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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 5, 2018—Jesstacartel had his four-race win streak snapped when he finished second to A Political Lady in the Vandy’s Flash Handicap at Los Alamitos on July 1. A month later, it was a Jesstacartel’s turn to stop a streak, as he defeated a field that included A Political Lady to end the filly’s six-race win string, on the way to posting the fastest qualifying while posting the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 2, $221,300 Golden State Derby on Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course. Owned and bred by Lesley Joyner, Jesstacartel defeated a tremendous field that in addition to A Political Lady also included ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 5, 2018—In just his second lifetime start, Carlos The Second broke his maiden in impressive fashion to post the top qualifying time for the Ontario Sires Stakes Futurity at Ajax Downs. Carlos The Second dueled early then finished strong under jockey Ed Walton to win the first of two 330 yard trials by one-length. He completed the task in :17.420 seconds into 17 mph crosswind to set the top mark. Trainer Jason Pascoe saddled the homebred son of Winners Version for owner-breeder Heste Sport, Inc. Out of the Okey Dokey Dale mare Chitchatin Okie, the gray gelding has earned ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 5, 2018 –Reigning Horse of the Year Country Boy 123 put away previously unbeaten Had to Be Ivory in the late stages of Sunday's $10,217(US) QROOI Distance Series Overnight Stakes (not black type) and flew to a one-length victory in another stunning performance. In the first meeting of the hotshot sophomore Had to Be Ivory ...



EVANSTON, WY—AUGUST 5, 2018—Light Up The Dark flew from the gate in a dominating performance Sunday, under jockey Tyson Lusk, at Wyoming Downs to post the fastest qualifying time from three trials contested for the Gary Waite Maiden Stakes (not black type). A maiden in eight starts at 2 and 3, Light Up Dark has compiled a (7) 2-1-3 record ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 4, 2018—Double A Ranch, Inc.'s Paint My Pilot needed every inch of the 400 yards in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap to secure the victory during Pink Day at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. Pink Day raised money and awareness of Breast Cancer and women connected to horseracing could sign up for free mammograms. Johnny Trotter's Bodacious Eagle, the 8-5 favorite, blasted away from the inside post position in the Mr Jet Moore and the powerful son of One Famous Eagle appeared to have the victory secured passing the halfway point. The Yordanis ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 4, 2018—Cartel M, under jockey Juan Garcia, Jr., defeated Louisiana Hit Man by a neck Saturday night to break her maiden in the $38,853 TQHA Sale Juvenile at Retama Park. The Dealers On Fire finished three-quarters back to finish third. Cartel Me completed the 350 yards in :18.135 seconds into an 18 mph headwind to pick up ...



EVANSTON, WY—AUGUST 4, 2018—Making her first start since a second-place effort in the $92,233 Beehive Futurity in June, Femme Fatalia defeated Heztwoforthedough by one-length to post the top qualifying time for the Wyoming Downs Futurity Saturday afternoon in Evanston. Femme Fatalia flew from the gates under jockey Cordarelton Benn to ...



MALAD CITY, ID—AUGUST 4, 2018— Dk First Frost, got off slow under jockey Raymundo Torres but rallied to win the last of five trials Saturday for the Oneida County Fair Futurity in Malad City, Idaho. The multiple stakes qualifying son of first-crop sire Coronado Cartel completed the 300 yard task ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 3, 2018—Contentious Strike got up over Mr Unsung Hero by a neck in $6,000 Quicksilver Starter Handicap-Div. 2 (not black type) Friday night at Retama Park. Apollitical Ride was another neck back in the blanket finish to get third. Under jockey Luis Vivanco, Contentious Strike picked up his second consecutive win while completing the 350 yards in :17.966 seconds, a 91 speed index over the fast track into 15 mph headwind. Conditioned by trainer Alberto Solis, Contentious Strike is a Texas homebred racing for the Estate of Fred Yamaguchi. The 3-year-old son of Contend, from the Cat Strike mare Cat Strike Fever, has ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 29, 2018—Wes Giles' trained horses won the two largest purses during the Zia Festival program on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs when Jess Fire Chick took the $409,680 Zia Quarter Horse Futurity and Bigg Daddy won the $190,937 Zia Quarter Horse Derby (see related story. The nine stakes races on the Zia program were for New Mexico-bred thoroughbreds and quarter horses (see undercard story). Mike Abraham and Paul Blanchard's Jess Fire Chick, the 5-2 favorite, remains undefeated from four starts with the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 29, 2018—Trainers Wes Giles' his first graded winner on the Zia Festival program on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs when Bigg Daddy won the $190,937 Zia Quarter Horse Derby(RG2). Too For Two's Bigg Daddy got the job done in the Derby, however it was not easy for the strong 9-10 favorite. Bigg Daddy slightly stumbled and ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—JUNE 9, 2018—Fastest qualifier Stripsteak, under jockey Alejandro Hernandez, returned Sunday to defeat stablemate True Copy by three-quarters in the $20,092(US) Peace Country Derby at Grande Prairie. Jd Wagon Boss finished another length back in third. Saddled by trainer William Leech, Stripsteak completed the 400 yard task ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 29, 2018—Nine stakes races were conducted on a special Zia Festival program on Sunday Sunday at Ruidoso Downs for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. Wes Giles’ trained horses won the two largest purses on Sunday when Jess Fire Chick took the $409,680 Zia Quarter Horse Futurity and Bigg Daddy won the ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 28, 2018—Trainer Leon Bard qualified three finalists to the $479,196 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG3) at Retama Park, and had a stellar showing with each of his juveniles. It was Blue Star Racing’s Dak, with confident handling by jockey Nestor Duran, who bested his stablemates at a big price! Bullard Farms bred Dak, a son of Dominyun out of the Fishers Dash mare Fleet Els broke his maiden in trials on July 13, which was just his second start. He went to the gate as the ninth-fastest qualifier at odds of 16-1, but showed his tenacity in the final strides, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 28, 2018—Rosenthal Ranch's Powerful Favorite outdueled Parsons Ranch's Favorite Wise Lady by a neck to win the richest race on California Breeders Champions Night, the $380,000 Governor's Cup Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos. It was the richest win ever for the Rosenthal Ranch and its most emotional. "I just wish ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 28, 2018—S-Quarter K LLC’s Heza Dasha Fire became only the third Quarter Horse in history to go over the $2.2 million mark in career earnings after dominating victory in her 2018 debut in the running of the Restricted Grade 1, $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 28, 2018—With a clean outside trip, Rappid and jockey Alfredo Triana Jr. dueled to a half-length victory in the feature race on Fair Meadows’ Saturday night card, the Grade 3 $222,000 Speedhorse Quarter horse Futurity.

Rappid ($14.60) stumbled in her trial and finished second as the fourth fastest qualifier overall from 12 trials held on July 13. In Saturday’s final, she posted a time of :17.899 in 350 yards and earned an 86 speed index.

Prior to the trial, Rappid finished fifth in the $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile at Remington in June but broke out and was placed tenth through disqualification. Saturday’s ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 28, 2018—It was a profitable Saturday night for Ron Hartley's Black Fryday, as the gelding by Favorite Cartel broke perfectly from the outside post nine to win the $203,000 Governor's Cup Derby in wire-to-wire fashion. Abigail Kawanakoa's Chance To Fire ran second ahead of ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 28, 2018—The second feature this evening at Retama Park was the running of the $139,300 Retama Park Derby. A quality field of 3-year-olds from trials contested on July 14 entered the gate with a thrilling finish between EOS A Political Win and Three Bar Cartel resulting in a dead heat for the championship.

EOS A Political Win ($5.00), owned by Elite Oilfield Services, and trained by Rolando Almanza, broke from the rail under Jose Alvarez, recording his sixth win from 14 starts.

Strong as a 2-year-old, the son of leading sire Apollitical Jess is ...




SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 28, 2018—Trainer Ricardo Martinez came into the 10th running of the Heartland Futurity Final with three of the top four qualifiers, including two that were undefeated in two previous starts. Although the heavily favored entry Pritty ran into road trouble out of the gate, it was Packin Secrets that brought home the title to the Martinez barn and remains undefeated in three career starts. Surging out of the gate from post six in the 10-horse Heartland Futurity Final, Packin Secrets and Sergio Ramirez got a good jump on the field and got the early advantage. The Habits Secret gelding kept his mind on the ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 28, 2018—The three-race win streak of fastest qualifier Hooked On a Win was broken by former claimer Oltigbitties in the $75,300 Speedhorse Quarter Horse Derby at Fair Meadows on Saturday night. Oltigbitties ($24.80), with Cody Smith aboard, gained an early lead and maintained it to win by just under a length.

Final time ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 28, 2018—Orono Racing, LLC's Jess Versiontino held safe runner-up Wood Be A Superstar and third-place runner Daddys Wine to win the $50,000 By By JJ on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Also on Saturday's program was the $20,000 Bobby Crenshaw won by Eagles First Prey. The By By JJ is contested by two-year-old New Mexico-breds over 400 yards. Jess Versiontino won by one-half length and it was only a nose between Wood Be A Superstar and Daddys Wine. The Gaston Valenzuela-trained Jess Versiontino burst from the starting gate with a wide running lane and went straight to the lead. The colt had a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 28, 2018—California's best Quarter Horses got together to be a part of a great night of racing action in the 19th running of California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The 12-race card will featured 11 stakes races including seven undercard stakes races for California-breds. Thermonuclear Energy Is Too Strong Late Parsons Family Limited Partnership's Thermonuclear Energy finished ...



EVANSTON, WY—JULY 28, 2018—The fastest qualifier from three trials on July 14, A Toast To Brindis returned as the gate-to-wire winner in the $21,250 KC Carden Memorial Wyoming Bred Derby at Wyoming Downs on Saturday afternoon.

With Cordarelton Benn aboard, A Toast To Brindis ($5.60) finished a half-length ahead of Kr American Pi and ...



GREAT FALLS, MT—JULY 28, 2018—Fastest qualifier Brindis Cruz exploded late under jockey Shaunda Larsen to easily defeat Running J by 1-½ lengths in the $18,925 Big Sky Select Breeders' Quarter Horse Futurity Saturday afternoon at Great Falls. Thischicksgoteffort finished a neck back in third. Saddled by trainer Jess Matt, Brindis Cruz ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 28, 2018— Mr Coronado Cash and Paul Nieto broke on top and never looked back in the $15,000 Cherokee Nation Stakes at Fair Meadows on Saturday night. The winning duo built an impressive lead early and won by a length over Docs Kansas Rep and Daniel Torres. The final time for the 350-yard race was 17.828; Mr Coronado Cash ...



EVANSTON, WY—JULY 28, 2018—A pair of 3-year-old gelded son of multiple stakes sire Winners Version each won a trial to the Wyoming Downs Renegade Sports Derby on Saturday to post the top two qualifying times. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the two trial races, will return to Wyoming Downs on ...



FARGO, ND—JULY 28, 2018—After going winless in his first three starts, Dawsons Affair has been nothing but awesome in this last three outs, including a 1-½ length victory in the $20,145 North Dakota QHRA Futurity Sunday afternoon at North Dakota Horse Park. The son of two-time champion Prospect To The ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—Stormy Fisher’s Sf Hot Pass won the night’s richest race of the Friday night card, the $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes. Breaking from the rail under leading Retama Park jockey Francisco Calderon, the 5-year-old son of Ivory James captured his first career stakes in :19.612 seconds, earning a 105 speed index. Trained by Leon Bard, Sf Hot Pass was making his first start since September 23 at Zia Park. He returned from the layoff in fine form, breaking strongly and never relinquishing his lead, winning by a margin of 1-¾ lengths. This was the 12th ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—A competitive field of sprinters put on an exciting show in the $35,000 TQHA 250 Stakes. DM La Jolla, owned by Horses of Fire, Inc., blazed to victory in :13.198 seconds, besting a track record of :13.259 set on July 27, 2012 by Executive Tone. Trained by Porfirio Fierro, the 4-year-old gelding ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches Lp’s He Is The Risingstar successfully defended his title in the $34,500 TQHA 550 Stakes Bred by Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farm LLC, the 6-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry out of the Dash for Cash mare Meddlin Mischief was saddled by ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—A field of seven distance specialists went postward in the $20,00 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes, honoring the late Texas horseman. Jessa Little Rusty avenged his runner-up finish in last year’s edition of the race, flying down the lane under Gilbert Ortiz to edge ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB—JULY 27, 2018—Singles Cruise did not disappoint as the fastest qualifier and post-time favorite in the $20,027 Jerry Stojan Memorial Stakes in Grande Prairie. The 2-year-old filly won by a half-length over Special Corona Wave with a final time of 15.680 and speed index of 94 in the 300-yard final.

Singles Cruise was ...



FARGO, ND—JULY 27, 2018—Clearing the field by nearly three lengths, Texas Eye was the impressive winner of the $15,720 North Dakota Quarter Horse Racing Association Derby in Fargo on Friday night.

Texas Eye ($8.60) and jockey Francisco Estrada led early and appeared to be caught at the wire by Marmolly, but the outside foe was ...



AUORA, CO—JULY 27, 2018—Arapahoe Park hosted five trials for the $100,000-est. Mile High Futurity and four trials for the $90,000-est. Mile High Derby on Friday's race card. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from each set of trials, will return to the Colorado racetrack on Sunday, August 12th to vie for the winner's share of each event to be ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—In the $15,000 Jones Bloodstock Insurance Starter Stakes, Hotscotch N Courage, owned by Victor J. Rojas, went gate-to-wire in the first feature of the evening. The 4-year-old mare by Captain Courage out of the Jumpn mare Hopscotch was bred in Texas by Pamela Stone. Breaking alertly from post position five under Francisco Ramirez, Jr., she crossed the wire of the 350-yard sprint in :18.097, ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 27, 2018—Jess Bein The Hero’s Fair Meadows debut was a winning one, and the 5-year-old horse picked up his fifth consecutive win in the $17,500 Rocky Heinzig Stakes on Friday night in Tulsa.

The win was also his tenth win in just 13 starts. Jorge Linares, who has been on the horse for his last two races, was aboard again ...



TULSA, OK—JULY 27, 2018—At odds of 28-1, Rf Corona Flash was not expected to finish first in the $17,500 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes in Tulsa on Friday night, but the 7-year-old gelding got a neck in front just at the wire in the 870-yard race. Gonzalo Gutierrez guided the son of Cartel Success home in 45.825 to earn a 96 speed index. ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 22, 2018—Mark and Annette McCloy's homebred Mm Fourinthemorning accelerated on the outside of the Ruidoso Downs' straightaway to run away with the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity and firmly establish himself as one of the favorites for the Grade 1, $3,000,000 All American Futurity on Labor Day. The 440-yard All American Futurity trials will be on August 17-18 and the horses with the five-fastest times on each day qualify for the quarter horse race with the largest purse. Mm Fourinthemorning finished an expanding three quarters of a length ahead of Lethal Lil. Third-place finisher Flying Cowboy 123 was ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 22, 2018—In Sunday's $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile, for horses who did not qualify for the Rainbow Futurity, J & SM’s Rustys Miracle battled to a one-half length win over Symbol Of Faith and it was another nose back to third-place runner Eagles First. Rustys Miracle showed her tenacity by holding on for the narrow win in ...



EVANSTON, WY—JULY 7, 2018— Eyesa Special Marvel (20-1) held off SS Happy dance by a nose to win the $43,900 Wyoming Bred Futurity Sunday afternoon at Wyoming Downs. Fastest qualifier Vvr Dont Sugarcoatit finished another nose back in a blanket finish to get third. Ridden by jockey Cordarelton Benn, Eyesa Special Marvel raced over the 300 ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 15, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Country Boy 123 went wire-to-wire in the $30,656(US) All Canadian Classic Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs to keep his 2018 season at a perfect 4-for-4. Ridden by jockey Cory Spataro, Country Boy 123 completed the 350 yards in :17.340 seconds to win by one-length over a sloppy course into a 26 mph crosswind. The time equaled a 108 speed index. "When I saw him bucking and playing in the walking ring I knew he was ready to roll," said Spataro, who has 20 victories to lead the Ajax jockey colony.

"He broke great out the gate and Countrys Comin Bac was right beside him but within two jumps he was on his way."

Trainer Bryn Robertson saddled the ...




FREDERICKSBURG, TX—JULY 22, 2018—Coming off her first win in the July 7 trials, Thebunnygoeson raced to a nose win over Tinys Desi in the $48,300 G.C.F.A July Maiden Classic (not black type) at the Gillespie County Fair Ground Sunday afternoon. Di Southeen James finished half-a-length behind to get third. Thebunnygoeson broke out under ...



AURORA, CO—JULY 22, 2018—Streak Jase, a 7-year-old son of Streak And Dash, scored his first stakes win on Sunday when he defeated Silver Citizen by 1-¼ lengths in the $15,000 IZYK 870 Stakes at ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 22, 2018—Just two weeks ago, Zoes Sassy Miracle could be found in the winner’s circle at Canterbury Park after her victory in the third race of the day, the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile; on Sunday she found her way back to the same spot, in the same race number, after winning her trial to the $45,000 North Central ...



FREDRICKSBURG, TX—JULY 22, 2018—Jet Black Streak broke his maiden and qualified to the $34,300 G.C.F.A 79 & Under Speed Index Futurity as the fastest qualifier on Sunday afternoon at Gillespie. The 2-year-old son of Jet Black Patriot won his trial, the second of four, a length ahead of sixth-fastest ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 21, 2018—Rogelio Marquez Jr. and Kathy Robinson's Political Attraction survived an extended inquiry and rider's objection to win the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Political Attraction raced the 440 yards in :21.092, the fastest time of the meet, to defeat Hes Limitless by one ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 21, 2018—It was no surprise that Rockys Candy Shop was as dominant as he was in the 16th running of the $130,700 Blue River Derby Saturday at Indiana Grand. The three-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr has been strong all season and rallied home in a gate to wire performance for his first stakes title. It was a ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 21, 2018—Melvin Neugabauer's Uptown Dynasty showed his class in the final 100 yards to win the $100,000 Corona Cartel Stakes, a race Saturday afternoon for horses who did not qualify for the Rainbow Derby. The 4-5 favorite Uptown Dynasty, starting from the outside post position, found his stride under champion jockey ...



FREDRICKSBURG, TX—JULY 21, 2018—Cadillac Cash, under jockey Eddie Sanchez, dueled early and was best late to defeat Dashing Sweet Brujo by a nose in the $84,250 G.C.F.A July Firecracker Futurity Saturday afternoon at the Gillespie County Fair Ground. Who He Me finished a neck back in a blanket finish to take third-place. Cadillac Cash, a ...