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ALEXANDRIA, LA—JUNE 18, 2020The Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) approved the transfer of the 2020 Fair Grounds Racing Course Quarter Horse dates to Evangeline Downs. The LQHBA and LAHBPA worked to present a strategic quarter horse racing calendar for the remainder of 2020 that maximizes the available slot revenue. The Fairgrounds Quarter Horse meet will be conducted at Evangeline Downs. The meet will begin with the LQHBA Sale Futurity Trials (RG1) on September 17th and conclude with Futurity FINALS run October 08th. Fairgrounds Quarter Horse Racing at Evangeline Downs. ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 18, 2020—Beginning Wednesday (June 24) Pocatello Downs will be open again to spectators. The Idaho racetrack has been running spectatorless races due to the COVID-19 state regulations. Admission will be $2 and spectators can enter through the South Gate only (near the winner's circle). Gates open at 3 p.m. (MDT). ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 16, 2020—Having the skills to ride in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races has paid off for Jockey Rodney Prescott. The Portland, Ind. native reached a milestone not many jockeys obtain as he scored his 4,000th career win for combined Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races Wednesday, June 17 at Indiana Grand. Prescott, Indiana’s all-time leading jockey, was a winner in the afternoon’s opening race, guiding Serena’s Hope to victory in a near gate to wire performance in the five-furlong sprint. Once the five-year-old daughter by Strong Hope was on the lead, she continued to open up on the field, winning by more ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—JUNE 16, 2020—Stall applications for the 2020 Lone Star Park Quarter Horse meet are due Wednesday, August 5. The 2020 Fall Quarter Horse Meeting is set to open September 4th and run thru November 21st. Highlights will again include the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap, Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and Texas Classic Derby and Grade 2 Dash For Cash Futurity and Derby. CLICK HERE to download a Lone Star Park stall application. Stalls will be assigned only to horses listed on the application and the latest Daily Racing Form Past Performances on all hoses must be included with applications. Horsemen are also reminded they must sign the applications. For additional information call the Racing Office at 972.237.1130 or email ...



By Ron Flatter / Special to HORSERACINGNATION OGDEN, UT—JUNE 17, 2020—It has been said to the point of debate that if not for gambling, the sport of horse racing would wither away. And it has been said that because of the coronavirus, crowds shall not attend horse races. So explain ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 15, 2020—The recently concluded Remington Park meet produced the top-ranked horses in the first AQHA Racing National Polls of the year with Dexxter leading the older-horse (3-year-olds and up) rankings and Shott Gun taking the No. 1 spot in the 2-year-old poll. Winners of graded stakes at Los Alamitos and Ruidoso Downs followed close behind. Dexxter earned the top spot in the older-horse poll after scoring a pair of Grade 1 wins at Remington Park in the Leo Stakes and Debbie Schauf Remington Park Invitational Championship. The Utah-bred gelding by Corona Cartel also earned horse-of-the-meet honors at the Oklahoma City track. The 4-year-old runs for owners Dunn Ranch and ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 12, 2020—Ruidoso Downs Race Track will open the Turf Club and Jockey Club to horse owners, members, and season ticket holders at 50% occupancy beginning on Friday, June 19th. Race track management was notified by Governor Lujan Grisham’s office late Wednesday afternoon that the Turf Club and the Ruidoso Jockey Club would be allowed to operate as restaurants using COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs). “This is some good news that we have been waiting to hear,” said Jeff True, President and General Manager of Ruidoso Downs Race Track. “Even though we cannot open to 100%, it is a start. We can now get our horse owners in to watch their horses run, and this gives us a path forward for getting some of our season ticket holders in to enjoy some racing. However, we ...



PHOENIX, AZ—JUNE 12, 2020—Turf Paradise Racetrack in Phoenix, Arizona, has announced plans for a 2020-21 meet starting October 30. The 133-day meet will run through May 5, 2021. Turf Paradise will conduct racing primarily on a Saturday-through-Wednesday schedule. There also will be live racing scheduled on the following Fridays: ...



By Ty Wyant Q RACING—June 12, 2020—It's hard enough for a horse to win just one race and many end their career as maidens. It's even more difficult for maiden winners to return in their next race to win again at a higher level. Now, consider a horse who has set a new American Quarter Horse record of 17 consecutive wins. That horse is ...



ANDERSON & SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 12, 2020—Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will officially resume casino gaming operations at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15 in accordance with directives from the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indiana State Department of Health. Additionally, both properties announced ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 11, 2020—Victor Olivo, who retired from race riding following the 2015 Quarter Horse meet at Indiana Grand, is returning to the saddle. Olivo has spent the past four years concentrating on his training skills but will add riding assignments to his schedule when the 27th season gets underway Monday, June 15 at Indiana Grand. "Last year there was a shortness of jockeys (at Indiana Grand) and I almost got ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—JUNE 10, 2020—This Sunday Lone Star Park hosts Texas Champions Day featuring seven stakes races celebrating Texas-bred horses, and beginning this Sunday (June 14) the Grandstand will be open for spectators and for wagering on every live racing day throughout the remainder of the 2020 Thoroughbred Racing Season. The season, which began on Friday, May 22 without Spectators is set to continue, now with spectators, through Wednesday, August 11, pending race date approval by the Texas Racing Commission. Admission will be free and guests will be able to enter through the East Gate (near the Grandstand Valet Circle) only. All guests will be temperature checked as ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch VINTON, LA—JUNE 10, 2020—2019 AQHA Racing Champion jockey James Flores was involved in a training accident at Delta Downs this morning that has resulted in a hairline fracture of his fibula. Recently defending his leading jockey title at the 2020 Remington Park Quarter Horse meet, Flores moved his tack to Ruidoso, New Mexico where he was riding full-time since the conclusion of the Remington Park ...



SHAKOPOEE, MN—JUNE 9, 2020—Canterbury Park will offer an industry-low 10 percent takeout rate on the Pick 5 wager for its revised 52-day season that starts Wednesday (June 10) and concludes September 16. It will race on Monday through Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. (CDT) first post. The pari-mutuel wager, offered each race day on the final five Thoroughbred races, requires the participant to select in order the winners of those five consecutive races, placing the bet before the first race in the series begins. The base wager will be 50 ...



LAREDO, TX—JUNE 9, 2020—John Mayers, affectionately known as “Johnny”, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 27th at the age of 82. Johnny was born into a ranching family had a lifelong love of ranching, land conservation and horses. He attended Martin High School and graduated in 1955. He was active in the FFA, earning a Lone Star Farmer Degree. He attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville with a four -year scholarship from the King Ranch. He graduated ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 8, 2020—Back-to-back victories in Grade 1 events have secured the Horse of the Meeting title for Dexxter this spring at Remington Park. The 4-year-old gelding won both the Grade 1 Leo and Grade 1 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship during the recently completed 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa ...



VINTON, LA—JUNE 8, 2020—Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will begin its 2020 American Quarter Horse season Wednesday night, June 10. Opening week of the 36-day meeting will include qualifying trials and special post times. The first race on Wednesday and Thursday will take place at 5:15 pm. (CDT) First post time on Friday will be at ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 8, 2020—According to an article published on the Daily Racing Form website New Mexico trainer Janell Sanderson has been banned from starting horses at Ruidoso Downs after five horses in her care tested positive for banned medications in recent out-of-competition tests. The decision takes effect immediately and will ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 8, 2020—The American Quarter Horse Association released the following ruling for a horse who competed in 2019 "Stakes Races" that required disqualifications due to medication positives. DON CHUY C has been disqualified from 3rd place in the New Mexico Classic Futurity(RG2) race held on October 27, 2019 at Zia Park due to ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JUNE 7, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) and $900,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1) weekend with the release of the Ruidoso Futurity recap. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson was on hand to capture the running of the 2020 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) at Ruidoso Downs, and to conduct post-race interviews with the winning jockey and trainer. Trainer Sergio Ibarra had a tremendous weekend, as his runners brought home the top prize in the Ruidoso Futurity(G1), Ruidoso Derby(G1) and Ruidoso Juvenile Stakes. CLICK HERE to watch the 2020 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) ...



SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 7, 2020—Laurel Brown Racetrack canceled the remainder of their 11 race card on Sunday following the running of the fifth race due to track conditions. The South Valley Futurity trials, races 2 thru 4, were completed earlier in the day with Coronado Kiss setting the top qualifying time (see related story). However three trials for the UQHRA Open Derby (race 9 thru 11) and three trials for the 89 & Under Allowance (races 6 thru 8) were canceled. Savana Canales, UQHRA Secretary, said the track is expected to resume racing on Thursday, June 11th with a 4 p.m. (MDT) first post. StallioneSearch.com will post an advance article on the UQHRA Open ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JUNE 6, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) and $900,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1) weekend with the release of the derby recap. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson was on hand to capture the running of the 2020 Ruidoso Derby(G1) to an empty grandstands, as Ruidoso Downs is currently operating without patrons due to the effects of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Miguel Gallegos and Mauricio Gallegos' Hotsempting won the $887,266 Ruidoso Derby into a stiff headwind, The Tempting Dash filly got her first Grade 1 stakes win with a time of :20.006. Thompson talks with winning jockey Esgar Ramirez and trainer ...



BRADY, TX—JUNE 6, 2020—Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. (CDT), Sunday (June 7) at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady, Texas for William F. Leach, 88, of Brady. Joe Johnson will officiate. Leach passed away on Thursday (June 4). He was born in Fredonia, Texas to William Foster Leach, Sr., and Lois (Bratton) Leach on June 16, 1931. He married Jeanne Awbrey on June 23, 1980, in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. He graduated in 1948 from Brady High School. His interests included F.F.A., basketball, baseball, and choral. He served in the Army and was awarded the National Defense Medal. In 1966 Bill started training horses at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. He trained both quarter horses ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JUNE 6, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) and $900,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1) weekend with the release of episode 4. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with the jockey Federico Martinez and trainer Jose Efren Meraz about the La Feliz Montana LLC's homebred colt Elmer, who is the fastest qualifier going into Sunday's 2020 Ruidoso Futurity(G1). The son of world champion sire FDD Dynasty, out of Treasured Dreams by Apollitical Jess, broke his maiden at first asking with a three-quarter length win over fellow qualifier B Icy. Elmer's second dam is the graded stakes winning and stakes producing ...



EVANSTON, WY—JUNE 5, 2020—Wyoming Downs has announced it has received authorization to proceed with live racing starting July 4 through August 16. Approval came on June 4 from Uinta County and Wyoming State Health officers. Permission requires a limit of1,500 spectators per day and that the track follow all Covid 19 related specifications. Frank Lamb, Wyoming Downs Director of Government Affairs said, "Wyoming Downs wants to express our gratitude to the many government agencies who's approvals signal their recognition of the importance of the horse industry to the State of Wyoming, Among the agencies involved are the Uinta County Commission, the Uinta County Attorney's office, the Uinta County Health Officer along with Governor Mark Gordon, State Health Officer Dr.Alexia ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JUNE 5, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) and $900,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1) weekend with the release of episode 3. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with the former AQHA Racing World Champion Jockey Esgar Ramirez about the fastest qualifier ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JUNE 5, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) and $900,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1) weekend with the release of episode 2. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with jockey Jose Alvarez and trainer Fred Danley about the second-fastest qualifier going into ...



RUIDOSO, NM—JUNE 5, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) and $900,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1) weekend with the release of episode 1. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with the jockey Francisco Calderon who was aboard Jettz, the second-fastest qualifier overall, and top qualifier from the second day of trials. Jettz, a Bobby D> Cox Oklahoma homebred son of leading first-crop sire One Fabulous Eagle, is trained by John Buchanan in this this weekends $1-million event. Cox's will be looking for his second Grade 1 stakes victory this year after his 2-year-old homebred Shott Gun won the $826,260 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) at Remington Park last Saturday. ...



ELGIN, TX—JUNE 5, 2020—Sustaining payments for the 2020 $1 million-est. Texas Classic Futurity(G1) and the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby(G1) are due Monday, June 15. A $400 payment is due June 15, 2020 to sustain American Quarter Horse foals of 2018 to the 2020 Texas Classic Futurity(G1). Trials will for the 400 yard race will be ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 4, 2020—The 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season at Remington Park was one that will long be remembered. Contesting the bulk of the 50-dates without public spectators because of Covid-19 pandemic safety protocols, the season ran its scheduled race days while experiencing record wagering handle. ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 4, 2020—When Eddie Willis won his 10th training title at Remington Park in 2019, it tied him with trainer Rodney Reed for most all-time at this Oklahoma City track. That tie has been broken. Willis won an unprecedented 11th training title at Remington Park during the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season that just concluded. The leading trainer award is named after Jack Brooks, an eight-time winner of the prestigious All American Futurity and Hall of Fame horsemen. Willis knew when he was a little boy that something like this was what he ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 3, 2020—Late nominations to the 2020 Black Gold Lads & Lassies Futurity are due Monday, June 15th. No supplemental "time of entry" payments will be accepted. The 2020 Black Gold program will feature "one of the boys and one for the girls". Colts and geldings may be nominated to the $106,250-added Black Gold ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 3, 2020—When James Flores ran away with his third riding title in a row at Remington Park this year, he reached a personal goal that no one knew about. "'I won 62 races this meet,” Flores said of his third title in Oklahoma City. "'That was 10 more than I won in 2019. I have to continue to motivate myself with new ...



AURORA, CO—JUNE 3, 2020—Arapahoe Park has received approval from state and local authorities, as well as the Colorado Racing Commission, to open on Saturday, June 6, with strict adherence to recommended guidelines for containing the spread of COVID-19. Given the current environment with COVID-19, there will be several significant changes and ...



SELMA, TX—JUNE 2, 2020—In a press release Thursday, Retama Park announced, subject to Texas Racing Commission approval, live racing will return to the San Antonio area racetrack on Friday, July 3. The revised schedule will feature Quarter Horse racing exclusively for a 24-day meet. Live Quarter Horse racing will be conducted Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through August 29, with no racing on a pair of Saturdays – August 8 and August 22. Daily overnight purses for the meet are expected to be a Retama Park record of approximately $150,000 per day. The racetrack is ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 1, 2020—StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson was on hand to capture the 2020 running of the Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby, as well as to conduct post-race interviews ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 31, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson was on hand was on hand to capture the running of the 2020 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Invitational Championship(G1), as ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 31, 2020—The 2020 Remington Park American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season closed on May 30. The 50-date season concluded with repeat leaders in two of the three horsemen’s standings. Jockey James Flores and trainer Eddie Willis, each added another seasonal title to their resumes. Flores was the top rider ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 31, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson was on hand to capture the 2020 running of the $1-Million Dollar Heritage Place Futurity(G1) and to talk with winning ...



TULSA, OK—MAY 30, 2020—Quarter Horse purses for the upcoming Fair Meadows meet in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been improved for 2020. The track will open their 2020 live meet on Friday, June 5 and run through Sunday, July 25. Quarter Horse, Paints and Appaloosas will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday accept four two-days in June and two-days in July. First post is set for 6:00 p.m. (CDT). Safety is top priority for staff, participants and guests at Fair Meadows. The track is committed to follow all CDF sanitation and distancing guidelines. Racing & OHRC Office Operational Protocols
  • Only one (1) person is allowed in the racing office at a time.
  • All entries will ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 30, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with trainer Monty Arrossa, jockey Mario Delgado and jockey Ricky Ramirez about the three top contenders going into ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—MAY 30, 2020—The New Mexico Horse Racing commission on Thursday approved an agreement between the state’s five tracks, the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association and the New Mexico Breeders Association to redistribute more than $3.2 million in purse taxes from Sunland and SunRay to accounts at Ruidoso Downs and Albuquerque Downs. ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 29, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks Monty Arrossa and AQHA Racing World Champion Jockey James Flores about the overall fastest qualifier of the Heritage Place Futurity(G1), Aint She Tempting. The two-year old daughter of champion sire Tempting Dash was victorious earlier in the 2020 meet at Remington in the Oklahoma Futurity(G2), and now is looking to close out the meet with a win in the Grade 1 event. ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 29, 2020—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) weekend from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson talks with Ruidoso Racehorse Hall of Fame trainer, Heath Taylor, about his trainee Shott Gun. The son of Valiant Hero posted the fastest-time of qualifiers from the first day of trials for the $1-Million Heritage Place Futurity(G1). CLICK HERE to watch the first-preview of the 2020 $1-Million Heritage Place Futurity(G1) coverage. The Heritage Place Futurity(G1) webcast preview ...



SELMA, TX—MAY 29, 2020—According to an article by Mary Rampellini, published this week on the DailyRacingForm.com, Reama Park officials told the Texas Racing Commission Thursday the facility is working toward opening a meet for Quarter Horses. The Texas Racing Commission asked racetracks in the state for updates during its second meeting in just over a week as racing has been disrupted in the State due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Retama was scheduled to open a mixed meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses in July, however the track at a previous commission meeting said they were not certain it could be run. However yesterday (Thursday) Retama's representative said talks are ongoing with industry stakeholders to hold a meet for Quarter ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 28, 2020—Pocatello Downs has been approved for "Live Horse Racing" to begin June 3rd Initially races will be conducted spectator-free with licensed essential personnel only. Opening day will be highlighted with trials to the $10,000 added “Crush The Curve” open Futurity along with the $7,500 added “Ice Breaker” Quarter Horse sprint. Pocatello Downs Plans first post time @ 4:30 pm (MDT) on Wednesdays through much of the summer. The track's primary goal is to provide intermountain horsemen and woman a place to come and race safely. Many tracks throughout our region are struggling to reopen due to the Covid19 Pandemic. For the first time Pocatello ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 28, 2020—Oklahoma District Court Judge Natalie Mai denied a “Petition for Temporary Restraining Order, Temporary Injunction and Permanent Injunction” on Tuesday that would have allowed AQHA Racing's 2019 Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding Trump My Record to compete in Saturday's Grade 2 $248,000 Heritage Place Derby at Remington ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—MAY 28, 2020—The Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved Indiana Grand’s modified request for race dates in 2020. The 94-day season will begin on Monday, June 15th and finish on Wednesday, November 18th on a Monday through Thursday basis with four select Saturdays of Quarter Horse-only racing over the span of the meet. Also approved as a part of the agenda was a request by Indiana Grand and the Indiana horsemen’s groups to offer what is believed to be the lowest takeout on any wager in North America. The request asking for the Pick 5 to be offered at a takeout of 11.99% was also approved unanimously and will take place on the last five thoroughbred ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 27, 2020—Remington Park has announced that, with the health and safety of its patrons as its number one priority, it will begin to reopen its facilities to patrons. The racetrack will continue to closely monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and public health advancements, and has ...



ALTOONA, IA—MAY 27, 2020—A revised stakes schedule for the 2020 Prairie Meadow Quarter Horse meet is now available on the IQHRA website. The Prairie Meadows Board of Directors approved a recommendation last week by the track's President and CEO, Gary Palmer, to open the track's backstretch June 1, 2020. Backstretch safety protocols, due to the COVID-19 virus, will be announced soon. In conjunction with the backstretch opening, racing dates have been tentatively requested and will go to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s June 4 meeting for their approval. For Quarter Horses, those tentative racing dates are from June 26-September 26, a total of 54 days of racing. Racing will be ...