GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 22, 2024—Starting off a runner-up effort in the Weber Downs Fillies Derby in her last start on May 19, Jr Sakes Alive ran off to a 1-3/4 length win in the $21,050 Energy Downs AQHA Bonus Challenge Stakes on Saturday at Energy Downs.

Ridden by jockey Jesus Valenzuela, Jr, Sakes Alive completed the 330 yards in 16.990 seconds over a muddy racing surface, equaling an 85-speed index into a 5 mph crosswind.

It was the fifth career win in 11 starts for the daughter of multiple stakes sire Pappasito. The $10,315 winner's purse ...



GRANTS PASS, OR–JUNE 15, 2024–Peregrino Af clocks the fastest qualifying time from the first of two trials to the $30,000 added Adequan Grants Pass Derby Challenge on Saturday.

Jockey Cesar Moreno piloted Peregrino Af to his neck victory over Knocking It Off in :19.780 seconds, clocking a 97 speed index. The son of Separatist broke third from the gates but dug in at the final stretch to win by a neck, which paid $12.80 to win on 4/1 odds.

Peregrino Af now has two career wins from eleven starts. The first was in a stakes at Pocatello Downs from his second career start. The six-time stakes ...



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AMARILLO, TX–JUNE 3, 2024– Louisiana-bred gelding Tha Duke has been late-enrolled into the AQHA Racing Challenge by his breeders and owners Ashton Elder and Miguel Romero Jr.

The $20,000 fee is just a small fraction of the $462,710 the gelding by RC Me Leaving You has already pulled in for his Athens, Texas-based owners. The 4-year-old now has significant more race ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–MAY 19, 2024–Owned and bred by Dunn Ranch, Foosea scored his third win from his last five starts after a dominant effort in the $33,660 Adequan California Derby Challenge on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

The Oklahoma-bred gelding by Foose and out of the Tres Seis mare Tres Sea, Foosea broke sharply but trailed at the start of the 400-yard regional final.

Sent off at 9-5 odds, Foosea took control after the first 100 yards and from there he ran flawlessly to win ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA– MAY 19, 2024–The California regional races for the AQHA Challenge Championships get underway on Sunday night with the running of the $33,660 Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge. The winner of this race will advance to the Adequan Derby Challenge final to be held at The Downs at Albuquerque in October.

Five sophomores will be in action in the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge with the royally bred Favorite Cartel gelding Xpensive ...



HOUSTON, TX–MAY 10, 2024– Trainer Juan Diaz, Jr. and jockey Victor Urieta, Jr. teamed up for their third consecutive stakes victory on Friday night's program at Sam Houston Race Park with Blue Eyed Jane.

Blue Eyed Jane, who hadn't yet broken her maiden, qualified with the ninth fastest time in the trials. But the two-year-old filly showed up in the $102,382 John Deere Juvenile Challenge [G3] finals for an impressive 2 3/4-length victory.

Urieta piloted the daughter of second-year-sire Tarzanito, leading from wire to wire, and clocked a 101 speed index in 17.529 seconds. Blue Eyed ...



HOUSTON, TX–MAY 10, 2024–Second fastest qualifier from the trials, Frankie Jr, returns to Sam Houston Race Park Friday night for his first stakes victory in the $69,938 Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge.

Jockey Victor Urieta Jr, rode the three-year-old son of second-year-sire Kas Tempting to a length victory in :20.001 seconds. Frankie Jr had a slow start from the gates in seventh but clocked a 98 speed index with his strong finish across the wire. The 400-yard win paid $7.40 on 5/2 odds.

Frankie Jr hadn't won a race since his second start in the Old South Futurity ...



HOUSTON, TX, MAY 8, 2024–The first major stakes night of the 2024 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse racing season will take place on Friday, May 10. Five exciting features are on the ten-race program, which gets underway at 6:30 pm (Central).

As previously reported, Friday's Sam Houston Race Park card will include the $75,000 Sam Houston Classic(G2), $50,000 Leon Bard Memorial and $50,000 John Buchanan Memorial Stakes. Click ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX–MAY 7, 2024–Peppa, a homebred daughter of the Apollitical Jess stallion Chilitos racing for the Terrazas Family, is the morning-line favorite for Friday's 350-yard, $102,382 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park. Peppa ...



HOUSTON, TX–APRIL 25, 2024–On Friday, April 19, Sam Houston Race Park hosted six trials for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge(G3) as well as three trials for the Adequan Derby Challenge, with the ten fastest qualifiers advancing to the final on Friday, May 10.

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) contacted Sam Houston Race Park on Monday morning to inform the northwest Houston racetrack about a discrepancy in the validity of the reported qualifying times for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge. AQHA did an analysis and reached out to Sam Houston Race Park and communicated with the timing vendor, which is ...



HOUSTON, TX–APRIL 19, 2024–Aguila Rapida, a 2-year-old son of champion sire Tempting Dash from the powerful 'Candy' female line, broke his maiden at first asking on Friday night while posting the fastest qualifying time for the $40,000-added John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) on Quarter Horse season opening night at Sam Houston Race Park Friday.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will ...