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Houdini Escapes With Top Poll Spot
AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 23, 2014—Pollsters made a startling move in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll when Houdini literally appeared from nowhere into the No. 1 spot among the older horses.

A 6-1 upset winner in Saturday's $1,048,682 Rainbow Derby (G1), Houdini went from a single 10th-place vote a week ago to a near-unanimous No. 1 ranking this week. Among those in his wake at Ruidoso Downs was the poll’s former top-ranked runner, Rock You, who slid three spots to No. 4 this week after a dis .. Read More

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Kiss My Hocks 6510$689,680
Game 6410$485,224
Rock You 6410$477,677
Houdini 3210$453,075
Lovethewayyoulie 5221$451,799

By North American Race Leaders View Top 25 Horses
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Maze, Conda and Graham, Tyler 11731$1,141,479
Reliance Ranches LLC 102222413$996,218
Joseph Landreneau 39965$561,019
Valeriano Racing Stables LLC 6215138$556,700
Ellen Kennedy Living Trust 2200$443,147

By North American Race Leaders View Top 25 Owners
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Edward C Allred 534889881$1,299,255
Bobby D Cox 458616651$963,321
Mj Farms 208412737$959,383
Steve D Burns Dvm 309333653$860,253
Jerry Windham 146282418$816,651

By North American Race Leaders View Top 25 Breeders
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Eddie D. Willis 284625624$2,371,039
Toby Keeton 210433338$1,583,141
Paul C. Jones 533928693$1,372,269
Wesley T. Giles 217474037$1,247,066
Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. 315724639$1,107,127

By North American Race Leaders View Top 25 Trainers
Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
G. R. Carter, Jr. 486786878$1,874,769
Cody Jensen 178282527$1,802,653
Jimmy Dean Brooks 252575118$1,558,597
Omar Reyes 422615555$1,422,991
Larry Gamez 252444940$1,211,084

By North American Race Leaders View Top 25 Jockeys
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Pros Rockstar Wins Alberta Stallion Futurity, Fast Fifty Best in Black Gold Distance Classic
EDMONTON, ALB—JULY 23, 2014—Pros Rockstar, a 2-year-old Promised Class gelding racing for owners Billie Bird, Sandra Nicklom and Laurie Ferguson, won the $52,513(US) Alberta Stallion Futurity Wednesday evening at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Ridden by jockey Tyler Walker, the sorrel gelding completed the 330 yards course in :17.360 seconds to pickup the winner's purse of $23,631(US). It was the second win two starts for the Laurie Ferguson trainee. 1419677 Alberta Ltd. Bred Pros Rockstar from the Streakin La Jolla mare Streakin Cc.

Janice Sather saddled Cruisinfourabrusin to second place for herself and Barry Sather. The .. Read More

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TQHA Sales Futurity And Retama Park Derby Top Saturday Card, John Deere Trials Occupy Nine Races
By Tom Harris

SELMA, TX—JULY 23, 2014—When the sun sets low in the South Texas sky the stars will come out to shine in the richest race of the season at Retama Park Saturday in the $365,260 TQHA Sale Futurity at 350 yards.

Well the fact is, it will be completely nightfall by the time we get around to the TQHA Sale Futurity as the two-year-olds will line up in the 11th race of the program.

Probably won’t matter much to the connections of Grey Daze who turned in the best time of the trials in :17:89 for the 350 yards. Leon Bard trains the young daughter of Captain Courage and Francisco Calderon will have the riding call.

Calderon rode the filly in all four of her previous starts which includes her trial win and her trial win for the John Deere Juvenile Challenge at Houston.

An interesting rival here is Irene and Terry Stennett’s Favorite Eagle who nearly beat Grey Daze in the trial dash. Trained by Trey Wood and ridden by Larry Payne, Favorite Eagle had the lead in the trial until the final jump to the wire when nipped by Grey Daze.

So what has changed for the Saturday dash between these two? Not much .. Read More