SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2020—Retama Park will host nine trials at a distance of 350 yards for the 2020 $475,000-est. TQHA Sale Futurity(RG2) on Friday's race card. The majority of entries will be first time starters. Eighty-eight two-year-old graduates of the 2019 TQHA Yearling Sale will go to the post in hopes earning one of the 10 fastest times to get into the $100,000-added restricted Grade 2 final to be run Saturday, July 25. Ruidoso maiden winner Dash N Leader will start for owner-breeder Pete Scarmardo and trainer Leon Bard in the second trial (Race 2). The $25,000 TQHA repurchase broke his maiden in his first career start with a neck win at Ruidoso Downs May 25th. The colt ...



SHAKOPOEE, MN—JULY 6, 2020—Canterbury Park’s Tuesday racing program won’t take long or at least the races themselves won’t, as the 10-race program features quarter horse racing exclusively with distances ranging from 250 yards, usually clocking in at just over 13 seconds, to 870 yards. Track officials refer to this as The Fastest Day In Minnesota Sports. This year’s event includes six stakes races headlined by the $62,739 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge, which was designated a Grade 3 race by the AQHA Graded Stakes Committee. Racing, conducted weekly Monday through Thursday, begins at 4:30 p.m. Defending ...



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AJAX, ONT—JULY 5, 2020—Maryland Magic, one of Ajax Downs' most consistent older horses, heads a field of six for the first leg of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario, Inc.'s Distance Series on the fifth day of the 2020 Ajax Downs meeting July 8. The Distance Series is a three race competition of races at 350, 400 and 440 yards with the highest point earner winning the trophy at season's end. Trained by Pontypool's Jason Pascoe for owner Milena Kwiecien of Burlington, ON, Maryland Magic is an impressive looking black colored stallion who has also already sired foals, the oldest ones being yearlings of 2020. Being a daddy has not slowed the son of top American stallion Pyc Paint Your ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 3, 2020—Legacy Ranch Inc's homebred Mister Appolitical will go after his sixth victory in a row when he leads a nine-horse field in the 48th running of the Grade 1, $157,400 Vessels Maturity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. To be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Terry Knight, Mister Appolitical has put together a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 2, 2020—Stakes winners Alamode, Tac Me Up, Rite Quick and Ai Babe Foose are among the eight older horses that will be in action in the Grade III, $25,000 Independence Day Handicap at 300 yards on Friday night at Los Alamitos. First post is 6 p.m. (PDT). Now owned by Genaro Martinez while still under the tutelage of trainer John Cooper, Alamode has been one of the sharpest older runners this season. The Kiddy Up gelding won the Mr Jet Moore Handicap on March 31 and since then has posted back-to-back hard-fought second place finishes to older star Chocolatito. Alamode was second in the Kaweah Bar ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 1, 2020—Delta Downs has carded three stakes on its Fourth of July holiday program, topped by the 330-yard, $357,981 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) for state-bred colts and geldings. El Camino CL, an undefeated son of Heza Fast Dash trained by Jose Luis Sanchez III for owner Delfino Lozano IV, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Eddie Sanchez. El Camino CL has banked $151,425 from three starts, all in Louisiana, and the colt’s three wins include the 300-yard, $315,000 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs in March. Rogelio Marquez Jr.’s Sir Louisiana Dash, the fastest qualifier, drew ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 1, 2020—Ten state-bred 2-year-old fillies, topped by fastest qualifier Ms Runaway Presence, have entered back in Friday’s 330-yard, $329,410 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs. Ms Runaway Presence is a gray daughter of Sir Runaway Dash ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 1, 2020—Indiana has always had a competitive group of older horses in the Quarter Horse ranks and 2020 is no different. Ten will line up in the starting gate for the 22nd running of the $59,600 Bradford Stakes Monday, July 6. The race is set for the ninth on the program with an estimated post time of 6 p.m. (EST). ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN—JUNE 30, 2020—Indiana Grand will hold the first all-Quarter Horse program of its 2020 season on Saturday, July 4. Post time for the first of 13 races is set for 10 a.m. (CDT). Eleven sophomores, including one also-eligible entry, have been entered back in Saturday’s Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. Williams Racing Stables Inc.’s WRS Apolliticalivory, a multiple stakes placed son of Apollitical Blood trained by Randy Smith, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Shanley Jackson. Raced exclusively at Indiana Grand, WRS Apolliticalivory has earned $56,566 from six starts, and his 2-year-old resume includes a third-place finish in the 300-yard, $92,000 Heartland ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2020—Retama Park has carded three $30,000 stakes on its 10-race Fourth of July holiday program. Post time for the first race is set for 6:45 p.m. (CDT). Sarah Huskey’s Serendipity Rocks, a homebred son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Esteban Rubio, will make his 5-year-old season debut in Saturday’s ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 29, 2020—Seventy-two 3-year-olds, headed by graded stakes winners Hotsempting, Uncle D and Love Is Everything V, are entered in Saturday’s 440-yard Rainbow Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Hotsempting is a bay daughter of champion Tempting Dash ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 29, 2020—Thirty-two 3-year-old fillies, headed by multiple graded stakes winner Fernweh, are entered in Saturday’s 440-yard Rainbow Oaks trials at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Charles “Duke” Shults for owner Rusty Allred, Fernweh has won all four of her starts and has earned $541,118. The ...