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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 5, 2018—Graded stakes winners Going Noble and FM Im A Zatanaz Too are among the 92 juveniles entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Firecracker Futurity (G2) trials at Delta Downs. A homebred son of Fdd Going Grand trained by Lanny Keith for Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farm LLC, Going Noble will be making his first start since March 21, when the sorrel gelding scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the 300-yard, $238,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JUNE 5, 2018—A full field of 10 Louisiana-bred runners has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $60,000 Vals Fortune Stakes (RG2) at Delta Downs. Salvador Marquez’s Bubba Mallard, a 4-year-old Sir Runaway Dash gelding trained by Michael Taylor, drew post 2 and will be ridden by John Hamilton. Bubba Mallard will be stretching out in distance off of his one-length victory as the 5-2 favorite in the 350-yard, $50,000 Open Me A ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 4, 2018—Melvin Neugebauer’s dynamic fastest-qualifier Uptown Dynasty and Keith Nelleson’s undefeated champion KVN Corona will battle side-by-side in the Grade 1, $759,197 Ruidoso Derby and the simulcast of Justify’s Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes combine for an unmatched afternoon of racing at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Also on the program, is the classy Hotstepper racing in the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry. First post time is 1 p.m. and there is always free ...



By Jennifer Perkins SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 3, 2018—Canterbury Park hosts its first Quarter Horse stakes of the 2018 meet on today (Jun 3), including the North Star State Stakes. The 300-yard event is restricted to Minnesota-bred 3-year-olds and up.

The inaugural running of the $24,000 North Star State Stakes is highlighted by the 2016 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse of the Meet, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. The morning-line favorite at 7-5, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust will be making his third start of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 1, 2018—DF AJ Green Leaves, a two-time winner during the meet, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds in Saturday's 400-yard, $363,790 Heritage Place Derby (G2). Trained by Jimmy Padgett for owner Darling Farms, DF AJ Green Leaves has earned $134,445 from four starts this season, and her two wins include a 1 1/4-length victory at odds of 45-1, in the 400-yard, $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds on April 21. The sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess drew post 7 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and ...



By Jennifer Perkins SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 1, 2018—The first Quarter Horse Stakes of the 2018 Canterbury Park meet kick off on Sunday, June 3 with the Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity and the North Star State Stakes.

The card begins with the 350-yard $26,780 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity. The race is restricted to horses that ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 31 2018—An elite field of 10 of the best older Quarter Horses in Canada goes postward Sunday, June 3 for the $55,600 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs. Headlining the field is the popular Country Boy 123, the son of Country Chicks Man was Horse of the Year of 2016 and 2017, who won the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 30, 2018—Two nights of Grade 1 stakes trials are just around the corner in the month of June at Los Alamitos Race Course. The top 2-year-olds on the West Coast will be the first to take the spotlight on Sunday, June 10 with a terrific night of 350-yard heats to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity. Top names like ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 26, 2018—The Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship on Saturday night drew an incredible field of talent, featuring the 2017 American Quarter Horse Association World Champion and Champion 3-year-old. The pair are career millionaires, trained by the same trainer and they are the first and second choice in the morning-line odds. Jessies First Down, the two-time defending World Champ, is the morning-line favorite at 6-5 odds. Hold Air Hostage, the 3-year-old Champion, is the second choice at 7-5 odds. Both stars are trained by James Padgett and both enter the Remington Park Championship off of outstanding stakes scores earlier this season. Jessies ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—MAY 31, 2018—Eight races will be featured on the first all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2018 at Indiana Grand Saturday, June 2, including the $90,100 Harley Greene Derby. Slated as the final race on the card, the event tags DNA Dalesblackbueaty as the favorite of the 10-horse field. Starting from post two, DNA ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—MAY 31, 2018—Seven trials for the Gordon Mobley Futurity and the Jaguar Rocket Futurity will dominate the eight-race card that kicks off the first all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2018 at Indiana Grand. The Mobley trials are slated as the first four races on the card with the Jaguar Rocket trials taking center stage in ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 30, 2018—The richest race in Oklahoma racing, the Grade 1, $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, is set for Saturday night, June 2 at Remington Park. The field of 10 eligible qualifiers entered the 350-yard event this morning with Aqua Flash tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The Heritage Place Futurity is the headline event on a 12-race program featuring eight stakes races on Saturday, the final night of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park. The “Mega-Card” night of racing carries total purses of $2,271,230. The record for the “Mega-Card” night of racing is $2,335,670 set in 2015. The first race on “Mega-Card” night this Saturday ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 30, 2018—Superstar filly J Fire Up posted her first workout since her record setting championship campaign of 2017 when she worked 220 yards in :12.30 on Wednesday morning at Los Alamitos. It was the filly's first recorded move since winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on December 17, a victory that ...



FARMINGTON, NM—MAY 30, 2018—Woodys Copy Cat, a graded stakes placed filly owned by Enrique Barrera, is one of 35 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard Four Corners Futurity trials at SunRay Park. A brown daughter of Woodbridge trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Woodys Copy Cat is coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Zee James, in the 300-yard, $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 30, 2018—Michelle Sanchez’s French Fury has been a joy to watch in 2018. The now 8-year-old gelding by Stoli has made five starts this year and he has gotten better and better with each start. Trained by Valentin Zamudio, the Texas-bred veteran did his best work of the year last ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 29, 2018—Diamond L Racing’s Jack Ketel, a 6-year-old son of champion Ketel Won, is one of eight distance specialists entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. A $5,000 claim at Retama Park in August 2017, Jack Ketel has since won two of his five starts, including the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—MAY 29, 2018—Captain Force, a graded stakes winning Captain Captain Courage colt owned by Pedro Andazola, is one of 32 sophomores entered in Friday’s 350-yard Rocky Mountain Derby trials at Arapahoe Park. Captain Force will be making his season debut off of a ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 28, 2018—The first running of the $25,000 Dash For Speed Stakes with a full field of fillies and mares and the local debut of the Lubbock-based band Flatland Cavalry make for a full Saturday of entertainment at Ruidoso Downs. Every Saturday the fifth race offers $1,000 added to the trifecta pool. This Saturday’s fifth race is filled with 10 thoroughbred fillies and mares racing five-and-one-half furlongs. The first post time is 1 p.m. and the Flatland Cavalry concert under the stars begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Dash ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 27, 2018—Hot Dam Bam A Lam, a two-time winner during the current Remington Park meet, is one of Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds entered in Monday’s 350-yard $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R) at Remington Park. Trained by Donnie Strickland for owner Gene Cox, Hot Dam Bam A Lam is a gelded son of Captain Courage. The homebred gelding will be shortening in distance off of his third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner DF AJ Green Leaves, in the 400-yard, $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) on April 21. Andrew Samaniego will ride Hot Dam Bam A Lam from ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 27, 2018—The Red Raider Weekend of racing begins on Friday afternoon with 10 contentious trials to the $345,000 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. On Saturday, is the first running of the Dash For Speed Stakes at 350 yards for fillies and mares. The 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity trials are contested by New Mexico-bred two-year-olds. First post time is 1 p.m. and the 10 trials fill the program. Red Raider Weekend is for Texas Tech students, alumni and fans. One highlight is country music sensation ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—MAY 25, 2018—A total of 26 3-year-olds, headed by Dick Tobin’s First Of 15, has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Gopher State Derby trials at Canterbury Park. A sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess trained by Jason Olmstead, First Of 15 ships in from Oklahoma, where the filly ran second, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner DF AJ Green Leaves, in the 400-yard, $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for state-bred sophomores on April 21. First Of 15 drew the rail post ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAP 25, 2018—Lucky Seven Ranch’s Grade 1 winner Lotta Blues Man will headline the Quarter Horse feature on Friday night at Los Alamitos, a $12,600 allowance event for 3-year-olds and upward at 350 yards.  Lotta Blues Man gets top billing as the victor of the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity in 2016. The ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—MAY 24, 2018—It’s the first true test of Quarter Horse power for the 2018 racing season at Indiana Grand as the ninth running of the $84,800 Born Runner Classic takes the spotlight Saturday. Ten of the state’s best older horses will go to battle in the final race of the night at a distance of 400 yards featuring many champions from the Indiana breeding program. The favorite of the field is Keen Liaison, a four-year-old daughter of Sixes Liaison. "Keenie" as she’s known in the Erin Thompson barn, had one ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—-MAY 23, 2018—Dauns First Desirio, a graded stakes winning son of Desirio owned by Rogelio Carbajal-Santos, heads a field of six in Sunday’s 330-yard, $15,000 Dash For Speed Stakes at Arapahoe Park. Dauns First Desirio has earned $133,038 from 14 starts, and his five wins include a head victory as the even-money favorite in the 400-yard, $180,000 Adequan Derby ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 21, 2018—The big three — consisting of champion KVN Corona, champion Eagle Jazz and All American Futurity winner Fly Baby Fly — lead the 91 three-year-olds entered in the deep full program of 10 trials to the Grade 1, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. There is always free parking and free general admission at ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—MAY 21, 2018—Nine New Mexico-bred aged sprinters have been entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. David Bloomer’s Mamacita Cartel, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, won both of his starts during the Sunland Park meet, including a 350-yard second-level ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 20, 2018—The best quarter horse racing begins at the start of the summer Ruidoso Downs season on Friday and Saturday with three of the nation’s top-four ranked two-year-olds competing in the 350-yard trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. There will be 16 trials on Friday and another 16 trials on Saturday with a noon first post time each day. The horses with the top-five times on each day advance to the Ruidoso Futurity on June 10. The ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 18, 2018— The Grade 2, $321,800 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity will bring together a strong field of 2-year-olds led by stablemates SC Money Maker, SC Coronada and Pack Light, a trio of talented young runners owned by Reliance Ranches, plus seven other young stars in the 300-yard dash on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The Kindergarten is the 10th and final race on the card, which will get underway at 5:40 p.m. at the Orange County oval. To be ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Mike ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—MAY 18, 201—8A total of 16 state-bred 3-year-olds, topped by stakes winner LF Curly, has been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Harley Greene Derby (R) trials at Indiana Grand. Trained by Matt Frazier for owner Dan Frazier, LF Curly is a homebred daughter of One Famous Versace. The filly has earned $110,560 from five outs, and her juvenile resume included an upset victory in last year’s 350-yard, $188,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R). LF Curly drew post ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 17, 2018—Two-time Ajax Downs Horse Of The Year Country Boy 123 returns to racing on Sunday in one of two time trials for the $50,000-added Picov Maturity. The 300 yard final will run back on Sunday, June 3. Ruth Barbour’s 5-years-old son of AQHA Racing champion Country Chicks Man, will break from post 5 in the second trial, carded as race 4 on the 8-race schedule. Cory Spataro, his regular rider, will be aboard. Country Boy ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 13, 2018—The Revenant, Ditto Head, and Yanque are all familiar faces in major stakes races at Los Alamitos. Over the course of their respective careers, the three California-bred geldings have each qualified to four major stakes races at the Orange County oval, but are all still searching for a stakes win. That could change for at least one of them on Saturday night, as The Revenant, Ditto Head, and Yanque are three of the top contenders in the evening’s feature event, the $25,000 Dillingham Handicap at 400 yards. A total of nine horses will be in action in the Dillingham with the aforementioned sprinters ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 16, 2018—Fastest qualifier Acoronas Toast, a gelded son of Coronas Leaving You owned by Laura Estrella, is one of 10 state-bred colts and geldings entered back in Saturday’s 330-yard, $359,715 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs. Acoronas Toast brings an undefeated record into the Laddie, has the chestnut gelding has earned $11,400 from two outs, and he is coming off of a nose victory as the 19-10 favorite in the fourth of 15 trials on ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 15, 2018—The Mighty Moose, a graded stakes placed Fast Prize Dash filly owned by Dick Bush Racing LLC, is one of 10 state-bred 2-year-old fillies entered back in Friday’s 330-yard, $283,715 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs. Trained by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 12, 2018—Graded stakes winner DF AJ Green Leaves, a sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess racing for Darling Farms, is one of 71 sophomores entered in Sunday’s 400-yard Heritage Place Derby (G2) trials at Remington Park. DF AJ Green Leaves is coming off of a 1 1/4-length victory at odds of 45-1 in the 400-yard, $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds on April 21. The filly drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—-MAY 11, 2018—Frank Lujan’s RF Big Daddys Girl, a homebred gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 state-bred juveniles entered back in Sunday’s 350-yard, $50,000-added New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park. RF ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 11, 2018—A total of 194 2-year-olds has been entered in this weekend’s Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trials, which will be contested Friday and Saturday at Remington Park. The five fastest qualifiers from each night of trials will meet in the June 2, $1-million Heritage Place Futurity, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 10, 2018—Only a nose separated C.K. and Laurel Allen’s Strawfinders Jessee and EG High Desert Farms’ Jess Hawk when they finished 1-2 in the Mini Rock Handicap on April 7. The John Cooper-trained Strawfinders Jessee won the photo finish in the Mini Rock to record her ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 10, 2018—Parsons Ranch’s A Political Lady, the runaway winner in the Grade 3 La Primera Del Ano Derby on March 30, will go after her fifth win in a row when leading a field of eight fillies in the $30,000 La Pacifica Handicap at 350 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Nine races are on tap with first post set for ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 10, 2018—A field of 10 2-year-olds, topped by fastest qualifier Parti Wagon, has been entered back in the 330-yard, $112,305 Old South Futurity, one of two official stakes on Delta Downs’ 10-race program on Saturday. A homebred son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—MAY 9, 2018—MJ Farms’ Daddys Copy, a homebred daughter of Big Daddy Cartel, is one of 10 state-bred sophomores entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $40,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Trained by Wes ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 8, 2018—The final night of the 2018 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse live racing season is Saturday, May 12. The ten-race card will feature three stakes: the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2); the $25,000 Governors’ Cup Marathon and the $15,0000 Texas Twister. The meet’s leading owner, jockey and trainer will also be ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 8, 2018—David L. Martinez’s Jess Adalida, a graded stakes winning daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue, drew post 5 for Friday’s 350-yard, $69,552 Old South Derby at Delta Downs. Trained by Rodolfo Sanchez, Jess Adalida made her season debut with a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 4, 2018—Reliance Ranches’ homebreds SC Money Maker and SC Coronada, a pair of runners out of AQHA champion mare Spit Curl Diva, are among the 63 juveniles that will compete in trials to the $321,800 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. A total of eight Kindergarten heats will be contested as ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 4, 2018—While the last year has been a tumultuous time for the track and its town, Ajax Downs will open its 49th season of Quarter Horse Racing on Sunday. A six-race card will get underway at 12:55 pm (EDT). The featured 5th race will feture 10-year-old champion One Kool Wave, the Canadian Horse of the Year in 2002 and a ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—MAY 3, 2018—Several of Indiana’s top Quarter Horse stars will go head to head in the $20,000 Indiana Bred Allowance slated as the ninth race Tuesday, May 8. The race marks the return of five horses with six-figure purse earnings and year-end honors from the past two seasons. Heading the list of horses making their 2018 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 2, 2018—An attractive Late Pick Four sequence on Saturday night at Los Alamitos will be highlighted by an outstanding cast of 10 older horses squaring off in the running of the Grade 3, $30,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap. Nine races are on tap for Saturday, which means that the Late Pick Four will begin in the sixth race of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—MAY 2, 2018—Comin To Your Town, a graded stakes placed 5-year-old son of Jesse James Jr owned by Vanessa C. Hinostroza and Rogelio Carrasco Jr., is one of eight sprinters entered in Sunday’s 400-yard, $25,000 La Plata Stakes at SunRay Park. Trained by ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 2, 2018—Ron Hartley’s Black Fryday, who finished only a half-length behind undefeated champion KVN Corona when finishing second in the Grade 3 El Primero Del Ano Derby on March 31, will head the featured eighth-race on Friday night - an $11,325 allowance event at 330 yards. First post for the 8-race card is 7 pm (PDT). To be ridden Cesar De Alba for trainer John Cooper, Black Fryday went over the $100,000 mark in career earnings with his second place finish in the El Primero. The son of ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 29, 2018—A superb field of eight Oklahoma-breds have entered Saturday’s $100,000 Sooner State Stakes at Remington Park. The restricted-Grade 1 event features a previous winner, while also boasting a 2017 champion. Hold Air Hostage, the American Quarter Horse Association Champion 3-year-old last year, will return to Remington Park for the first time since winning the 2017 Heritage Place Derby by a widening ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 1, 2018—The $20,000 Sam Houston Stakes at 350 yards, will be contested on the Friday at Sam Houston Race Park. Thecartelofmiracle returns to action for owner Mauro Luciano Villarreal and trainer Abel Flores, Jr. Bred in Texas, the gelded son of Tough And Good won the $874,000 Texas Classic Futurity last November at Lone Star Park. Jockey Manuel Gutierrez has ridden him in his last three starts and has the call Friday night on the 5-2 morning-line choice. He ran in trials three weeks ago for the Sam Houston Derby, ...