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GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—FEBRUARY 5, 2020—Lone Star Park officials have announced an increase of nearly 43% to overnight race purses for the upcoming Thoroughbred Racing Season. Overnight race purses this year average $200,000 per day compared to $140,000 per day in 2019. "This boost in overnight purses has energized Lone Star Park in a way that ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—FEBRUARY 5, 2020—Winter weather forced cancellation of training hours today at Remington Park. Approximately 4-5 inches of snow, along with sub-freezing temperatures, forced the snow day for all horses and horsemen. Morning training is expected to resume later this week once the cold weather gives way to warmer conditions. Normal training hours at Remington Park take place from 7-11am. The 2020 live racing season at Remington Park is underway on March 6 at 6pm. The Opening Weekend also features trial racing for ...



ELGIN, TX—FEBRUARY 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 Sunday, February 15. A $300 payment is due February 15, 2020 to sustain American Quarter Horse foals of 2018 to the 2020 Texas Classic Futurity(G1). Trials for the 400 yard race will be contested November 7 and the final will run back on November 28, 2020 at Lone Star Park. CLICK HERE for a current list of 2020 Texas Classic Futurity(G1) nominations. A $300 payment is due February 15, 2020 to sustain American Quarter Horse foals of 2017 to the 2020 Texas Classic Derby. Trials for the ...



ALTOONA, IA—FEBRUARY 4, 2020—Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel announces the release of Condition Book 1, which covers the first 18 racing days, May 1 - June 1, of the 2020 Mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season at Prairie Meadows. Thoroughbred racing will lead off the 84-day season from May 1 - June 8. Quarter Horse racing will join the daily program starting June 12 through the remainder of the season, which ends September 26. Condition Book 1, available at prairiemeadows.com or Prairie Meadows’ Racing Office, includes two Iowa-bred stakes races for three-year-olds and five open overnight stakes to kick off ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—FEBRUARY 4, 2020—Lone Star Park was granted 70 live racing dates during 2020 by the Texas Racing Commission including a 44-date Thoroughbred Racing Season that will be held from April 16 through July 19 and a 26-night Fall Meeting of Champions featuring American Quarter Horses that will run from September 11 through November ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—FEBRUARY 3, 2020—The 2020 Remington Park live racing season begins on March 6 and trainer Tammy Johnson is ready. She entered the Remington Park stable area minutes after the gates opened early this morning to once again be the first trainer to arrive with horses for the season. Johnson brought in 10 athletes at 12:02am on the first day horses set to compete in the American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa season are allowed on property. This is the fourth consecutive year (2017-2020) that Johnson has been first ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—FEBRUARY 3, 2020—The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is pleased to announce the 2019 association’s annual Champions. In 2019, the state hosted 146 race days and handed out more than $22.2 million in purses. Each of the recipients will be honored at the annual LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—FEBURARY 3, 2020—Longtime racing executive Eric Halstrom has been named Vice President, General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, pending all regulatory approvals. Halstrom becomes only the second individual to hold the position, succeeding Jon Schuster, who had been with the facility since its inception in ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 31, 2020—The 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season at Remington Park will begin March 6. Stable area activity is heating up with horsemen bringing horses on property beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Many trainers have started setting up their barns in preparation for the arrival of their athletes. Remington Park will open the stable gate to allow horses on property Feb. 3, at 12:01am (CST). Horses will have access to the racetrack beginning Tuesday morning, Feb. 4. Training races will begin Wednesday, Feb. 12. The 250-yard events are conducted, primarily for horses getting ready for their ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch DALLAS, TX—JANUARY 31, 2020—The multiple Grade 1 winning California-based jockey, Jesus Ayala, has been named the first recipient of the StallioneSearch Rising Star Jockey Award for 2019. Ayala had a standout year in 2019, finishing as the ninth leading Quarter Horse jockey in the nation with earnings of ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 31, 2020—The Remington Park Barn Area will open on Monday, February 3, in preparation for its Quarter Horse meet, which opens March 6. Trainers may begin setting up stalls beginning today, January 31. Due to road construction, the Horsemen’s Entrance will be closed to passenger vehicles until further notice. No ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—JANUARY 30, 2020—LQHBA released key dates for horsemen and women to pay attention to for the coming month of February. They include:
  • FEB 01: LQHBA Breeders' Derby (2020) — Nomination: $300
  • FEB 05: Delta Downs LA Bred Derby (2020) — Second Payment $600
  • FEB 07: Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) schooling ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 28, 2020—As part of the track’s 2020 nighttime schedule, Los Alamitos Race Course will not race this Super Bowl weekend. Los Alamitos will be open for daytime simulcasting and on Sunday afternoon will feature a viewing party for the big football game. More information is available at ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch DALLAS, TX— JANUARY 30, 2020—The 2019 All American Futurity(G1) winning trainer Marcos Carrizales has been named the first recipient of the StallioneSearch Rising Star Trainer Award for 2019. A panel made up of Ruidoso Racehorse Hall of Fame trainer Russell Harris, 14-time AQHA World Champion trainer ...



EL PASO, TX---JANUARY 30, 2020—Texas-based trainer Trey Wood has been fined $15,000 and suspended 1-˝ years by the New Mexico Racing Commission after one of his horses tested positive for Albuterol, a Class 3 Drug for Quarter Horses in New Mexico. Wood appeared, with his attorney Daniel Marquez, before the Board of Steward on December 8th ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 28, 2020—Ron Hartley, who campaigned four-time AQHA champion gelding Moonist and 2019 champion 2-year-old filly Cartel Jess Rockin, and was a fixture in California racing since 1955 - from groom to racing official and from racing steward to major Quarter Horse owner and breeder - passed away on Monday night following health complications. Hartley was 81-years-old. ...



DALLAS, TX—JANUARY 28, 2020—StallioneSearch.com releases episode 3 of their short film series on the just-retired AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Colt and two-time Grade 1 winning-runner Flying Cowboy 123, who has begun his stud career at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma for the 2020 breeding season. The short film, written and produced by Greg Thompson of StallioneSearch.com, chronicles the young sire prospect for 2020 who is retiring from his successful race career. The millionaire son of Apollitical Jess will be joining a stout roster of stallions at Bob Moore Farms, which includes the #1 first-crop sire for ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 28, 2020—Burgart’s at Los Alamitos Race Course will be open for a Big Game Football Viewing Party on Sunday, February 2. Sports fan can come early for the daytime simulcast racing action from Santa Anita, Golden Gate and east coast and then stay for the televised championship game fun. A prepay package is ...



FREDRICKSBURG, TX—JANUARY 28, 2020—On Saturday the Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) awarded their racing champions for 2019 during the association's annual awards banquet held at The Hangar Hotel in Fredricksburg. Based on earnings in the state of Texas, the TQHA Race Awards were:
  • 2-Year-Old Colt: Relentless ...



DALLAS, TX—JANUARY 27, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues their short film series on the just-retired AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Colt and two-time Grade 1 winning-runner Flying Cowboy 123, who has begun his stud career at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma for the 2020 breeding season. The short film, written and produced by Greg Thompson of StallioneSearch.com, chronicles the young sire prospect for 2020 who is retiring from his successful race career. The millionaire son of ...



POCATELLO, ID—JANUARY 27, 2020—Pocatello Downs released their 2020 stakes schedule today. The track's 2020 season will get underway on Sunday, May 3rd and run the Sunday, September 27th. First Post time is set for 1:00 PM (MDT) on all race days with the exception of July 17th and31st. Highlights of the season include the $30,500 ...



VINTON, LA—JANUARY 27, 2020—Horseman Leroy Miller, 76, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020. He was a native of Florida and had been a resident of Vinton, Louisiana, for the last 45 years, coming from Opelousas. He worked as a jockey for 28 years, then as a horse trainer for several years, before ponying horses until his retirement. ...



AJAX, ONT—JANUARY 26, 2020—Ontario-bred Had To Be Ivory was named the 2019 Horse of the Year at Ajax Downs by the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario, January 25 at its annual awards banquet. Owned and bred by Carol and Jaime Robertson of Hillsburgh, ON and trained by Bryn Robertson, Had to Be Ivory won three of five starts as a 4-year-old in 2019 including the Picov Maturity and the Ontario Bred Maturity. The son of Ivory James from the Robertson's stakes winning Ajax Downs mare Had To Be Fandango, Had To Be Ivory defeated three-time reigning Horse of the Country Boy 123 (2016, 2017, 2018) twice on the track last season before that rival defeated him in the Alex Picov Memorial Championship in October. Also named the AQHA Racing's Canadian Champion for the second straight year, ...



CYPRESS, CA—JANUARY 25, 2020—AQHA Racing's 2019 World Champion He Looks Hot has been retired after finishing last of six in a division of the Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials on Jan. 19. Owner and breeder Ed Allred and trainer Scott Willoughby made the announcement on Thursday during the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association’s annual awards dinner at Los Alamitos where the 8-year-old son of champion sire Walk Thru FIre was honored as the organization’s ...



EVANSTON, WY—JANUARY 24, 2020—Wyoming Downs Racetrack in Evanston, Wyoming is announcing its 2020 Stakes Schedule with initial total value-added amounts increasing approximately 25% over 2019, from $148,000 to $199,500 in 2020. The Wyoming ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 24, 2020— he honors and accolades continue to flow for Ed Allred's homebred He Looks Hot, as the now 8-year-old gelding by Walk Thru Fire out of the Check Him Out mare Look Her Over was named the 2019 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Horse of the Year at the annual awards gala on Thursday evening at Los ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JANUARY 23, 2020—The 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will begin Tuesday, April 14, but for the first time in the history of the track, one person will be noticeably missing. Jon Schuster, longtime vice president and general manager, passed away in late 2019 and Indiana Grand will hold several tributes ...



AMARILLO, TX—JANUARY 23, 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 ...



AJAX, ONT—JANUARY 23, 2020—The stars of the 2019 Quarter Horse racing season at Ajax Downs, its 50th year of racing, will be celebrated at the QROOI's annual Awards Banquet, Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Ajax Convention Centre. Some of the newer faces to the Ontario Quarter Horse racing industry will be receiving their first awards. Cameron, Ontario's James Bogar, who raced his first horse in 2015, was the season's High Point Owner based on a horse-performance points system derived by ...



TUCSON, AZ—JANUARY 23, 2020—Rillito Park racetrack will expand its Equine Wellness Program in the 2020 Season. One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented the program during 2019 with resounding success with no horse breakdowns during 96 races. The Rillito Park Equine Wellness Program creates a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 22, 2020—Jim Walker, who bred and raised AQHA Supreme Racehorse and 2016 Champion of Champions winner Zoomin For Spuds, died on Tuesday, January 21. He was 87. Walker campaigned horses at Los Alamitos for more than a decade led by the 2016 AQHA champion 3-year-old gelding Zoomin For Spuds. Walker also bred and raced Bux For Cocktail, a full-sister to Zoomin For Spuds, Time For Jesse Lee, a graded stakes placed gelding, and Jesses Perfect One, a half-brother to ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 22, 2019— The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association (OQHRA) announced today following an extensive search, they have selected Kole Kennemer as the new Executive Director. Kennemer brings to the position extensive experience in Finance and Management. He grew up on the family ranch in Western Oklahoma and ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—JANUARY 22, 2020—Nominations for the 2020 $265,000-est. LQHBA Breeders' Derby, to be contested at Evangeline Downs, are due on or before Saturday, February 1. Accredited Louisiana-Bred foals of 2017 who were eligible and made the final entry payment for the 2019 LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity must nominate on or before February 1st for $300. Horses that were nominated to the 2019 LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity but did not enter the trials, may remain eligible for the 2020 LQHBA Breeders' Derby by paying $1,300 ($1,000 supplement plus $300 nomination payment) on or before February 1st. CLICK HERE to download the 2020 ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 19, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand for day 3 of the 42nd annual Winter Mixed Sale to recap the top three-sellers from the closing session on Saturday in Oklahoma City. CLICK HERE to watch: Session 3 Recap. Coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale is presented on Stallionesearch.com by the stallion Apollitical Blood of Robicheaux Ranch, Inc in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Apollitical Blood, the son of leading sire Apollitical Jess, has sired the 2019 ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 18, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand for day 2 of the 42nd annual Winter Mixed Sale to recap the top three-sellers from the in Oklahoma City. CLICK HERE to watch: Session 2 Recap

Coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale is presented on Stallionesearch.com by the stallion Apollitical Blood of Robicheaux Ranch, Inc in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Apollitical Blood, the son of leading sire Apollitical Jess, has sired the 2019 AQHA Champion Gelding Trump ...



TUCSON, AZ—JANUARY 18, 2020—Arizona Quarter Horse Racing Association and Rillito Park Racetrack will host a "Celebration of Life" for Patti Shirley on Saturday, February 8th. The event will get underway in the clubhouse at Rillito Racetrack following the final race on Saturday's card. In addition three new faces will be added to the ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 17, 2020—-StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand at the 42nd annual Winter Mixed Sale to recap the top four-sellers from the opening day in Oklahoma City. CLICK HERE to watch: Session 1 Recap Coverage of the 2020 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale is presented on Stallionesearch.com by the stallion Apollitical Blood of Robicheaux Ranch, Inc in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Apollitical Blood, the son of leading sire Apollitical Jess, has sired the 2019 AQHA Champion Gelding Trump My ...



SHAKOPOEE, MN—JANUARY 16, 2020—Canterbury Park racing officials have announced an $800,000 quarter horse racing stakes schedule for the 2020 mixed-breed season that runs 65 days, May 15 through Sept. 12. The Shakopee, Minn. racetrack’s signature quarter horse race, the $150,000 estimated Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, being run for the 33rd time, will be Sunday, Aug. 9, a month later than usual. Also that day is the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby with an estimated purse of $75,000. “Quarter horse racing continues to be an important part of Canterbury Park’s racing season,” Vice President of Racing Operations Andrew ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JANUARY 16, 2020—The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) has approved racing dates for the upcoming 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Racing will begin Tuesday, April 14 and conclude Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 with a slightly altered schedule for the 120-day race meet. ...



AQHA RACING—JANUARY 15, 2020—Dr. Ed Allred's homebred He Looks Hot has had a tremendous career, and it hit a peak in his 7-year-old season when he was voted the 2019 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse. He also earned the title of champion aged horse and champion aged gelding after a season that saw him win five of 10 starts and earn $420,036. As a freshman, He Looks Hot won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). He was unraced in 2015 due to health scares, but for an unbelievable four consecutive years after that, he has qualified to the Champion of Champions (G1). In 2019, he won it, defeating a top field of ...



AQHA RACING—JANUARY 15, 2020—Each year, the American Quarter Horse Association recognizes the hard work of several individuals in the racing industry. For 2019, the John Andreini Special Recognition Award goes to Ed Burgart; the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award to Melodie Knuchell; and the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award to ...



HOUSTON, TX—JANUARY 15, 2020—Sustaining payments and late nominations for the 2020 Grade 2 $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity and the 2020 Grade 3 $35,000-added Sam Houston Derby, to be held at Sam Houston Race Park, are due today (Jan. 15). Nominated Quarter Horse foals of 2018 must pay a sustaining fee of $200 to remain eligible for the $450,000-est. 330 yard Sam Houston. Trials will be contested Saturday; April 18 and the finals will be run back on Saturday May 9. Late nominations to the 2020 Sam Houston Futurity(G2) can also be made today (Jan. 15) for $200 plus all fees (total $550). CLICK HERE to download the 2020 Sam Houston Futurity nomination form. Nominated ...



AQHA RACING—JANUARY 14, 2020—The American Quarter Horse Association will honor its 2019 AQHA Racing Champions during a special announcement program Wednesday (Jan 15) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Heritage Place Sale Company will host the 2019 AQHA Racing Champions announcements Wednesday prior to its Winter Mixed Sale kicks off January 16-18 (see related story). Wednesday's pre-announcement party is open to everyone and opens at 5 p.m. (CST). The AQHA Racing Champions Announcements begin at 6 p.m. and are held in the sale arena. For those who are unable to attend, a live broadcast is available at aqha.com/racing. Complete coverage of the 2019 AQHA Racing Champions will be ...



WASHINGTON, DC—JANUARY 14, 2020—While controversy surrounding impeachment proceedings dominated headlines at the end of 2019, federal lawmakers managed to pass a $1.4-trillion spending package to finance government operations through September 30, 2020. Fortunately for the equine sector, the appropriations law includes provisions ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JANUARY 13, 2020—Heritage Place Sale Company will kick-off their 2020 sales season with their annual pre-sale party and hosting of the 2019 AQHA Racing Champions ceremony on Wednesday (Jan 15) evening at their facility in Oklahoma City. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual pre-sale party to kick-off at 5:00 p.m. (CST) in the barn area, live music, food and drinks will be provided. The 2019 AQHA Racing Champions announcement ceremony (see related story) will get underway at 6:00 p.m. (CST) in the sale company auditorium. The 41st annual Winter Mixed Sale will feature 829 head of broodmares, short yearlings, stallions and horses ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JANUARY 13, 2020—The 2019 racing season in Indiana was highlighted by growth and a powerhouse gelding named Beach Treat. On January 4, the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program (IQHBDP) and the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) honored Beach Treat and other top Indiana-bred Quarter Horses at the ...



ALTOONA, IA—JANUARY 13, 2020—The Prairie Meadows racing office is excited to announce the availability of our 2020 Quarter Horse Stakes Program information. All Futurity and Derby nomination forms as well as the official full listing of our 2020 stakes races slated for the Quarter Horse racing season will be included. The Quarter Horse racing season begins June 12 and closes September 26. Owners and trainers should take note that nomination payments will begin with a March 1, 2020 deadline for initial payments on the following races: The Hawkeye Futurity (Iowa-bred Est. $100,000), The Cyclone Derby (Iowa-bred Est. $70,000), The Prairie Meadows Gold Futurity (Est. $175,000), The Iowa Double Gold Derby (Restricted Stallion Progeny ...



JEROME, ID—JANUARY 13, 2020—Prominent horseman Denny Boer, one of the most prominent members in the Dutch Masters III partnership, died January 8, 2020. Denny, of Jerome, Idaho, was born April 16, 1945, and operated a dairy as a profession. He was loved and cherished by many people, including his parents, Adrian Kenneth Boer and Julia Darlene (DeBoer). Denny and partner Dr. James Streelman were friends since the first grade, and ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 12, 2020—The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association will hold its annual awards banquet in the Finish Line Room at Los Alamitos Race Course on Thursday, January 23. The festivities will commence with a cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation starting at 8 p.m. (PST). Ed Burgart and Michael Wrona will co-host the banquet, which annually honors Quarter Horse racing excellence in California. He Looks Hot, Powerful Favorite and Cartel Jess Rockin are among the top contenders for top honors. ). Awarded to the most outstanding horse in California, ...



By Martha Claussen STONEWALL, TX—JANUARY 10, 2020—Horsemen looking for state-of-the art care and rehabilitation services for their racing and performance horses have a tremendous resource. Located in Texas' Hill Country, 13 miles east of Fredericksburg, Stonewall Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness (SERF) is on the sprawling property founded by the late Joe Kirk Fulton. One of the most respected breeders and owners in the Quarter Horse industry, Fulton's widow, Merle joined forces with Kurt W. Harris, DVM in the creation of SERF. Opened in the Spring of 2016, their goal was to raise the bar in rehabilitating horses back to a ...