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OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 15, 2018—Louisiana Equine Center for Reproduction (LACER) will host a "Stallion Showcase" Friday (Nov. 16) afternoon at their facility in Opelousas. Horsemen and women planning to attend the LQHBA Louisiana Million trials Friday night at nearby Evangeline Downs are urged to come early. Gumbo will served at noon (CST) prior the "Stallion Showcase" set for 12:30 pm. Stallions to be showcased include Astrology (TB), Court Vision (TB), FDD Going Grand, Fast Prize Jordan, First Prize Doc, Inseperable, Mr Piloto, The Louisiana Cartel and introducing for 2019 You Drive I Fly. Discounted breedings and ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—NOVEMBER 11, 2018— Trainer Randy Smith always cites the same philosophy on his success as a Quarter Horse trainer: good horses, good owners and good help. Smith once again topped the Leading Quarter Horse Trainer standings in 2018 to earn his sixth consecutive title at Indiana Grand as the meet came to a close November 7. ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS—NOVEMBER 11, 2018—StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the 2018 Texas Classic Futurity(G1) weekend of coverage on StallioneSearch.com and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the running of the 2018 $1,014,657 Texas Classic Futurity(G1), as well as to get post-race interviews with the winning trainer G. Blane Wood and jockey Ricky Ramirez. CLICK HERE to watch 2018 Texas Classic Futurity(G1) Recap. Coverage of the 2018 Texas Classic Futurity(G1) weekend at ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS—NOVEMBER 11, 2018—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2018 Texas Classic Futurity(G1) weekend of coverage on StallioneSearch.com and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the running of the 2018 $375,610 Texas Classic Derby(G1), as well as to get post-race interview with the winning jockey Cody Jensen. ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—NOVEMBER 11, 2018—Sf Hot Pass, a winner of three stakes races during the just completed Lone Star Park Quarter Horse Meet, was named the track's Horse of the Meet Saturday night. Conditioned by trainer Leon Bard, for owner Shannon Fisher, Sf Hot Pass kicked off the meet on September 29th with a win in the Nevill Stakes. ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS—NOVEMBER 9, 2018—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of the 2018 Texas Classic Futurity(G1) weekend of coverage on StallioneSearch.com and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com champion jockey Ricky Ramirez discusses the tough decision he was forced to make between the multiple qualifiers he was aboard for the trials of the Texas Classic Futurity(G1). Ramirez also talks about the similarities between the choice he had to make this past ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—NOVEMBER 9, 2018—Its once again time to make nominations for the LQHBA Hall of Fame. "The class of 2018 was honored during the annual membership meeting earlier this year," LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson said. "It was a very special evening for our entire association." To nominate for the class of 2019 you must ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 8, 2018—Evangeline Downs will be hosting one of the more compelling nights of American Quarter Horse Racing on Friday, November 16. On that night, 14 trials will take place with the 10 fastest times from those races qualifying for the final of the $1,000,000 Louisiana Million (RG1), which will be run on Saturday, December 15. There are 123 accredited Louisiana-breds entered across the 14 trials, with two trainers leading the way with 10 entrants each. Kenneth Roberts, Sr. and Josue Huitron both reached double digits with their trainees entered. Two of the Huitron horses entered have already won futurity finals in 2018. Im For Real won the Grade 2 Louisiana Lassie Futurity in May at Delta ...



TUCSON, AZ—NOVEMBER 8, 2018—Rillito Park Racetrack in Tucson, Arizona, will open its 2019 winter race meet on February 9. Live racing will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays through March 17. Rillito Park is also home to the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Internship Program with as many as four dozen ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 8, 2018—Following a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s $942,750 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course, Flash And Roll debuted at No. 3 in the latest AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-year-olds. The First Moonflash filly was ridden to ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—NOVEMBER 8, 2018—It was another great season for Jockey Jose Beltran at Indiana Grand. Although he has been close in recent years, 2018 marked his first Leading Quarter Horse Jockey title. Beltran, a native of Mexico, completed the season with 30 wins in 146 starts with more than $652,000 in purse earnings accumulated. He ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—NOVEMBER 7, 2018—It’s been a big year for owner-trainer Ricardo Martinez and the success shows in his statistics at Indiana Grand. Martinez topped all Quarter Horse owners for 2018 with 10 wins in 31 starts for earnings in excess of $190,000. Included in that tally were several stakes wins throughout the season, including several by two-year-olds out of the Martinez barn. "This is the first award I have ever won," said Martinez. "We have a pretty small barn and it is taking a while but we are getting there." Martinez, who is based out of Chicago, has ...



BOISE, ID—NOVEMBER 7, 2018—On Tuesday Idaho voters by 54.2 percent rejected an initiative to allow historical horse racing to return to the state. Millions of dollars were spent promoting and fighting the measure to legalize the machines. The devices are needed to help subsidize racetracks and boost purses, improving live horse racing. ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 5, 2018—Oscar Andrade Jr., the 17-year-old son of record setting jockey Oscar Andrade Sr. and graded stakes winning trainer Elena Andrade, rode his first winner ever after piloting Eladin Flores' One Cool Winner in the seventh race on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Andrade Jr. had ridden only twice before his first win, both of those previous mounts coming aboard the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—NOVEMBER 5, 2018—The Ruidoso Downs' ownership was presented with the White Horse Community Service Award during the White Horse Award ceremonies at Churchill Downs during Breeders' Cup festivities. It was given for work done expanding the chaplaincy with a new chapel The Ruidoso Downs' ownership, All American Ruidoso Downs (AARD), is comprised of the Estate of John Andreini, Narciso "Chicho" Flores, Stan Sigman and Johnny Trotter. Ruidoso Downs' president and general manager Jeff True received the award for the track's ownership. "AARD is honored to be recognized by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). We are committed to the chaplaincy and all ...



CASPER, WY—NOVEMBER 5, 2018—During the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission meeting held Friday (Nov. 2) in Casper, the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commissioners approved 30 Live race dates for 2019 that were requested by Wyoming Downs, LLC and Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC. Wyoming Downs will run 14 days total, Saturdays and Sundays, starting July 6 and running through August 18, 2019 at the Evanston, Wyoming racetrack. Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC will run 16 days total throughout the state. Energy Downs in Gillette, Wyoming will run 9 days; June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30. Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs will run 7 days; August 30, 31 September 1, 7, 8, 14, 15. With the resurrection of racing again in Wyoming the Commission ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 4, 2018—Los Alamitos Race Course enjoyed its biggest Pick Four night ever after a combined total of $403,289 was wagered in the Early and Late Pick Fours on a Sunday (Nov. 4) which was highlighted by Flash And Roll winning the running of the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity. The combined total beat the ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—NOVEMBER 2, 2018—The Heritage Place Fall Mixed breeding stock sale got off on the right foot Friday, with a world record price paid for a Quarter Horse stallion at auction and numbers that exceeded the expectations of buyers, sellers and sales company officials. Heritage Place reported 208 horses were sold Friday for a total of $4,521,400, an average of $13,460 and a median price of $6,000. A world-record price of $2.1-million, for a Quarter Horse stallion at auction, was paid by Bobby D. Cox for the 2016 AQHA ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 1 2018—There were virtually no changes to the latest AQHA Racing National Polls, but a strong slate of graded stakes in November offers the potential for significant movement as the year winds down and the championship season heats up. This coming weekend features multiple graded stakes on New ...



LEXINGTON, KY—OCTOBER 31, 2018—)In the first year of operations under newly modernized U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, there was a $307 million reduction in the amount of winning pari-mutuel wagers reported to the IRS using form W-2G, according to statistics released today by the National Thoroughbred Racing ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—OCTOBER 31, 2018—Nominations for the 2018 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse stakes are due on or before Tuesday, November 20th. Accredited Louisiana-Bred Quarter Horses may nominate to the following Louisiana Champions Day stakes races set for Saturday, December 8th at the Fair Grounds Race Course:
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ANDREWS,TX—OCTOBER 31, 2018—Services will be held Thursday in Andrews, Texas for longtime horseman James Ashley Baucom, Sr. Baucom, 70 of Andrews, passed away on Monday (Oct. 29). Rev. Kevin Covington will officiate the 10:00 AM celebration of life for family and friends at McNett Funeral Home Chapel located at 705 North Main Street in Andrews. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Saturday (Nov. 3) in the Ringling Memorial Cemetery, ...



SALLISAW, OK—OCTOBER 31, 2018—Blue Ribbon Chapel in Sallisaw Oklahoma be hold their annual Benevolence Auction on Saturday, November 10 at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore. The proceeds from this auction go directly to meet needs in the community of horsemen and those connected to the racing industry. 100% of the proceeds are used for ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—OCTOBER 31, 2018— It takes a village of individuals to run a successful racing program. Some of these people are very skilled at their positions, including Indiana Grand's three outriders, John Neal, Tiffany Belden and Wesley Campbell. The trio ensures safety and coordination on the track at all times and each one is a vital ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—OCTOBER 30, 2018—Horsemen and women are reminded there are nominations due Thursday (Nov. 1) and November 15th for three 2019 stakes races to be held during the 2019 American Quarter Horse race meet January 5th thru March 20th at Louisiana Downs. A $200 nomination fee for the $100,000-est. 2019 Mardi Gras Derby is due ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—OCTOBER 29, 2018—Full wagering on Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Churchill Downs will be offered at Ruidoso Downs with Hronis Racing LLC’s Accelerate the 5/2 morning-line favorite in the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Friday’s card, with a 10:55 a.m. first post time, is headed by the new Future Star program that consists of all ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 29, 2018—Lone Star Park will remain open as a training center for an additional month following the conclusion of the Fall Quarter Horse Meet in order to accommodate stables until the barn area at Sam Houston Race Park opens for their 2019 meet. Please visit the horsemen's information section the web site ( ...



ADA, OK—OCTOBER 27, 2018—Memorial services for Paul Howard, 77, of Allen, Oklahoma are set for 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Lovelady Baptist Church in Ada. Reverend Coy Howry will officiate with assistance from Charles Howard. Mr. Howard passed away Monday (Oct. 22) at his home. He was born December 1, 1940 to Sam and Lois Trigg Howard at Caney, Oklahoma. Paul trained and owned race horses. With his brother James and nephew Sam, he won the 1978 All American Futurity with AQHA Racing champion Moon Lark and the 1979 Horseman's QHRA ...



CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 27, 2018—Quarter Horse jockey Cody Smith rode his 1000th winner on Friday when Reads Rock It won her trial for the Black Gold 440 Championship Futurity at Will Rogers Downs. The Oklahoma-based jockey rode four winners on Friday's Card, qualifying three head for the Black Gold and three head for the OHA Mystery Derby. ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—OCTOBER 27, 2018— Jockey Juan Sanchez is recovering on Saturday morning after undergoing bladder surgery at Long Beach Memorial agent Frank Quezada told Los Alamitos’ Ed Burgart. Burgart provided the update on his Twitter feed @qheddie. Sanchez was injured during a riding accident in the first race on Friday night at Los Alamitos. @qheddie: "Jockey Juan Sanchez, unseated when his mount (Gamezapper) fell in Friday Los Al 1st race, underwent surgery on his bladder at Long Beach Memorial. He has complete movement and ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—OCTOBER 25, 2018—In a regular meeting of the Louisiana Racing Commission on Wednesday, the members voted 10-1 to deny a requested by Fair Grounds Race Course to move the 2019 Quarter Horse from late August/September to March/April. "As of today, we do not have the Fair Grounds Quarter Horse race dates for 2019," LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson said today. "We expect some discussion with HBPA and the Fair Grounds, soon, on this issue and we will keep you informed," he added. In other business the commission also voted to deny the HBPA's request to transfer ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—OCTOBER 25, 2018— Racing fans at Lone Star Park and across North America got an early Halloween treat over the weekend as two of the top ranked horses in the AQHA Racing National Polls – No. 1 ranked 2-year-old Apocalyptical Jess and No. 2-ranked older horse Hotstepper – raced in trials for the Grade 1 Texas ...



AJAX, ONT—OCTOBER 25, 2018—The 49th season of Quarter Horse racing at Ajax Downs wrapped up Oct. 22 with an overall increase in wagering for the 25-day meet. There were five less racing dates in 2018 compared to a year ago but wagering was up 14% from 2017 through a very successful season. The final afternoon of racing which included the inaugural Mayor's Cup offering a $1,500 bonus from from Ajax Mayor Steve Parish to the winning horse, realized a 40% increase in wagering over the same card of racing in 2017. Mary Schrama's homebred filly Night Fishn, trained by Greg Watson, won the Mayor's Cup under jockey Corrine Andros. The jockey's race came down to the last day and Chelsey Willick edged Cory Spataro with 330 Quarter ...



OPELOUSAS, LA—OCTOBER 25, 2018—A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday (Oct. 22) for Harold Lynn Soileau, a lifetime member of the LQHBA. Services were conducted in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prairie Ronde, Louisiana with the Mass. Rite of Committal following in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Harold, age 69, a resident of Port ...



ENGLEWOOD, CO—OCTOBER 21, 2018—Nikeela Black Abrams, probably the best female jockey in the Northwest, was paralyzed from the ribs down in a racing accident at the Blackfoot County Fair in Blackfoot, Idaho September 2. Following spinal surgery in University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City she was transferred to Craig Hospital — world-renowned for specializing in brain and spinal cord injuries — in Englewood, Colorado to begin rehab. At 33 years old, after competing 1,673 races ...



AMARILLO, TX—OCTOBER 21, 2018—Aaron Bovos has been named the American Quarter Horse Association's new chief financial officer. He will begin his role with the Association on November 5. As the AQHA chief financial officer, Bovos will assist in the formulation and development of short-term and long-term strategy for the Association through the management of AQHA’s finances. He will lead the finance team to ensure solid stewardship of the company assets and compliance with financial regulations, as well as provide a variety of services to the business, such as financial planning and analysis, budgeting and program analysis. While ...



CYPRESS, CA—OCTOBER 19, 2018—Four stakes for 2-year-olds – including a pair of Grade I races – highlight the upcoming Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos. The eight-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 6 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 16. The $300,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the $300,000-guaranteed Starlet – ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—OCTOBER 18, 2018—Louisiana horsemen and women are strongly urged to attend the Louisiana State Racing Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th in Opelousas . LQHBA agenda for the meeting is opposition of the 2019 Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet with a request to move their normal August/September Quarter Horse dates to late March/early April 2019. "This change of race dates at Fair Grounds would be devastating to our Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry," LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson said today. "We desperately need the Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet to remain in the ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—OCTOBER 3, 2018—Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred He Looks Hot made his first appearance in this year’s AQHA Racing National Poll for older horses after defeating an outstanding field of horses in Sunday’s $125,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) in Southern California. The ...



BOISE, ID—OCTOBER 12, 2018—This week, leaders on both sides of the aisle in Idaho came together to show their support for Idaho's Prop 1. Governor Butch Otter and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter shared the stage Thursday to talk about the importance and value of a healthy live horse racing industry and to urge voters across the political spectrum to support Proposition 1 at the ballot box next month. "Proposition 1 has one goal in mind, and that’s rejuvenating a live horse racing industry that just a few years ago employed hundreds in cities and rural communities throughout Idaho and injected millions of dollars annually into our economy," Otter said. Mayor Bieter said: "Part of being a great city is having a variety of recreational opportunities. Horse racing is not only an Idaho tradition, it is also important to our agricultural ...



PHOENIX, AZ—OCTOBER 11, 2018—Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona, opens its 2018-19 season on Saturday. The 131-day meet, which features Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, runs through May 5, 2019. Robbie Junk is Turf Paradise's new racing secretary, though the veteran racing official is no stranger to the track, as he served in that post in 2000. Junk has since served as racing secretary at Canterbury Park in Minnesota and Sunland Park in New Mexico. Turf Paradise will offer a new Pick-6 wager. Dubbed the "Grand Canyon Pick-6," the wager has a 20-cent minimum bet and is identical to a traditional Pick-6, except that the entire pool will be paid out only when there is a single ...



NORMAN, OK—OCTOBER 11, 2018—Funeral services will be held Friday in Atoka Oklahoma for longtime Oklahoma horseman Jerry Dale Spies,69. He died Tuesday in Norman after a long battle with cancer. Rev. Paul Jones will officiate a 2 p.m. service on Friday (Oct. 12) at Brown's Funeral Chapel in Atoka, Oklahoma. Interment will be at Green Meadows Cemetery in Atoka. Jerry, a Norman, Oklahoma resident, was born October 27, 1948, to Buenos Aires and Virginia Catherine (O'Quinn) Sipes, at Antlers, Oklahoma. He graduated from Tushka High School where he was the Salutatorian of his class ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—OCTOBER 3, 2018—After a weekend that included three graded futurities and three graded derbies, there were some changes to the latest AQHA Racing National Polls for 2-year-olds and older horses. In the 2-year-old rankings, Paint Me A Sinner cracked the top 10 after winning the Dash For Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park. The daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon debuted at No. 10 in the poll. The winners of the two other graded futurities – Cole Man 47 in the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos and Eagle Coast in the Hobbs America Futurity ...



AJAX, ONT—OCTOBER 10, 2018— A jubilant Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips, the MPP for Ajax, and a beaming Mayor Steve Parish jointly announced a deal Tuesday to allow two casinos just over four miles apart in a bid to satisfy two municipalities east of Toronto that have waged a long and bitter fight over the future of gambling in the region. The province revealed on Tuesday that an agreement-in-principle has been reached to keep open the casino at Ajax Downs, which required a redrawing of the rules by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. The Ajax casino will compete with a planned mega casino complex in neighboring Pickering. "In politics, when a politicians keeps his ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—OCTOBER 9, 2018—It’s one of the New Mexico True highlights of the year this weekend with the 29th annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium (LCCS) at Ruidoso Downs running from Thursday through Sunday morning. "We’re honored to bring this wide-ranging family entertainment and education through the Cowboy Symposium," LCCS coordinator Sunny Hirschfeld said. "This year we will be emphasizing education about farm animals. This year’s entertainment is superb and we look forward to seeing our longtime friends and making new friends at the Cowboy Symposium." Entertainment is always a huge attraction at the Cowboy Symposium. This week, Lee Greenwood starts the ...



CYPRESS, CA—OCTOBER 8, 2018—StallioneSearch.com concludes its webcast coverage of the 2018 Los Al Equine Sale Weekend from Los Alamitos Race Course on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the top-four high-sellers from the second and final session at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale in Cypress, California. CLICK HERE to watch: 2018 Los Al Equine Sale Recap: Day 2. Coverage of the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale Weekend Coverage is co-sponsored on StallioneSearch.com by the ...



CYPRESS, CA—OCTOBER 7, 2018—-StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale Weekend of coverage on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the running of the $365,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity(G2) Saturday night at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California. Post-race interviews with champion trainer Paul Jones are also included in the webcast on StallioneSearch.com. The trainer ...



CYPRESS, CA—OCTOBER 6, 2018—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2018 Los Al Equine Sale Weekend from Los Alamitos Race Course on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook.

On this episode, StallioneSearch.com was on hand to capture the top-four high-sellers from the opening session at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale in Cypress, California. The Los Alamitos Equine Sale is a two-day event, concluding on Sunday October 7th. The final session, Hips 168 thru 333, will get underway promptly at 10 a.m. (PDT) . CLICK HERE to watch: 2018 Los Al Equine Sale Recap: Day 1. Coverage of the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale ...



CYPRESS, CA—OCTOBER 5, 2018—-StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the 2018 Los Alamitos Equine Sale Weekend of coverage on StallioneSearch.com, and on Facebook. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com visited the barn of trainer Mike Robbins at Los Alamitos Racecourse in Cypress, California. Robbins trains the second fastest qualifier Conquering Marie going into the $365,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity(G2). Conquering Marie is a homebred daughter of leading first-crop sire Coronado Cartel, and was bred in Oklahoma and is owned by Reliance Ranches. CLICK HERE to watch: PCQHRA ...



Important Notice for Horsemen Remington Park and Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association with approval of the OHRC have jointly agreed to implement a House Rule during the 2019 QH Mixed Meet requiring a clean hair test free of any prohibited drugs be submitted for every horse prior to entry in any race at the meet. It is very important for all owners and trainers planning to race at the Remington Park Quarter Horse Mixed meet in 2019 to be aware that every horse will be required to provide a clean hair test prior to being eligible to enter any races. Certain prohibited drugs have the ability to affect performance long ...