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AMARILLO, TX—JULY 21, 2017—Dr. Larry Findley of Vinton, Louisiana was one of three new member elected to join the AQHA Racing Council this month. He will join Debbie Schauf of Edmond, Oklahoma and Ross Bridgen of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The new members were elected by members of the AQHA Racing Committee. Brigden is an AQHA director-at-large, while Schauf and Findley are AQHA directors. Each will serve a three-year term ending in 2020. ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JULY 20, 2017—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby(G1) weekend of coverage with the release episode 2. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com talks with trainer Judd Kearl about the fastest qualifier in the G1 Rainbow Derby, Hold Air Hostage, who was the victor earlier this year in the 2017 edition of the Heritage Place Derby Eagle Jazz. CLICK HERE to watch Episode 2 (VIDEO) now. Coverage of the Rainbow Futurity(G1) weekend of coverage is part of the sponsored in its entirety by the sire ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JULY 20, 2017—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity(G1) and $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby(G1) weekend of coverage with the release episode 1. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with trainer Judd Kearl about the fastest qualifier in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity, ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 19, 2017—RIDE-TV, a horse-focused television network that can be seen on Dish Network (Channel 248) and other outlets throughout the nation, will be providing live coverage of the $1.15-million Rainbow Derby(G1) and the $1-million Rainbow Futurity(G1) this weekend. The 2017 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) co-champions, Eagle Jazz and Uptown Dynasty, headline the weekend of stakes events at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday. The 2017 Rainbow Derby(G1) fastest qualifier, Hold Air Hostage, leads a field of ten top ranked 3-year olds in the $1.15-million dollar finals. Veteran-horse racing analyst, Tom Dawson, will host the coverage for Ride TV. Coverage begins on Saturday July 22, 2017 at ...



WASHINGTON DC—JULY 18, 2017—The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday the federal government will issue an additional 15,000 visas under its H2-B visa program this fiscal year, a decision that could benefit trainers who rely on the program for backside help. The announcement comes following pressure from American businesses that contended that they are facing a shortage of workers. Industries that benefit from the guest-worker program include fisheries, hotels, and industries such as racing. The impact on the racing industry is expected to be limited, considering the new visas will only be available for workers through the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. Most backstretch workers are hired for longer periods of time than seasonal workers sought by industries such as ...



BY JIM WELLS, CanterburyLive.com It has been proposed once before and this additional suggestion is not based on settled science but on mounting evidence: Canterbury should consider running a 67-day meet featuring ostrich, zebra and camel racing each year, mixing in a thoroughbred/quarter horse day ...



FARGO, ND—JULY 14, 2017—After the state of North Dakota granted Fargo's track two extra days of racing this year, after running a successful six-day meet in 2016, the return of Friday night horse racing at North Dakota Horse Park appears to be a sign that local racing is on the right. North Dakota Horse Park was granted eight race days for 2017. The first weekend of racing gets underway Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, followed by the first Friday night race card in four years on Friday, July 21. Racing will then be held Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23, and the following weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 28-30. Last year, two groups that run the live horse races at the North Dakota Horse Park, Horse Race North Dakota and the ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JULY 14, 2017—The final consignment deadline for the 39th Annual Heritage Place Quarter Horse Yearling Sale is today (July 14th). The industry's largest Quarter Horse Yearling sale will be held September 21 through 23 in Oklahoma City. "Horsemen must get their consignments in today to insure timely printing, circulation and advertising of the Yearlings that will be marketed in this sale," Heritage Place General Manager Spence Kidney said today. CLICK HERE to download a consignment form or visit the sale company's website at heritageplace.com. This year's Quarter Horse ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 14, 2017—Five days after the outstanding Grade 1 winner BH Lisas Boy underwent knee surgery to remove chips on July 7, as first reported by Steve Andersen of Daily Racing Form, Bill Hoburg was upbeat about the possibility of having his homebred 5-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding ready in time to compete in the Grade ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—JULY 13, 2017—Nominations are due Saturday (July 15) for the $1 million-est. 2019 Louisiana Million Futurity, foals Louisiana-bred foals of 2017. Horsemen and women who would like to nominate to the Restricted Grade 1 race need to send a $100 nomination payment with their nomination form to: LQHBA, 105 Carlyon Lane, ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 12, 2017—The closing night stakes for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs on Saturday helped propel newcomers into both AQHA Racing National Polls. In the 2-year-old poll, Rogelio Marquez Jr.’s Heza Fast Dash filly, Dashnunder Afullmoon, winner of the Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) and undefeated in four starts this year, jumped up to No. 7 after previously being unranked with just a handful of votes. In the older-horse poll, another runner by Heza Fast Dash moved up as T M Ranch’s Heza Louisiana Dash, who won ...



SANDY,ID—JULY 12, 2017—Intermountain Racing & Entertainment LLC, owner and operator of IdaBet.com and the live race meet at Sandy Downs in Idaho, will offer wagering on this year's race meet at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Oregon. The Crooked River meet runs four days from July 12-15. The ...



True Named General Manager For Ruidoso Downs’ Potential Buyers RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 17, 2017—Jeff True, a 30-year veteran in the horse racing industry, has been named president and general manager of All American Ruidoso Downs Racing, LLC (AARDR). It was announced Tuesday by Stan Sigman, the chairman of the five-man group involved in the purchase of the New Mexico racing plant. True is a native Texan and 1986 graduate of the horse production and management program at Tarleton State University in Texas. He joined AmTote International in 2010 with the goal of winning the business ...



CYPRESS,CA—JULY 11, 2017—According to an article by Steven Andersen published today on The Daily Racing Form's website drf.com recent Vessels Maturity(G1) winner Bh Lisas Boy has been sidelined with a knee injury that may jeopardize his chances of racing in the $750,000 Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 10, 2017—Owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr., jockey John Hamilton and trainer Kenney Roberts, Sr. were each awarded Saturday night "Leaders" titles for the just completed Delta Downs 2017 Quarter Horse Meet. Leading Delta Owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr. capped an especially great season as leading owner with a (33) 12-4-5 record and earnings of $714,770. His major wins included Saturday's Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) and the Lassie Futurity(RG2) in May. The Marquez stable posted a 36% win rate and his horses were in the top three 64% of the time. Tony Doughtie's stable had a (21) 10-3-1 record and pocketed $143,025. T M ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 9, 2017—StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) weekend with the release of episode 1 preview. CLICK HERE to watch the Lee Berwick Futurity (VIDEO) Recap. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com's Greg Thompson is on hand for the running of the 2017 Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1), as well as to capture post-race interviews with the winning connections.. Coverage of the Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) weekend is sponsored in its entirety by the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association and Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. Stationed ...



CYPRESS, CA—JULY 8, 2017—According to article by Steve Anderson published yesterday on the Daily Racing Form website Ed Burgart, the most recognized voice in Quarter Horse racing, will retire next summer. Burgart, who will turn 66 next year, told DRF that he plans to call the races at Los Alamitos through next June. "I didn’t want to wait until I was making a lot of mistakes,” he said. “I wanted to continue while I was still sharp." Burgart plans to spend more time at his retirement home in Prescott, Ariz., about six hours from Southern California racetrack.

Burgart began working in the Los Alamitos publicity department in March 1977, focusing on radio results. ...




VINTON, LA—JULY 8, 2017—According to an article published on the KPLC-TV website, the Louisiana Sate Police have arrested four jockeys following an incident in a locker room at Delta Downs, Troop D spokesman James Anderson said jockeys went from throwing buckets of ice water on a juvenile male, who was a licensed racing employee, and spraying shaving cream on him to throwing hot sauce on his genitals and posting a picture to Facebook. "Troopers conducted an investigation into the allegations and determined jockeys at the race track ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 8, 2017—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) weekend with the release of episode 1 preview. CLICK HERE to watch the Lee Berwick Futurity (VIDEO) Preview: Episode 2. On this ...



ALTOONA, IA—JULY 7, 2017—Stall applications for the 2017 Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Meet are due next Wednesday, July 12. The 2017 Quarter Horse season, which consists of 26 days of racing, will begin on Saturday, August 19 and continue through Saturday, October 14. Race days will typically be on a Friday through Sunday format with exceptions on the opening weekend (Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20) and the final weekend of racing (Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14). This year, Prairie Meadows will once again host the Bank of America Challenge Championships on closing night of the season ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 7, 2017—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) weekend with the release of episode 1 preview. CLICK HERE to watch the Lee Berwick Futurity (VIDEO) Preview: Episode 1. On this ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 7, 2017—Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will host the second of six all Quarter Horse racing nights Saturday. The eight-race evening dedicated to the sprinters includes two stakes races, the $81,500 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby and the $52,900 Bradford Stakes, along with six trials leading up to $50,000 Heartland Futurity ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 5, 2017—Wrangler Racing Ace Martha Claussen will be on hand to provide analysis of Saturday's race card at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. First post is set for 5:45 pm (CDT) for the 12 race card with more than $1.4 million in purse money for Louisiana-breds. Martha will offer paddock previews with track announced Don Stevens and analysis of each of the races including the $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) and the $257,160 Delta Louisiana-Bred Derby(RG3). Free tip sheets and handicapping materials will be ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 5, 2017— Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle, who topped the AQHA Racing National Poll for older horses for two months earlier in the year, is making a bid to retake the No. 1 ranking. After winning this past weekend’s Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs – his first start since April and third ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 4, 2017—Expect fuller fields, more competitive racing and increased purses starting this weekend at Ruidoso Downs with a racing schedule adjustment. Starting on Friday, July 7, the racing will be held on a Friday through Sunday schedule. This schedule continues until closing weekend, when racing will be held on Friday, September 1 though Monday, September 4. The Grade 1, $3-million (est.) All American Futurity will be held on closing day with the largest purse in quarter horse racing. This weekend features trials to the Rainbow Futurity on Friday and Saturday with Rainbow Derby trials on Sunday. In recent years, smaller “boutique” racing seasons have ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—JULY 5, 2017—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association (LQHBA) will conduct their regularly scheduled board meeting on Friday (July 7). Set for 9:00 a.m. (CDT), this quarters board meeting will be a "Teleconference Meeting". However, any member that wishes to attend are invited to come to the LQHBA office in ...



By Martha Claussen ROSENBERG, TX—JULY 3, 2017—The exceptional year continues for Quarter Horse owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr. The 23-year-old credits his love for horses to his grandfather and dad, who owned horses in their hometown of San Lorenzo, Rio Grande, Mexico. The family moved to Texas in the late 1980’s and currently reside in Rosenberg, Texas, a suburb of Houston. They own Marquez Contractors, specializing in concrete and road construction. Their successful business has allowed them to invest in racehorses and 2017 has ...



By Jim Wells, Canterbury Live SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 3, 2017—The adrenaline was flowing and Oscar Delgado released it as he strode through the tunnel to the jockeys’ room after winning the first race on Saturday’s card. "That guy never stops talking and I should know because I talk a lot," said a fellow rider. Yes, Delgado has never been accused of being at a loss for words, but as he’s demonstrating this summer, he can generally back up whatever it is he has to say. He will ride the second favorite in the richest quarter horse race in Canterbury history on Sunday’s card. The leader in the quarter horse rider standings, Delgado was once petrified by horses, but he has never been afraid to speak his mind, to attempt new undertakings ...



VINTON, LA—JULY 2, 2017—StallioneSearch.com concludes webcast coverage of the $274,325 Firecracker Futurity(G2) and $172,580 Firecracker Derby weekend with the release of episode 4 on Stallionesearch.com. CLICK HERE to watch Episode 4 of the Firecracker Futurity/Derby weekend. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com is on hand at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana to capture the running of the 2017 Firecracker Futurity(G2). Coverage of the Firecracker Futurity(G2) and Derby weekend is sponsored in its entirety by the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association. The leading Quarter ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 2, 2017—A World Series of Team Roping event being held through July 4th at an arena at the Ruidoso Sales Company is attracting thousands of ropers, their families and fans to the Ruidoso area. It is the first year the event is being held. It is estimated the team roping could attract 5,000 people to the Ruidoso area from across the southwest. "This is huge. It is a big thing for the community," said Casey Lambert. He is an avid team roper, a trainer at Ruidoso Downs and a member of the Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame as a jockey. His father Cliff Lambert, also a member of the Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame, came to Ruidoso Downs as a jockey in ...



VINTON, LA—July 1, 2017—StallioneSearch.com continues webcast coverage of the $274,325 Firecracker Futurity(G2) and $172,580 Firecracker Derby weekend with the release of episode 1 on Stallionesearch.com. CLICK HERE to watch episode 3, the Firecracker Derby Recap. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com;s Greg Thompson was on hand at Delta Downs to capture the running of the 2017 Firecracker Derby and interview with the winning connections. Coverage of the Firecracker Futurity(G2) and Derby weekend is sponsored in its entirety by the ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 30, 2017—StallioneSearch.com continues webcast coverage of the $274,325 Firecracker Futurity(G2) and $172,580 Firecracker Derby weekend with the release of episode 1 on Stallionesearch.com. CLICK HERE to watch Episode 2 of the Firecracker Futurity/Derby weekend. On this episode, Stallionesearch.com interviews trainer Vann Haywood and jockey Damian Martinez about the fastest qualifier to the 2017 Firecracker Futurity(G2), Sr Shambles. The son of Desirio set the fastest mark in the June 10th trials with a time of :17.592 for the 350-yards. Coverage of the Firecracker Futurity(G2) and Derby weekend is sponsored in its entirety ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 30, 2017—StallioneSearch.com begins webcast coverage of the $274,325 Firecracker Futurity(G2) and $172,580 Firecracker Derby weekend with the release of episode 1 on Stallionesearch.com. CLICK HERE to watch Episode 1 of the ...



CLAREMORE, OK—JUNE 29, 2017—Will Rogers Downs stall applications are due into the Fair Meadows racing office on or before Sunday, July 9th. Both sides of the applications must be completed in full and signed. Hard copies of the application should be deliver by mail or in person to the Fair Meadows racing office in Tulsa. Faxed copies will not be accepted. Trainers who need help getting their completed forms to Fair Meadows prior to the deadline can contract Justin at the OQHRA office for assistance by calling 405-416-0310. CLICK HERE to download a ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—JUNE 29, 2016—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) will make several charitable donations on Saturday, July 8 at Delta Downs. The well-attended event is the final night of the 2017 Quarter Horse racing season and will include several quality stakes, including the record setting $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) and the $257,160 Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby (RG3). Through the generous support of sponsors like Delta Equine Center, Jumonville ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 28, 2017—Earlier this year a number of state agencies in Oklahoma received notice they may face budget cuts that could result in reductions-in-force, furloughs, or reduced services. The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission (OHRC) was one of three such agencies this week who ended up with no state appropriations at all. While officials are in disagreement on what might happen to other two state agencies, those involved with the Oklahoma horse racing industry all seem on board with the decision to make the OHRC a non-appropriated agency. Debbie Schauf, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, said industry officials had reviewed the dwindling state appropriations in recent ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JUNE 7, 2017—The final AQHA Racing National Polls for the month of June were mostly unchanged compared to the previous week, as Zoomin Effortlessly remained atop the rankings for the 3-year-old-and-older horses, and Eagle Jazz maintained his perch on top of the 2-year-old rankings. Zoomin Effortlessly, winner of the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in Oklahoma City, has been on top of the poll for four consecutive weeks. Eagle Jazz, winner of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) in a dead heat with No. 4-ranked Uptown Dynasty, has led the poll for three weeks now after debuting in that spot in a tie with Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner ...



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OPELOUSAS, LA—JUNE 27, 2017—The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office arrested an 18-year-old for the alleged abuse of a retired racehorse. Dr Drip, a son of multiple stakes sire First To Shine, was rescued last week from a field in Opelousas after an anonymous tip alerted the St. Landry Parish Animal Control to the neglected horse. The 13-year-old champion racehorse had to be euthanized due to his condition. Animal Control began their investigation obtaining statements from the parties involved, and the case was found to be a felony criminal act. The case was then turned ...




MORENO VALLEY, CA—JUNE 26, 2017—Gold Daze, the dam of four-time AQHA Racing Champion Jess You And I, died early Sunday morning. She was humanely euthanized after failing to recover from colic. Owned by Double Bar S Ranch, LLC the Grade 2 placed daughter to champion and champion sire Tolltac won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts while earnings $53,274. She was second in the Yellow Rose Stakes, Frances Carr Distaff, Live Oak Handicap and placed third in the Retama Park Derby(G2), Frances Carr Distaff, Rheudasil Handicap and Manor Downs Handicap. Trainer Don Poteet conditioned the brown mare for owner Ray Stutts. She was bred in Oklahoma by Robert W. Moore from the Dash For Cash ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 25, 2017—Wyatt Didericksen, whose father, Kip Didericksen, is the 11th all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey at Los Alamitos with 1,318 wins, is conducting a summer internship in the marketing department at Los Alamitos Race Course. Wyatt is a student at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and is majoring in ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 24, 2017— Despite a sweep by Team Mexico in the final Quarter Horse race of the night, the team from the United States retained the title in the fourth annual World Jockey Challenge at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, June 24. The event covered all 10 races with 35 jockeys vying for points for their respective countries. Team USA won six of the 10 races on the card to lead the way in points accumulated from the very first race. Jockeys adding wins to Team USA’s tally included DeShawn Parker, Cheyanna Patrick, Tommy Pompell, James Flores and two wins from Rodney Prescott. Team USA, who won the title in 2016, completed the night with 72 points over Mexico’s 69 points. Panama, represented by the sole efforts of Marcelino Pedroza, finished third with 17 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 25, 2017—Jockey Laura Werner, a native of Stratford, England, enjoyed her first riding victory in the United States after piloting the 10-1 longshot Thoroughbred Rocky’s Rainbow to a dead-heat for first with the 6-5 favorite Vodka Texted You in the second race on Saturday at Los Alamitos. "Amazing," Werner said of the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 24, 2017—Owner Dutch Masters III, jockey James Lackey, trainer Bubba Werner and Heartswideopen were the select and impressive class of 2017 inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on Friday night at Ruidoso Downs. Each year, one owner/breeder, one jockey, one trainer and one horse are inducted into the ...



WASHINGTON DC—JUNE 23, 2017—There have been reports this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to offer extra H2B visas for temporary, seasonal workers. These visas are used for temporary, non-agriculture workers at a variety of businesses, including members of the horse industry; principally horse trainers and ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JUNE 23, 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, which include trained ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JUNE 21, 2017—The $960,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos on Sunday, easily the biggest race of the past weekend, had an impact on the AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-year-olds, as winner KVN Corona debuted in the fourth spot to complete a quintet of Grade 1 winners at the top. The son of ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 20, 2017—The recently completed 2017 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park provided the first stars of the year in the sport and an increase in pari-mutuel handle over the previous season. Nymeria won the season’s richest race, the Grade 1, $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity, on the final night of the season, June 3. Her effort, along with those of many other featured stakes winners through the season, will set those racing stars on a path to compete for end of year championship honors. The highest quality Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa racing helped draw more interest from horseplayers this year as total handle on Remington Park racing increased by 7.3% over the 2016 season. Remington Park’s 565 races, two more than a year ago, had total ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 19, 2017—A rally for victory in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship proved to be enough to give Zoomin Effortlessly the Horse of the Meeting title for the recently completed 2017 Remington Park American Quarter Horse Season. Owned by Telesforo Perrett of Houston and trained by Edelmiro ...



By JEFF MILLER — Orange County Register CYPRESS, CA—JUNE 18, 201—He has one of the favorites, an entry that loves to get out and run, that swept to the finals faster than all the rest. What else would you expect for someone with close ties to the Golden State Warriors? Terry Knight has trained some 900 winners in a career more than 40 years and 4,200 starts old, his latest star, Platki, a ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 17, 2017—The annual Family Day celebration just keeps growing every year and it continued that tradition on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The activities, geared towards kids, are led by the stick-horse races. Children are given a stick horse and they race about 50 yards out of the starting gate. The ...