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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 5, 2019—Zoomin For Spuds, He Looks Hot, and BH Lisas Boy, three of the biggest and most accomplished stars in Quarter Horse racing today, are among the night standouts that will race in the Grade 1, $155,100 Vessels Maturity at 400 yards on Sunday at Los Alamitos. First post is 6 p.m. with the Vessels Maturity scheduled as the eighth and final race on the card. The Vessels Maturity winner will earn a provisional berth to the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions to be held on December 14. The triumvirate of Zoomin For Spuds, He Looks Hot, and BH Lisas Boy has combined to win 46 of 108 career starts for ...



SHAKOPEE, MN —JULY 5, 2019 —Canterbury Park’s all Quarter Horse card on Sunday features the largest race of the Quarter Horse meet, the $156,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.

Fastest qualifier Political Candyhouse leads the field for the futurity as the only horse in six trials who was already undefeated in two races; on trial day, he extended his win streak to three. The 2-year-old son of Apollitical Jess is out of the multiple stakes winning mare Candy Cartel.

His time for the 350-yard trial was 17.682.

The Crawford barn ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 5, 2019— Heritage Place Futurity top qualifier Jesses Dashair and Heritage Place Futurity runner-up Uncle D are among the contenders in two days of contentious 400-yard trials to the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity on Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the five fastest times from the 13 trials ...



SHAKOPEE, MN —JULY 5, 2019—Jess Doin Time, winner of the 2018 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, returns on Sunday, July 7 in the 400 yard $78,050 Canterbury Park Derby.

The Apollitical Jess filly will meet fastest qualifier Apollitical Mogul again; Apollitical Mogul was second to Jess Doin Time ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 5, 2019 —The all Quarter Horse card at Canterbury Park includes the $36,068 MQHRA Stallion Auction Futurity, a 350-yard event for 2-year-olds who qualified from trials on June 14.

Fastest qualifier Hr Storm On In is the horse to catch in Sunday’s final; trained by Vic Hanson, the Red Storm Cat gelding posted a trial ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FREDERICKSBURG, TX—JULY 5, 2019—Financial Top, a stakes placed 5-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash owned by Gerardo Prado and Karla Diaz, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 350-yard, $18,000-added Hill Country Classic Stakes at the Gillespie County Fair. Financial Top is coming ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 4, 2019—Racing for the partnership of Hubbard, Southway, Cope, and Willis, 2018 AQHA Racing Champion 3-Year-Old Hotstepper will make his season debut when he takes on strong cast of older horses in the Grade 3 Independence Day Handicap at 300 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Eight races are on tap with first post set for 6:55 p.m. Hotstepper, a $63,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, enjoyed a solid 2-year-old campaign in 2017, as he finished second in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity, third in the Grade 1 All American Futurity and qualified to the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. He was superb ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 4, 2019—A total of nine races will be featured on the second all-Quarter Horse Night racing card Saturday, July 6 at Indiana Grand. The evening includes three trials of the Heartland Futurity and two trials for the Blue River Derby followed by the 25th running of the $76,480 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby capped off with the ...



SANDY, ID—JULY 4, 2019—Luis Gonzalez owned-and-trained Heswatchingoveryou has been installed at the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the $91,256 Bitterroot Futurity today at Sandy Downs. The 350 yard futurity will head at stakes Triple-Header at the Idaho track today including the $50,677 Bank of America Sandy Downs Championship ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 3, 2019—Seven official state-bred stakes, topped by the 350-yard, $700,293 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) for 2-year-olds, will be contested at Delta Downs on Saturday, as the track ends its 2019 Quarter Horse meet with Louisiana Showcase Night. Ten Louisiana-bred juveniles, topped by fastest qualifier Apollitical Bug, have been entered back in the Lee Berwick Futurity (see related story, the meet’s richest race. Click here for a preview. Following is a preview of the other six stakes: Delta Downs Derby (RG3) Jose Estrada Quarter ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 2, 2019—For the past seven years, Quarter Horse Trainer Ron Brown has had one of the top horses in the state of Indiana. Tinys First Pepsi was the first to step up in 2012, going on to win nearly $300,000 in purses before his retirement. Then, Pistolpacking Pepsi surged onto the scene, sealing his status as one of the all-time top five leading Indiana Quarter Horses for purses in excess of $450,000. Now, it's WH Kenny G that has stepped up to carry the torch in the Brown Stable, already turning in a multi-victory season this year at Indiana Grand. WH Kenny G began his racing career in 2015 at two, closing ...



GRANTS PASS, OR—JULY 2, 2019—Senor Frogs, co-fastest qualifier for the July 4th $37,950 Firecracker Futurity at Grants Pass, has been installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Racing for owner-trainer Freddy Ibarra, Senor Frogs dead-heated with John Carter Cash (5-2) in the June 16th trials to become the co-fastest qualifier for the 350 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 2, 2019—A full field of 10 fillies and mares has been entered in Thursday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Selma Stakes, the opening-night feature at Retama Park. Trainer Josue Ponce will send out two contenders, Jess Adalida and Mystical Jess. A 4-year-old daughter of Apollitical Jess owned by Ruben Garcia Montemayor, Jess Adalida will be dropping in class off of her second-place finish, a head behind winner As And Js, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes (G2) at Remington Park on June 1. Jess Adalida drew post 7 and will be ridden by Manuel ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 1, 2019— Bill T. Robbins' champion, multimillionaire and All American Futurity winner Apocalyptical Jess looks for his fifth win from five 2019 races when he starts in the 440-yard trials to the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Apocalyptical Jess was honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old gelding. Joining him in the fifth trial is 2018 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old filly Flash And Roll. Flying Cowboy 123, the 2018 champion two-year-old colt, races in the 10th trial. First post time for the 10 trials is 1 p.m. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 1, 2019—David Gutierrez’s A Painted Dynasty, a bay son of champion Fdd Dynasty and the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Thursday’s 350-yard, $308,335 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs. Trained by Josue Ponce, A Painted Dynasty made his local debut with a three-quarter length victory in the first of eight Firecracker Futurity trials on June 8. The colt has earned $56,807 from four starts in Louisiana and Texas, and his record includes a third-place finish in the 330-yard, $459,700 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on May 3. A Painted Dynasty drew post 8 and will ...



By Martha Claussen VINTON, LA—JUNE 30, 2019—The excitement is building for the July 6 card at Delta Downs when the Vinton, Louisiana racetrack hosts Louisiana Showcase Night. The action gets underway at 5:15 pm (CT) with eight stakes highlighted by the $700,293 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1). The Lee Berwick Futurity is the second-richest Quarter Horse futurity in the state, surpassed only by the LQHBA Louisiana Million at Evangeline Downs in December. Since its first running in 1981, a distinguished list of champions has emerged, and ten very talented juveniles will vie for this year’s trophy and the winner’s share of $350,146. The ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 30, 2019—Mia Jet In, the fastest qualifier from three trials run on June 7, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Wednesday’s 400-yard, $186,925 Firecracker Derby (G3) at Delta Downs. Trained by Kenneth Weeks for owner Lester Colomb Jr., Mia Jet In is coming off of a neck victory in the first Firecracker Derby trial. The homebred daughter of Jet Black Patriot has earned $90,964 from 11 races, and she ended her 2-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the 400-yard, $311,000 Evangeline Downs Futurity on December 15. Mia Jet In drew post 7 and ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 23, 2019—The $25,000 Vandy’s Flash Handicap is the marquee event on Sunday evening and will bring together seven 3-year-olds squaring off at 400 yards. First post is 6 p.m. Parsons Family Limited Partnership's Terrific First Down will headline the field, as she makes her first start since posting a daylight victory in ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 28, 2019—Come out to Ajax Downs on MONDAY, JULY 1 for a special Canada Day celebration highlighted by top-notch Quarter Horse racing, on-track events and giveaways followed by an infield party with fireworks. The $55,500 Ontario Sires Stakes Maturity highlights an excellent card of racing that begins at 12:30 p.m. The grey mare GHOST PINES and her arch rival Fiesty Icon (who won this exact race in 2016) renew their exciting rivalry at 330 yards. The OSS Maturity is race 6 with a post time of 2:45 p.m. Also in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 27, 2019—Jessica Hadley’s Makn Risky Moves, the fastest qualifier, will risk his undefeated record in Saturday’s 350-yard, $50,000 Cowboy State Futurity at Energy Downs. A Utah-bred son of Maknmoves, Makn Risky Moves has won all three of his starts, and he is coming off of a one-length victory in the first of four trials on June 15. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Uriel Dominguez for trainer Jordan Hadley. Mauis Interested, a homebred gray Seperate Interest gelding trained by Jay Pitcher for owners Kirk Woolf and Ralph Hartline, drew ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 26, 2019—Centers Valiant Hero, a gelded son of One Valiant Hero and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Friday’s 350-yard, $80,127 Beehive Futurity (R) at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City. Trained by Jorge Sanchez-Gonzalez for owners Mayra Sanchez and Hernando Perez, Centers Valiant Hero made his local debut with a one-length victory in the last of five trials on June 14. The gelding has earned $24,790 from five outs while racing in Oklahoma and Utah. Centers ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—JUNE 26, 2019—Twenty-four Colorado-bred 3-year-olds have been entered in Friday’s 350-yard Lucille Rowe Derby (R) trials at Arapahoe Park. Hugo Barron-Sierra’s Jess Un Sies Mas, a homebred son of world champion Apollitical Jess trained by Jose Manuel Barron, is coming off of a clear two-length victory in the 350-yard, $75,000 Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe Park on June 15. The sorrel gelding drew post 6 and will be ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr. in the second ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JUNE 25, 2019—Albuquerque Downs opens its 56-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a nine-race program on Friday, headlined by the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Duke City Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Post time for the first race is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT). Walker Stalker, a homebred Stroll gelding ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 24, 2019—The Fred Danley-owned-bred and-trained Hollywoodcrown represents the Danley family in the first running of the $45,000 Rita Danley Distaff at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon. The 400-yard Rita Danley Distaff is for three-year-old and older New Mexico-bred fillies and mares. The race's namesake Rita Danley, who died in 2014, was a mainstay in New Mexico racing and married to Fred Danley for 49 years. She owned numerous thoroughbred and quarter horse ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 23, 2019—Paragon Farms, LLC’s always dangerous Tough To Bee in the Grade 2, $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap and the hot Valiant Tiberias in the $53,106 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge (see related story) combine for an enticing stakes doubleheader at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. The 350-yard Higheasterjet Handicap runs as the ninth race while the 400-yard Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge is the eighth race. It is Red Raider Weekend at Ruidoso Downs. Lubbock-based entertainers The Dirty River Boys with special guest Kody West perform Saturday on the racetrack at 7 p.m. Also, the Texas Tech Masked Rider ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 22, 2019—Six mares that competed in the Grade 3 Miss Princess Handicap on May 13, including the top three finishers, are among the eight that will be in action in the $35,000 Ivan Ashment Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The Miss Princess returnees will be headed by Howard Nichols' La Rusa, a 4-year-old mare by Walk Thru Fire who won the Miss Princess at 23-1. Trained by Jose Flores, La Rusa's victory was also the first stakes victory ever for teenage jockey Oscar Andrade Jr. Bred by Balgo Racing Team Inc., La Rusa will enter the Ivan Ashment with career ...



SHAKOPEE, MN - JUNE 21, 2019 - Leading Canterbury trainers and recent stakes winners headline trials for the $78,050 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby on Sunday. The 32nd edition of the 400-yard final will be held on Sunday, July 7.

Gopher State Derby winner Veuve Clicquot returns in the fourth and final trial of the day. The Pyc Paint Your Wagon filly will be ridden by Josh Romero, who rode the filly in the trial, but not the final, for the Gopher State last month. She is trained by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 21, 2019—Twenty-nine 3-year-olds, headed by multiple stakes winner WRS Valentino, have been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby trials at Indiana Grand. WRS Valentino is a homebred son of Mighty B Valiant trained by Randy Smith for owner Williams Racing Stables Inc. The bay gelding has earned $152,695 from five starts -- all at Indiana Grand -- and his three wins include last year’s 350-yard, $169,000 Indiana Stallion Futurity (R) and 350-yard, $141,000 Governor’s Stakes. WRS Valentino drew post 3 and will be ridden by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JUNE 20, 2019—Jonathan Chavira’s Blazen Panther, a graded stakes placed 8-year-old son of champion Panther Mountain, heads a full field of eight distance specialists entered in Saturday’s 870-yard, $15,000 Expo Square Stakes at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Blazen Panther is coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which he ran second, two lengths behind winner Ms Esther, in the 870-yard, $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes (G3) on April 4. The gelding ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 18, 2019—Ten sprinters, topped by TM Ranch’s Cant Catchacorona, have been entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $20,000 Par-A-Dice Stakes at Delta Downs. Cant Catchacorona began his 4-year-old campaign with a head victory in a 300-yard, $14,500 non-winners-of-four allowance dash at Delta Downs on June 7. A gelded son of Coronas Leaving You trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr., Cant Catchacorona was coming off of a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 10, 2019—Superstars Zoomin For Spuds, He Looks Hot, and BH Lisas Boy are among the five Grade 1 stakes winners that will headline the trials to the Grade 1, $155,100 Vessels Maturity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. A total of 19 top aged runners will be in action in the 400-yard trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times advancing to the final to be held on Sunday, July 7. The winner of the Vessels Maturity final will earn a provisional berth to this year’s Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions. Jim Walker’s homebred Zoomin For Spuds is already sitting pretty in terms of Champion of Champions spots after ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JUNE 13, 2019—Regina Laymon’s Hooked On A Win, a stakes winner during the recently concluded Remington Park spring meet, heads a field of 10 sprinters entered in Sunday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Golden Driller Stakes at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. A 4-year-old son of Pyc Paint ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 14, 2019— Father's Day this Sunday at Ajax Downs packs a punch with prize packs from Town Brewery, the final of the $55,700 Ontario Bred Derby and an appearance by 3-time Horse of the Year Country Boy 123. Ajax Downs continues its 50th anniversary season with another afternoon of ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 13, 2019—Six trials will determine the field for Canterbury Park’s biggest Quarter Horse race, the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, on Saturday. The 350-yard final will be held on Sunday, July 7, on a card featuring seven stakes worth over $350,000 in purses.

The purse for the 2019 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity is $156,000, the second highest in the race’s history. The Northlands Futurity is the richest race for Quarter Horses and the second richest for any breed at Canterbury, second only to the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds on the turf scheduled for June 22.

Minnesota-bred 2-year-olds have won two the last three editions of the ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 13, 2019—Canterbury Park will hold trials for the $20,000-added MQHRA Stallion Service Auction on Friday. The final will be held on Sunday, July 7, on a card featuring seven stakes worth over $350,000 in purses.

Half of the fourteen horses entered in the two trials are sired by Hes ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 13, 2019—Thirty-three 2-year-olds have been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Beehive Futurity (R) trials at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City. Centers Valiant Hero, a two-time winner during the Remington Park spring meet, drew 2 and will be ridden by Armando Alvidrez in the last of five trials. A gelded son of first crop-wire One Valiant Hero owned by Mayra Sanchez, Hernando Perez, and trainer Valentin Arellanes, Centers Valiant Hero was a $17,000 purchase at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale, and he is coming off of a head victory as the 2-1 favorite in a 350-yard, $20,000 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—JUNE 12, 2019—Gilberto Gutierrez’s TF Kates TLC, a bay daughter of The Louisiana Cartel and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 330-yard, $90,000 Rocky Mountain Futurity at Arapahoe Park. An $8,000 purchase at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, TF Kates TLC made her local debut with a 1 3/4-length victory in the last of three Rocky Mountain Futurity trials. The filly has earned $15,429 from three outs, and she was a finalist in the March 23, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 11, 2019—Graded stakes winners TDZ Jet Black Down and HH Gailforce are among the 139 Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) trials at Delta Downs. Fifteen trials will be contested. Post time for the first trial is set for 3:45 p.m. (CDT). The 15th heat is scheduled to go off at 9:35. TDZ Jet Black Down will be stretching out in distance off of his head victory in the 330-yard, $369,405 Louisiana ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 11, 2019—Mpshinning and TDZ Louisiana Toast are among the 49 Louisiana-bred sophomores entered in Friday’s 400-yard Delta Downs Derby (RG3) trials at Delta Downs. A Mr Piloto colt trained by Heath Taylor for owner Larry J. Boudreaux, Mpshinning will be making his season debut in the third of five trials. Mpshinning has earned $591,654 from eight starts -- all in Louisiana -- and he ended his 2-year-old ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 11, 2019—Adam Smith's fastest-qualifier Big Edge along with Mark and Annette McCloy's co-second-fastest qualifier Mister Riptide give the hot Trey Wood stable a strong duo in the $404,000 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. and the 350-yard ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 7, 2019—Eighty seven 2-year-olds, including six juveniles already with stakes racing experience, will be in action during an 11-race night of trials to the prestigious Grade 1, $1,070,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Pick Four sequences will begin in races one and eight. ...



BELCOURT, ND—JUNE 8, 2018—Gates open Saturday for the first of four consecutive weekends of racing at Chippewa Downs in Belcourt, North Dakota. Two trials for the Northern Plains QH Futurity are included on Saturday's eight-race mixed card for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. First saddling and parade will get underway shortly after 1 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—JUNE 7, 2019—Eight sprinters, four of whom will be making their first official starts of the season, have been entered in Sunday’s 350-yard, $15,000 American Flyer Stakes at Arapahoe Park. Wonce In A Blue Moon, a 5-year-old son of champion First Moonflash owned and trained by Sierra Moseley, is coming off of three-quarter length victory as the 9-10 favorite in a 330-yard, $9,500 non-winners-of-three allowance dash at Arapahoe on May 26. The sorrel gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cerapio ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ—JUNE 6, 2019—Larry Stark’s Jess A Cowboy, a homebred 7-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dejon, drew post 10 for the first division of Saturday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Wayne Brasher Memorial Stakes at Arizona Downs. Jess A Cowboy will be shortening in distance off of his third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Pirate Coves Hero, in the 440-yard, $35,000 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Stakes on April 28. The gelding will be ridden by Oscar Andrade Jr. for trainer Matt ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 6, 2019 —The field is set for the second stakes race of the current Canterbury Park Quarter Horse meet; ten horses will run in the $57,325 Gopher State Derby this Saturday, June 8.

The morning-line favorite for Saturday’s feature race is Spy For The Senate. The son of Louisiana Senator won his trial, the first of four on May 25, and was the fourth overall fastest qualifier with a time of 20:122 for 400 yards. Spy for the Senate faced a 38 mph headwind in his trial and earned the highest Trackmaster speed figure in the field for that day.

Spy for the Senate has won four of his ten lifetime starts and has ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 6, 2019—A quartet of stakes winners led by 2018 Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Cole Man 47 will be in action during Friday's racing program at Los Alamitos. Bred Steve McIntyre and owned by McIntyre and Marin Jones, the flashy gray Cole Man 47 will headline the seventh race on the card - a ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 4, 2019—A Painted Dynasty, a graded stakes placed son of champion FDD Dynasty campaigned by Jardiel Perez, is one of 69 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Firecracker Futurity (G2) trials at Delta Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 4, $100,000-added Firecracker Futurity final. A Painted Dynasty will be stretching out in distance off of a his third-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Trump My Record, in the 330-yard, $459,700 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park. The Oklahoma-bred colt has earned $53,207 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 4, 2019—Saul Dorado’s Lightemupwithcharm, a two-time stakes winner during the 2018 Delta Downs meet, will make his 5-year-old season debut in Friday’s 400-yard, $60,000 Vals Fortune Stakes (RG2) for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs. A gelded son of Sizzlin Cartel trained by Ebelyn Rojas, Lightemupwithcharm will be making his first official start since December 8, when he ran second, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Zoomin For Grace, in the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans. The gelding ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 3, 2019— Trainer Trey Wood sends out his dangerous foursome — which includes the top qualifiers on each of two trial days — in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity at 350 yards on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. (MDT) and there is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the five-fastest times on each day of Ruidoso Futurity trials qualified to race in the Ruidoso Futurity. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each trial day gain preference to race in the $100,000 Ruidoso ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 2, 2019—A pair of champions from the Trey Wood stable — Apocalyptical Jess and Flying Cowboy 123 — race in the Grade 1, $957,482 Ruidoso Derby and the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes head a packed Saturday program at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. Also on the program is the Dr Pepper Handicapping Challenge and the Belmont Stakes $500 Handicapping Drawing. Bill Robbins’ Apocalyptical Jess has honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old gelding on the strength of his three-quarter-length win in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs last Labor Day. Apocalyptical Jess returned this year in stunning form. He dominated the $319,975 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby by ...