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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOBBS, NM—SEPTEMBER 13, 2017—Apollitical Ok, a graded stakes winner during the Ruidoso Downs summer meet, is one of 12 sprinters entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $50,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park. A 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess, Apollitical Ok is trained by Joel Valeriano Jr. for owners Oscar Dominguez and Joel Martinez. The gelding has earned $71,434 from five outs this year, and his season resume includes a half-length victory in the 400-yard, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 12, 2017—Double H Racing Investments LLC’s Mega Hero, a stakes-winning son of Jet Black Patriot, is one of 69 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 440-yard Dash For Cash Derby (G3) trials at Lone Star Park. Mega Hero will be making his first start since June 30, when the gelding scored a half-length victory as the 4-5 favorite in the 400-yard, $173,000 Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs. Mega Hero has won all four of his outs and has banked $123,648 ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—SEPTEMBER 7, 2017—This weekend’s live racing action at Albuquerque Downs will be dominated by stakes and trials for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. Friday’s nine-race program at Albuquerque Downs, which gets underway at 6:05 p.m. (MDT), will be headlined by six 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) trials for state-bred 2-year-olds and two 440-yard La Fiesta Derby trials for 3-year-olds. Thirteen 3-year-olds have been entered in the La Fiesta Derby trials. One Famous Ribbon, a sorrel daughter of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK—-SEPTEMBER 6, 2017—Rogelio Marquez Jr.’s Political Attraction, a graded stakes winning son of Apollitical Jess trained by John Weghorst, is one of 86 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Black Gold 350 Futurity (RG3) trials at Will Rogers Downs. Political Attraction has won his last two starts, including the 350-yard, $214,000 Speedhorse Futurity (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa on July 29. The sorrel gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by James Flores in the eighth of 11 trials. Eos A Political Win, a bay ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—SEPTEMBER 5, 2017—Heza Louisiana Dash, a multiple graded stakes winning son of Heza Fast Dash owned by Robert S. Holland’s T M Ranch, is scheduled to make his next start in Saturday’s 400-yard, $40,000 City Stakes (RG2) for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds Racecourse. Trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr., Heza Louisiana Dash is coming off of a Delta Downs meet during which the 5-year-old gelding won three state-bred stakes, all as the odds-on favorite. Heza Louisiana Dash drew post 2 and will be ridden by ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 26, 2017—After taking on Grade 1 level competition in his most recent outing, Larry Stark’s Jess A Cowboy will head a super field of older horses in the running of the $16,000 He Flys Handicap at 350 yards on Friday at Los Alamitos. The 8-race night card will also feature a second Quarter Horse stakes, the $15,000 The ...



By Martha Claussen NEW ORLEANS, LA—SEPTEMBER 4, 2017—Second Down Leaving has done nothing second-rate since making his debut on June 17 at Delta Downs. Now a perfect three for three, he looks poised for his toughest test yet, the $297,220 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) on Saturday at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Grant Farms LLC of Pineville, Louisiana bred the son of Coronas Leaving You out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Second Down Perry. Purchased for $26,000 by Eulalio Argote and Victor Alvarado at the 2016 LQHBA Yearling Sale, Second Down Leaving won his ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—SEPTEMBER 4, 2017—Melvin Neugebauer’s Ruidoso Futurity winner Uptown Dynasty and Too For Too’s Zia Futurity winner Bigg Daddy, each trained by Wes Giles, could vie for favoritism in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on today (Monday) at Ruidoso Downs. Labor Day is closing day for the Ruidoso Downs’ summer ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—SEPTEMBER 3, 2017—Darling Farms’ Rainbow Derby winner Hold Air Hostage, quarter horse racing’s number-one horse, comes off a dominating trial score to head the Grade 1, $1,365,907 All American Derby during a stakes-dominated program on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Today's (Sunday) unprecedented undercard is topped by the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ELKO, NV—SEPTEMBER 3, 2017—Royallittlewagon, a homebred daughter of Paintyourownwagon owned by Enrique R. Rojo, will put her four-race win streak on the line in Monday’s 350-yard, $37,000 Intermountain Futurity at the Elko County Fair. Royallittlewagon has earned $24,230 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 2, 2017—The millionaire He Looks Hot and 2015 World Champion Heza Dasha Fire, the 1-2 finishers, respectively, in the Restricted Grade 1 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap on July 30, face-off again for the second time in slightly over a month when they headline a star-studded eight-horse ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 1, 2017—Streaks Of Ivory, a daughter of Ivory James campaigned by Jon Barley and Brant Barley, will seek her first stakes victory in Saturday’s 350-yard, $183,810 Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) at Prairie Meadows. Trained by Larry Sharp, Streaks Of Ivory has earned $34,156 from four outs, and she broke her maiden with a one-length win in her Iowa Double Gold Futurity trial on August 19. The filly’s resume includes second-place finishes in a pair of Oklahoma-bred stakes at Remington Park. Streaks Of Ivory drew post 5 and will be ridden by James ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 31, 2017—Cruz E. Nava’s Shesa Diamond Diva, a stakes-placed gray daughter of Struttin To Beduino, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 300-yard, $25,000 De Saix Stakes for 2-year-olds at Fair Grounds Racecourse. Shesa Diamond Diva is trained by Saul Ramirez Jr. and is coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Second Down Leaving, in the 350-yard, $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) at Delta Downs on July 8. The filly drew post 2 and will be ridden by Eddie Sanchez. Eye Am Sizzlin, a Sizzlin ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 30, 2017—Fastest qualifier Audi Murphi drew post 2 for Saturday’s rescheduled 350-yard, $173,700 Gillespie County Fair Futurity at Retama Park. Trained by Josue Ponce for owners Bobby D. Cox and Kristen Paredes, Audi Murphi broke his maiden with a 1 1/2-length victory in the second of 11 trials on ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 26, 2017—A1A Racing LLC’s Tarzanito, the PCQHRA 2-year-old colt of the year in 2016, will make his anticipated season debut when he leads a field of seven sophomores in the $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Now trained by Yanet Rodriguez and to be ridden by Eddie Garcia, Tarzanito ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 29, 2017—Darling Farms’ Rainbow Derby winner Hold Air Hostage, quarter horse racing’s number-one horse, comes off a dominating trial score to head the Grade 1, $1,365,907 All American Derby during a stakes-dominated program on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Sunday’s unprecedented undercard is topped by the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup with the earners of $5.8 million, the $100,000 First Down Dash and thoroughbred fillies competing in the $134,769 Rio Grande ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 26, 2017— Ed Allred’s Bound To Bet will go after his third victory in as many starts at 870 yards when he leads the field in Friday’s $18,000 Truly A Pleasure Handicap at Los Alamitos. The Snowbound gelding will enter this stakes event, which is scheduled as the fifth race of eight on the card, after scoring a 4 1/2 ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 29, 2017—Melvin Neugebauer’s Ruidoso Futurity winner Uptown Dynasty and Too For Too’s Zia Futurity winner Bigg Daddy, each trained by Wes Giles, could vie for favoritism in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs. Labor Day is closing day for the Ruidoso Downs’ summer season. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI EDMONTON, ALB—AUGUST 28, 2017—Stakes winners Mr Eleanor and Bringonthewave are among the 19 2-year-olds entered in Wednesday’s 330-yard Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3) at Northlands Park. Mr Eleanor is a homebred First Timber gelding trained by Allen Goodsell for owner Teagan Goodsell. Mr Eleanor has earned $22,639 from four races, and his two wins include a convincing 2 1/2-length victory in the 330-yard, $40,000 Alberta ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FREDERICKSBURG, TX—AUGUST 26, 2017—Fastest qualifier Audi Murphi drew post 2 for Sunday’s 350-yard, $173,700 Gillespie County Fair Futurity at Fredericksburg, Texas. Trained by Josue Ponce for owners Bobby D. Cox and Kristen Paredes, Audi Murphi broke his maiden with a 1 1/2-length victory in the second of 11 trials ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ELKO, NV—AUGUST 25, 2017—Enrique R. Rojo’s Royallittlewagon, a stakes-winning daughter of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Paintyourownwagon, is one of 29 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Elko Intermountain Futurity trials ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—AUGUST 24, 2017—Sr Shambles and Stone Cold Leader, a pair of stakes winners during the meet, are among the 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $176,578 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity (R) at Indiana Grand. The 2-1 morning-line favorite, Sr Shambles is a gelded son of Desirio trained by Jeanette Hoover for owner Cynthia Allen. Sr Shambles has earned $78,127 from nine starts, and his four wins include a half-length victory as the ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 23, 2017—Two New Mexico-bred stakes, one for Thoroughbreds on Saturday and one for Quarter Horses on Sunday, will highlight this weekend’s live racing action at Albuquerque Downs. Robert D. Smith’s Play Misty Foreme is one of nine New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses entered in Sunday’s feature, the 440-yard, $102,558 First Moonflash Maturity (R).

A 4-year-old gelding by Jesse James Jr trained by Shae Cox, Play Misty Foreme prepped with a half-length win as the 7-5 ...




LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 23, 2017—Urschel 3-D Ranch LLC’s Rite Regal enjoyed a sensational sophomore campaign last year with victories in the Golden State Derby, El Primero Del Ano Derby, and Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials. The gelding by Favorite Cartel enjoyed his first victory of 2017 when he scored in last month’s Sprint Stakes at 350 yards on California Breeders Champions Night. To be ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, Rite Regal will go after his second stakes win of the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—AUGUST 23, 2017—A field of 10 Indiana-breds has been entered back in Friday’s 400-yard, $88,700 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic Stakes (R) at Indiana Grand. Carolyn Bruce’s Stinkin Rich, a homebred 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle trained by Matt Frazier, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The gelding has won his last four starts, and his two stakes wins during his streak includes a one-length score in last year’s $91,000 Bob Woodward Memorial ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 22, 2017—Ten stakes winners including 2015 champion 2-year-old gelding Ima Fearless Hero will be part of an all Quarter Horse racing card on Friday night at Los Alamitos. First post is 7:30 p.m. (PDT). The outstanding card will feature the first ever running of the $15,000 Blue Grass Bounce Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at 330 yards and also a pair of allowance races replete with stakes winners. Sired by Pritzi Dash, Blue Grass Bounce won the Restricted Grade 1 Governor’s Cup Derby in 2001 and competed in a ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 22, 2017—Five sprinters, headed by the 4-year-old Texas-bred stallion Jess Bein The Hero, have been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $25,000 Esplanade Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse. Trained by Miguel Rodriguez for owner Juan F. Martinez-Labastida, Jess Bein The Hero will be making his first start since June 24, when the stallion scored a ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 19, 2017—Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, opens its 2017 American Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program on Saturday, headlined by the 400-yard, $45,000 Keokuk Stakes (G3). Post time for the first race is set for 1 p.m. (CDT). The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred 4-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Keokuk. The stallion has earned $80,933 from four starts this season, and his three stakes wins include a half-length score in the 300-yard, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ROCK SPRINGS, WY—AUGUST 18, 2017—Steve G. Berry’s Sb Hoonigan, an undefeated son of Jr Dynasty Mountain, is one of 37 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Western States Breeders’ Futurity at Sweetwater Downs. Sb Hoonigan has earned $57,741 from four outs, and his four wins include two stakes victories. The gelding will be making his first start since June 17, when he scored a one-length win in the 350-yard, $69,000 Beehive Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City. Sb Hoonigan drew post 2 and will be ridden by Santiago Jimenez in the second of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 17, 2017—Ana L. Alvidrez’s Magic Black Jack will put his four-race win streak on the line in the 250-yard, $25,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes, one of three stakes to be run at Fair Grounds Racecourse on Saturday. A 4-year-old Jet Black Patriot gelding trained by Martin Trejo, Magic Black Jack will be stretching out in distance and facing open company off of his one-length victory as the 13-10 favorite in the 220-yard, $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes (R) at Delta Downs on July 8. Magic Black Jack is the 9-5 morning-line favorite and will be ridden by ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 17, 2017—Denny and Sandy Weigt’s Bannister will go after his third stakes victory at Los Alamitos Race Course when he takes on seven rivals in the $36,090 Adequan California Derby Challenge on Friday at Los Alamitos. First post is 8 p.m. with the 400-yard Adequan California set as the eighth race on the card. Trained by Monty Arrossa, Bannister won the Wild West Futurity and finished third in the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge last year. He has already made four starts in stakes events at Los Alamitos this year, winning the James Smith Memorlal Handicap and running second to graded derby winner Stelfast in the Dillingham Handicap. The Maknmoves gelding also ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 15, 2017—Darling Farms’ Rainbow Derby winner Hold Air Hostage races in an extremely deep set of 440-yard trials to Grade 1, $1,365,907 All American Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The earnings of the three-year-olds racing in the All American Derby trials approaches $11.5-million. A total of six open Grade 1 winners, two of the three 2016 champion two-year-olds (the other was retired) and the top-six finishers in last year’s Grade 1, $3-million All ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 14, 2017—Fair Grounds Racecourse will open its 10-day summer Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program consisting of 350-yard LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) trials on Friday. Post time for the first of 10 trials is set for 12:30 p.m. (CDT). The last heat is scheduled to go off at 4:33. Second Down Leaving, a stakes-winning Coronas Leaving You colt trained by Javier Contreras for owners Eulalio Argote ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 14, 2017—Juan Medina’s homebred Eagle Jazz, quarter horse racing’s top-ranked two-year-old, races for the opportunity to earn $5.5-million when he starts in his trial to the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. There will be 14 440-yard trials on Friday and then another 14 440-yard trials on Saturday. The horses with the five-fastest times from each day of trials advance to the iconic All American Futurity on Labor ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—AUGUST 12, 2017—Arapahoe Park will end its 2017 season on Sunday, as the track presents a Quarter Horse stakes doubleheader topped by the 400-yard, $30,000-added Arapahoe Park Futurity. Santos Lopez’s Dee Favorite Girl, a brown daughter of Favorite Cartel, drew post 4 and will be ridden by James Flores for trainer Miguel Pena. Dee Favorite Girl has won two of three starts and has banked $21,930, and her resume includes a fourth-place finish, one length behind winner Pv Queen Bee Candy, in the 330-yard, $61,800 FL Lady Bugs Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park on May 29. Indomable Cartel, a bay ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—AUGUST 11, 2017—Three sets of trials are on top on Saturday at Indiana Grand, the fourth of seven all-Quarter Horse cards scheduled at the track this season. Post time for the first of nine races is set for 6:05 p.m. (EDT). A total of 41 2-year-olds has been entered in five 350-yard QHRA of Indiana Stallion Service Auction Futurity (R) trials. Patrick Richardson’s Stone Cold Leader, a gelded son of Brookstone Bay trained by Erin Thompson, will be ridden by Rolando Pina from the rail post in the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—AUGUST 10, 2017—Iza Captain, a stakes-winning son of Captain Courage racing for Pedro and Lilia Andazola, is one of 10 sophomores entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $30,000-added Arapahoe Park Derby at Arapahoe Park. Iza Captain is stretching out in distance off of his one-length victory in the July 15, 350-yard Lucille Rowe Derby (R) for Colorado-breds. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Jose Ruiz for trainer Julio Corral. Luis Gonzales’ Movin The Doe, a stakes winner in Idaho, drew post 9 and will ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HAZEL PARK, MI—AUGUST 8, 2017—A field of seven 2-year-olds, headed by Got Sand In My Shoes, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Hazel Park Futurity at Hazel Park Raceway. A sorrel daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Palm Beach, Got Sand In My Shoes is trained by Anthony Cunningham for owners Pattie Marshall and Craig Zenneberg. The filly ships in from Indiana Grand, where she ran sixth, three lengths behind winner Stone Cold Leader, in the 300-yard, $184,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) on June 17. Got Sand ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 8, 2017—Samuel Martinez’s Barefoot Beach is one of nine Texas-bred sprinters entered in Friday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) at Retama Park. A 4-year-old daughter of Ivory James trained by Trey Ellis, Barefoot Beach will be stretching out in ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 8, 2017—Trainer Todd Fincher could have a big Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs with top contenders in each of two sets of futurity trials and the afternoon’s stakes race. Two-time futurity winner On The Low Down tops three trials to the $135,395 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity, futurity winner Comics Cashway leads two trials to the $134,769 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity and the consistent Mahoney N Tacklebery stretches out to 550 yards in the $20,000 Brigand Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. They are all trained by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 4, 2017—Larry L. Rice’s Lady Eagle 123, a stakes-placed daughter of One Famous Eagle, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Sunday’s 350-yard, $52,600 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity (R) at Canterbury Park. Lady Eagle 123 is ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI MALAD, ID—AUGUST 3, 2017—A total of 29 2-year-olds, headed by Dan Moon’s Super Starr, has been entered in Saturday’s 300-yard Oneida County Fair Futurity trials. A homebred son of Hadtobenuts trained by David Greene, Super Starr has earned $12,718 from six starts in Idaho and Montana, and his two wins include a one-length score in the 350-yard, $19,000 Idaho Cup Futurity (R) at Sandy Downs on July 22. The brown gelding also ran second, a neck behind winner Juno Jess, in the 350-yard, $17,000 Roche Equine ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 31, 2017—Ted Abrams’ homebred world champion Jessies First Down racing in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap at 400 yards and Pink Day at the Races make Saturday one of the most enticing days of racing at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. and there is always free parking and free general admission. Orchestrated by Jamie Zamora, a breast cancer survivor, Pink Day at the Races boosts awareness of ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 28, 2017—The richest race on California Breeders Champions Night is the $390,000 Governor's Cup Futurity at 350-yards. The 10-horse field will be headed by the Chris O'Dell-trained duo of fastest qualifier Chance To Fire and second fastest qualifier Effortless Effort. Owned by Abigail Kawananakoa, Chance To Fire was third in the Ed Burke Million final before returning to post a length victory in the Governor's Cup trial. He's won three out of four starts, including a length victory in the trials. "We're in the catbird's sit, but that's where the pressure is," O'Dell said with a smile. "We ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 28, 2017—Stelfast, one of the big sophomore stars of this season, and Rite Regal, one of the top sophomore stars during the 2016 campaing, are among the bright performers that will be in action during the California Breeders Champions Night program. To be ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Valentin Zamudio, Stelfast ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 28, 2017—Mauro Mendoza’s Bad Neighbor, a son of champion Country Chicks Man and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $214,000 Speedhorse Futurity (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Bad Neighbor broke his maiden with ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 27, 2017— S-Quarter K Racing’s superstar Heza Dasha Fire, the 2015 AQHA World Champion and Champion of Champions winner, will make his season debut when he headlines the running of the Restricted Grade 1, $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The Spencer Childers is among the many marquee races that will be contested as part of the 18th edition of California Breeders Champions Night, which features 12 stakes races for California-breds. In addition to the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2017—Krash Course, a gray son of the Corona Cartel stallion and the fastest qualifier, will seek his first stakes victory in Saturday’s 350-yard TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park. With a purse of $435,680, the TQHA Sale Futurity is the richest race ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 26, 2017— Fastest qualifier A Passion For Flashn in the $370,820 Zia Quarter Horse Futurity, boasting the largest purse on the program, heads the nine stakes races in the 11-race Zia Festival card on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Ten of the 11 races have eight or more horses in the field and the other race has seven entries. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. The Zia Festival is a celebration of New Mexico racing with each of the stakes races is for New Mexico-breds. The Zia Festival is more than racing. There are more than 60 vendors specializing in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2017—A full field of 10 Texas-bred sprinters has been entered in the 400-yard, $35,000 TQHA Classic Stakes (RG3), one of four official stakes to be contested at Retama Park on Friday. RC Me Leaving You, a two-time stakes winner during last year’s Lone Star Park fall meet, drew post 5 and will be ...