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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 4, 2020—Why Buy The Cow, a stakes-winning 5-year-old Heza Motor Scooter gelding racing for Carrol A. Durbin, is one of 10 middle-distance sprinters entered in Sunday’s 550-yard, $20,000 Brigand Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. Why Buy The Cow will be making his second start of the season off of his third-place finish in an 870-yard, $14,500 open-condition allowance for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs on June 26. The gelding has won four of 13 starts, including last year’s 870-yard New Mexico ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA—AUGUST 3, 2020—Ten 3-year-olds, headed by stakes winner Double Cruise, are entered in Friday’s 350-yard, $24,835 Alberta Stallion Derby at Century Mile Racetrack. Owned and trained by Tom Kenway, Double Cruise will be making his second official start of the season. The homebred son of the Separatist stallion Bd Cruiser earned $24,592 from five races during his 2-year-old campaign, and his two wins included the 300-yard, $40,000 Alberta Stallion ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 3, 2020—A stakes-laden card headlined by the $54,500 PRINCESS DERBY will make for the most exciting day of Quarter Horse racing thus far in 2020 at Ajax Downs. The Wednesday (AUG 5) day of racing also features the $40,700 Ontario Sired Maturity and two Trials for the upcoming Ontario Bred Futurity. The Princess Derby ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—AUGUST 2, 2020—Margarito Montalvo’s Legends On Fire, a homebred son of the Corona Cartel stallion The Noble Legend and the fastest qualifier, drew the rail post for Wednesday’s 330-yard, $62,175 Cherry Creek Futurity (R) for Colorado-bred 2-year-olds at Arapahoe Park. A bay gelding trained by Uriel Delgado, Legends On Fire has won two of three starts, including the second of four Cherry Creek Futurity trials on ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 30, 2020—Mimi Wells’ homebred star Tell Cartel will begin his quest for a third derby victory of the season when he heads a tremendous group of sophomores in the trials to the Grade 2, $204,100 Golden State Derby on Sunday at Los Alamitos. First post for the 8-race program is 7:30 p.m. A pair of trials are on tap at 400 yards with nine horses scheduled to race in each heat. The horses with the 10 fastest times will advance to the Golden State Derby final on Sunday, August 16. ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 39, 2020— Sunday’s featured tenth race, the $40,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap, a 400-yard Grade 2 stakes race for 3-year-old and older Quarter Horses is shaping up to be a shoot-out. Morning line favorite Valiant Tiberias will have his hands full going up against the speedy Apocalyptical Jess, Higheasterjet Handicap winner Sc Moneymaker, and John Andreini Memorials Stakes champ New News who hopes to extend his winning streak to three in a row. Friday’s program ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 28, 2020—Reliance Ranches LLC’s SC Money Maker, a homebred 4-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, is one of 10 sprinters entered in Sunday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs. SC Money Maker has won won five of 15 starts and has earned $195,484, and his two wins in four races at Ruidoso Downs include a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the 350-yard, $40,000 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 28, 2020—A total of 171 Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, headed by graded stakes winners El Camino CL and Sir Louisiana Dash, are entered in this weekend’s trials for the Million-Dollar Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs. Twenty 350-yard trials are carded, 10 on Friday and 10 on Saturday. First post time each night is 6:15 p.m. (CDT). A gelded ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 27, 2020—Mardi Gras Paint will risk his four-race win streak in Thursday’s 400-yard Delta Downs Derby (RG3) trials for Louisiana-bred sophomores. The 6-5 morning-line favorite in the first of four trials, Mardi Gras Paint is a gelded son of Paint Me Perry ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 27, 2020—Zoomn On Bye, a gray son of the Shazoom stallion Mezoomn campaigned by B. Thomas Pick, is one of 17 sophomores entered in Tuesday’s 400-yard Canterbury Park Derby trials at Canterbury Park. Zoomn On Bye is coming off of a neck victory in the 400-yard, $45,000 Gopher State Derby on July 7. ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 27, 2020—John Wilson's Eagle River Cowboy and Amanda McCormack's Red Wagon Dust will duel for favoritism in Ajax Downs' featured $18,000 Overnight Series presented by the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario, Wednesday (JUL. 29). The two promising 3-year-olds will also line up beside each other in the starting gate in a super nine-horse field which goes as race 8 on the eighth ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 24, 2020—The second part of California Breeders Champions Weekend will take place on Sunday night with a trio of outstanding stakes races headed by the $185,000 Governor's Cup Derby, the $100,000 Spencer Childers Championship Handicap and the $25,000 Debutante Stakes. The 8-race program will get underway at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Governor's Cup Derby at 400 yards is loaded with stars headed by fastest qualifier Nomadic plus Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity runner-up Cattail Cove and Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity winner Runforyourlife. It was the Ed Allred-owned Nomadic who was most ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 22, 2020—For the first time in the 21-year history of California Breeders Champions Night, the marquee event for California-bred Quarter Horses will be held over two nights of racing with the $322,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity heading the first night of action on Saturday and the $185,000 Governor’s Cup Derby and $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Champions Night headlining the second night on Sunday evening at Los Alamitos. First post for Saturday’s eight-race program is expected to be at 7:30 p.m. – about 30 minutes after the final race at Del ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 21, 2020—Relentlessly, a graded stakes placed son of Hes Relentless, and fastest qualifier High Value Of Return, are among the 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $139,900 Speedhorse Futurity (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Relentlessly has ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 22, 2020—Whatahistoric Moment and Diane To Be A Hero are among the 73 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Firecracker Futurity (G2) trials at Delta Downs. Whatahistoric Moment is a homebred son of the FDD Dynasty stallion ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 21, 2020—Larry J. Boudreaux’s Mpshinning, a 4-year-old son of Mr Piloto, is one of 10 sprinters entered in Thursday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G2) at Delta Downs. Mpshinning will be stretching out in distance off of his neck victory in a ...



By Mike Cusortelli RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 21, 2020—The cream of the New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse crop will be on display during this weekend’s Zia Festival races at Ruidoso Downs. A total of 10 stakes will be contested, five for Thoroughbreds and five for Quarter Horses. Following is an exclusive preview of all 10 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 20, 2020—Eight official stakes, headed by Saturday’s $406,110 Texas QHA Sale Futurity (RG2), will be contested this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at Retama Park. Cruzin Cartel, a son of Teller Cartel owned and trained by Raul Galvan, set the fastest TQHA Sale ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 20, 2020—The 18th running of the $125,100 Blue River Derby Thursday (July 23) will wrap up a full week of Quarter Horse Stakes action at Indiana Grand. Favored to take the title is HH CJ Shake from the Paul Martin Stable. A son of Escondido Beach, HH CJ Shake led the way during his trial and was nabbed right at the ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 19, 2020—Fourteen of the best 3-year-old fillies in Canadian Quarter Horse racing will compete in two Trials at Ajax Downs on Tuesday (July 22) for a chance to race in the $50,000-added Princess Derby final on August 5. The Princess Derby was an important race on the Ajax Downs schedule through 2012 and was brought back for 2020. The trials are races 2 and 3 on a big ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 17, 2020—Fancy Creole Queen will be looking to extend her win streak to three in the 12th running of the $108,800 Heartland Futurity Final Wednesday, July 22. The race is carded as the ninth on the program with an estimated post time of 6:04 p.m. (EDT). Fancy Creole Queen got her start in racing at Remington Park ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 17, 2020—Bill Branch’s popular 9-year-old Rule He Will goes after the 14th win of his career when he takes on five rivals in the featured $18,000 allowance event at 1,000 yards here on Sunday. A multiples stakes winner at Los Alamitos, Rule He Will has won twice this year at 870 yards, but has come up short ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 16, 2020—The road to the All American Futurity, the world's richest horse race, continues this weekend at Ruidoso Downs Race Track as 10 of the fastest 2-year-olds race 400 yards for $1 Million in the Grade I Rainbow Futurity on Sunday. One of those horses includes Cyber Monday, the winner of the 2020 Ruidoso ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 16, 2020—Three two-year-olds from the Tony Cunningham Stable have been tagged as the favorites for the 11th running of the $186,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity at Indiana Grand Tuesday, July 21. The quickest qualifier from the trials, Stone Lake, gets the nod as the early morning line favorite. Owned by Patti Marshall, ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 15, 2020—It’s not a first, but it is still unique. When the field of 10 steps onto the track for the 18th running of the $138,400 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final, it will mark a first for Indiana. Full brothers Rock Candy Almighty (Post 5) and Rock The Candy Wagon (Post 10) will vie for the stakes title, thanks to embryo ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI POCATELLO, ID—JULY 15, 2020—Stakes winners Fortunes Wild Blood and Babes Fabulous Eagle are among the 40 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard Bitterroot Futurity (R) trials at Pocatello Downs. A gelded son of Apollitical Blood trained by Jay Pitcher for owners Kelly and ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 14, 2020—Stakes winners Cyber Monday and Whistle Stop Cafe are among the 10 2-year-olds entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Sergio Ibarra for owners LOS LLC and Abelardo F. Gallegos, Cyber Monday has won all three of his starts, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 14, 2020—Hotsempting, a Grade 1-winning daughter of champion Tempting Dash racing for Miguel Y. Gallegos and Mauricio Gallegos, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 440-yard, $710,414 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Hotsempting has ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 14, 2020—Rusty Allred’s Fernweh, an undefeated daughter of Favorite Cartel trained by Charles “Duke” Shults, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 440-yard, $315,740 Rainbow Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Ruidoso Downs. Fernweh has won all ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—JULY 14, 2020—A dozen Iowa-bred aged sprinters, led by stakes winners Apollitical Queen and Iris Royal Jess, will face the Prairie Meadows starter in Saturday’s 350-yard, $25,000 Cy-Hawk Stakes (R). Apollitical Queen and Iris Royal Jess are both trained by Alex Wessels for owner B/B Wessels LLC. A ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 14, 2020—Six distance specialists, headed by Gary Aber’s Desire Astoli, are entered in Saturday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. A homebred 5-year-old daughter of Desirio trained by Kenny Roberts, Desire Astoli has won nine of 21 starts, ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 8, 2020—One Famous Glass, the 2013 Horse of the Year at Ajax Downs is set to make a comeback to the races on Wednesday (July 15) for day six of the Quarter Horse season. Now 10-years-old, One Famous Glass has not raced since the fall of 2018 and went to live a life of leisure on Hillerin Farm in Hillsburgh, owned by Carol ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 9, 2020—California’s top sophomores will get together for the trials to the Governor’s Cup Derby on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Fifteen runners will be in action in the two 400-yard trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times advancing to the Governor’s Cup final to be held as part of California Breeders Champions Night ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 9, 2020—Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1) winner Johnny de Capo and Oklahoma Mystery Futurity(RG3) winner Cajun King will head three trials Saturday for the Speedhorse QH Derby at Fair Meadows. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Fair Meadows on Saturday, July 25th to vie for the winner's share of a $54,000 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 3, 2020—BF Outfoosed, who competed in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity in his last start, and Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity finalists La Reina Del Sur and Hi High Hopes are among the 40 juveniles that will race in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Five futurity trials will be contested on Saturday with each heat featuring an eight-horse field. The Governor’s Cup trials will start in the fourth race of the eight-race card. First post is 7:05 p.m. The horses with the 10 fastest times will advance to the 350-yard final to be held here as part of California ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 8, 2020—A bevy of stakes contenders are among the 54 2-year-odls set to compete in nine trials at Fair Meadows Racetrack on Friday for the 2020 Grade 3 Speedhorse Futurity. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return Saturday, July 25th to vie for the winner's share of the $139,900 final going 350 yards. Among top contenders ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 7, 2020—Three trials for the 18th running of the Blue River Derby are set for Thursday (July 9) at Indiana Grand. Carded as the final three races on the 11-race card, several stakes winners are included in the mix of registered Indiana bred three-year-olds. Jess A Flyin Beach heads the field in the first trial ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 7, 2020— Forty-six New Mexico-bred sophomores, headed by graded stakes winner and 2019 All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Mister Riptide, are entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs. A gelded son of the Dash Ta Fame stallion ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 7, 2020—Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC’s Woodys Gold, a graded stakes placed son of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge, is one of 103 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. The 10 ...



SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2020—Retama Park will host nine trials at a distance of 350 yards for the 2020 $475,000-est. TQHA Sale Futurity(RG2) on Friday's race card. The majority of entries will be first time starters. Eighty-eight two-year-old graduates of the 2019 TQHA Yearling Sale will go to the post in hopes earning one of the 10 fastest ...



SHAKOPOEE, MN—JULY 6, 2020—Canterbury Park’s Tuesday racing program won’t take long or at least the races themselves won’t, as the 10-race program features quarter horse racing exclusively with distances ranging from 250 yards, usually clocking in at just over 13 seconds, to 870 yards. Track officials refer to this as The Fastest Day In ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 5, 2020—Maryland Magic, one of Ajax Downs' most consistent older horses, heads a field of six for the first leg of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario, Inc.'s Distance Series on the fifth day of the 2020 Ajax Downs meeting July 8. The Distance Series is a three race competition of races at 350, 400 and 440 yards with the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 3, 2020—Legacy Ranch Inc's homebred Mister Appolitical will go after his sixth victory in a row when he leads a nine-horse field in the 48th running of the Grade 1, $157,400 Vessels Maturity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. To be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Terry Knight, Mister Appolitical has put together a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 2, 2020—Stakes winners Alamode, Tac Me Up, Rite Quick and Ai Babe Foose are among the eight older horses that will be in action in the Grade III, $25,000 Independence Day Handicap at 300 yards on Friday night at Los Alamitos. First post is 6 p.m. (PDT). ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 1, 2020—Delta Downs has carded three stakes on its Fourth of July holiday program, topped by the 330-yard, $357,981 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) for state-bred colts and geldings. El Camino CL, an undefeated son of Heza Fast Dash trained by Jose ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 1, 2020—Ten state-bred 2-year-old fillies, topped by fastest qualifier Ms Runaway Presence, have entered back in Friday’s 330-yard, $329,410 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs. Ms Runaway Presence is a gray daughter of Sir Runaway Dash ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 1, 2020—Indiana has always had a competitive group of older horses in the Quarter Horse ranks and 2020 is no different. Ten will line up in the starting gate for the 22nd running of the $59,600 Bradford Stakes Monday, July 6. The race is set for the ninth on the program with an estimated post time of 6 p.m. (EST). ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 30, 2020—Indiana Grand will hold the first all-Quarter Horse program of its 2020 season on Saturday, July 4. Post time for the first of 13 races is set for 10 a.m. (CDT). Eleven sophomores, including one also-eligible entry, have been entered back in Saturday’s Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2020—Retama Park has carded three $30,000 stakes on its 10-race Fourth of July holiday program. Post time for the first race is set for 6:45 p.m. (CDT). Sarah Huskey’s Serendipity Rocks, a homebred son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Esteban Rubio, will make his 5-year-old season debut in Saturday’s ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 29, 2020—Seventy-two 3-year-olds, headed by graded stakes winners Hotsempting, Uncle D and Love Is Everything V, are entered in Saturday’s 440-yard Rainbow Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Hotsempting is a bay daughter of champion Tempting Dash ...