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RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 16, 2017—Darling Farms’ fastest-qualifier Hold Air Hostage, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, faces a tough task when he takes on a deep field in the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The $100,000 Corona Cartel, for horses who did not qualify for the Rainbow Derby, is also on Saturday’s program and features last year’s Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity runner-up Paint My Pilot. First post time is 1 p.m. and there is always free parking and free general admission. Hold Air Hostage earned the $40,000 supplemental fee his connections paid to enter the trials when he won the Grade 2, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—-JULY 15, 2017—Kowboy Jim, a homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty owned and trained by Dean Frey, is one of 10 sophomores entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $81,125 Canterbury Park Derby at Canterbury Park. The fastest qualifier, Kowboy Jim is coming off of a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length victory in the first of three trials on July 2. The gelding has won four of eight starts, including four of five at Canterbury, and he has earned $33,669. Kowboy Jim drew post 7 and will be ridden by Berkley Packer. His nine opponents include Bout Tree Fiddy, a homebred ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 14, 2017—Sherry Gilmore’s Ima China Rush, a graded stakes winning daughter of the Agouti stallion Rushago, is one of 79 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Speedhorse Futurity (G3) trials at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the eight ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—JULY 14, 2017—A full field of 10 Colorado-bred 2-year-olds, headed by fastest qualifier Indomable Cartel, has been entered back in Saturday’s 330-yard, $74,680 Cherry Creek Futurity (R) at Arapahoe Park. A homebred son of The Louisiana Cartel trained by Luz Chavira for owner Mariano Cornejo, Indomable Cartel broke his maiden with a 1 3/4-length victory in the first of four trials on June 30. The bay colt drew post 4 and will be ridden by Fernando Fonseca-Soto. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 13, 2017—Rachuan Suarez’s So Rapido and Sarah Huskey’s Fdp Rock Solid are among the 44 sophomores entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Retama Park Derby trials at Retama Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $75,000-added Retama Park Derby final on July 29. As the luck of the draw would have it, So Rapido and Fdp Rock Solid both drew into the last of five heats. A sorrel son of Corona Cartel ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 12, 2017—A total of 106 2-year-olds, topped by Grade 1-winner Nymeria, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) trials at Retama Park. A brown daughter of Bigtime Favorite trained by Josue Ponce for owner Alfredo Garza, Nymeria is coming ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 10, 2017—Winning streaks are on the line when Daddys Blushing starts in the trials for the $370,820 Zia Futurity and Running Dragon races in the trials to the record-setting $176,005 Zia Derby on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. There is a special 12 noon first post time for the 10 Zia Futurity trials and the four Zia Derby trials. All of the trials are for New Mexico-breds at 400 yards. The $176,005 purse for the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 7, 2017—VWP Jr Inc.’s Cobalt Creek, a 5-year-old son of Walk Thru Fire trained by John Stinebaugh, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s 350-yard, $20,000 King William Handicap at Retama Park. Cobalt Creek will be making his first-ever start at Retama on Saturday. The Missouri-bred gelding ships in from Delta Downs, where he ran second, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Wild Tycoon, in the 350-yard, $25,000 Develop A Plan Stakes (G3) on May 27. Cobalt ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 7, 2017—Apollitical Man, a stakes winner during the Remington Park spring meet, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Fair Meadows Maturity at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. A 5-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding trained by John Weghorst for owners Jon ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN-—JULY 6, 2017-—Indiana Grand will present an eight-race all-Quarter Horse program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 6:05 p.m. (CDT). A full field of 10 3-year-olds has been entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $81,500 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, topped by fastest qualifier Jess Kool Lady. A bay daughter of Apollitical Jess trained by Victor Olivo for owner Enrique Ibarra, Jess Kool Lady is coming off of a dominating 3 3/4-length victory in the last of two trials on June 24. Jess Kool Lady has earned $42,124 from four starts this ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 6, 2017—AJS Anna Smoke, Chazaq, and Racy High Roller, three major futurity winners in 2016, will be among the runners in action during Sunday’s eight-race program at Los Alamitos. Racing for Robin MacPherson Living Trust, AJS Anna Smoke will head the trials to the Governor’s Cup Derby. A total of 24 sophomores ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 6, 2017—Delta Downs will end its Quarter Horse season with a 12-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 5:45 p.m. (CDT). Delta’s closing-night card will feature seven official Louisiana-bred stakes worth more than $1.25 million in purses, headlined by the 350-yard, $705,495 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1), which honors the late founder of the track. Ten state-bred juveniles have entered back in the Lee Berwick, topped by fastest qualifier Dashnunder Afullmoon. Trained by Jose Sanchez for owner Rogelio Marquez Jr., ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 6, 2017—Darling Farms, Jaime Gomez, and Ernesto Solis’ J Fire Up, the runner-up in the $1,000,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity last month, and Kindergarten Futurity finalists Dont Foose With Me, Summertime Favorite, Mucho Bravado, and Seems Even Better are among the 59 freshman sprinters racing in the Governor’s Cup Futurity trials on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Seven trials are on tap with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the Governor’s Cup final on Saturday, July 29. Trained by Gomez and to be ridden by jockey Jose Nicasio, J Fire Up really shined in the Ed Burke Million on June 18. The Kiddy Up filly battled Ed Burke Million winner KVN Corona every step of the way, while gamely holding off the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 4, 2017—The Paragon Farms LLC-owned and Trey Wood-trained pair of Tough To Bee and High Plains Perry — two of the three finishers in an extremely close Grade 1, $800,000 Ruidoso Derby — return in a deep set of 11 trials to the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby on Sunday afternoon. The 440-yard trials fill the afternoon’s program. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the trials advance ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 2, 2017—The two horses that finished in a dead heat for the win in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity — Eagle Jazz and Uptown Dynasty — lead the two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Rainbow Futurity on Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the five-fastest times from each day of 400-yard trials advance to the Rainbow Futurity on July 23. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each day of trials gain priority to race in the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile, also on July 23. There will be 12 trials each day with a first post time of 1 p.m. Five of the top-10 ranked two-year-olds in the weekly AQHA national poll ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 1, 2017—Headed by four recent local stakes winners, a full field of 10 Quarter Horses will be in action in a tremendous running of the Grade 3 $25,000 Independence Day Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The field will be headed by George and Judy Weldon’s Lotta Dynasty, the winner of last year’s Independence Day at 15-1 odds. Blessed with tremendous quickness, Lotta Dynasty won the 300-yard stakes by a head and since then has won four allowances each at 100-yard distance. Guillermo Suarez will pilot The FDD Dynasty gelding for trainer Jose Flores. The other ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 1, 2017—Six Quarter Horse races, headlined by the richest-ever running of the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, will be featured on Canterbury Park’s 11-race program on Sunday. Olivias Jett, a homebred bay daughter of Desirio racing for Patrick Swan and the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 1, 2017—Bill Hoburg has waited a long time to own a horse like BH Lisas Boy, a 5-year-old gelding that he bred and owns and will now saddle in the Grade 1, $162,600 Vessels Maturity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The winner of the Vessels Maturity at 400 yards will earn a berth to this year’s Champion of Champions. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JUNE 30, 2017—Hardtoget, a 4-year-old daughter of champion Foose owned by Trey Malechek, will risk her three-race win streak in Saturday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Belles Stakes at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Hardtoget is coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which the mare won all three of her starts, including a 350-yard allowance-optional claiming ($40,000) dash on May 19. Hardtoget drew post 2 and will be ridden by James Flores. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2017—A pair of stakes, headlined by the 350-yard, $95,540 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3), tops Retama Park’s 10-race program on Saturday. Shades Of Gray, a gray son of Ivory James and the fastest qualifier, drew post 7 for the TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity. Trained by Javier Contreras for owner Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez, the gelding has earned $5,036 from three races, and he was a finalist in the 300-yard, $234,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs on March 22. Shades Of Gray broke ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 26, 2017—Felix J. Martinez’s Capitan Jimbob will seek his first stakes victory in Saturday’s 350-yard, $274,325 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs. Capitan Jimbob is coming off of a 1 1/2-length win in one of six Firecracker Futurity trials on June 10. The sorrel son of Desirio has earned $61,352 from five races, and his resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winnerr Together To The End, in the 300-yard, $234,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs on March ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—JUNE 28, 2017—Two sets of Colorado-bred trials -- one for the Lucille Rowe Derby (R) and the other for the Cherry Creek Futurity (R) -- will dominate the Friday racing program at Arapahoe Park. A total of 24 state-bred 3-year-olds, topped by local futurity winner In Kuh Hoots, has been entered in three ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 22, 2017—A field of eight aged runners, topped by distance specialists He Is The Risingstar and Jrc Callas First, has been entered in Friday’s 550-yard, $15,000 Tower of the Americas Handicap at Retama Park. He Is The Risingstar will be making his first start since March 18, when the 5-year-old Mr Jess Perry gelding ran second, a neck behind winner Apollitical Man, in the 550-yard, $50,000 SLM Big Daddy ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA-—JUNE 26, 2017—Mega Hero, a gelded son of Jet Black Patriot and the fastest qualifier, drew post 9 for Friday’s 400-yard, $172,580 Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs. Trained by Jose Sanchez, Mega Hero is coming off of a three-quarter length win in the first of ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 26, 2017—The strong stakes-winning pair of Bodacious Eagle and Sam Crow, each trained by Trey Wood, meet a full field in the Grade 3, $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap and fastest-qualifier Maxx also faces nine rivals in the $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge ( ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 24, 2017—Six weeks ago, many racing observers rated the field to the Dillingham Handicap as one of the best in the stakes’ history with runners like Stelfast, Lotta Blues Man and Bannister among those in that 400-yard dash. Now a similar thing could be said about the strong field in this year’s Vandy’s Flash Handicap, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 23, 2017—Eyema Texas Cowboy is one of 20 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby trials at Indiana Grand. A brown son of Capo de Capi trained by Randy Smith for owner Paula Cristina Villatoro, Eyema Texas Cowboy will be ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI IDAHO FALLS, ID—JUNE 23, 2017—-Wagonfullofdividends, a bay son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon racing for RTM Stables LLC and Shauna Dunn, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $104,376 Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs. Raced exclusively in Idaho, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 22, 2017—A field of seven Texas-bred 3-year-olds, topped by Sarah Huskey’s Fdp Rock Solid, has been entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $15,000 Ben E. Keith Stakes (R) at Retama Park. A homebred son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Esteban Rubio, Fdp Rock Solid will ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 22, 2017—Politically Corrupt, a 4-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding owned by Double H Racing Investments LLC, drew post 7 for Saturday’s 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs. Politically Corrupt will be shortening in distance off ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 22, 2017—Princess Abigail Kawananakoa of Hawaii will have two Quarter Horse princesses in action in the form of Staggering Stride and Trippys Royal Jess in the $15,000 Indigo Illusion Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Nine races are on the card with first post following the final race at Santa Anita. The two fillies are trained by Chris O’Dell and will come into this race after finishing 1-2 in the La Pacifica Handicap on May 12. The filly by Mr Jess Perry filly was first across the wire on that night, as she held off Trippys Royal Jess by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 21, 2017—A full field of 10 sprinters has been entered in Friday’s 300-yard, $20,000 Par-A-Dice Stakes (R) at Delta Downs. Lil Bro Big Streak, a 3-year-old son of Jet Black Patriot trained by Trey Ellis for the Melvin E. Hatley 1987 Trust, drew post 7 and will be ridden by Alfonso Lujan. The Louisiana-bred gelding has earned $13,020 from four starts this season, and his season resume includes a second-place finish in the 350-yard, $25,000 Bill Montgomery ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 21, 2017—Mavara Vegas, a multiple stakes winner during her 4-year-old campaign, will make her 2017 season debut in Friday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Indiana Grand Classic Stakes at Indiana Grand. A 5-year-old daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty racing for Alejandro Medina, Mavara Vegas earned $76,592 from ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JUNE 20, 2017—A 10-race program, consisting of five Thoroughbred and five Quarter Horse races and headlined by the $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), will open Albuquerque Downs’ 2017 summer season on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT). The 7-furlong O.D. McDonald Handicap is restricted to New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and has drawn a field of 10, topped by defending champion ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 17, 2017— Pete and Evelyn Parrella’s Legacy Ranch will look to score its richest racing victory ever when their homebred Platki, a full brother to their AQHA champion filly, Flying Fig, heads the running of the $1,000,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AJAX, ONTARIO, CANADA—JUNE 17, 2017—Ruth F. Barbour’s Country Boy 123, the fastest qualifier and morning-line favorite, drew the rail post for Sunday’s 300-yard, $58,000 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs. A 4-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man trained by Bryn Robertson, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—-JUNE 16, 2017—Patrick Richardson’s Stone Cold Leader, a brown son of Brookstone Bay trained by Joe M. Davis, is the 3-5 morning-line choice for Saturday’s 300-yard, $184,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for state-sired 2-year-olds at Indiana Grand. The fastest qualifier, Stone Cold Leader is coming off of a clear 1 3/4-length victory in the second of four trials on June 3. The filly has won two of her three starts and has earned $14,680. Stone Cold Leader drew post 3 and will be ridden by Rolando ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—JUNE 16, 2017—Beyond 15, a daughter of Desirio and the fastest qualifier, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 350-yard, $83,712 Four Corners Futurity at SunRay Park. Beyond 15 is trained by Shae Cox for Diamond Racing Stables and Alejandro Melendez. ...



SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 15, 2017—Steve G. Berry’s Sb Hoonigan, a homebred son of first crop sire Jr Dynasty Mountain trained by Alvaro Torres, will risk his perfect record in Saturday’s 350-yard, $68,580 Beehive Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City. Sb Hoonigan has earned $30,308 from three starts, and the brown gelding’s resume includes a head victory in the 300-yard, $74,000 Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity at Weber Downs on May 6. Sb Hoonigan drew post 10 and will be ridden by Santiago Jiminez. The complete lineup, in post ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 14, 2017—Dashnunder Afullmoon and Ima Gone Reba are among the 141 state-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) trials at Delta Downs. To accommodate the large number of trials — 15 — Delta Downs has moved its first post time up to 4:45 p.m. (CDT). The last ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—-JUNE 14, 2017—Miss Alluring Menace, a homebred daughter of Specially Alluring racing for Gus Barakis’ Scarlett Hill Farm Inc., will make her next start in Saturday’s 400-yard TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (R) trials at Retama ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 13, 2017—David Valdez’s Flash Moonfire, a $15,000 supplemental nominee to enter the trials, is the fastest qualifier against a contentious field in the $392,555 Mountain Top Futurity for quarter horses on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The Mountain Top Futurity is for New Mexico-bred two-year-olds. Also on ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 13, 2017—Watergirl B, the upset winner of last year’s Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1), will make her season debut in Friday’s 400-yard Delta Downs Derby (RG3) trials at Delta Downs. A sorrel daughter of Game Patriot trained by John Stinebaugh for owner ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 13, 2017—A total of 57 2-year-olds, headed by Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez’s Shades Of Gray, has been entered in Friday’s TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3) trials at Retama Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday’s seven 350-yard trials will meet in the $50,000-added TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity final on ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 12, 2017—Pete and Evelyn Parrella’s Legacy Ranch will look to score its richest racing victory ever when their homebred Platki, a full brother to their AQHA champion filly, Flying Fig, heads the running of the $1,000,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Legacy Ranch has enjoyed a rich history in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 9, 2017—A total of 56 juveniles has been entered in Sunday’s 350-yard Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity trials at Canterbury Park. First Of 15, a sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess racing for Richard L. Tobin, is coming off of a Remington Park spring ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 3, 2017—The road to the Grade 1, $162,600 Vessels Maturity starts on Sunday night with three trials featuring a total of 22 standouts are on tap, and headed by Grade 1 winners BH Lisas Boy, Zoomin For Spuds, Jess Good Reason and defending Vessels Maturity winner He Looks Hot at Los Alamitos Race Course. The horses ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI IDAHO FALLS, ID—JUNE 8, 2017—A total of 43 juveniles, headed by stakes winners Kool Odds and Wagonfullofdividends, has been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Bitterroot Futurity (R) trials at Sandy Downs. The 7-5 morning-line favorite in the first of six heats, Kool Odds is trained by Mark Hanson for owners Hanson ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 8, 2017—Together To The End, a homebred daughter of champion Inseperable racing for Alejandro Moya, will make her next start in Saturday’s 350-yard Firecracker Futurity (G2) trials at Delta Downs. Together To The End will be making her first start since March 22, when the sorrel filly ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 2, 2017—Brookside, a homebred 4-year-old Brookstone Bay mare and a stakes winner during the Sam Houston Race Park meet, is one of 10 distaffers entered in Friday’s 350-yard, $20,000 Selma Stakes, the feature race on Retama Park’s 10-race opening-night ...