Apollitical Pence. The list will be completed by Ali Babe Foose, the runner-up in the 2018 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity; Danjer, the runner-up in the 2019 Ruidoso Derby; Im Jess Speed V, the runner-up in the 2018 All American Futurity; ...



SHAKOPOEE, MN—JULY 26, 2019—Sunday is "Leg Up Day", an annual fundraising event to support jockeys that are injured while riding at Canterbury Park. The Leg Up Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2014 to provide temporary, transitional support as riders recover and return to the saddle. The fund provides direct resources to jockeys and helps give them a "Leg Up" while they recuperate. Events at the Shakopoee, MN racetrack on Sunday include opportunities for fans to visit with jockeys, get autographs and take photos, participate in a silent auction, and sponsor riders with monetary donations. ""Leg Up ...



SILVER SPRING, MD—PRESS RELEASE—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting horse owners and veterinarians that one lot of a compounded combination drug product containing pyrimethamine and toltrazuril has been associated with adverse events in at least three horses. Two horses in Maine and one in Ohio ultimately died or were euthanized ...



SAN ANTONIO, TX—JULY 25, 2019—The 22nd annual TQHA Yearling Sale festivities will get underway tonight (Thursday) in San Antonio with a free pre-sale Fajita Diner for consignors and buyers. The annual sale, set Friday and Saturday (July 26-27), will feature 252 Texas-Bred yearlings. In addition this year's sale will offer 20 horses of racing age also. It will again be held in the Exposition Hall at the Freeman Arena in San Antonio, ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 25, 2019— Natalie Dayharsh, a 17-year-old senior aDanville High School, was the winner of the recent QHRAI Youth Racing Experience event held at Indiana Grand Saturday, June 29. Dayharsh received a $2,000 scholarship from the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) and will advance to the national American ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 25, 2019— here's nothing like a Grade 1 victory to capture the attention of AQHA Racing National Poll voters, and that feat propelled Uncle D to the top of the 2-year-old rankings and landed Eagle Coast at No. 2 in the older-horse poll. On Sunday at Ruidoso Downs, Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC's Uncle ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 24, 2019— The popular night out for the entire family at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is back. "Back to School/PDJF Night" is set for Saturday (July 27) featuring all types of activities, from Silly Safari to Jockey Challenges to raise funding and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Activities get underway at 6 p.m. with the first race going to post at 6:15 p.m. The "Back to School" portion of the evening will offer 10 backpack and an electronic device giveaway courtesy of the Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). Drawings will be held after the first six ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch.com RUIDOSO, NM—JULY 21, 2019—StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the 2019 Million-Dollar Rainbow weekend with coverage of the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby(G1) from Ruidoso Downs. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture Uncle D's victory in the 2019 Rainbow Futurity(G1), as well as post-race interviews with the winning trainer Clinton Crawford and jockey Cody Smith. CLICK HERE to view Episode 6: Rainbow Futurity(G1) Recap. ...



AMARILLO, TX—JULY 21, 2019—The American Quarter Horse Association released the following rulings for horses who competed in 2019 "Stakes Races" in Mexico that required disqualifications due to medication positives.
  • CARTERS CALYX (f., Carters Cartel-Confidential Run by Check Him Out), has ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch.com RUIDOSO, NM—JULY 21, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2019 Million-Dollar Rainbow weekend with coverage of the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby(G1) from Ruidoso Downs. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the running of the 2019 Rainbow Derby(G1), as well as to perform post-race interviews with jockey Sergio Beccera, Jr. and trainer Jose Muela, the winning connections of Eagle Coast, a son of world champion/world champion sire One Dashing Eagle. CLICK HERE to view Episode ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 21, 2019— It's a Baby Bo dynasty. Katherine and Eddie Kirshner's Baby Bo of Newport Beach became the first dachshund to three-peat as the champion of Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, as the 3 ˝ year old weenie overcame a slow start to pull away in the second half of the race on the way to winning the 24th running of this ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch.com RUIDOSO, NM—JULY 20, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2019 Million-Dollar Rainbow weekend with coverage of the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby(G1) from Ruidoso Downs. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com talks with 2015 AQHA Racing champion Jockey Ricky Ramirez about the All American Futurity(G1) and Ruidoso Derby(G1) winning Apocalyptical Jess, who is the co-second fastest qualifier going into today's (Saturday) Rainbow Derby(G1) finals. CLICK HERE to view Episode 4: Rainbow Derby(G1) ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch.com RUIDOSO, NM - JULY 20, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2019 Million-Dollar Rainbow weekend with coverage of the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby(G1) from Ruidoso Downs. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com goes to the barn of trainer Fred Danley who saddled Rainbow Futurity(G1) second fastest qualifier Valiant Astica. The Valiant Hero filly, out of the champion Jessie James Jr mare Astica, is a $45,000 2018 Ruidoso Select Sale graduate. CLICK HERE to view Episode 3: Rainbow Futurity(G1) ...



RUIDOSO, NM - JULY 20, 2019—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2019 Million-Dollar Rainbow weekend with coverage of the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby(G1) from Ruidoso Downs. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com goes to the barn of trainer Todd Fincher to discuss him second fastest Rainbow Derby(G1) qualifier, Breaking New Ground. The One Dashing Eagle-gelding tied with 2018 All American Futurity(G1) winner, champion Apocalyptical Jess, for second on the qualifiers list with a time of :21.354. CLICK HERE to view Episode 2: Rainbow ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch.com RUIDOSO, NM - JULY 19, 2019—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage the Million-Dollar Rainbow weekend with the preview of the fastest qualifiers from both the 2019 $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby(G1) at Ruidoso Downs. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com goes to the barn of trainer Jose Muela to talk with him about Rainbow Futurity(G1) fastest-qualifier in the Hotsempting, as well as Rainbow Derby(G1) fastest qualifier Excessive Gambler. AQHA Racing champion jockey Esgar Ramirez also discusses the two runners leading the list of qualifiers going ...



YOAKUM, TX—JULY 18, 2019—Funeral are services are set Friday (July 19) for Vickie Lynn McGehee, 65, who passed away Monday (July 15). She was born May 18, 1955 in Taft, Texas to Robert and Freda Jo Witte McGehee. Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, with Rev. John Witte officiating. ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 18, 2019—Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will put the spotlight on racehorse aftercare programs Saturday, July 20 as part of Caesars Entertainment Racing properties’ "Empire of Hope." The entire evening will be dedicated to raising funding and awareness for racehorses once their careers on the track are completed. Indiana Grand will provide a "Parade of Champions" following the fourth race on the card at approximately 7:45 p.m. Several former racehorses now serve as outriding and pony horses for assistance on the track during the races. Looking at a few of those with new careers include "Vinny" owned by Outrider John Neal. "Vinny" has ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK— JULY 17, 2019—Looking every bit the 2018 All American Futurity winner when he won the Remington Park Derby this spring, Apocalyptical Jess is ready to prove himself again in New Mexico. The 3-year-old gelded son of leading sire Apollitical Jess, out of the Holland Ease mare ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—JULY 17, 2019—The Louisiana State Racing Commission posted a notice today that it will hold a meeting on Monday (July 22) at 10 am in the conference room of the Louisiana State Racing Commission at 320 North Carrollton Avenue, Suite 2-B, in New Orleans. The meeting is a request for rule to show cause filed by Plaintiffs in ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 17, 2019—As fair season approaches, the New Mexico Livestock Board has announced several recommendations as a result of confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) cases in New Mexico horses. New Mexico State Veterinarian Dr. Ralph Zimmerman urges people to be diligent. "While we are not ordering the cancellation of ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 17, 2019—Delta Downs announced today it will support the LQHBA membership and allow "LICENSED TRAINERS" with "APPROVED STALL APPLICATIONS" to maintain their horses on the Delta Downs backside until July 28 with the following guidelines:
  1. No additional horses will be allowed to come on the grounds after midnight (12 am) ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 15 2019—Respected quarter horse owner and breeder Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico died on July 13 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 77. Draper was married to trainer Carl Draper for 53 years and he trained the horses that she owned. Carl died in December, 2015. The horse that propelled the Drapers into the highest level of quarter horse racing was 2005 world champion DM Shicago. The gray ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JULY 15, 2019—The annual election of directors will take place beginning in September. There will be at least seven Oklahoma Director Positions to be filled in the election for 2020 directors. Your membership must be current as of SEPTEMBER 1, 2019. To be an eligible voter you must have started a horse as an owner or ...



ELGIN, TX—JULY 15, 2019— Sustaining payments for the 2019 $1 million-est. Texas Classic Futurity(G1) and the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby(G1) are due Monday, July 15. A $400 payment is due July 15, 2019 to sustain American Quarter Horse foals of 2017 to the 2019 Texas Classic Futurity(G1). Trials will be contested October 19th at ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 14, 2019—Wasn't that a party? AJAX DOWNS RACETRACK put on a big show on July 14 to officially celebrate its 50th year of Quarter Horse Racing in Ontario. A packed house enjoyed superb racing, a live concert from the popular Two for the Show duo, plenty of on-track events plus the first annual Wiener Dog Derby which followed the racing card. Justin Picov, president of Ajax Downs, and Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc.'s Bob Broadstock spoke to, and thanked, the large crowd midway through an exciting nine-race afternoon. "Five generations of my family, including my son, have watched the Quarter Horses race ...