ALEXANDRIA, LA—NOVEMBER 19, 2018—Nominations for the 2018 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse stakes are due on or before Tuesday (Nov. 20). Accredited Louisiana-Bred Quarter Horses may nominate to the following Louisiana Champions Day stakes races set for Saturday, December 8th at the Fair Grounds Race Course:
  • Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2) – 2YO's 350 yards
    $100,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG3) - 3 YO's 400 yards
    $100,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) - 4 YO's & Up 440 yards
    $100,000 Guaranteed
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AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 19, 2018—On November 17, during the running of the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course in California, there was a starting gate malfunction during the $100,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1). This event caused an unfair start for the field and, following the rules of racing, the race was declared a "no-contest." Officials with AQHA and Los Alamitos worked closely with the owners of the mares to find a solution. With the rules of racing and the welfare of the mares at the front-of-mind from all involved, Dr. Edward Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, has donated $100,000 to contest the Distaff again. There will be a "no-contest" ...


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SHAKOPEE, MN—NOVEMBER 19, 2018—Johnnie Jamison has been hired as track superintendent, Canterbury Park racing officials announced today. Jamison, currently track superintendent at Sunland Park in New Mexico, brings more than 40 years of experience to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. He has held similar roles at multiple racetracks in Texas, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 18, 2018—StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the 2018 Bank Of America Challenge Championship weekend from Los Alamitos Race Course with coverage on StallioneSearch.com, and Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the running of the 2018 Bank Of America Challenge Championship(G1) at Los Alamitos Racetrack. A field of eleven-horse went postward in the $250,000, 440-yard event, with BH Lisas Boy getting his second Grade 1 win of the year to earn a berth in the 2018 $600,000 Champion of Champions(G1) next month. CLICK HERE to watch: 2018 Challenge Championships ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 18, 2018—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2018 Bank Of America Challenge Championship weekend from Los Alamitos Race Course with coverage on StallioneSearch.com, and Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the night of stakes action that makes up the 2018 ...



NORMAN, OK—NOVEMBER 17, 2018—Mr Eye Opener, a grade 1 winner and sire of 2000 All American Futurity(G1) winner Eyesa Special, died today (Nov. 17), according to Dee and Betty Raper, who stood the stallion at their Belle Mere Farm, Ltd. near Norman, Oklahoma. Betty Raper reported they found the 28-year-old stallion dead on Saturday. "He laid down and died peacefully," she said. "He will be buried beside Bully (Bullion), they both meant so much to us and made Belle Mere Farm." Bred in Texas by Joe Kirk Fulton, Mr Eye Opener was purchased as yearling and campaigned by Dale and Billie Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Jack Brooks, he broke his maiden in his first start March 4, 1992 at Sunland Park, then returned two weeks later to win the Grade 1 West ...



QUANNAH, TX—NOVEMBER 16, 2018—John T.L. Jones Jr. passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018, surrounded by family at his home in Quanah, Texas. Born in Quanah on July 7, 1934, Jones was a prominent member of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred industries in many capacities, as a trainer, breeder, owner, and the head of Walmac International from 1976 to 2005, where he oversaw the stallion careers of major sires Nureyev, Alleged, and Miswaki. When John Gaines dreamed up the concept of the Breeders’ Cup and presented his idea to industry leaders in the early 1980s, he credited Jones as ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—NOVEMBER 16, 2018—The New Mexico Racing Commission has released the results of a feasibility study regarding the viability of a sixth racino in the state (see related story). Commission executive director Izzy Trejo said that the study, which was ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—NOVEMBER 16, 2018—Last Saturday marked the final day of Lone Star Park's 21st Quarter Horse Racing Season. The 16-day live racing season was the shortest Quarter Horse Season at the track since it opened in 1997. With 10 less live racing days than the 26-day Quarter Horse Meeting held last year, the track saw an impressive increase in live handle of 8%. A total of $9,952,942 was wagered on the live product compared to the 2017 total of $9,214,859. In fact it was the most wagered on live racing since 2009. Average daily attendance climbed 25.5% from a 3,885 per day average in 2017 to a 4,874 per day average this season. Simulcast of the Breeders' Cup Championships was held November 2 and 3, and attracted a record number of fans. The two day combined attendance total was 13,221 making it the ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—NOVEMBER 15, 2018—Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino has named two key officials for the upcoming 60th live racing season with Gerald Richards and Johnnie Jamison. Gerald Richards will begin his first season as Sunland Park’s Racing Secretary this winter. Richards has been employed for two years as the Downs at ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—NOVEMBER 15, 2018—Canterbury Park officials have submitted to the Minnesota Racing Commission a request for a 66-day schedule in 2019 that would begin May 3, the day prior to the Kentucky Derby, and conclude Sept. 14. Canterbury Park, located in Shakopee, Minn., is Minnesota's only thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack. The MRC ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—NOVEMBER 15, 2018—Nominations are due today (Nov. 15) for the 2019 Mardi Gras Futurity(RG2). For state-bred foals of 2017, trials the 300 yard race will be contested February 23 and finals March 16. Additional nominations for the 2018 Louisiana Champions Day are due Tuesday, November 20th and the 2019 Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes are due January 5.

(1st Payment: $300.00 Nomination due November 15, 2018)
Trials: February 23, 2019 — Final: March 16, 2019 — Louisiana Downs 2018 Louisiana Champions Day
Three Accredited Louisiana Bred Quarter Horse Stakes

  • 2YO. – 350 ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 14, 2018— After a weekend featuring a trio of Grade 1 races in Texas and California, both AQHA Racing National Polls have a new look this week. In the rankings for 3-year-olds and up, Hotstepper moved from No. 2 last week into a tie for No. 1 with Jessies First Down this week. The son of One Famous Eagle originally entered the poll at No. 3 after winning the All American Derby (G1) on September 2 at Ruidoso Downs and then in recent weeks moved up to No. 2. On Saturday, he captured the $375,610 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park and then pulled even with two-time reigning world champion Jessies First Down in the latest rankings. Hotstepper, via his All American win, has a berth in the ...



LEXINGTON, KY—NOVEMBER 14, 2018—Between November 24 and December 1, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. Thanks to a donation from ...



HOUSTON, TX—NOVEMBER 13, 2018—Stakes nomination forms for the 2019 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Meet are now available according SHRP Program Coordinator Shyrl Hopkins. "Forms can be found on the Sam Houston website at shrp.com under the horsemen's section/applications-forms & reports and they are named accordingly," she says. Nominations close January 1, 2019 for the 2019 Grade 2 $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity, for Quarter Horse foals of 2017. Trials for the 300-yard event will be contested on Saturday, April 13 and the final will run back Friday, May 3. ...



NOVEMBER 13, 2018—HARRAH, OK—Luke Myles, a leading rider at Los Alamitos from the 1970s to the early 1990s, passed away on Sunday, November 11, after an illness. He was 67. Born on June 21, 1951, in Hugo, Oklahoma, Myles won 687 Quarter Horse races and 29 stakes races at Los Alamitos during an outstanding riding career. Quiet and unassuming, Myles was highly respected by his peers because of his professionalism and riding prowess. He ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—NOVEMBER 12, 2018—Five groups are vying for a sixth "racino" license, the last allowed under a Tribal gaming compact, in the state of New Mexico. Racinos in New Mexico are permitted to operate 600 slot machines – up to 750, if they purchase the machines from other casinos and the transaction is approved by the New Mexico Gaming Control Board – which could generate millions of dollars in revenue. New Mexico's current five "racinos" include:
  • The Downs at Albuquerque Racetrack and Casino
  • Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino
  • Ruidoso Downs and Billy the Kid Casino
  • SunRay Park and Casino
  • Zia ...