RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 19, 2019—A celebratory Memorial Day race weekend begins Friday with the first of two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity that brings out two-year-olds with stakes experience and inexperienced youngsters who will reveal their potential. There were 274 two-year-olds entered in the trials with 14 350-yard trials contested on Friday and another 14 trials on Saturday. There will be a special noon first post time for each day of trials. The horses with the five-fastest times from each day of Ruidoso Futurity trials qualify to advance to the Ruidoso Futurity on June 9. The two-year-olds with ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 16, 2019—The first time J. Francisco Diaz's Chayito Cartel and Ron and Jeryl Hartley's Chickititas Favorite met they were separated by only a nose in a maiden event on April 19. Chayito Cartel came out on top in that race and followed it up with a strong trial win on Sunday, May 5 to post the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity at Los Alamitos. Not to be outdone, Chickititas Favorite was equally strong in his Kindergarten trial, winning by 3/4 lengths and in the second fastest qualifying time. Chayito Cartel's winning time ...



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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 16, 2019—Lindolfo Diaz has a dream team on his side, as he prepares to saddle the fastest qualifier to the Grade 2, $361,700 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity on Sunday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The 31-year-old trainer will saddle the undefeated Chayito Cartel in the 65th running of this 300-yard classic, a horse owned and bred by his father, J. Francisco Diaz, and ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, his best friend and best man at his wedding. A gelding by ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—MAY 16, 2019—Mischka Cartel, a stakes-placed Big Daddy Cartel filly owned and trained by Dick Wellborn, is one of 40 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park. A $5,000 yearling purchase at ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OGDEN, UT—MAY 16, 2019—Valentina Relentless, a daughter of Hes Relentless owned and trained by Kenia Pinela Marioni, is one of 52 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 330-yard Hadley/Giles Futurity trials at Weber Downs. Valentina Relentless has earned $20,878 from two outs, and she is coming off of a 1 1/2-length victory in the 300-yard, $51,448 Golden Spike Futurity at Weber Downs on April 27. The filly drew post 5 and will be ridden by Alan Miramontes in the fifth of seven trials. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $20,000-added Hadley/Giles Futurity final on ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 16, 2019—Ed Allred's Chocolatito, who looked so impressive when making his 2019 debut on April 26, will make his first ever start in a stakes race when he takes on three-time graded stakes finalist Dexxter, Autumn Handicap winner Tac Me Up and six more top sophomores in the $25,000 Dillingham Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. To be ridden by Vinnie Bednar for trainer Scott Willoughby, the Favorite Cartel gelding posted the meet's fastest 330-yard clocking while kicking off his 3-year-old campaign with a two length victory in a sizzling time of :16.58. The nice effort improved his career record to two wins in four starts, while also running a game second in his Golden State Million Futurity trial last year. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 15, 2019—Fastest qualifier Ed O heads a field of 10 state-bred colts and geldings entered back in Saturday’s 330-yard, $369,405 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs. A sorrel son of Mr Piloto trained by Jose U. Lopez for owner Edwardo Lopez, Ed O made his debut with a three-quarter length victory in the eighth of 17 Laddie Futurity trials on April 28. The gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by Noe Villatoro. JJ Jess An Meteorite, a homebred son of the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—MAY 15, 2019—A full field of 10 sprinters has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard, $20,000 Sam Houston Stakes, one of three official American Quarter Horse stakes to be contested at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday. Blue Star Racing’s Dak and Sarah Huskey’s Serendipity Rocks lead the field in the Sam Houston Stakes. A 3-year-old Dominyun gelding trained by Leon Bard, Dak will be making his first official start since November 10, when he ran second in the 400-yard, $53,000 Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes at Lone ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—MAY 14, 2019—HH Gailforce, a graded stakes winning daughter of Freighttrain B, will risk her undefeated record in Friday’s 330-yard, $339,931 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) for state-bred fillies at Delta Downs. The fourth-fastest qualifier, HH Gailforce is trained by Joel Cantu for owner Egoizzta Partnership. The filly has earned $148,184 from three races, and her three wins include a neck victory in the 300-yard, $305,296 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs. HH Gailforce drew post 10 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM—MAY 14, 2019—Wahene Version, a chestnut daughter of Winners Version owned by Erick A. Gutierrez-Carrillo, is one of seven state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $60,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Wahene Version will be ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 12, 2019— The trials to the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on Friday and the simulcast of the $1.5-million Preakness Stakes on Saturday stand out this racing weekend at Ruidoso Downs. There will be a $500 Preakness contest on Saturday. The winner will be drawn from the people who select the Preakness winner. Ruidoso Downs racing runs Friday through Sunday with a 1 p.m. first post time. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the three 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trials earn a starting spot in the Grade 3, $25,000 (est.) John ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 10, 2019—Five Los Alamitos stakes winners are among the 10 fillies and mares that will compete in the Grade 3, $50,000 Miss Princess Handicap at 350 yards on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Racing for Mario Hurtado, Love To Reason BR figures to be one of the favorites after running fourth in the Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap earlier this season. The Monty Arrossa-trainee is already a multiple stakes winner at Los Alamitos, posting victories against male rivals in the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap on October 5 and then returning to score in the Grade 3 Las Damas Handicap here on November 24. In her only outing of ...