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PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 31, 2017—Fighter Gone Wild dueled Jess A Cowboy to a half-length win in the $17,500 Turf Paradise Quarter Horse Championship Sunday afternoon. Fitz finished three-quarter back in third. Ridden by jockey Emilio Tapia, Fighter Gone Wild raced over the "classic" Quarter Horse distance of 440 yards in :21.474 seconds to ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 30, 2017—In just her fifth start this year, Princess Jesse returned to Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino Saturday to defend her title in the $85,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap(RG2). A daughter of leading New Mexico sire Jesse James Jr, Princess Jesse defeated Straw Fly Flower by three/quarters to get her ninth career win. Posttime favorite Running Dragon ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 30, 2017—Coming off a troubled second-place effort in the December 10th trials, Texas Tornadoe rolled to a dominating 1-¼ length victory in the $28,025 AQRA Southwest Futurity, the final 2-year-old stakes of the season, Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise racetrack. Ridden by jockey Andres Osuna, the daughter of 2017 top-nine second-crop sire Texas Icon, completed the 350 yards in :17.783 seconds, a 93-speed index into an 11-mph headwind. Trainer Raul Valenzuela saddled the brown filly to her fourth career win this season for owner Angel Valenzuela. After going ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 22, 2017—Regard The Rose rolled a 2-¾ length win in the third of four trials Friday afternoon at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino to post the fastest qualifying time for the $206,815 Shue Fly Stakes(RG3). New Mexico breeder MJ Farms bred five of 10 final qualifiers. The 10 fastest New-Mexico-breds will return after the first of the year as just turned new 3-year-olds to contest the 400-yard final on January 14 at Sunland Park. The winner will earn a first-place payday worth $97,203. Regard The Rose, a daughter of multiple stake sire ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 17, 2017—Darling Farms, Jaime Gomez and Ernesto Solis’ J Fire Up completed a sensational campaign with a breathtaking daylight victory in California’s richest Quarter Horse race – the Grade 1, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity – on the meet’s closing night Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course. Ridden by Jose Nicasio and saddled by Gomez, J Fire Up was in complete control of the $1,703,450 futurity, as she flew out of the gate from post number one, opened up a 1-¼ ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 17, 2017—A Pollitical Lady jumped out to an early lead then held off Twenty One Gunz by a nose in the $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Sunday evening at Los Alamitos Race Course. Under jockey Cody Jensen, A Pollitical Lady blew away from gate to get in front of the field but got erratic after the 8th ...



PORTLAND, OR—DECEMBER 17, 2017—Away alertly under jockey Luis Gonzalez, fastest qualifier Cm Boom Shakalaka returned Sunday to defeat stablemate Cm One Ina Bluemoon by one-length in the $28,350 Baxter Andruss Futurity at Portland Meadows. Corona B Gone finished half-a-length back to take third. Saddled by trainer Nick Lowe, Cm Boom Shakalaka moved mid-track after clearing the field to complete the 400 yards in :20.073 seconds, a 97-speed index. It was the fifth win in seven starts for the son of multiple stakes sire Carters Cartel. The $11,340 winners' purse boosted the bay gelding's earnings ...



PORTLAND, OR—DECEMBER 17, 2017—Coming off a third-placed effort in the Portland Meadows Fall Derby on November 20th, multiple stakes winner Henry Craig defeated Jesses Claim Ta Fame by three-quarters in the $11,550 Memorial Stakes (not black type) Sunday afternoon at Portland Meadows. Henry Craig put in a strong effort under jockey Eduardo ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—A late kick under jockey Donald Watson propelled You Drive I Fly to a one-length win in the $1 million LQHBA Louisiana Million Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. You Drive I Fly overcame a strong start by the fastest qualifier Shesa Diamond Diva, passing the filly in the stretch. You Drive I Fly was sent off as the 2-1 betting favorite and returned $6 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Shesa Diamond Diva paid $4 to place and $3.20 to show. Jrs Taylors Runnaway was third and paid $4.40 to show. "He (You Drive I Fly) was pretty sharp in the trials," Watson said after the winning ride. ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—Owned by the partnership of Denise and Ron Van Amburgh and Jose Flores, the 60-1 longshot Mr Pyc To You posted a shocking upset over 2015 AQHA world champion Heza Dasha Fire to win the 45th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Carlos Huerta, Mr Pyc ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—Second in his trial for the $316,991 LQHBA Breeders Derby, First Prize Bourban ($21.80) turned the tables on the field in the final, defeating a full field of Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds on Louisiana Million Night at Evangeline. With Donald Watson aboard, First Prize Bourban broke in but gained the lead quickly ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—The biggest upset of the night at Evangeline Dows came in the $309,200 Evangeline Downs Futurity when 19-1 shot Corona Ranger beat the 8-5 betting favorite, Sunset Run, home by three-quarters. Corona Ranger covered the 400 yards in a final time of :19.768 seconds for a speed index of 96. Corona Ranger ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—The $182,500 Evangeline Downs Derby Saturday night also featured a longshot winner as Beaus Famous scored a three-quarter length victory at odds of 15-1 over Eyesa Texan. Sizzlin Steward finished a neck back in the show position. Beaus Famous was bred in Texas by his owner, Francisco Javier Garza. The ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 16, 2017—Robert D. Smith's graded stakes winner Play Misty Foreme defeated graded winner Major Bites by half-a-length Saturday afternoon in the $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap(RG1) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Yudes Jess Dashing finished 1-¼ lengths back for third. Coming off a second-place effort ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—The second race on Louisiana Millions Night at Evangeline rewarded Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds who competed in trials for the Louisiana Million but did not qualify for the final. Ho Lotta Game ($7.60) broke well and maintained his position to win $40,000 Louisiana Million Invitational Stakes by a head.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—The favorite did not disappoint in the $21,000 Sam’s Town Stakes at Evangeline on Saturday, as Jess Bein the Hero and Manuel Gutierrez led throughout the race to win by a head. Final time for the 350-yard event was 17.350, and the winning duo earned a speed index of 104.

Jess Bein the Hero is a 4-year-old ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 16, 2017—The third time was the charm for Jessa Little Rusty in the $20,000 IP 870 Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night. The 7-year-old gelding has competed in the IP Stakes for three years, finishing second and third in previous editions before winning the first stakes race on the Louisiana Millions Night card. ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 16, 2017—Just Go On, a 3-year-old son of Stel Corona, got his first win Saturday when he defeated The Travelers Gift by a neck in the $8,300 Maiden Stakes (not black type) at Turf Paradise. Bodacious Love Shack finished three-quarters back to get third. Ridden by jockey Martin ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 15, 2017—The final derby of the 2017 Quarter Horse meet at Los Alamitos – the Grade 2, $175,300 Southern California Derby - was won on Friday night by sorrel colt named Mr Apollitical Dash sired by the late great Mr Jess Perry, who was laid to rest a month ago at the age of 25. Mr Jess Perry was a multiple AQHA champion and a winner of 12 of 21 starts but it was in the breeding barn that he became a household name in the racing industry. His progeny earned over $52 million and in Mr Apollitical Dash he adds another name to a list ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 10, 2017—Fitz, a son of the late leading sire Mr Jess Perry, got up at the wire to defeat Mr Dynasty by a nose in the $44,935 AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Derby Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise. Ridden by jockey Joseph Belloc, Jr., Fitz broke out then drifted late while ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 10, 2017—Fastest qualifier Cowgirl N Up dominated the field in the $40,280 AQRA-Turf Paradise Quarter Horse Futurity Sunday afternoon when she defeated Skinny Kyni by 1-¼ lengths. Dig Deeper finished a neck back in third. Cowgirl N Up broke out under jockey Jorge Bourdieu then quickly drew clear of the field to ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 10, 2017—May Be Fantastic Sa, under jockey Emilio Tapia, raced to a new track record Sunday when he defeated Captain On Takeoff by three-quarters in the $18,000 Mike Hastings Memorial at Turf Paradise. Fj Blackdiamond finished another three-quarter back for third. May Be Fantastic Sa broke the Turf Paradise 400 yard ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 10, 2017—Coming off a runner-up finish in the Western States Breeders' Futurity last September, Running Your Wagon dominated the opening trial for the Southwest Futurity at Turf Paradise Sunday by defeating Texas Tornadoe by 1-½ lengths. The son of leading sire Pyc Paint Your ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—DECEMBER 9, 2017—Under jockey Damian Martinez, Strong Guns (12-1) came out blasting Saturday to defeat Jes A Fast Dasher by 1-¼ lengths in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day QH Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course. Super Sonic Patriot finished a neck back in the show position. A 5-year-old son of the stallion Strong Hope, Strong Guns rolled over the 440-yard surface rated 'Good' in :21.557 seconds, earning a 103-speed index with a 12-mph tailwind. Trainer Robert Meche saddled the gelding to his eighth career win for owner Carlos Acuna. Bred by V W Racing from the First Down Jewel mare Gunslinger Girl, Strong Guns ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—DECEMBER 9, 2017—After getting roughed up in her last start, a trial for the Louisiana Million Futurity(RG1), Dashunder Afullmoon was no match for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day QH Juvenile(RG2) field Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Under jockey Eddie Sanchez, the daughter of leading sire ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—DECEMBER 9, 2017—Under jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr., Shatto Stoli held off Coronaoro by a nose to win the $100,000 Louisiana Champions QH Derby(RG3) Saturday afternoon at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The son of champion sire Stoli raced over the 400 yards in :19.942 seconds, a 98 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 8, 2017—O-So Smart LLC’s Katies Easy Moves lived up to his name, as he made things look easy while running a flawless race to win the $30,000 First Down Dash Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Cesar De Alba, Katies Easy Moves broke super from post number four and quickly opened up a daylight advantage ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 8, 2017—Vincent Treyes’ Duck Dash N Go recovered from some trouble shortly after the start to dominate eight rivals in the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap at 350 yards on Friday at Los Alamitos. Starting from post eight, the now multiple stakes winner Duck Dash N Go was bumped about 25 yards into the race, but jockey ...



PORTLAND, OR—DECEMBER 4, 2017—Forwardly placed early, Quattro Dude drew clear of the field to defeat Eyes Movin by 4-½ lengths Monday afternoon in the Holiday Handicap (not black type) at Portland Meadows. Bh Country Chrome finished one-length back in third. Ridden by jockey Kassie Guglielmino, Quattro Dude completed the 870 yards in ...



HOBBS, NM—DECEMBER 3, 2017—In a stiff drive down the outside, Apollitical Brooke (13-1) defeated Believe Me Irene by a head to win the Grade 1 $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship Sunday at Zia Park. Swankee finished one-length back to the show position. Under jockey Irving Delgado-Bustillos, Apollitical Brooked completed the 440 yards in :21.866 seconds, earning a 90-speed index into a 7-mph crosswind. Shortly after the daughter of leading sire ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 1, 2017—Lucky Seven Ranch’s homebred Lotta Blues Man dominated the fifth and final trial to the Grade 2, $175,300 Southern California Derby after posting a 1 ¾ length victory in the fastest qualifying time on Friday night at Los Alamitos. With Cesar De Alba in the saddle for trainer Mike Casselman, Lotta Blues ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 26, 2017—Reliance Ranches’ Call Me Cole topped them all in the trials to the Grade 1, $1,745,450 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity after the colt by Corona Cartel posted the fastest qualifying time to the richest race of the meet on Sunday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. ...



PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 26, 2017—Multiple stakes winner Fighter Gone Wild, under jockey Emilio Tapia, drew off from the field Sunday to win the $11,0000 Louie Curtis/Robert Kieckhefer Stakes (not black type) by 2-1/2 lengths at Turf Paradise. Conditioned by Ubaldo Guerrero, Fighter On Fire completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.408 clocking ...



PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 26, 2017—Under jockey Emilio Tapia, Apollitical Boogie outlasted Mr Dynasty by a nose in the second trial Sunday to post the top qualifying time for the Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Derby at Turf Paradise. Racing for owner/breeder Amado De La Riva, Apollitical Boogie completed the 400 yards in :19.666 seconds, a ...



PORTLAND, OR—NOVEMBER 26, 2017— CM Boom Shakalaka turned in the best time of the Baxter Andruss Futurity trials with a 20:11 over the sloppy track at 400 yards at Portland Meadows Sunday afternoon. Jockey Luis Gonzalez had the riding call for trainer Nick Lowe and 0wner Randy Dickerson. The young son of multiple stakes sire ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 25, 2017—Parsons Family Limited Partnership’s homebred mare Thermonuclear Energy had the best start of her racing career in the Grade 3, $50,000 Las Damas Handicap and the end result was dominating performance in the 400-yard race for distaffers on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Racing from post number two, the 4-year-old mare by Walk Thru Fire broke right alongside Los Alamitos Super Derby finalist Jess Mas and the stakes placed Brimmin Corona before flying to take a daylight lead about 100 yards into the race. Thermonuclear Energy had a 1-¼ lengths advantage after ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 25, 2017—Sizzlin Stewart, who won the 2016 Old South Futurity at Delta Downs, was the fastest qualifier from eight trials for the $182,500 Evangeline Downs Derby run on Saturday night. Sizzlin Stewart won the second of the eight trial races on the nine-race program by a length in a time of :19.546 seconds over the ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 24, 2017—Eos A Political Win, a colt owned by Elite Oilfield Services, was the fastest qualifier from the 12 trials run on Friday night for the $309,600 Evangeline Downs Futurity.

Eos A Political Win won the third of the 12 trials by ¾-length over fellow qualifier Independence B in a time of :19.676 seconds over the fast track. That equals a speed index of 98. The colt by leading sire Apollitical Jess was bred in Oklahoma by Rey D. or Celia Nieto. He is trained by Rolando Almanza was ridden to victory by Jesse Levario. Eos A Political Win is out of the ...




HOBBS, NM—NOVEMBER 22, 2017—Reigning AQHA Racing World Champion Jessies First Down was unchallenged Wednesday afternoon at Zia Park while defending his title in the Grade 1 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship. Under regular rider Rodrigo Vallejo, the son of leading sire FDD Dynasty broke on top, widened while defeating runner-up Tf Im That Guy by 1-½ lengths. Jm Country Man finished half-a-length back in third. Trainer Jimmy Padgett II saddled the Texas-homebred for owner/breeder Ted Abrams Sr. to his second straight Zia Park Quarter Horse ...



HOBBS, NM—NOVEMBER 22, 2017—A sharp effort multiple graded winner by Running Dragon put the filly a neck in front of Princess Jessie Jane n the $140,000 restricted Grade 1 New Mexico Fillies and Mares Championship Wednesday afternoon at Zia Park. First Vegas Moon finished one-length back in third. Ridden by jockey Adrian Ramos, Running ...



HOBBS, NM—NOVEMBER 22, 2017—Funny Munny dueled Grade 1 winner Zoomin Racer to a nose win in the $50,000 King Rick Rack Stakes Wednesday afternoon at Zia Park. Ridden by jockey Francisco Amparan, Funny Munny completed the 870 yard course in :46 flat to earn a 90 speed index. It was the first career stakes win and sixth overall win for the ...



PORTLAND, OR—NOVEMBER 20, 2017—Perrys Gettin Down got up in the final jump to defeat L Bar D Bonnie Lee by a nose in the $19,150 Portland Meadows Fall Derby on Monday. Multiple stakes winner Henry Craig drifted under jockey Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, to finish a neck back in the blanket finish for third. Trainer Hector Magallanes saddled the trifecta. Ridden by jockey Armando Cervantes, Perrys Gettin Down rolled over the sloppy rainy track in :19.982 seconds, a 101-speed index for the 400 yards. It was the first career stakes win for the son of leading sire Mr Jess Perry, who has now made ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 18, 2017—The field for the $750,000 Champion of Champions is set after five horses earned the final berths to the December 16 running of the sport’s most prestigious race for older horses following the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Five berths to the Champion of Champions were on the line in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials with Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap winner Jess Good Reason and the millionaire He Looks Hot earning berths from the first Directors Trial, while the lightly-raced Da One Two Special, defending Champion of Champions winner Zoomin For Spuds, and Ruidoso ...



PHONENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 19, 2017—Coming off four starts on the West Coast, Cowgirl N Up returned to Turf Paradise on Sunday to defeat Skinny Kyni by half-a-length and post the top qualifying time for the AQRA-Turf Paradise President's Open Quarter Horse Futurity. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trials contested Sunday afternoon at Turf Paradise, will return on Sunday December 10th to vie for the winner's share of a $17,500-added purse going 400 yards. Under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, Cowgirl N Up drove to the top qualifying time of :19.821 seconds, a 95-speed index into a 7-mph crosswind, in the opening trial. Matthew Fales ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 18, 2017—Lesley Joyner’s homebred Jesstacartel proved that he’s the real deal after scoring his fourth straight victory – second in a row in a stakes race – while defeating a field that included the previously undefeated Chowchilla Chickadee in the $20,000 Corona Chick Handicap at 400 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Mark Skeen, Jesstacartel knocked into a rival early on, but that didn’t bother the son of One Sweet Jess. The Utah-bred quickly found his stride, accelerated to the front of the pack, and then blew away the competition in route to a 2--¼ length victory. Sent off at 2-1 odds, Jesstacartel covered the distance in ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 17, 2017—A sharp effort by Bubba Mallard (9-1) put him a head in front of stakes winner Shez The Bomb to set the fastest qualifying time for the $316,991 LQHBA Breeders' Derby Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from three trials contested, will return on Saturday, December 16th to vie for ...



PHOENIX, AZ— NOVEMBER 18, 2017—Given the annual Leonid meteor showers this weekend, it was only fitting that Just Meteor won the first race on Saturday’s card at Turf Paradise, the $10,000 Captain Hook Stakes (not black type).

Jorge Bourdieu guided Just Meteor ($3.60) along the outside from the seventh post as the post-time favorite. The ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 17, 2017—Shesa Diamond Diva, a filly owned by Cruz E. Nava, was the fastest qualifier from the 15 trials run on Friday night for the $1,000,000 LQHBA Louisiana Million. Shesa Diamond Diva was impressive in winning the eighth trial on the program, covering the 400 yards over the fast track in a final time of 19.743 seconds. That equals a speed index of 96. Shesa Diamond Diva was one of three winners on the Friday program for trainer Saul Ramirez, Jr. Those three victories came in consecutive races as First Down Achilles’ win in the seventh race and Blue Eyed Fance’s score in the ninth race sandwiched the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 12, 2017—Jaime Gomez has made it a habit recently of winning Sunday night stakes races at Los Alamitos Race Course. The trainer saddled Moonie Blues to win the Wild West Futurity on Sunday, October 29 before coming back a week later to saddle J Fire Up to a hard-fought nose victory in the Grade 1, $938,850 Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday, November 5. Gomez completed his triple of stakes winning Sundays after sending Dutch Masters III’s Chazaq to a ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—NOVEMBER 11, 2017—At odds of 13-1, Thecartelofmiracle held off posttime favorite Hotstepper by a neck to win the Grade 1 $873,616 Texas Classic Futurity Saturday night at Lone Star Park. This Is An Eagle finished a neck back in a blanket finish to take third. Ridden by jockey Manuel Gutierrez, Thecartelofmiracle broke in and bumped hard at the start but recovered to complete the 400 yard course in :19.800 seconds, a 94 speed index into a 11 mph crosswind. Trainer Alonso Neri saddled the son of the Corona Cartel stallion Tough And Good to his fourth career win in nine starts for owner Mauro Luciano Villarreal.

"He did everything great as far as coming back and ...