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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—FEBRUARY 6, 2020—The night of the Los Alamitos Winter Derby trials back on January 18 featured several tremendous performances led by a 3/4 length victory from fastest qualifier You Can Run. Now 10 of the best sophomores in the nation will get together on Saturday night to fight it out for the top prize in the Grade 1, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—FEBRUARY 5, 2020—Los Alamitos Race Course returns after a short hiatus with a new Friday night post time of 6 p.m. (PST) and a Pick Six Carryover of $6,774 ready to spice up the 8-race program. Friday’s card will kick off a great weekend of racing headed by Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on Saturday night and the Grade ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—FEBRUARY 4, 2020—Another action-packed week at Harrah's Louisiana Downs is in the works, beginning on Friday (Feb 7) with six schooling races (see related story) for the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity at 11:00 am and live cards set for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Shake Em Ike Headlines Field in Saturday's $34,740 Louisiana Downs Maiden Stake Four trials for the $34,740 LAD Maiden Stake (not black type) were ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—FEBRUARY 4, 2020—Mr Perry Moon, $50,000 Ruidoso New Mexico-Bred Sale graduate, will head six 2-year-old schooling races, for Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) hopefuls, at 220 yards on Friday at Louisiana Downs. First post is 11:00 AM (CST). Trails for the Grade 3 $250,000-est. 300 yard event will be contested on Sunday, ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 28, 2020—Fm Five Fifty Rock, a $550,000 LQHBA Yearling Sale Graduate, will head 13 schooling races, for 58 Louisiana-breds nominated to the $100,000-added Mardi Gras Futurity (RG1), on Friday at Louisiana Downs. The races will begin at 11:00 AM (CDT) but are not expected to be live-streamed. However, on Friday afternoon, a complete recap on each of the 220-yard ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 28, 2020—A busy week is shaping up at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, beginning on Friday (Jan. 31) with Mardi Gras schooling races scheduled at 11:00 am and live cards set for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Two fields of distance specialists will compete on Saturday, February 1 in the $25,000 Magnolia Stakes. Louisiana Downs racing officials have split the feature into two 870-yard races for accredited Louisiana-breds. In the first division, which will ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 25, 2020—Nine horses with stakes experience are among the 40 runners that will be in action in the trials to the $109,500 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Eight races are on tap with the final five races on the card serving as the Maiden Stakes trials. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials will advance to the Maiden Stakes final on Sunday, February 16. Horses are eligible to race in the trials if they’re maidens as of December 1, 2019. There are nine horses that have won ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 23, 2020—Reliance Ranches’ Dreams Divine will make her first start since finishing second by a whisker in the $1,070,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 23 when she headlines the running of the $15,000 AB What A Runner Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Eight races are on tap with first post set for 6 p.m. Cartel Jess Rockin finished as the nation’s top 2-year-old filly after winning the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on December 15. During the first half of the year at ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—JANUARY 22, 2020—Ryansmanonthemoon, a Grade 1-winning son of champion First Moonflash, will make his 4-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 440-yard, $100,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, Ryansmanonthemoon is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which he earned $308,181 from eight races and won three stakes, including the 440-yard, $200,000 Zia Park Championship ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—JANUARY 21, 2020—Fastest qualifier Jess Tequila Talkin and stakes winner Donelli are among the 11 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $226,200 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. A bay son of Jesse James Jr trained by Jackie Riddle for owner Gary W. Hartstack, Jess Tequila Talkin opened his sophomore campaign with a clear 2 3/4-length victory in the third of six Shue Fly trials on January 3. The gelding has earned $58,747 ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 21, 2020—Three stakes will be contested at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday. The fields are set for the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares as well two divisions of the 350-yard $15,000 Swift Stakes ()see related story. A full field of accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares will ...



Two Divisions of $15,000 Swift Stakes Set for Saturday at Louisiana Downs BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 21, 2020—Two divisions of the 350-yard $15,000 Swift Stakes will be contested at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday. Horsemen continue to fill nominations for the 2020 Quarter Horse stakes and for the third time this meet, there will be two ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 18, 2020—Newly crowned AQHA Racing World Champion He Looks Hot will make his 2020 debut when he headlines a star-studded cast of older horses in the trials to the Grade 1, $159,550 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship on Sunday night. Nineteen horses will compete in the 400-yard trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times returning for the final on Sunday, February 9. The Brad McKinzie is the first race of the year that offers a provisional berth ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 15, 2020—Ron Hartley’s Cartel Jess Rockin, the 2019 AQHA champion 2-year-old filly, and Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity winner Runforyourlife, who races for the newly named championship connections of AQHA Champion owner Rosenthal Ranch and AQHA champion trainer Christopher O’Dell, are among the 31 top sophomores racing in Saturday’s trials to the Grade 1, $190,550 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. Cartel Jess ...



OGDEN, UT—JANUARY 17, 2020—This Saturday, chariot racing action continues with the Golden Spike Championship, sponsored by StallioneSearch.com.

Chariot racing in Ogden is held at the Golden Spike Event Center at the Weber County Fairgrounds in Ogden, Utah; also the home of more traditional Quarter Horse racing each spring during the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 15, 2020—Los Alamitos Race Course will feature a new earlier post time on Fridays effective immediately. First post on Friday, January 17 will be at 5 p.m. The first race on Fridays will now be held approximately 30 minutes after the final daytime California Thoroughbred race. The Early Pick Four will get started with the opening race of the card at 5 p.m. The Late Pick Four sequence will consist of the ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 14, 2020—There will be plenty of action on Saturday, January 18 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The card will include four trials for the Louisiana Downs Maiden Stake followed by two divisions of the $25,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes. Horsemen were so enthusiastic with nominations that David Heitzmann, Director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, wrote a second stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds going ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 13, 2020—Los Alamitos Race Course will feature a new earlier post time on Fridays effective immediately. First post on Friday, January 17 will be at 5 p.m. The first race on Fridays will now be held approximately 30 minutes after the final daytime California Thoroughbred race. The Early Pick Four will get started with the opening race of the card at 5 p.m. The Late Pick Four sequence will consist of the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 10, 2020—Martha Wells’ Yanque will go after his third consecutive stakes victory at 550-yards when he faces five outstanding rivals in the $16,000 Barbra B Handicap. First post is 5:25 p.m. (PST). Yanque was too much for his rivals to handle in both the Scott Lewis Handicap on November 8 and the Paul Ford Handicap on December 1. He won both races by 1 1/2 and he did so in near wire-to-wire fashion. The 5-year-old gelding by Favorite Cartel has always shown a special finishing kick and the 550-yard distance has ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 10, 2020—J.R. Ramirez, one of the most successful jockeys in Quarter Horse racing history, is back riding at Los Alamitos and will pilot the Quarter Horse Up N Fly in the sixth race on Saturday night. Ramirez, who ranks 22nd all-time in Quarter Horse wins with 1,517 and 25th in earnings with over $21.4 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—JANUARY 7, 2020—Cat Daddys Lil Girl, a gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel owned by Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, will make her 4-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

Trained by Cynthia ...




BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 20, 2020—The 2020 Quarter Horse racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs got underway on January 4. Stakes action continues Saturday with distance specialists entered in the $15,000 Marathon Stakes. This will be the 14th running of the 870 yard stakes, with a compact, but competitive field of five entered. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHREVEPORT, LA—JANUARY 7, 2020—Gary Aber’s Desire Astoli will risk her three-race win streak in Saturday’s 870-yard, $15,000 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs. A homebred 5-year-old daughter of Desirio trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr., Desire Astoli won all three of her races last year, including the 870-yard, $25,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans in August. The mare drew post 4 and will be ridden by Donald Watson. The complete ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 4, 2020—The fifth and sixth races on Friday night at Los Alamitos served as previews of the 350-yard trials to the Maiden Stakes for 3-year-olds to be held here on Sunday, January 26. Horses are eligible to enroll to the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes if they are still maidens as of December 1st of their 2-year-old racing campaign. After the December 1st deadline, horses can continue to race and even win without affecting their eligibility to the Maiden Stakes trials. Sixty horses remain eligible to compete for ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JANUARY 3, 2020—Champion of Champions finalists As And Js and Tequila Sangria will take on defending stakes winner Thermonuclear Energy and seven other top mares in the Grade 1, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap on Sunday at Los Alamitos. First post for the 8-race program is ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—JANUARY 1, 2020—A dozen New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses, including two also-eligible entries, have been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park. Rime Chimes, the upset winner of the October 27, 440-yard Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park, will make his 5-year-old season debut in the Jess Burner. The gray Sign To Be A Runaway stallion earned $109,250 from just two official starts last ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 31, 2019—Stakes winners Donelli and Stominado are among the 56 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. A homebred gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel, Donelli is trained by Wes Giles for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. The filly will be making her first start ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA—DECEMBER 30, 2019—Due to the response from horsemen for the first Louisiana Downs stakes of the season, two divisions of the $15,000 Harrah's Dash will be run on Opening Day this Saturday. A field of nine Louisiana-bred sprinters will compete in the first heat, which runs as the fourth race on the program. J &J Racing LLC's Fantasticazoom Jr is the 5-2 morning line choice in the first 250-yard feature. The 5-year-old son ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ--DECEMBER 28, 2019--Streakin Seis Corona, a 4-year-old son of champion Tres Seis owned and trained by Havid Canez, heads a field of nine aged sprinters entered in Sunday’s 350-yard, $14,700 Mike Hastings Memorial Stakes at Turf Paradise. Streakin Seis Corona brings in a three-race win streak that includes stakes victories at Turf Paradise and Arizona Downs near Prescott. The Oklahoma-bred gelding has earned ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 23, 2019—The new live racing season at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino begins on Thursday (Dec. 26) and will get off to a rousing start with three stakes races the first weekend including the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (Gr. I) on Sunday (Dec. 29). The elite Quarter Horse feature is run at 440 yards as the 4th race on Sunday and promises to yield a highly contentious group of older Quarter Horses. Ryansmanonthemoon looks like the sharpest horse ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 23, 2019—Los Alamitos Race Course begins its 70th year of live racing at the Cypress oval with opening night of its new meet set for Friday featuring a special first post time of 5:30 p.m. The 8-race opening night card is a strong one, as it will average 7.75 horses per race and will be headed by a pair of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 19, 2019—Unrestrained, a stakes-winning son of Kiddy Up owned and trained by Rigoberto Guillen, heads a field of 10 sophomores entered in Sunday’s 400-yard, $15,000-added AQRA Turf Paradise Open Derby. Unrestrained has won two of his three starts at the current Turf Paradise meet, including the November 3, 350-yard AQRA President’s Fall Derby. The California-bred gelding drew post 8 and will be ridden by Joseph Belloc Jr. The complete ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 13, 2019—Eight 2-year-olds, topped by morning-line favorite My Favorite Candy, have been entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $40,945 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity. A stakes-winning bay son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel, My Favorite Candy is trained by Antonio Soto for owner ABA Quarter Horses LLC. The California-bred gelding has earned $19,839 from eight races. My Favorite Candy drew post 3 and will be ridden by Rodolfo Arvizu. The complete lineup, in post position order ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 13, 2019—The 47th running of the Champion of Champions has it all. A dominant older horse at the top of his game. Yes, in BH Lisas Boy as he goes for his third Grade 1 stakes race of the year. Superstar fillies ready to show the boys who's the best? Yes, in the millionaire Flash And Roll and the outstanding Tequila Sangria. How about a former champion looking for another unforgettable moment? Yes in Zoomin For Spuds, who first won this race in 2016. A horse who has done it all except for winning the Champion of Champions? Yes, in the millionaire warrior He Looks Hot. How about some invaders looking to make a big splash in Southern California? Yes, in ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 11, 2019—Legacy Ranch LLC’s homebred Mister Appolitical is finishing out his sophomore campaign in exceptional form. The son of champion Apollitical Jess has won his last three starts - all in splendid fashion - and now looms the favorite to win the Grade 2, $168,700 Southern California Derby on Friday at Los Alamitos. Eight races are on tap with first post set for 7 p.m. (PST). To be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Terry Knight from post nine, Mister Appolitical began his win streak with a 1-¼ length win in the trials to the PCQHRA Breeders Derby. He came back to post a nose victory after ducking ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 10, 2019—Domishay, a son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dominyun and the fastest qualifiers, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $295,890 Evangeline Downs Futurity at Evangeline Downs. Trained by Josue Ponce for owner Paula Cristina Villatoro, Domishay made his local debut with a clear 1 3/4-length victory in the sixth of nine trials on November 22. The Louisiana-bred colt has won five of 10 starts and has earned $64,615, and he was a finalist in the October 5, $344,050 Dash ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—DECEMBER 9, 2019—Three graded state-bred Quarter Horse stakes will be the program on Saturday, as Fair Grounds Racecourse presents its annual Louisiana Champions Day. Myron McKinnon’s DLJ Imma B Famous, a 6-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You, drew post 9 for ...



PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 1, 2019—Installed as the morning-line favorite at 3-1, multiple stakes winner Streakin Seis Corona will be looking for his fourth consecutive win on Sunday when he faces a full field in the $15,000 Mike Hastings Memorial at Turf Paradise. Owned-and-trained by Havid Canez, Streakin Seis Corona kicked off his win-streak ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 6, 2019—Quarter Horse distance standouts Run Raging Rhino Run, Ballast Point, and Loan Sharky are among the distance stars that will race in a pair of divisions to the Snowbound Superstar Handicap on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Each race will feature a $15,000 purse and will be contested at 870 yards. Dan Wilson's Run ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 5, 2019—MRB Racing's Jest Famous, who was so impressive when winning the Town Policy Handicap against 3-year-olds on November 9, will make his final tune-up before taking aim at the trials to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship when he faces six foes in the First Down Dash Handicap for 3-year-olds and up ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 3, 2019—Eysa Jess Jumpn, a multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Heza Fast Dash owned by Jose Estrada Quarter Horses, will risk his nine-race win streak in Saturday’s 400-yard, $150,000 Louisiana QHBA Breeders’ Derby (R) at Evangeline Downs. Trained by Fructuoso Huitron, Eysa Jess Jumpn has earned $336,872 from eight starts this year, and she has won four stakes, including the 440-yard, $204,600 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star Park on ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 3, 2019—Special Politico, a gelded son of Apollitical Blood owned by Oddel Batista and the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday's 400-yard, $1-million Louisiana QHBA Million Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOBBS, NM—NOVEMBER 30, 2019—Ernesto Palacio’s Eagle Coast, a 3-year-old son of One Dashing Eagle and a Grade 1 winner during the Ruidoso Downs meet, heads a field of 11 sprinters entered in Sunday’s 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) at Zia Park. Eagle Coast will ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 28, 2019—Legacy Ranch's Mister Appolitical and Ed Allred's Chocolatito put on a show the last time they squared off in the Grade 3 PCQHRA Breeders Derby on October 4. The two geldings hooked up shortly after the start and battled each other every step of the way in the 400-yard race. At the wire, it was ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 27, 2019—Fifteen 3-year-olds, topped by recent stakes winner Unrestrained, are entered in Sunday’s 400-yard AQRA Turf Paradise Derby trials at Turf Paradise. A sorrel son of Kiddy Up owned and trained by Rigoberto Guillen, Unrestrained is coming off of a nose victory as the odds-on favorite in ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 25, 2019—Legacy Ranch's Mister Appolitical and Ed Allred's Chocolatito put on a show the last time they squared off in the Grade 3 PCQHRA Breeders Derby on October 4. The two geldings hooked up shortly after the start and battled each other every step of the way in the 400-yard race. At the wire, it was ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 22, 2019—Graded futurity winners Runforyourlife, Flokie and Sass Go Blue plus a slew of other major stakes finalists will headline a fantastic 12-race program consisting of trials to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity at 400 yards Sunday at Los Alamitos. Every race will be a trial race with a total of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 21, 2019—ABA Quarter Horses LLC’s My Favorite Candy, a stakes-winning son of Favorite Cartel, is one of 18 2-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 400-yard AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity trials at Turf Paradise. Trained by Armando Castellanos, My Favorite ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 19, 2019—Forty 3-year-olds, headed by Garlyn O. Shelton’s Five Bar Stoli, are entered in five 400-yard Evangeline Downs Derby trials at Evangeline Downs on Saturday. A sorrel son of Five Bar Cartel trained by John Stinebaugh, Five Bar Stoli has earned $196,189 from six outs this year, and the gelding’s season resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Eagle Coast, in the 440-yard, $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on July 20. Five Bar Stoli drew post 7 and will be ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 19, 2019—Graded stakes winners Relentless Dynasty and Expedyte are among the 77 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Evangeline Downs Futurity trials at Evangeline Downs. Trained by Adrian Huitron for owner Andres Guerra, Relentless Dynasty has earned $216,667 from four starts, and his two ...