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DALLAS, TX—APRIL 6, 2020—Yesterday (April 5) it was released that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, after being exposed to a zoo employee that was actively shedding the virus. There is NO evidence that a person has ever gotten COVID-19 from a pet. There are no known cases of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 in ...



By Chelsea Hackbarth, PaulickReort Horsemen at three different Louisiana racetracks have been unable to train for nearly three weeks now, despite an emergency order from the Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) handed down on March 20. Boyd Gaming, the entity that owns both Delta Downs ...



By BEN HUDSON, TRACK Magazine Owner/Editor ALBUQUERQUE , NM—APRIL 3, 2020—Texas-based trainer Bobby Martinez was fined $480,000 and suspended until 2054 by the New Mexico Racing Commission in rulings issued March 31, 2020 and posted on the website of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) website on April 2. The rulings are the results of eight positive ...



VILLE PLATTE, LA—APRIL 4, 2020—Effective immediately Tate Farms will go to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday stallion collection schedule instead of the normal schedule because shipment issues due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. "With flights being so limited and the ...



LEXINGTON, KY—APRIL 3, 2020—The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association released this information to assist horsemen in need during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In an effort to keep everyone informed, I want to make sure you are all aware to the two primary loans that I encourage ...



OGDEN, UT—APRIL 3, 2020—Blaine Allan Hadley peacefully rode the trail that meets the sky on March 29, 2020, in Ogden, Utah. Blaine was born in Ogden on December 11, 1934, to his parents Lorenzo A. Hadley and Leatha Manning Hadley. To all who knew him, Blaine can be remembered as a true cowboy. He arose early every day of his life, put on his boots, Wranglers, a flannel shirt, and his cowboy hat, and worked hard until the work was through. He was a man of few words, stern, and expected a lot of a person, but was honest, polite and respectful in all his dealings. His word was the contract that he lived by and he never shirked a ...



MORGAN, UT—APRIL 3, 2020—“As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end. There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn’t any 'more.' No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat. "It seems to me that one of the important things to do before ...



BREAUX BRIDGE, LA—APRIL 2, 2020—Effective Monday, April 6, Robicheaux Ranch will go to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday stallion collection schedule instead of the normal every other day schedule our customers are accustomed to. "We have had to make several adjustments based on the times, and are doing what we can to accommodate our customers," said ranch manager Ryan ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—APRIL 2, 2020—With Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's announcement Tuesday that the current orders will remain in place through April 30th, May 1st will be the earliest date that horses and horsemen will arrive at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership consisting of Stan Sigman, Johnny Trotter, and Chicho Flores, which operates the track and casino, made this decision based on the Governor's decision to extend the "stay at home" public health order. "The May 1st restart date requires that horsemen will need to find alternative locations for qualifying works in April. Our goal continues to ...



DALLAS, TX—APRIL 1, 2020—StallioneSearch.com releases episode 5 of their short film series, "Making Of A Sire", on AQHA Racing's Champion 2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Colt and two-time Grade 1 winner Flying Cowboy 123, who has begun his stud career at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma for the 2020 breeding season. The short film, written and produced by Greg Thompson of StallioneSearch.com, continues to chronicle the young stallion's very successful race career that saw him score his second grade 1 ...



EL RENO, OK—MARCH 31, 2020—Robin Glenn Pedigrees would like to remind breeders that, to ensure that your sale yearlings’ registered name(s) and AQHA registration number(s) appear in the 2020 yearling sale catalogs, registration applications should be submitted to AQHA before April 30. RGP is unable to include a name in sale catalog(s) ...



MARCH 31, 2020—Today, an agreement was reached between Retama Park and Texas Horsemen’s Partnership to allow the stable area at Retama to remain open for at least 30 days.
  • Only horses stabled at the track will be allowed to remain and all outstanding balances due to Retama must be paid in full by their due date.
  • Any ...



DALLAS, TX—MARCH 31, 2020—StallioneSearch.com will release episode 5 of their short film series, "Making Of A Sire", on AQHA Racing's Champion 2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Colt and two-time Grade 1 winner Flying Cowboy 123, who has begun his stud career at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma for the 2020 breeding season, on Wednesday. The short film, written and produced by Greg Thompson of StallioneSearch.com, continues to chronicle the young ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 30, 2020—CLICK HERE for a video message from Heritage Place General Manager Spence Kidney.
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PRESS RELEASE As you might imagine we have received a number of questions regarding sales at Heritage Place for the remainder of 2020. ...



The Louisiana HBPA has been working diligently with the Louisiana State Racing Commission and the Louisiana Attorney General’s office in connection with Evangeline Downs and Delta Downs having their racing surfaces open for training. Please see attached ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MARCH 28, 2020—All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership consisting of Stan Sigman, Johnny Trotter, and Chicho Flores, which operates the track and casino, have decided to postpone until further notice the arrival of horsemen and horses to the Ruidoso Downs barn area. Ruidoso Downs Race Track originally planned for an April 15 opening for horses and in light of racing shutdowns in March, offered an earlier date of April 5 to accommodate horsemen. That earlier date is now in conflict with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health's ...



COLUMBUS, MN—MARCH 28, 2020—Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has appointed Steve May of Georgetown, Kentucky, as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April. He succeeds Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013. May is the Director of ...



SELMA, TX—MARCH 28, 2020-According to a text message sent to horsemen by the Texas Thoroughbred Association (Saturday), Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNGI) notified the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, Texas Thoroughbred Association and Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Retama Park training center ...



ARDMORE, OK—MARCH 28, 2020—A private burial was held this week for longtime Oklahoma horseman Jud Little who passed away peacefully at his home on the Jud Little Ranch near Ardmore, Oklahoma March 25 following a short illness. A celebration of life will be held later. Jud Quintin Little was born in Sherman, Texas, November 26, 1946 to Quintin and Carrie Lou Scott Little. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He attended Ardmore Public Schools during his elementary and middle ...



GRANTS PASS, OR—MARCH 27, 2020—Grants Pass Downs in Grants Pass, Oregon, has announced today that it has cancelled its 2020 spring racing season, which was scheduled to begin May 10. "Grants Pass Downs has made the decision to cancel the upcoming spring race meet due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak," said track president Randy Evers in a statement released by the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. "As a result, the backside will not open for training in April. "Grants Pass Downs ...



AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 27, 2020—The American Quarter Horse Association released the following ruling for a horse who competed in 2019 "Stakes Races" that required disqualifications due to medication positives. KISS ME LOTZ has been disqualified from 6th place in the Gillespie County Fair Futurity race held on August 25, 2019 due to a medication ...



Q-RACING —MARCH 26, 2020—This is a compilation of industry notifications due to COVID-19 concerns as of 3/25/20 1:33 p.m. (CDT). This is a fluid situation, and changes happen rapidly. This page will be updated as quickly as possible, but may be delayed. ARIZONA
  • Rillito Park – Postponed, tentatively rescheduling
  • Turf Paradise – Cancelled, stable area open until May 1
CALIFORNIA
  • Ron Hartley Memorial – Postponed
  • Los Alamitos Race Course – Racing as scheduled, closed to public
COLORADO
  • Arapahoe Park – No announcements (meet set to open May 23)
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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MARCH 21, 2020, 2020—Trainer John Cooper announced on Tuesday afternoon that Cartel Jess Rockin will not race in the Los Alamitos Oaks and will be retired after having successful surgery to repair a leg fracture that occurred during the running of her trial to the Los Alamitos Oaks on March 7. Cooper reported that the 2019 AQHA champion filly is doing great and will be heading to Firth Ranch this weekend to begin her ...



Q-RACING —MARCH 25, 2020—Racing at Remington Park will continue as planned under current restrictions after the Oklahoma Racing Commission confirmed today with the Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur that live horse racing is a product of agriculture. As such, this essential business can continue under the restrictions that have been set in place. This includes the facility being closed to the public, and workers and horsemen working ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—MARCH 25, 2020—The Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) realizes that this is a difficult time for many of our horsemen. As is customary, the QHRAI will still be taking the April 1 stake entry nominations, however the nomination date is being extended to May 1. At this time, both the nomination and sustaining ...



DALLAS, TX—MARCH 25, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its newest format of Quarter Horse racing news with the release of episode 4 of the new podcast talk-show on StallioneSearch entitled "QH Racing Talk With Greg and Freddy." Episode 4 features a discussion with legendary, and now-retired track announcer Ed Burgart about his ...



Q-RACING —MARCH 25, 2020—Supreme Race Horse, multiple Grade 1 winner and fan favorite BH Lisas Boy has been retired by breeder, owner and trainer Bill Hoburg, reported TRACK Magazine on March 24. The 2012 gelding is by Mighty Invictus and out of Hoburg’s mare Apollo Snowbound, a daughter of Snowbound (TB). In a career that spanned ...



AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 25, 2020—The American Quarter Horse Association released the following ruling for a horse who competed in 2019 "Stakes Races" that required disqualifications due to medication positives. HOTSEMPTING has been disqualified from 2nd place in the Grade 1 Rainbow Quarter Horse Futurity race held on July 21, 2019 due to a ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 24, 2020—Sam Houston Race Park cancelled its Quarter Horse meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and today announced that all cleared payments made for the months of December, January and February will be fully refunded by Sam Houston Race Park. Due to ongoing restrictions made by Harris County officials effective on March ...



DALLAS, TX—MARCH 23, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its newest format of Quarter Horse racing news with the release on Wednesday of episode 4 of the new podcast talk-show on StallioneSearch entitled "QH Racing Talk With Greg and Freddy." Episode 4 on StallioneSearch will feature a discussion with legendary, and now-retired track ...



BATON ROUGE, LA—MARCH 22, 2020—Boyd Gaming has responded to the Louisiana State Racing Commission's order (see related story) on Friday (March 20) for all Louisiana racetracks to allow horses to move customarily between tracks to each trainer’s allocated stalls and ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 21, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of American Quarter Horse Racing’s longest-running futurity, the 79th edition of Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and the Oklahoma Derby(G3) weekend with the release of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) recap. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com, working remotely due to ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 22, 2020—Sam Houston Race Park statement regarding the Thoroughbred Meet and Quarter Horse Meet in 2020. Due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, Sam Houston Race Park will cancel the remaining four days of its current Thoroughbred Meet. The upcoming Quarter Horse Meet will also ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 22, 2020—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of American Quarter Horse Racing’s longest-running futurity, the 79th edition of Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and the Oklahoma Derby(G3) weekend with the release of the Oklahoma Futurity(G2) recap. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson, working remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic, covers the 2020 running the $383,725 Oklahoma Futurity(G2). StallioneSearch was able to capture post-race interviews with both the winning jockey James Flores and trainer Monty Arrossa of the graded ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, LA—MARCH 21, 2020—Long-time Louisiana based Quarter Horse trainer Ronald Briley passed away of natural causes today at his home surrounded by his family at age 82. Briley was a native of Grand Prairie, Louisiana who began his training career in Louisiana in the mid-1960's. Briley was a conditioner that saw the ...



BATON ROUGE, LA—MARCH 20, 2020—Following a conference call earlier today, The Louisiana State Racing Commission on Friday ordered all racetracks in the state to continue to allow horses to be stabled on their backstretches for at least the next 30 days. The commission took the action after Evangeline Downs told horsemen earlier in the week that they had to vacate the backstretch by March 18. In reaction to the order, horsemen in the state requested the racing commission to prevent the order from taking effect. Prior to the order passing, Vincent Schwartz, senior vice president of Boyd Gaming, which owns Evangeline, said that representatives of the track and the local horsemen’s group had reached an agreement Monday night that ...



by Natalie Voss, PaulickReport.com SAN ANTONIO, TX—MARCH 20, 2020A Bexar County grand jury has handed down a felony indictment against Dr. Justin Robinson, the veterinarian who in 2017 was named in connection with a series of Class 1 positives in Quarter Horse racing. Robinson was hit with eight ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 20, 2020—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of American Quarter Horse Racing’s longest-running futurity, the 79th edition of Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and the Oklahoma Derby(G3) weekend with the release of the Oklahoma Derby preview. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with jockey ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—MARCH 20, 2020—We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy racing environment and entertainment experience for our horsemen, patrons and employees. While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Lone Star Park, we have remained in close consultation with local and state health ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—MARCH 20, 2020—Canterbury Park officials have announced a decision to postpone the opening of the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack's horse stabling area until at least Friday, May 1, in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. This delay in opening also includes access to the main racetrack and other equine training facilities as well ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 19, 2020—StallioneSearch.com begins its webcast coverage of American Quarter Horse Racing’s longest-running futurity, the 79th edition of Oklahoma Futurity(G2) and the Oklahoma Derby(G3) weekend with the release of the Oklahoma Futurity preview. On this episode, StallioneSearch.com's Greg Thompson talks with trainer Mary Meza, and jockey Agustin Silva about the fastest qualifier, Seven Tales, going into the $383,725 Oklahoma Futurity(G2) on Saturday. The $7,500 Heritage Place Yearling Sale graduate by second-crop sire Wagon Tales zoomed away from the field in ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MARCH 19, 2020, 2020—Ex-racehorse DM Legacy, a gelding by champion Carters Cartel, visited the winner’s circle after a nice victory at Los Alamitos for trainer Patricia Visscher and owners/breeders Edward and Theresa DeNike back in 2014. Many years later, ...



ALEXANDRIA, LA—MARCH 19, 2020—Due to cancellation of the LQHBA Membership and Awards Banquet, the 2020 Board of Directors election will be conducted via mail. LQHBA members eligible to vote will receive a ballot via Fedex or regular mail. Members will receive instructions with the ballot and will be required to mail their ballot to the independent election company. The Member’s ballot must be received by end of day, Friday, April 17th for their VOTE to be counted by the independent election company. LQHBA members eligible to Vote in 2020 LQHBA Board of Directors election MUST HAVE their 2020 Membership Fee into the LQHBA office prior to close of business Friday, April 3, 2020 to “receive a ballot Membership Fees can be paid via ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCATION—MARCH 19, 2020—AQHA will temporarily close to walk-in customers to protect the health and safety of AQHA customers, staff and the local community. AQHA Headquarters will be closed to walk-in customers beginning Thursday, March 19. In Amarillo, customers can utilize the drop box located in front of the AQHA Headquarters building, at the bottom of the steps near the bronze statue of Wimpy P-1 to drop off their work during this time. Due to the state of emergency declared in Oklahoma City, the AQHA Service Center at Heritage Place is closed effective immediately and will not be accepting in-person appointments until further notice. If customers have an appointment scheduled and have not been ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 18, 2020—Sam Houston Race Park in Houston announced today that it will cancel the upcoming Quarter Horse meet, which was scheduled to begin on April 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. "We recognize the financial impact this decision has to our horsemen, and we will work diligently with the Texas Racing Commission, the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership and the Texas Quarter Horse Association to find the best alternative solution moving forward," said Dwight Berube, the vice president and general manager of Sam Houston Race Park. The racetrack is currently finishing its Thoroughbred meet closed to the public. Read complete racing COVID-19 ...



Dear Friends, The OQHRA would like to update you on some developments from this morning as we have been able to work more on the current situation. The live racing WILL CONTINUE with the grooms, jockeys, trainers, and ONE MANAGING OWNER. The respective managing owner will be allowed within the Saddling Paddock and Plaza. Additional Information:
  • Remington Park’s front-side facilities will be fully closed and locked ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 18, 2020—We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy entertainment experience for our patrons and employees. We have had no known cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Remington Park but have remained in close consultation with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, which licenses and regulates our ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 17, 2020—Today the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the Oklahoma City Mayor directed the Remington Park Casino and on-track betting room to close temporarily in regard to precautions for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to OQHRA, live racing at Remington Park will continue with essential licensed ...



VINTON, LA—SEPTEMBER 17, 2020—The Louisiana State Racing Commission and Boyd Gaming issued a statement on Tuesday stating horses do NOT have to leave Evangeline Downs or Delta Downs by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, a deadline previously issued by Boyd Gaming. ...



ATOONA, IA—MARCH 17, 2020—In the best interest of our team members, guests, and the central Iowa community, we are temporarily closing Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel effective March 16, 2020, at 5 p.m. (CDT). Although there have been no known cases of COVID-19 at our property, at the direction of the Prairie Meadows board of ...