RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM–MAY 27, 2024–A total of 127 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses are entered in Friday’s 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Thirteen trials will be contested, starting at 1 p.m. (MDT). The last heat is scheduled to go off at 6:12.

Row By Row, a graded stakes placed son of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Fred Danley for owner J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, drew into ...



AJAX DOWNS–MAY 27, 2024–Ajax Downs' popular Battle of the Breeds race series continues Wednesday, May 29, on the fourth day of the track's 2024 Quarter Horse season. The Battle of the Breeds pits Thoroughbreds against Quarter Horses in a 'hook' race, and after two events, including one this year on May 15 won by the Thoroughbred Summer Retreat, the score is tied between the two breeds.

Magen Finnessey's Azures Royalty seeks to reclaim his title in the series, having won the inaugural edition last fall on Oct. 25 when he handily won an 870-yard sprint. This will be the 6-year-old gelding's first start of 2024 and his first try at the slightly shorter distance of ...



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LOS ALAMITOS, CA–MAY 24, 2024–Led by seven graded futurity finalists - My Budd, Play Misty, Hey Wauss, Fear N Fridays, Set The Edge,  Exploiter and Zoomin For Home - a total of 98 juveniles will be in action during a full night of trials to the $1,010,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. A total of 12 trials will be contested on this busy night, with every 350-yard trial set to feature at least eight horses entered per race before scratches.

The 12-race card will include three Pick Four wagering opportunities, an early Pick Four starting in the first race, a middle Pick Four starting in the fifth race, and a Late ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–MAY 23, 2024–Making his first start after being acquired privately by Brian and Kiley Kocher, 2022 local standout Lawless Wallace will headline a star-studded cast of older horses in the featured $14,000 allowance event here on Saturday night.

Seven top-quality runners will be in action, with four horses in this lineup ranking among the nation’s top-aged stallions. Lawless Wallace is among the stallion prospects in this race along with Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Hes Chickless, and graded stakes finalist Dont Sass KVN and Fortunate Corona. A victory by any ...



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RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM–MAY 22, 2024–Cowboys Gun Z, a son of Flying Cowboy 123 and last year's champion 2-year-old, will make his sophomore season debut in Sunday's 400-yard Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Cowboys Gun Z is trained by Mike Joiner for the West Texas Racing Partners partnership. A $125,000 purchase at the 2022 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the Oklahoma-bred gelding is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign during which he earned $1,548,344 from six starts and won the sport's richest and most prestigious race, the 440-yard, ...



HOUSTON, TX, MAY 22, 2024–Sam Houston Race Park will conduct a total of 14 trials for the $621,810 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25. Five qualifiers from each night will return for the final on Saturday, June 15, and each of the connections are hopeful that their juvenile will capture the richest race of the meet.

Several Texas horsemen have won the prestigious championship for 2-year-olds and have entrants in this weekend's 330-yard trials.

Juan Diaz, Jr. has trained the past three winners of the Sam Houston Futurity: ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX–MAY 21, 2024–A total of 127 2-year-olds, led by graded stakes winner DK Marney Jess, are entered in this week's Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trials at Sam Houston Race Park. Fourteen 330-yard heats will be run, seven on Friday and seven on Saturday. The five fastest qualifiers from each night of trials will meet in the June 5, $150,000-added Sam Houston Futurity final. DK Marney Jess is an ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX–MAY 21, 2024–Emmanuel Villareal's Fire Cowboy, a multiple graded stakes winning son on Flying Cowboy 123, is one of 48 3-year-olds entered in Thursday's 350-yard Sam Houston Derby (G3) trials at Sam Houston Race Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers from Thursday's five trials will meet in the $100,000-added Sam Houston Derby final on June 15. Fire Cowboy made his sophomore season debut with a half-length victory in a 250-yard, $23,500 open-condition allowance dash at Sam Houston Race Park on May 4. The sorrel gelding earned $225,733 from eight starts ...



AJAX DOWNS–MAY 20, 2024–Wednesday's $30,240 Open Derby at Ajax Downs will renew the rivalry between General Skywalker and Sugar N Pride, the top two juvenile Quarter Horses of 2023. The pair met five times last year, with Sugar N Pride, owned by George Coleman, having a 3 to 2 edge over his mate, who Marie Broadstock owns. Both horses are Ontario-sired and bred and trained by Bob Broadstock.

The Open Derby at 300-yards for 3-year-olds has attracted a strong field of eight and it is carded as race six on May 22, the third day of the 2024 Ajax Downs season.

General Skywalker and Sugar N Pride were expected to meet in prep for the Open Derby on May 8, but ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM–MAY 20, 2024–A total of 311 2-year-olds are entered in this weekend's 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Thirty-two trials will be contested, 16 on Friday and 16 on Saturday. First post time each day is set for 12 p.m. (MDT). Painted Eclispe and Xpress Lane are two of the more accomplished 155 juveniles entered in Friday's heats. A gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon trained by Xavier Rodriguez for owners Shaun Hubbard, La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC, and Ray Willis, Painted Eclispe has won both of his outs and has earned $151,957, and he will be stretching out in distance off of his ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA–MAY 20, 2024–Eleazar Martinez Sr.'s Jess Pretty N Black is one of 10 state-bred 2-year-old fillies entered back in Friday's 330-yard, $291,125 Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta aDowns. The fastest qualifier, Jess Pretty N Black broke her maiden with a one-length win in the second of 12 trials on May 1. The black daughter of The Louisiana Cartel is trained by Raul Galvan. Jess Pretty N Black was a $33,000 purchase at last year's Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. The filly drew post 5 and will be ridden by Rolando ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM--MAY 16, 2024--Rene Salgado’s JLB Eye The Tiger drew post 2 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $120,000-added New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses at SunRay Park. The fastest qualifier, JLB Eye The Tiger made his debut with a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FARMINGTON, NM–MAY 16, 2024–Razor Sharp and Famous Flyin Cowgirl are two of the dozen juveniles entered back in Saturday's 350-yard, $75,000-added Four Corners Futurity at SunRay Park. A $67,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, Razor Sharp is a daughter of champion Tempting Dash trained by Eric Valenzuela for owner Ronald L. Sugamosto. The filly has won two of three starts and has earned $13,840, and her resume includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Love Ta Fly, in the April 6, $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes at Sunland Park. Razor Sharp drew post 6 and will be ridden by Sergio Becerra ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA–MAY 14, 2024–Fastest qualifier Hawkabye Baby drew the rail post for Saturday's 330-yard, $213,210 Old South Futurity for 2-year-olds at Delta Downs. A chestnut daughter of the One Dashing Eagle stallion Hawkeye, Hawkabye Baby made her career debut with a 1 1/2-length victory in the fourth of nine trials on April ...



AJAX, ONT–MAY 13, 2024–Two-time Horse of the Year HAD TO BE IVORY will make his 9-year-old debut in the 11th running of the Norman Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs on Wednesday, May 15, the second day of the 2024 season.

The eight-race card kicks off with the Battle Of The Breeds, a 770-yard dash around a turn, matching Thoroughbreds against Quarter Horses. Post-time for the Battle of the Breeds, the first race, is 1:30 p.m. The Maturity goes as race eight.

Nine top older horses will take on Had to Be Ivory in the 300-yard Maturity worth $ 30,000 added. The remarkable Ontario bred, owned and bred by Carol and Jaime Robertson, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA–MAY 13, 2024–B Second Cowboy, a gelded son of Flying Cowboy 123 and the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 sophomores entered back in Friday's 330-yard, $110,420 Old South Derby at Delta Downs. B Second Cowboy is coming off of a wire-to-wire, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHELBYVILLE, IN–MAY 13, 2024–Red Headed Beach, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Escondido Beach racing for Pattie Marshall, will make her season debut in Thursday's 350-yard Harley Greene Derby (R) trials for state-bred 3-year-olds at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Red Headed Beach ended her juvenile campaign with a six-race win streak that included three stakes; the streak was capped off by a half-length victory in the October 28, $205,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R). Raced exclusively in Indiana, the filly has won earned $365,779 from seven starts. Red Headed Beach drew post 6 and will be ridden by ...