SUNLAND PARK, NM—MARCH 30, 2017—State-bred sophomores entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park.  A homebred gray daughter of leading second crop sire stallion Zulu Dragon, Running Dragon is trained by Juan M. Gonzalez for owner By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas. The filly brings in a three-race win streak that includes a half-length victory in the January 15, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2), and a 1 1/2-length score in the February 19, 400-yard New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2), both at ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 30, 2017—Miss Feet Down First, a Grade 1-winning 4-year-old Dominyum mare racing for Esequiel Porras, is one of 10 fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $50,000 Decketta Stakes (G3) at Remington Park. Miss Feet Down First is trained by Ruben Soto, and she will be making her first ...



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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 29, 2017—The $100,000 Leo Stakes drew a stellar field of previous stakes winners for the Saturday, April 1 event at Remington Park. The first Grade 1 race of the season for older American Quarter Horses is long on talent, led by last year’s Leo Stakes winner Zooming Effortlessly. Owned by Telesforo Perrett of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—MARCH 29, 2017—LMG Racing’s Mojo Perry, a sorrel daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and the fastest qualifier, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 400-yard, $162,600 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. A $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ruidoso Select ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 27, 2017—Sam Houston Race Park will open its 2017 American Quarter Horse season with a stakes doubleheader on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 7 p.m. (CDT). A field of nine Texas-bred distaffers has been entered in Friday’s 330-yard, $20,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes (R). Reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl will send out Barefoot Beach, a two-time stakes winner in Louisiana last season, for owner Samuel Martinez. Barefoot Beach is coming off of a 3-year-old campaign during ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 23, 2017—Sherry Gilmore’s Ima China Rush, a homebred daughter of the Agouti stallion Rushago and the fastest qualifier, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 300-yard, $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park. Ima China Rush made her career debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory on a muddy track in the second of 17 trials ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 22, 2017—The first of many Remington Park racing programs worth more than $1 million this American Quarter Horse Season is on tap for Saturday night. The historic $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity headlines the stellar 12-race card, featuring five stakes events. The 76th running of Quarter Horse racing’s longest running futurity will take place in race eight. Overall, the dozen races on Saturday total to $1,094,500 in purse money. The first race of the night is at 6pm ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—MARCH 22, 2017—Amado de la Riva’s Apollitical Boogie, a stakes-winning son of Apollitical Jess, is one of 27 sophomores entered in Saturday’s 350-yard AQRA President’s Open Spring Derby trials at Turf Paradise. A homebred gelding trained by Eloy Mendoza, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—MARCH 21, 2017—A total of 84 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G2) trials at Sunland Park. Seventy-four of the juveniles entered in Friday’s trials will be making their career debuts. The lone winner in the trials, Birrell Farms’ Bf Diversion, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the seventh of nine heats. A homebred daughter of Winners Version and the homebred Fdd Dynasty mare Bf Divine Dynasty, Bf Diversion began her ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 19, 2017—Felix J. Martinez’s Capitan Jimbob, a sorrel son of Desirio and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Wednesday’s 300-yard, $233,578 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs. Trained by Wendy Garcia, Capitan Jimbob made his career debut with a 1 1/4-length victory in the last of eight trials on ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 17, 2017—Jess Ta Fied, a 4-year-old One Sweet Jess gelding owned by Cynthia Gonzalez and the fastest qualifier, is one of eight sprinters entered back in Saturday’s 300-yard, $20,000 Piggin String Stakes at Rillito Park. Jess Ta Fied is coming off of a neck victory in the first of two trials on March 4. An earner of $17,993 from 12 outs, the gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by Emilio Tapia for trainer Roy Ronquillo. The complete lineup, in post ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 16, 2017—Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches’ He Is The Risingstar will put his perfect record at the distance on the line in Saturday’s 550-yard, $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes at Remington Park. A 5-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry trained by Paul Jones, He Is The Risingstar brings in a two-race win streak that includes the 550-yard, $20,000 Paul B. Ford Handicap on December 9, and the 550-yard, $20,000 Barbra B Handicap on January 20, both at Los Alamitos. ...