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by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 25, 2017—Stallionesearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2017 Oklahoma Futurity(G3) from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with jockey Daniel Torres about the second-fastest qualifier from the March 11th trials. CLICK HERE to watch the second-preview episode of the 2017 Oklahoma Futurity(G3). The Oklahoma Futurity webcast can be found on Stallionesearch.com and StallioneSearch En Español. Coverage of the 2017 Remington Park triple-crown series consisting of the Oklahoma Futurity(G3), Remington Park ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 24, 2017—Stallionesearch.com begins it's webcast coverage of the 2017 Oklahoma Futurity(G3) from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with trainer Guillermo Valdivia and jockey Larry Payne about Ima China Rush, the fastest qualifier from the March 11th trials.  CLICK HERE to watch the first-preview episode of the 2017 Oklahoma Futurity(G3). The Oklahoma Futurity webcast can be found on Stallionesearch.com and Stallionesearch En Español.
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by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 23, 2017-Stallionesearch.com concludes our webcast coverage yesterday's 2017 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) from Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com talks with the winning connections of 2017 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) winner Together To The End..  CLICK HERE to watch the final episode of the 2017 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3). The coverage of the second futurity for this year at Louisiana Downs, continues the 2017 Louisiana Quarter Horse Racing Series on Stallionesearch.com and Stallionesearch En Español. ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 22, 2017-Stallionesearch.com begins our webcast coverage today of the 2017 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) from Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com talks with trainer Jose Sanchez about second fastest qualifier going into today's futurity, Together To The End.  The two-year-old Inseperable filly, under jockey Eddy Sanchez for his trainer father, posted the second fastest time of :15.741 for the 300-yard trial on March 4, 2017.  CLICK HERE to watch the second-preview episode of the 2017 ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 22, 2017-Stallionesearch.com begins our webcast coverage today of the 2017 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) from Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com talks with trainer Wendy Garcia about the fastest qualifier going into today's (Wednesday) futurity, Capitan Jimbob. The two-year-old Desirio colt, under jockey Rene Gutierrez, posted the fastest time of 15.676 for the 300-yard trial on March 4, 2017. CLICK HERE to watch the first-preview episode of the 2017 Harrah's Entertainment ...



LEXINGTON, KY—MARCH 21, 2017—The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced yesterday that Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Located outside of El Paso in Sunland Park, N.M., the 58-year old racetrack hosts its biggest racing event on March 26 the $800,000 ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MARCH 20, 2017—The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee was elected at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio. Though AQHA operates primarily upon the decisions of its members through the board of directors, the five-person Executive Committee is responsible for implementing these important ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MARCH 20, 2017—The 2017 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday (Mar 19) at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio. “Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is the highest honor possible in our Association, and we welcome these deserving ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 19, 2017—Stallionesearch.com has released its webcast coverage of the 2017 Mardi Gras Derby from Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana. CLICK HERE to watch the Stallionesearch.com webcast of the 2017 Mardi Gras Derby (see related news story). The coverage from Louisiana Downs kicks-off the 2017 Louisiana Quarter Horse Racing Series on Stallionesearch.com and Stallionesearch En Español.   Throughout the 2017 racing calendar in Louisiana, Stallionesearch and Stallionesearch En Español will be ...



By AQHA Media Editor-In-Chief Becky Newell THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE JOURNAL—MARCH 19, 2017—Horse-crazy from birth, Acacia Walker was able to pursue her horse passion in the hunter-jumper arena and the American Quarter Horse show scene in California. A love of riding Quarter Horses was stolen from the young mother when she and her son were ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 18, 2017—Stallionesearch.com has released its webcast coverage of the 2017 Mardi Gras Futurity(RG2) from Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana. CLICK HERE to watch the Stallionesearch.com webcast of the 2017 Mardi Gras Futurity-RG2 (see related news story). The coverage of the first official futurity for this year, kicks-off the 2017 Louisiana Quarter Horse Racing Series on Stallionesearch.com and Stallionesearch En Español. Throughout the 2017 racing calendar in Louisiana, Stallionesearch and ...



DALLAS, TX–MARCH 17, 2017–Stallionesearch releases the 'debut edition' of the Stallionesearch Stallion Spotlight for the week of March 6th through March 12th on the website, as well as on Facebook. The Stallionesearch Stallion Spotlight will be 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 QH racing calendar of 2017. This week's Stallion Spotlight goes to Lazy E Ranch's champion sire Valiant Hero. CLICK HERE to watch the Stallion Spotlight for the week of March 6th through 12th. The Stallionesearch Stallion Spotlight is currently sponsored ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—MARCH 16, 2017— The American Quarter Horse Association has released the 2016 AQHA Annual Report, and it is available to download HERE. The annual report contains complete statistics for AQHA membership, horse registrations and transfers, show and race statistics, and more. "AQHA’s annual report dives into the Association’s functions, goals and how we operate as a business dedicated to serving our members in the best way possible," said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. "I encourage all AQHA members to read through the report for a statistical look at our Association." Also in the ...



SCOTTSDALE, AZ—MARCH 16, 2017—A set of commercials, featuring all-time leading jockey G.R. Carter, for stakes winner and All American Futurity(G1) finalistIm A Fancy PYC SI 92 was released today on both StallioneSearch and Facebook. Im A Fancy PYC, who ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 10, 2017—Remington Park’s free online racing contest, The RP High Q Test, is set to return for its fifth year. This year’s game will begin on March 25 and continue thru June 3 with a Grand Prize of $4,000 and total cash prizes of more than $7,000. Registration to play the 2017 RP High Q Test is now open. Visit ...



Q-RACING—MARCH 15, 2017—With nearly 2 million views of its interactive lessons and multi-media educational materials, Night School soon embarks on its seventh season as a staple of teaching the handicapping process. The horse racing industry’s national online fan education and player development program since 2011 returns to its annual ...



TUSCON, AZ—MARCH 15, 2017—AQRA Executive Director Loretta Brasher and Cats Policy were inducted into the Arizona association’s Hall of Fame during AQRA’s annual awards banquet on Saturday (Mar 11) at Rillito Race Park in Tucson. The association also announced its 2016 champion horses and held their annual silent auction to raise funds for its scholarship program. Earlier this year Loretta was honored during the AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony at Heritage Place Sale Company in Oklahoma City with the Mildred N. Vessels Special ...



ELGIN, TX—MARCH 14, 2017—The third sustaining payment for the $1 million-est. Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby are due Wednesday, March 15th. To remain eligible horsemen must send a $350 payment by that date. Horsemen and women who missed the original nomination deadline can still enter their horse(s) for an $1,350 late entry fee thru Wednesday. CLICK HERE to download a nomination form. Trials for the Texas Classic Futurity will be run October 21 at Lone Star Park and trials for the Texas Classic Derby will be contested October 20. Both finals are set for ...



AUSTIN, TX—MARCH 13, 2017—The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership is reporting that five bills were filed with the Texas Legislature last week that could benefit the state's horse racing industry. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R) has filed three bills in the Senate:
  • SB 1971 (co-authored by Sen. Dawn Buckingham [R]) - Would create a purse ...



By Martha Claussen BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 13, 2017— There is always something very special about the Mardi Gras Futurity, which is the first official test for 2-year-olds each year. It is a race with a rich tradition, now in its 28th running and gives horseman an early look to see if their "babies" are precocious enough to fire with very ...



FORT WORTH, TX—MARCH 13, 2017—APHA announced today that George Ready will step down as the association's 2017 President and as a member of the APHA Executive Committee, effective immediately. The Executive Committee has appointed President-elect Dr. Craig Wood as the acting 2017 President. The decision came soon after APHA's recently ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MARCH 13, 2017—Los Alamitos Race Course enjoyed a record night of handle in its Pick Fours after a combined total of $345,992 was wagered in the track’s popular early and late Pick Fours on Sunday night. The record total bettered the $329,787 that was bet in the early and late Pick Fours during this year’s Charger Bar Handicap ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MARCH 10, 2016—It’s not too late for foals of 2016 to gain eligibility to the 2018 Triple Crown series at Ruidoso Downs. The Triple Crown Grade 1 stakes are the $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity, $1-million (est.) Rainbow Futurity and the $3-million (est.) All American Futurity. The cost for supplementing a non-eligible ...



TULSA, OK—MARCH 8, 2017—A big demolition project at Fair Meadows is now underway. Over the past two years the fairgrounds first demolished the south end grandstand, then the north end grandstand and now the remaining middle section is being removed before the 2017 meet begins in June. The racing office, concession stands, and restrooms, all stand-alone buildings under the big grandstand, will remain and will receive new roofs as a part of the project. An older skybox structure that used to be the press room, then later served as a small restaurant or club room and it will be renovated to house the stewards and photo ...



By Jonathan Horowitz AURORA, CO—MARCH 8, 2017—The 2017 stakes schedule at Arapahoe Park in Colorado will culminate with the richest races the track hosts for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses on the final day of the season, but the road to those races will look different than in past years. The 39-day racing season beginning on May 19 ...



ALTOONA, IA—MARCH 8, 2017— The start of the live Quarter Horse racing season at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa is more than five months away, but important deadlines are fast approaching. Horsemen planning to compete at Prairie Meadows at the season’s start on Saturday, August 19 should be aware of these important upcoming dates ...



Q-RACING—MARCH 8, 2017—If you could ask an expert one question about how to become involved in racing, what would it be? AQHA is working on educational material to help people get more involved with racing and racehorse ownership. Part of this project includes interviewing racing experts to get their advice. One of those experts is ...



DIGHTON, KS—MARCH 7, 2017—Juanita Crone, wife of longtime Kansas horsemen Gordon Crone was buried Sunday in Lakin, Kansas. She died Thursday, March 2, at the age of 92. Juanita was a resident of Dighton, Kansas at the time of her passing. Graveside services were held at the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin. Juanita was born on January 30, 1925. She attended grade school in North Kearny before graduating from Lakin High School in 1943. She was married to Gordon Crone, an AQHA director ...



By Eric Hamelback and Dr. Steven A. Barker LEXINGTON, KY—MARCH 6, 2017—National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback and Dr. Steven A. Barker, one of the world’s foremost experts in equine drug testing and research, have written an important open letter to the industry on environmental contamination. The letter begins, "On behalf of owners and ...



DALLAS, TX—MARCH 5, 2017—The new two-year-old season for Quarter Horses got underway March 1st (Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds get a special dispensation from the AQHA for the Mardi Gras trials the last week of February) and some first crop sires have been quick out of the gate to make their mark. Saturday's Grade 3 Harrah's Futurity trial saw as many as three first crop sires not only get their first winners but also their first stakes qualifiers. FDD Going Grand, a Grade 3 multiple stakes winning son of world champion sire FDD Dynasty sired his first winner and first stakes qualifier when the filly Ancient Of Days scored an impressive 1 ¾ length ...



DALLAS, TX—MARCH 3, 2017—StallioneSearch.com marked its expansion into the Spanish-language social media marketplace with the launch of the new Quarter Horse racing website entitled StallioneSearch En Español. "The past few years the Quarter Racing industry has seen a welcome influx of Hispanics involvement not only in racing but sales and ...



NORMAN, OK—MARCH 1, 2017—Bob Moore Farms is pleased to announce their third edition e-magazine is now available. The interactive online magazine is a newsletter style publication packed with stallion information and staff editorials. "In today’s mobile inclined world, keeping advertising and marketing techniques fresh and engaging can be a challenge," said general manager Frank Merrill, "This quarterly e-magazine is a twist on the traditional email newsletter. Not only does it inform ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—MARCH 1, 2017—The second payment of $250 is due today (Mar 1) to remain eligible for the 2017 $350,000-est. LQHAB Sale Futurity(RG1). Owners should send their payment postmarked today to LQHBA, P.O. Box 12300, Alexandria, LA 71315-2300. Overnight payments can be sent to 105 Carlyon Lane, Alexandria, LA 71303. For a ...



ELGIN, TX—FEBRUARY 28, 2017—The third payment for the 2017 TQHA Sale Futurity(RG2) is due Wednesday (March 1). Owners must pay $500 to keep their foal of 2015 eligible to the restricted grade 2 race to be run in July at Retama Park. Anyone who missed the December nomination deadline can pay $3,700 to late-nominate their 2-year-olds to the ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—FEBRUARY 28, 2017—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is pleased to announce the 2016 association’s annual Champions. Each of the recipients will be honored at the annual LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 8 at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana. The 2016 Louisiana Quarter Horse champions are:
  • Champion 2-Year-Old Filly (Co-Champions)
    JESS A LITTLE STAR
    Owner: Juan J. Bazaldua
    Breeder: J & B Rental Inc. WATERGIRL B
    Owner: Vanessa Bartoo
    Breeder: Edward ...



WASHINGTON, DC—FEBRUARY 27, 2017— The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) has been working to secure pledges and funding necessary to update the National Economic Impact study, and it expresses its appreciation to all organizations and individuals that have contributed so far. However, the funding is still $150,000 short of its goal, ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—FEBRUARY 27, 2017—The Louisiana Breeders' Quarter Horse Association (LQHBA) will close their office on Tuesday (Feb. 28) in observance of Mardi Gras. The office will reopen for business at 8:00 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday, March 1st. For additional information visit the association website at lqhba.com or call (318) 487-9506. ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—FEBRUARY 26, 2017—Los Alamitos Race Course enjoyed an all-time record pool in its early Pick Four after $197,178 was wagered on Sunday into the track's most popular bet. This is the second week in a row in which an all-time record has been set in one of the Los Alamitos Pick Fours. The Orange County oval also enjoyed a record ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—FEBRUARY 25, 2017—Javier Moreno, who trained the outstanding 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly Lip Request to victory in the fourth ever running of the Kindergarten Futurity at Los Alamitos back in 1958, passed away at the age of 84 last Sunday, February 19. Moreno, known around racing circles as ‘Cugie’ is the cousin of long-time Thoroughbred trainer Henry Moreno. "Henry trained Thoroughbred, but Javier loved the Quarter Horses," said his wife of 57-years, Angelina Moreno Garza. "We met at the Pomona Fair. He was training horses and I was there to see my brother, jockey Erasmo Garza, ride. It was love at first sight between the two of us, that’s for sure. We got married three months later." Born on January 12, 1933, Moreno was a jockey for a brief time early ...



BISMARCK, ND—FEBRUARY 24, 2017—The North Dakota Racing Commission granted the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo additional funds at its meeting in Bismark on Thursday. The Racing Commission approved giving the Fargo track $125,000 in purse funds and $225,000 for promotional funds, which is about $30,000 more than Horse Park General Manager ...



ARCADIA, CA—FEBRUARY 23, 2017—During its regularly scheduled monthly meeting today (Thursday) the California Horse Racing Board unanimously approved a measure to allow races to be run with medication-based eligibility conditions. The Los Angeles County Superior Court set aside the CHRB's approval of "house rules" last year at Los Alamitos Race Course banning the use of Clenbuterol, Albuterol, Zilpaterol, and Ractopamine for Quarter Horses. The Court found that tracks' "house rules" at the time had conflicts with CHRB rules. Today they CHRB voted to make their temporary approval to Los Alamitos' "house rules" permanent. ...



By Martha Claussen WRANGLER RACING ACES BLOG—FEBRUARY 23, 2017—Trials for the first official futurity of 2017 will take place Saturday at Louisiana Downs. There will be 14 heats with the 10 fastest qualifiers advancing to the $271,738 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) on March 18. None of the 128 entrants have ever competed before, although some ...



LEXINGTON, KY—FEBRUARY 23, 2017—Rhea P. Loney, who led the successful "frog juice" prosecution of Quarter Horse trainers in Louisiana, has been appointed chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s regulatory attorneys committee, ARCI chair Judy Wagner announced. Loney is a state assistant attorney general who has been ...



NEW IBERIA, LA—FEBRUARY 22, 2017—Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday (Feb. 24) at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia, Louisiana for Bill J. Thomas, 85, who passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in New Iberia. Thomas is was the owner of American Quarter Horse Rocket's Magic who raced to fame in 1975. Deacon Theo Landry will officiate the services with entombment to follow, with military honors by the Iberia Honor Guard, in Holy Family Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday from 5:00 PM ...



VINTON, LA—FEBRUARY 21, 2017—Delta Downs’ 2017 American Quarter Horse season will run from April 21 through July 8. Stall applications for the upcoming meet are due by March 8 and all horsemen interested in applying for stalls will need submit a completed application to the track’s racing office before that deadline. Stall applications ...



EVANSTON, WY—FEBRUARY 21, 2017—Wyoming Downs in Evanston has released its 2017 stakes schedule, stall application, and stakes payment information. The track will contest 10 Quarter Horse Stakes during its meet which runs June 24-August 13, are due on May 5. 2017 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule
  • 6/25/2017 • Bear River ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—FEBRUARY 20, 2017—A full field of 10 Quarter Horses racing in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship sparked a record pool in the late Pick Four of $145,587 on Sunday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The figure eclipsed the previous record high of $141,711 on the night of the trials to the Kindergarten Futurity on May 3, 2015. The early Pick Four also enjoyed a nice pool of $155,280 on Sunday night. The combined handled for the two Pick Four pools of $300,865 was the fourth highest single night figure ever at the Orange County track. That record was set earlier this year when a combined $329,787 was bet in the Pick Fours on the night o the Charger Bar Handicap on Sunday, January 8. That figure included the ...



TUCSON, AZ—FEBRUARY 18, 2017—The Arizona Quarter Racing Association will honor their 2016 champion during an End of the Year Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 11. The event will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. in the Rillito Race Track Clubhouse. Dinner will be $10 per person with their 2017 paid AQRA membership. A silent auction will be held with ...



FEBRUARY 17, 2017—Quarter Horse trainer Maddox "Matt" Lafayette Baker, 61, passed away on February 7 surrounded by friends and family. Born on March 26, 1955, in Columbus, Georgia, Baker grew up in Texas, graduating from Deer Park High School in 1974, and began his training career shortly thereafter. From 1974-2007, Baker saddled 4,088 horses, compiling a record of 790 wins, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—FEBRUARY 11, 2017—Los Alamitos Race Course has cancelled its 8-race evening program Friday, February 17 due to a heavy storm that is predicted to hit Southern California at around midnight. Rain and high winds are expected both ...