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SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 10, 2018—Minnesota sports fans collectively cheered on July 8 as Minnesota’s own Jess Doin Time won the $146,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity – the richest Quarter Horse race of the 2018 Canterbury Park meet and the second richest race for either breed at the track this year. The Minnesota-bred filly was just the fourth ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI MALAD CITY, ID—AUGUST 10, 2018—Rob That Wagon, a gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, will put his five-race win streak on the line in Sunday’s 300-yard, $25,000-est. Oneida County Fair Futurity. Trained by Mark Hanson for owners RTM Stables LLC and Robin D. Dunn, Rob That ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 10, 2018—The 2016 Quarter Horse of the Meet and one of the highest money earning Minnesota-breds of all time, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, headlines the $35,000 Cash Caravan Stakes on Saturday at Canterbury Park.

Unfortunately, the Apollitical Jess gelding will have to face his own ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 9, 2018—Jason Olmstead has locked up another leading training title at Canterbury Park and sends out four of the ten entries in Friday evening’s $25,000 Skip Zimmerman Stakes.

The Skip Zimmerman is a 350-yard event open to 3-year-olds and up with preference by earnings in 2017 and 2018.

Olmstead will send out ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI FREDERICKSBURG, TX—AUGUST 9, 2018—A total of 86 2-year-olds, topped by Dees Jetting Diva and All Sophia Wanted, has been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Gillespie County Fair Futurity trials. A homebred daughter of Jet Black Patriot trained by Jose Luis Sanchez III for owner Whitetail Weld LLC, Dees Jetting Diva has won both of her outs, including the 330-yard, $112.000 Old South Futurity at Delta Downs in May, and she has earned $59,753. The filly drew post 5 and will be ridden by Eddie Sanchez in the seventh of nine trials. All Sophia Wanted ships in from New Mexico, where the gray Five Bar Cartel filly ran second, a neck ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 9, 2018—The first of two stakes races on the Friday night card at Canterbury and first of four for the upcoming weekend is the return of the $24,000 Mean Competitor, an 870-yard stakes race not seen for several years and reintroduced as the only stakes race for distance Quarter Horses in Minnesota in 2018.

The Mean ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—AUGUST 9, 2018—Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will host its third of six all Quarter Horse racing programs Saturday, Aug. 11 featuring trials for the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Derby and Futurity. Two trials of the QHRAI SSA Derby will be followed by four trials for the QHRAI SSA Futurity on the nine-race card that begins at 6:05 p.m. Both finals are slated for Saturday. Heading the 16 entrants for the QHRAI SSA Derby is Rockys Candy Shop in the third race, which is the second trial. The three-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr is currently three for three in 2018. He comes into the race off a win in the $131,000 Blue River Derby for owner Lance Finlinson ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 7, 2018— The undefeated two-time futurity winner Hustle Up (TB) leads an afternoon with two sets of trials and Rocking J Running Horses' Rock About It heads the $20,000 Brigand Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. The 550-yard Brigand brings out Rockin J Running Horses’ Rock About It. He shines at this distance with wins in his two starts running the full length of the straightaway. The Rock Solid Jess-sired gelding won the $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes and then at $26,000 condition allowance race at 550 yards. Both of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 7, 2018—Bout Tree Fiddy, a homebred 4-year-old Ivory James gelding owned by Carry Allred and trainer Pat Swan, is the 7-2 morning-line favorite for Friday’s 350-yard, $25,000 Skip Zimmerman Stakes at Canterbury Park. Bout Tree Fiddy will be stretching out in distance off of his second-place finish, a head behind winner Ms Haulin Chic, in the 110-yard, $18,000 Dash In A Flash Stakes on July 14. The ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI MALAD CITY, ID—AUGUST 3, 2018—Thirty-seven 2-year-olds, headed by three-time stakes winner Rob That Wagon, have been entered in Saturday’s 300-yard Oneida County Fair Futurity trials. Trained by Mark Hanson for owners RTM Stables LLC and Robin D. Dunn, Rob That Wagon has earned $61,313 from six races, and his three stakes wins include a three-quarter length score in the 350-yard, $93,000 Bitterroot Futurity (R) at Sandy Downs on June 22. The ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 3, 2018—Parsons Ranch’s A Political Lady will go after her seventh victory in a row when she leads a strong field in the first of two trials to the Grade 2, $221,300 Golden State Derby on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Nineteen sophomores will be in action in the 400-yard trials, which are slated as the final two races on the nine-race card. The horses with the 10 fastest times will return here for the final on August 19. To be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O’Dell, A Political Lady is a perfect five ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 3, 2018—The first, highly anticipated match-up of the brilliant 3-year-old Had To Be Ivory and 2-time Horse of the Year Country Boy 123 will take place Sunday at Ajax Downs in the second leg of the Distance Series at 400 yards. Had To Be Ivory, the Champion 2-year-old of 2017 has never lost in six career races and won the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI EVANSTON, WY—AUGUST 2, 2018—Femme Fatalia, a stakes-placed daughter of Favorite Cartel owned by Melody A. Olsen, is one of 36 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Wyoming Downs Futurity trials. A $13,000 yearling purchase at last year’s Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Femme Fatale is coming off of a second-place finish in the 350-yard, $96,000 Beehive Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City. The filly drew post 2 and will be ridden by Cordarelton Benn for ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 31, 2018—Trainer Blane Wood has the dangerous pair of Myst Fit and High Plains Perry in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on a special Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. Saturday is also Pink Day (see related story) with many activities to raise breast cancer awareness and provide mammograms through the Lincoln County Medical Center. The festivities begin at noon, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 31, 2018—A field of 10 2-year-olds has been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $38,853 TQHA Sale Futurity Juvenile Stakes (R) at Retama Park. Antonio Carrizales’ Mosco Fly With Me drew post 2 and will be ridden by Froylan Ramirez for trainer Santiago Riojas Jr. A homebred son of Jess Fly With Me, the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 26, 2018—Fastest qualifier Fly N Tell, a homebred Coronado Cartel filly owned and trained by Robert Esqueda, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $222,000 Speedhorse Futurity (G3), one of three Quarter Horse stakes scheduled for Fair Meadows at Tulsa’s closing-night program. Fly N Tell has earned $49,432 from seven starts, all in Oklahoma, and the filly’s three wins include a one-length victory at odds of 39-1 in the 350-yard, $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds at Remington Park on June 2. Fly N ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 27, 2018— Led by AQHA champion millionaires Heza Dasha Fire and J Fire Up plus 13 other stakes winners, and more than 50 additional runners with previous stakes racing experience, California's best Quarter Horses will get together to be a part of a great night of racing action in the 19th running of California ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 26, 2018—Undefeated Pritty and jockey Juan Galvan looks to be the horse to beat in the 10th running of the $81,600 Heartland Futurity Final at Indiana Grand Saturday. The race, slated as the ninth on the card, will be contested at 300 yards for two-year-old Quarter Horses. Pritty completed the trials as the fastest qualifier in a time of :15.301 seconds. The chestnut daughter of Coronado Cartel comes into the Heartland Final tagged as the 3-5 favorite for owner Miguel Lechuga, who purchased the filly for $12,000 from the Heritage Place Yearling Sale last fall. Ricardo Martinez trains Pritty, who is seeking her third win in three career starts. She starts from ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 24, 2018—Trainer Wes Giles saddles the morning-line favorite in the $409,680 Zia Quarter Horse Futurity(RG1), $190,937 Zia Quarter Horse Derby and the $50,000 Zia Handicap during the stakes dominated Zia Festival program on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Nine of the 10 races are stakes races and all of the races are for New Mexico-breds. First post time is 1 p.m. There are nearly 60 vendors selling wares primarily with a southwestern theme and made in New Mexico. There is plenty of activities for kids with a giant ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2018—A stakes doubleheader, topped by the 350-yard, $479,196 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG3), headlines Saturday’s 10-race card at Retama Park. Jesse Hernandez’s Dashingwithnorate, a stakes-placed son of High Rate Of Return trained by Angel Sanchez, drew post 7 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 24, 2018—Four official stakes, including three restricted to Texas-breds, headline Friday’s 10-race program at Retama Park. Post time for the first race is set for 6:45 p.m. (CDT). The night’s richest race, the 400-yard, $35,000 TQHA Classic Stakes (R), has drawn a full field of 10 state-bred runners, topped by Rene Amaro’s FDP Rock Solid. A 4-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess, the gelding faces Texas-breds off of his second-place finish, 2 1/2 lengths behind Eye N Capo, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs on July ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 21, 2018—Blazen Panther will put his winning streak on the line in Friday’s 870-yard, $17,500 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. A 7-year-old son of champion Panther Mountain owned and trained by Jonathan Chavira, Blazen Panther has won his last three starts, all at the 870-yard distance, including the June 2, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2). The gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 23, 2018—The Zia Festival, the annual New Mexico celebration at Ruidoso Downs, starts on Friday and the stakes racing action begins on Saturday with the $50,000 By By JJ for two-year-old New Mexico-bred quarter horses at 400 yards and quarter horses combining with thoroughbreds racing 1000 yards in the $20,000 Bobby Crenshaw Memorial. First post time for racing Friday through Sunday is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. On Friday, the Tri Super carryover is up to $25,026. The Zia Festival is always about great New Mexico-bred racing – on Sunday total purses in nine New Mexico-bred ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 23, 2018—One of the most prestigious Quarter Horse racing nights of the year is on tap as the 19th running of California Breeders Champions Night will offer a full evening of stakes races on Saturday, July 28. The racing action will be headed by the running of the $380,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity headed by Parsons Ranch’s fastest qualifier Parsons Rocket and Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Striver. Chris O’Dell, who trains Parsons Rocket, will saddle five of the 10 horses in the Governors’ Cup Futurity. The $203,000 Governor’s Cup Derby will be headed by 2017 AQHA champion J Fire Up, a winner in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AJAX, ONTARIO, CANADA—JULY 21, 2018—Seven aged sprinters, topped by morning-line favorite Country Boy 123, have been entered in Sunday’s 350-yard, $40,300 All Canadian Classic at Ajax Downs. Country Boy 123 is a 5-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man trained by Bryn Robertson for owner Ruth F. Barbour. The gelding brings in a three-race win streak that includes a neck victory in the 300-yard, $58,000 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs on June 3. Country Boy 123 drew the rail post and will be ridden by Cory Spataro. The complete lineup, in post position order ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 20, 2018—Some of the top 2-year-olds at Canterbury will make their way to the gate on Sunday in trials for the $44,725 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity. Four trials will determine the field for the 350-yard final on Saturday, August 11.

The trials include all three winners of the 2018 2-year-old stakes to date at Canterbury Park: the $146,400 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile, and the $30,305 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity.

The first ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI EVANSTON, WY—JULY 19, 2018—Casey A. Lipp’s Pistol The Kid, a son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Pistol Packin Perry and the fastest qualifier, drew post 2 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $33,000-est. Utah-Bred Futurity (R) at Wyoming Downs. Trained by Skyler Greene, Pistol The Kid made his Wyoming debut with a neck victory in the first of four Utah-Bred Futurity trials on July 7. The sorrel gelding has earned $8,630 from five starts, and he was a finalist in the 300-yard, $77,000 ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 19, 2018—Joe Rios' sensational Suze Returns the third-ranked two-year-old in the weekly American Quarter Horse Association Poll, looks to take a jump up the rankings when she heads the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Also on the program is the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile for ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 19, 2018—He Looks Royal, a gray son of Royal Shake Em trained by Mark Hanson for owners RTM Stables LLC, Larry Chapple, and Dick Wasia, drew post 10 for Friday’s 350-yard, $21,737 Idaho Cup Futurity (R) at Sandy Downs. The fastest qualifier, He Looks Royal is coming off of a one-length victory ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 15, 2018—Ricardo Bernal and Reymundo Resendez's Jess Move You tries for his second Grade 1 derby win of the Ruidoso Downs' season when he starts in the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby at 440 yards on Saturday afternoon. Jess Move You won the Grade 1, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby last month and if he can win the Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1, $1 million (est.) All American Derby then his connections would take the first $1-million All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus. ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 13, 2018—Track record holder J Fire Up returns to action for the first time since winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity when the brilliant Kiddy Up filly heads the first of two trials to the Governor's Cup Derby on Sunday at Los Alamitos. A pair of 400-yard trials, each featuring a full field of 10 sophomores, will be featured with the horses ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 13, 2018—Ima China Rush, a stakes winner during the Remington Park spring meet, is one of 28 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Speedhorse Derby trials at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 28, $25,000-added Speedhorse Derby final. Ima China Rush is a homebred daughter of Rushago trained by Guillermo ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 13, 2018—The racing stables of Chris O'Dell and Scott Willoughby will be strongly represented in the trials to the $380,000 Governor's Cup Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos. A total of six trials are on tap at 350 yards with the horses with the fastest times advancing to the Governor's Cup final to be held as part of a big stakes night of racing on California Breeders Champions Night, Saturday, July 28 at Los Alamitos. O'Dell, who continues to have a strong campaign at the Orange County ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 12, 2018—Extreme Day at Canterbury Park includes exhibition races of ostriches, camels and zebras, but each year, the track offers some unique horse racing events for racing fans, as well. On Saturday Canterbury will host the $15,000 Dash In A Flash, with Quarter Horses racing the shortest recognized distance in the sport, 110 yards.

The race card will also feature Quarter Horses racing at 870 yards in an allowance before the Dash In A Flash Stakes, followed by Thoroughbreds racing at 440 yards down the straightway. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, CO—JULY 12, 2018—Three stakes, topped by the 330-yard, $75,000 Cherry Creek Futurity (R) for Colorado-breds, are scheduled for Arapahoe Park’s nine-race program on Saturday. Ten 2-year-olds have been entered back in the Cherry Creek Futurity, topped by Hugo Barron-Sierra’s Jess Un Sies Mas. A homebred son of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 11, 2018—Serendipity Rocks, a homebred gray son of Rock Solid Jess owned by Sarah Huskey, is one of 44 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Retama Park Derby trials at Retama Park. Serendipity Rocks will be making his first start since April 28, when he outran his 15-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $192,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3). The gelding drew post 8 and will be ridden by Noe Villatoro for trainer Esteban Rubio in the third of five trials. Trainer ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 11, 2018—A total of 104 state-bred 2-year-olds, topped by the graded stakes placed Capitan De La Playa, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard Texas QHA Sale Futurity (RG3) trials at Retama Park. A gelded son of Captain Courage trained by Angel Sanchez for owners Roberto Hernandez and Augustin Hernandez, Capitan De La Playa will be making his first start since March 21, when he ran third, two lengths behind winner Going Noble, in the 300-yard, $238,000 ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 10, 2018—Trainer Wes Giles should be a force when he sends out $345,655 Mountain Top Futurity winner Jess Fire Chick and $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity winner Zee James in the trials to the $410,000 Zia Futurity, and Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity runner-up Bigg Daddy in the trials to the $191,000 Zia Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The Zia Futurity trials run as the first 11 races and the 12th through the 16th races are Zia Derby ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 10, 2018—Jermaine Jackson’s Mary Janes Hero, a stakes winner during the Remington Park spring meet, is one of 92 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard Speedhorse Futurity (G3) trials at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. A sorrel daughter of Valiant Hero trained by ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 7, 2018—Stablemates Royaltys Authority and Kissed By An Eagle return to action on Saturday night with their eyes on the Los Alamitos winner’s circle. The stakes winning geldings are trained by Roman Figueroa, who’ll saddle Royaltys Authority in the Grade 3, $20,000 Independence Day Handicap in the featured eighth race ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TULSA, OK—JULY 7, 2018—A field of seven aged sprinters has been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Fair Meadows Maturity at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Regina Laymon’s Shaky Hero, a 5-year-old Valiant Hero gelding trained by Kenny Laymon, drew post 5 and will be ridden by ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 7, 2018—Bill Hoburg's BH Lisas Boy looks to defend his Vessels Maturity title when he takes on a strong field headed by fastest qualifier Tarzanito in the Grade 1, $170,500 race on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The winner of the Vessels Maturity final will earn a berth to the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions to be ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 6, 2018—The 36th running of the $700,000 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) is one of seven official Louisiana-bred stakes scheduled for Saturday at Delta Downs, closing night of the track’s spring/summer Quarter Horse meet. Eysa Jess Jumpn, a brown daughter of Heza Fast Dash trained by Josue Huitron for owner Jose Estrada Quarter Horses, drew post 3 and will be ridden by David Alvarez. The fastest qualifier, the filly is coming off of a three-quarter length ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 6, 2018—RC Me Leaving You, a multiple stakes winning 6-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You racing for Bennie and Teresa Jeter, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Live Oak Handicap (R) for Texas-breds at Retama Park. Trained by Jimmy Padgett, ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 6, 2018—The biggest race of the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse meet headlines a card of four stakes on Sunday: the $146,400 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.

Five trials were held on Sunday (Jun 16) to determine the final field. The sloppy, sealed track produced the fastest time in the second trial as Mildred Didrickson ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 5, 2018—First Of 15 will look for her fourth consecutive win in the $78,450 Canterbury Park Derby on Sunday, July 8. The fastest qualifier from three trials on June 24 is the 5-2 morning line favorite after winning her trial as well as the $34,000 Gopher State Derby, also at Canterbury Park, on June 9.

First Of 15 will ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 5, 2018vThe best day of Quarter Horse racing at Canterbury Park kicks off with the $40,000 Bob Morehouse Stakes Sunday. The 350-yard event is restricted to Minnesota-breds aged three and up and is headlined by one of the top money-earning Minnesota-bred Quarter Horses in Canterbury Park history, Pyc Jess Bite Mydust. ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—JULY 4, 2018—Kevin Cox, nationally known on-air racing analyst and handicapper, will make a special appearance at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, July 7 as part of a special Quarter Horse Stakes Night. The evening is dedicated to all-Quarter Horse racing featuring the $40,000 Bradford Stakes, the $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby and trials for the upcoming Blue River Derby and Heartland Futurity. First post is set at 6:05 p.m. Cox, who hails from the New York City area and is tagged as the "Brooklyn Cowboy," is well versed in all types of horse racing. A public handicapper for Saratoga Bets, he once gave out a $206 winner and has shown a flat bet profit several times He also provides the "Beatable ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI VINTON, LA—JULY 4, 2018—Recent stakes winners Eye N Capo and Zenergetic are among the eight aged sprinters entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs. Eye N Capo will be making his first-ever start at Delta Downs off of his three-quarter length victory as the odds-on favorite in the 440-yard, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic Stakes (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park on May 12. Josue Ponce trains the 4-year-old ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 4, 2018—A full field of 10 distaffers has been entered in Friday’s opening-night feature at Retama Park, the 350-yard, $15,000 Selma Stakes. Sugars First Love, a graded stakes placed 3-year-old daughter of champion Tempting Dash, will be facing older runners for the first time. Trained by Trey Wood for owners Randy and Sandy Coleman, the filly ships in from Remington Park, where she ran second, a half of a length behind winner La Vencedora, in the 350-yard, $218,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) on March ...