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RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 10, 2018—Before Saturday’s Grade 1, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby, trainer Rodolfo "Rudy" Valles had never won a stakes race and following Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity the 24-year-old trainer had two Grade 1 stakes victories. Valles won the Ruidoso Derby with Jess Move You and then Blue Corazon rushed to win the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity. The only other two trainers to win the Ruidoso Derby and the Ruidoso Futurity in the same year are hall-of-famers Sleepy Gilbreath (1998) and Russell Harris (2000). On Sunday’s undercard, Eduardo Mendoza Jr.’s Em Bodacious Chick won the $100,000 Ruidoso ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 10, 2018—For the second time this year, Reliance Ranches' homebred SC Money Maker posted the fastest qualifying time to a major futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course, this time by delivering the top time to the Grade 1, $1,060,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday night. Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Mike Robbins, SC Money Maker was stellar in the second of 11 trials, as he covered the 350 yards in a sizzling ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 10, 2018—On Sunday’s undercard, Eduardo Mendoza Jr.’s Em Bodacious Chick won the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile, for two-year-olds who did not qualify for the Ruidoso Futurity. Em Bodacious Chick, a 20-1 longshot, jumped to the lead in the 350-yard race and then steadily veered outward while ahead of her rivals. She crossed the finish line a nose ahead of Our Favorite Sweet and Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG2) winner Lynnder 16, a $30,000 supplemental nominee to enter the trials, finished third. Our Favorite Sweet was three quarters of a length ahead of ...



AURORA, CO—JUNE 10, 2018—Making his first start since a fourth-place finish in the American Flyer Stakes last summer at Arapahoe Park, Iba Jp broke best then held off a late charge by Dauns First Desirio to win the 2018 edition of the $15,000 American Flyer Stakes Sunday afternoon. Ridden by jockey Manuel Meza, Iba Jp completed the 350 yards with a 10 mph tailwind in :17.762 seconds, a 90 speed index. Trainer David Palafox saddled the 6-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry for owner Jonathan Zambrano. A finalist in the West Texas Derby(G3) at 3, Iba Jp had raced mostly in claiming, starter ...



GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 10, 2018—Three trials determined the field for the $15,000-added Wyoming All Breeds Racing Association Derby at Energy Downs on Sunday, but it was the third trial that produced the top three fastest qualifiers. The final will be held on June 24.

The winner of the third and final trial and fastest qualifier was A Toast ...



JEROME, ID—JUNE 10, 2018—The Jerome Fair hosted two sets of trials on Sunday— the Roche Equine Futurity for 2-year-olds and the EIHA Derby for 3-year-olds. The top eight qualifiers from each set of trials will return to Jerome on Sunday, June 24 to contest a $7,000-added final in each race over a distance of 350 yards. Coming off a ...



GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 10, 2018—Tempting Futuro, a 5-year-old son of champion sire Tempting Dash, defeated Tdm Big Shooter by a nose Sunday to get the fastest qualifying time for the $10,000-added Wyoming All Breed Racing Association Maturity at Energy Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 9, 2018—Ricardo Bernal and Reymundo Resendez’s Jess Move You raced to a 7-1 mild upset win in the Grade 1, $759,197 Ruidoso Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. TNT Racing’s T Velocity picked an excellent spot to win his maiden when he narrowly won the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry (see related story), a race for horses who did not qualify to the Ruidoso Derby, earlier on the program. Jess Move You started from the inside post position and raced with the leaders. "We broke well," said winning jockey Agustin ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 9, 2018—TNT Racing’s T Velocity picked an excellent spot to break his maiden when he defeated Hez Our Prize to narrowly win the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry, a race run earlier Saturday for horses who did not qualify to the Ruidoso Derby(G1). T Velocity started sharply from the seventh post position and was within striking ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 9, 2018—Delta Downs closed out its eighth week of live American Quarter Horse racing on Saturday by hosting 10 qualifying trials for this year’s $363,675 Firecracker Futurity (G2), which will be held on Independence Day, July 4. The fastest horse of the night was the Indiana-bred Parti Wagon, who drilled 350 yards over a ...



GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 9, 2018— Energy Downs saved the best for last on Saturday afternoon, as the two fastest qualifiers to the Cowboy State Futurity came out of the fifth and final trial. Allyson Wonderland and Jesus Valenzuela posted a final time of 17.802 in the 350-yard trial.

The $50,000-added final will be held at Energy Downs on June ...



GILLETTE, WY— JUNE 9, 2018— After seven trials, the fastest qualifiers were nearly set for the $25,000 Mixed Wyoming Bred Futurity at Energy Downs. But the eighth and final trial produced the fastest qualifier, Vvr Dont Sugarcoatit, with a time of 15.783. The 300-yard final will be held at Energy Downs on June 24.

Vvr Dont Sugarcoatit ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—JUNE 9, 2018—Owner Charles G. Stojan and trainer William Leech dominated two trials to the All Canadian Derby at Lethbridge on Saturday by winning both races and taking the top three qualifying spots. Jockey Martin Ortiz rode Stripsteak to a neck win over post-time favorite and stablemate True Copy in the second trial to ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 9, 2018—The track was muddy and the race was delayed, but that did not stop First Of 15 from powering home in a dominating win on Saturday afternoon in the $34,150 Gopher State Derby at Canterbury Park.

First Of 15 ($6.20) and jockey Cristian Esqueda defeated runner-up and fastest qualifier Painted Dynasty by two and a half lengths. The final time of the race, 19.751 for 400 yards, was the fastest running of the Gopher State Derby in the 16-year history of the race.

This was the second Gopher State Derby win for trainer Jason Olmstead, but the first for owner Richard Tobin. First Of 15 was bred in Oklahoma ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 8, 2018—Lightemupwithcharm dueled early and was best late to defeat Bubba Mallard by half-a-length in the $60,000 Vals Fortune Stakes(RG2) Friday night at Delta Downs. Ridden by jockey Everardo Rodriguez, Lightemupwithcharm rolled over the 400 yards course in :19.468 seconds to earn a 101 speed index and bank the winner's purse valued at $36,000. It was the first career stakes victory for the Sizzlin Cartel gelding from the barn of trainer Martin Trejo. Saul Dorado owns the 4-year-old out of Grace Filled Charm by Feature Mr Jess. ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 8, 2018—Making his first start in nearly a year, the lightly raced Krash Course defeated Jess Real Fast by a head to set the fastest qualifying time for the $212,005 Firecracker Derby Friday evening at Delta Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the four trial races contested Friday will return to the Vinton, Louisiana ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JUNE 8, 2018— Making his third lifetime start, Silver Jet Dash picked up his second win in his trial for the Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs as the fastest qualifier. Silver Jet Dash and Leonardo Gonzales ran the 350-yard trial in 18.236.

The $92,602 Bitterroot Futurity final is scheduled for June 22 at Sandy Downs. ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JUNE 8, 2018—While it may not have been a surprise, Wagonfullofdividends’ win in his trial for the Bitterroot Derby at Sandy Downs continued his notable streak of seven consecutive victories and gave trainer Mark Hanson the top two fastest qualifiers to the $21,300 final on June 22.

Last year’s Bitterroot Futurity winner, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 8, 2018— Parsons Ranch’s Favorite Wise Lady surprised trainer Chris O’Dell when she was unwilling to go in the starting gate prior to her career debut on Sunday night. Once she was finally in the gate, the daughter of Favorite Cartel surprised O’Dell once again, this time bringing a big smile to her trainer, as he rallied back from a slow start to fly in between horses on the way to victory in a 300-yard time of :15.737. "She didn’t want to load and that surprised me because she had never faltered in the gates before during the morning training," O’Dell said. "Maybe ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 20, 2018—Under a confident ride by jockey Cory Spataro defending champion County Boy 123 returned Sunday to defeat One Famous Glass by a head, winning his second consecutive $55,600 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs. Ls Prince finished a head off the leaders in a blanket finish for third-place. A 5-year-old son of champion County Chicks Man, Country Boy 123 completed the 300 yards in :15.280 seconds, a 105 speed index with a 12 mph tailwind. The $22,240 winner's purse boosted the bay gelding's total earning mark to $201,264. Trainer Bryn Robertson saddled Country Boy 123 for owner Ruth F. Barbour. Carolyn Bay bred the ...



SHAKOPEE, MN —JUNE 3, 2018—In a slight upset to start the 2018 Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Stakes season, Bhr Flashing Effort and Chase Clark powered home to win by a head in the $30,305 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity.

Bhr Flashing Effort ($18.20) drew next to heavy favorite and second-place finisher Haute Wagon. The pair ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JUNE 3, 2018—The inaugural $24,000 North Star State Stakes went to one of the most accomplished Minnesota-bred horses in recent history, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. The 4-year-old gelding made his third start of the year and first start of the 2018 Canterbury Park meet in Sunday’s stakes victory, with Cristian Esqueda aboard. Pyc Jess ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—It didn’t take long for Sunnysyde to find his top stride from his outside post position, rolling on to an impressive two-length win in Oklahoma’s richest race, the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity. The Grade 1 event became a personal playground for the son of leading sire Heza Fast Dash. Owned by the Fort Worth, Texas partnership of Cox-Lane, LLC and trained by Josue Ponce, Sunnysyde was ridden by Jose Linares. The 2-year-old colt won just his second career start. He qualified in his May 12 trial despite running second, overcoming some traffic ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—Two-time defending American Quarter Horse Association World Champion Jessies First Down may be on his way to a third-straight crown. He won Saturday’s Grade 1, $251,265 Remington Park Championship by one length and set a new 440-yard track record in the process. Jessies First Down had a good start but ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—PYC Fun N Fancy overcame a less than perfect beginning to find a much better ending to win the Grade 2, $363,790 Heritage Place Derby on Saturday at Remington Park. Owned by Jose Guzman of Dallas and trained by Amanda Tongay, PYC Fun N Fancy was ridden by Ricky Ramirez. The 3-year-old colt gave a solid effort for Ramirez, despite a bobble at the beginning of the 400-yard derby. "He broke very strong, he kind of missed the ground but that was because he tried to leave there so hard," Ramirez said of the start with PYC Fun N Fancy. "I watched the replay after the trial and (jockey) James ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—The Grade 2, $103,300 Junos Request Stakes for older fillies and mares was a solid horse race for its entire 400 yards. Apollitical Scout out-dueled her rivals to hit the finish with a neck-victory over Hardtoget in the Saturday race at Remington Park. Owned by Paragon Farms of Conroe, Texas and trained ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—The $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile was the final race of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park. The Grand Legend won the last race at longshot odds of 14-1. Owned by Lifes Good Racing Partners of Cleveland, Texas and trained by Clint Crawford, The Grand Legend was ridden by Agustin ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—The world’s richest futurity for Paints and Appaloosas, the Grade 1, $254,300 Speedhorse Graham Futurity, was won easily Saturday night at Remington Park by Memories Of Lil Hero. The 2-year-old filly pulled away to score by 1-1/4 lengths in the 350-yard event. Owned by Levings Racing of Edmond, Okla. ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018— Fly N Tell provided the biggest longshot win on the final night of the 2018 Remington Park American Quarter Horse Season, winning the $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes by one length. Bred, owned and trained by Robert Esqueda of Canyon, Texas, Fly N Tell was ridden to victory in the race for 2-year-old ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 2 2018— It was a fight to the finish in the fourth running of the $90,100 Harley Greene Derby Saturday as Beach Mercedes and Jose Beltran snagged the win away from Kitty Sixup and Samuel Mendez in the final stride of the 350-yard dash. The race was the featured event on the eight-race card, marking the first ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 2, 2018—Randy Smith’s homebred C Twister Seis, sent off at 5-1 odds, overcame a slight bobble at the start to win the first running of the $25,000 Dash For Speed Stakes on Saturday afternoon during Red Raider weekend at Ruidoso Downs. C Twister Seis finished a growing three quarters of a length over 8-5 favorite Carris Cartel and it was another three parts of a length back to third-place finisher American Girl Rocks in the race for fillies and mares. "She stumbled a little bit," said winning rider Felipe Garcia-Luna. "Then she got up and went on running." The Mike Joiner-trained C Twister Seis, a ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 2 2018—Daddys Moe and Jockey Jose Beltran turned in the quickest time in three trials to set up the $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final slated for Saturday, June 16. A total of 27 horses vied for a spot among the top 10 to return for the final. Daddys Moe was the dominant force of the second trial of the night. ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 2, 2018—The Grade 2, $53,300 Remington Park Distance Championship was won by Blazen Panther who used an inside post position to his advantage, pulling away to a 1-1/4 length win. Blazen Panther won his second straight race around the turn at 870 yards this season at Remington Park. Owned and trained by Luz ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 2 2018—There was little surprise on qualifiers for the Gordon Mobley Futurity trials Saturday, June 2. Four trials featuring 33 starters kicked off the first of six all-Quarter Horse racing nights at Indiana Grand and the heavy favorites were victorious in all four events. Leading the charge as the fastest ...



SOUTH JORDAN, UT —JUNE 2, 2018—In her first career start Femme Fatalia flew from the gate, under jockey Cordarelton Benn, to break her maiden by two-lengths while posting the top qualifying mark from eight Beehive Futurity trials contested Saturday afternoon at Laurel Brown Racetrack. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return Saturday, June 16th to vie for the winner's share of a record $92,233 going 350 yards. A $13,000 Los Alamitos Equine Mixed Sale graduate, Femme Fatalia completed the 350 yard task in :17.722 seconds, a 93 speed index. Trainer Glade Van Tassell saddled the daughter of leading sire ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 1, 2018—Painted Turnpike, the three-time World Champion Paint, concluded another dominating season at Remington Park on Friday, winning the Grade 1, $38,300 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Stakes. The 5-year-old horse won the event for the third consecutive year. Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Nolan Pevehouse of Webbers Falls, Okla., Painted Turnpike is trained by Matt Whitekiller and was ridden by Cody Smith. Painted Turnpike usually has a solid start but was outstanding in leaving the gate to begin his 440-yard journey. "He kind of got away so-so his first out this year and got ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 1, 2018— Delta Downs hosted its only stakes race of the week on Friday night and it featured a field of eight distance horses squaring off in the $36,100 Virgil Bond Stakes at 870 yards. When the dust settled it was Fernando Ramirez’s JW Who Dat who was victorious with jockey Antonio Alberto in the saddle. The win marked Jw ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 1, 2018—Joe K. Rios’ Another Chick Flick has gone from blindness to being the fastest qualifier to the $345,175 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Friday afternoon. It is estimated that she has full vision in her left eye and 90 percent vision in her right eye, according to the horse’s racing manager Wendy ...



FARMINGTON, NM—JUNE 1, 2018—The fastest qualifier to the Four Corners Futurity came out of the fourth and final trial of the card as Shes Got Fire posted a time of 17.543 for 350 yards. The $25,000-added final will be held at SunRay on June 17.

Shes Got Fire, with Felipe Garcia-Luna aboard, made her career debut in her Four Corners ...



AURORA, CO—JUNE 1, 2018—Captain Force returned to the races today,for the first time since winning the Black Gold 440 Championship Futurity(RG3) last November, to set the top qualifying time for the Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe Park. The graded winner by multiple stakes sire Captain Courage drifted out at the start under jockey Edwuin Lujan but managed to win by a half-length while completing the 350 yards in the top qualifying time of :17.689 seconds, a 92 speed index with a 10 mph tailwind. Captain Force was the first of three finalist for trainer Hipolito Michel-Valverde. Pedro ...



AURORA, CO—JUNE 1, 2018—One Two battled Logans Favorite to the wire Friday afternoon to get a head win and the fastest qualifying time for the Rocky Mountain Futurity at Arapahoe Park. The ten fastest qualifiers, from three trial races, will return to Arapahoe Park on Saturday, June 16th to vie the winner's purse in a 330-yard event for ...



SOUTH JORDAN, UT —JUNE 1, 2018—Laurel Brown hosted three trials for the SVLAC Futurity on Friday evening, but one trial was all that was needed to produce the three fastest qualifiers. Staubauch, the fastest qualifier, won the second trial by a neck and posted a time of 19.995 for the 330 yard trial distance.

The $15,070 South Valley ...



SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 1, 2018—Though the Apollitical Jess filly had hit the board in many of her career starts, Easy Ap Bella broke her maiden and earned the fastest qualifying time to the 89 and Under All-Breed Allowance at Laurel Brown.

Two trials on Friday evening determined the field for the ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 28, 2018—The abundance of 2-year-old Oklahoma-breds entered for the FL Lady Bug Stakes allowed Remington Park to split the race into two divisions, each worth $69,750. Mary Janes Hero won the opening division while Saratoga Return was victorious in the second division. FL Lady Bug Stakes – Division 1 to Mary Janes Hero Owned by Jermaine Jackson of Wichita, Kan. and trained by Ramon Mendoza, Mary Janes Hero was ridden to victory by Jesus Salazar. The filly rallied for the lead then challenged Roseist for the final 100 yards before prevailing by a nose, handling the 330 yards in :16.947 over a fast ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 28, 2018—After back-to-back poor starts, Political Attraction broke better and demonstrated a new dimension of surging late in order to win the $69,000 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes on Memorial Day at Remington Park. The victory was his initial stakes score in Oklahoma City. With wire-to-wire stakes victories at Fair ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 26, 2018—The first six horses in the $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes on Memorial Day at Remington Park finished within three-quarters of a length of each other. The first two fillies at the finish had their noses on the line together as Ima China Rush and Weetonas Lafawn shared the victory in a dead-heat. Ima China Rush, ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 28, 2018—The $23,400 Spring Classic Maiden Frolic Stakes (not black type) appeared to turn into a match race between Mark Hanson trainees Dashair Special and O Dee, as the pair dueled to the wire a length and a half ahead of the rest. Dashair Special, with Jesus Canales aboard, won the nose bob and was the fastest qualifier to the final on Memorial Day at Pocatello.

Dashair Special ($2.80) was the easy favorite after he broke his maiden in his trial race, winning by two lengths. The 3-year-old gelding returned to the final with a final time of 17.343 and a speed index of 111.

Bred in Idaho by his owner, ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 27, 2018—Melvin Neugebauer's Uptown Dynasty overwhelmed a very deep trial to set the fastest qualify time and Keith Nellesen's champion KVN Corona is now nine-for-nine following the 10 trials to the Grade 1, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Trainer Rodolfo Valles qualified four horses for the Ruidoso Derby, headed by second-fastest qualifier Jess Move You. The other Valles-trained qualifiers are sixth-fastest qualifier She Ate Fire, seventh-fastest qualifier Hierarchy and 10-fastest qualifier Prince Of Bo Dash. The three-year-olds with the 10-fastest trial times advance to the ...



AURORA, CO—MAY 27, 2018—Under jockey Malouly Rodriguez Scholarly broke best then held off a late charge by post-time favorite Dauns Fist Desirio to win the $15,000 Dash For Speed Stakes by a neck Sunday afternoon at Arapahoe Park. Conditioned by Jose Moreno, Scholarly covered the 330 yards in :16.664 seconds to earn a 102-speed index and pocket the $9,000 winners' purse. The 4-year-old daughter of multiple stakes sire Tr Dasher races for owner Alberto Duenas. Bred in California by Edward C. Allred, from the Bono Jazz mare Now You Comeat Noon, the multiple stakes winner has banked $65,600. Last year's AQHA Derby Challenge(G3) ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 27, 2018—Under jockey Santiago Jimenez Dashin Country Honey (PT) shot from the gate then extended her lead to 2-½ lengths over Bg Gimme Your Cash (AP) in the $10,000 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Appaloosa & Paint Futurity at Pocatello Downs Saturday. Conditioned by Alvaro Torres, Dashin Country Honey completed the 330 ...