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 ...



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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. ...



SELMA, TX—MARCH 16, 2017—Retama Park has scheduled another day of schooling races on Friday (Mar. 17). Fifteen of those races will be conducted for 2-year-olds. First Post is set for noon. The first race will be a 4 ½ maiden for 3-year-olds and up. Races 2 thru 4 are 250 yard events for 3-year-old and up Quarter Horse maidens. Races 5 through 20 are Quarter Horse 2-year-olds. ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MARCH 16, 2017—EG High Desert Farms’ outstanding mare Jess Ravin will go after the fifth stakes victory of her career and her second this season when she leads a field of eight in the $15,000 Corona Kool Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Yanet Rodriguez, Jess Ravin won three stakes races last year including the Las Damas Handicap over ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—MARCH 15, 2017—Mountain Moon Flash, a maiden special weight winner in his debut on March 3, is one of 85 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. The 3-1 morning-line favorite in the third of nine trials, Mountain Moon Flash is a ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 14, 2017—Jess Bein The Hero, a stakes-winning 4-year-old Valiant Hero stallion, is one of six sprinters entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $15,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Trained by Miguel Rodriguez for owner Juan F. Martinez-Labastida, Jess Bein The Hero will be stretching out in distance off of his neck victory at odds of 2-1 in the 350-yard, $15,000 Swift Stakes on January ...



By Martha Claussen BOOSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 13, 2017—This year’s edition, the $271,738 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) will be held on Saturday at Louisiana Downs. An excellent field emerged from trials held last month. The fastest qualifier in 15 trials run on February 25 was Sir Edward L Perry. The son of Sir Runaway Dash was bred by Leverne Perry, ...