LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 18, 2020—Dr. Steve Burns’ Tequila Sangria will look to become the first back-to-back winner of the Grade 1, $125,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap since Flare For Toby in 2000-2001 when she leads a field of seven in the meet’s richest race for fillies and mares on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The winner of the Mildred Vessels will receive a provisional berth to the 2020 Champion of Champions and will join the likes of Bos Time Machine, Dexxter, Chocolatito and Gold Heart Eagle as part of the presumptive field for the prestigious $600,000 race. Tequila Sangria will enter the Mildred Vessels after a ...



AJAX, ONT—SEPTEMBER 18, 2020—Quarter Horse racing continues Monday September 21 at Ajax Downs with a nine-race card including a $13,000 allowance that has lured Canada's all-time leading earner, Country Boy 123. The popular 7-year-old, currently on a four-race winning streak, recently went over the $500,000 (Can) mark in career earnings to make him the richest Canadian-based Quarter Horse in history. Owned and trained by Ruth Barbour of Hillsburgh, ON, Country Boy 123 goes for his 27th career win in Monday's 7th race at 300-yards, ...



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GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 17, 2020—The $100,000 Nevill Stakes, for Texas-bred 3-yr-olds and up going 350 yards, featured Saturday. The Nevill is the scheduled 11th race on the 12-race program. Gates open at 5 p.m. (CDT). First race post time is 6:05 p.m. General Admission is $5 and all parking is free. With purses up significantly this year, there is a renewed interest by horse owners to compete here at the Grand Prairie racetrack. A full field of 10 will compete for a share of the $100,000 purse including Edgar Rosales' Ss Classyjess. The 4-year-old daughter of Rock Solid Jess, out of High Class Broad by Royal Shakem, ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 17, 2020—Dee and Gary Hoovestal’s Grade 1 stakes winner Bos Time Machine will look to repeat his victory in the $15,000 Catchmeinyourdreams Stakes when he faces a star-studded field in the 330-yard dash on Saturday at Los Alamitos. To be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Paul Jones, Bos Time Machine will be making his first start since posting a 12-1 upset victory in the (GI) Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 9. The win earned the Bodacious Dash gelding a provisional berth ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALBUQUERQUE, NM—SEPTEMBER 15, 2020—Six official American Quarter Horse stakes, topped by the 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1), will be contested on Sunday, closing day of the 2020 Albuquerque Downs meet. Danjer, a homebred 4-year-old son of champion and world champion sire FDD Dynasty racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, is coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind Dexxter, in the 440-yard, $125,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on September 6. The gelding has earned $60,244 from four ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—SEPTEMBER 14, 2020—Louisiana Lover, winner in three of four starts for 2020, and Beach Benny, winner of the $107,000 Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Derby in his last start, will lead the two $15,000 trials set for the upcoming Sterlie Bertram Memorial Thursday. The final is slated for Saturday, Oct. 3 during the next all-Quarter Horse racing day at Indiana Grand. Louisiana Lover is favored in the first trial from post eight. The sophomore son of The Louisiana Cartel is seven for 11 lifetime and has only been off the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 14, 2020—Ten Texas-bred sprinters, topped by stakes winners SS Classyjess and Easy Blinkers, are entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $100,000 Nevill Stakes (R) at Lone Star Park. SS Classyjess is a 4-year-old gray daughter of Rock Solid Jess trained by Jose Carrizales for owner Edgar Rosales. The mare is coming off of a Retama Park summer campaign during which she won two stakes, the 350-yard, $54,000 Miss Retama Stakes (R) for state-bred ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 13, 2020—The Grade 1, $125,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward, will be held on Sunday, September 20. Nine distaffers have been nominated to the Mildred Vessels at 400 yards. The winner will receive a provisional berth to the 2020 Champion of Champions. The nominees ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 11, 2020—Ed Burke Million Futurity runner-up Terrific Temper and Governor’s Cup Futurity runner-up Squid Word are among the 56 juveniles that will take part in the trials to the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity at 350 yards on Sunday at Los Alamitos. A total of nine races are on tap with seven of those being ...



AJAX, ONT—SEPTEMBER 11, 2020—The championship season is in full swing at Ajax Downs and this Monday, September 14 there are three sets of Time Trials for finals of three stakes races for Ontario's Quarter Horses. A loaded 10-race card has a first race post time of 12:55 p.m. (EST). Seventeen 2-year-olds are in two 400-yard Trials, ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—SEPTEMBER 10, 2020—The highly anticipated return of Stone Lake will take place Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the eighth running of the $80,520 Leader of the Class Sale Futurity. The standout two-year-old comes into the race undefeated in three starts this year, including his last outing in the $186,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity. Hailing from the Tony Cunningham barn, Stone Lake made his debut just after racing resumed following the COVID-19 shutdown this past spring. The June 18 maiden-breaking win was an impressive effort ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—SEPTEMBER 10, 2020—Derby star Tell Cartel and 2019 graded futurity winners Runforyourlife and Chayito Cartel are among the 19 sophomores that will see action in a pair of trials to the $140,000 Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. The 400-yard Breeders Derby was previously a ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 8, 2020—Graded stakes winners Cruzin Cartel and One Incredible Hock are among the 106 2-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 400-yard Dash For Cash Futurity (G2) trials at Lone Star Park. A sorrel son of Teller Cartel owned and trained by Raul E. Galvan, Cruzin Cartel will be stretching out in distance off of his half-length win in the 350-yard, ...