RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 16, 2018—Triple Crown winning jockey and New Mexico native Mike Smith will make a celebratory appearance at Ruidoso Downs on July 8. "Mike is a global celebrity now and we are honored by his willingness to come to Ruidoso Downs to share his Triple Crown celebration with us," Ruidoso Downs' president and general manager Jeff True said. "He is a wonderful ambassador of our sport and he never forgets where he came from. "He told me his family will fill half the ...



FARMINGTON, NM—JUNE 17, 2018—Due to track conditions SunRay Park was forced to cancel races 4 through 10 today (Sunday) including the $25,000-added Four Corners Futurity. Inclement weather hit the area overnight and track officials had worked hard to get the surface ready for Sunday. She Got Fire, a daughter of leading sire Corona Cartel from the Ed Burke Million Futurity(G1) winner Separate Fire, by Walk Thru Fire, broke her maiden in the Four Corners Futurity trials, her first career start, on June 1st. Owned by Wallace Johnston and trained by Justin Joiner, She Got Fire was a $50,000 repurchase in the Heritage Place September Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. She was set as at the ...


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SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 16, 2018—The Utah Quarter Horse Racing Association instituted hair-testing for the recent trails held at Laure Brown Racetrack. Trials were conducted for the $15,070 South Valley Futurity on June 1 and the $92,233 Beehive Futurity on June 2. "We received Positive hair tests for Jess A Success who was second fastest qualifier in the South Valley Futurity and Heza Winners King who was going to run in the Beehive Consolation Futurity Finals," a spokesman for the association said. Both horses have been disqualified and have been given a no time. Due to the disqualification in the South Valley, the 11th qualifier, Flare Up Baby, has been moved up to 10th and made eligible to enter today's (June 16) final. Flare Up Bay is a daughter of Quick To ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—JUNE 15, 2018—Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, which opens its 10 day 2018 American Quarter Horse meet on August 16, has released their 2018 QH Stakes Schedule headed by the RG1 $150,000-added LQHBA Sale Futurity. The restricted Grade 1 sale futurity is for 2-Year-Olds who passed through the 2017 LQHBA Yearlings Sale in Kinder, Louisiana. Jrs Taylors Runaway, a $10,000 repurchase in the 2016 yearling sale, earned $118,889 for winning last year's $297,220 LQHBA Sale Futurity(RG1). The 2018 Fair Grounds ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 14, 2018—Jessies First Down, recent winner of the Remington Park Championship, has been voted the Horse of the Meeting for the recently completed season. The two-time defending American Quarter Horse Association World Champion won the award in balloting by media covering the Remington Park season and track racing personnel. A winner of both the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes in April and the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship on June 2, Jessies First Down is bred and owned by Ted Abrams of Houston and is trained by James Padgett. The 7-year-old ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JUNE 13, 2018—Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, one of the greatest and most colorful National Hot Rod Association drivers of all-time, and an avid Quarter Horse owner and breeder for many decades, died on June 10. He was 81. A member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JUNE 13, 2018— After posting a half-length victory in Sunday’s $1 million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) in New Mexico, Newman Cattle Co.’s Blue Corazon soared to the top of the latest AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-year-olds. The gray gelding by first-crop sire Coronado ...



By Kaley Green, KAMR-TV AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 12, 2018—It is a success story Matt Darby would never have imagined for himself. Darby started out as a sportscaster, but when he began working in marketing for the American Quarter Horse Association's racing department, he got a new idea. To him, it seemed like a no-brainer. "I didn't know ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—JUNE 12, 2018—The 2018 Remington Park American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season experienced increases in attendance and pari-mutuel handle compared to the similar season in 2017. Star-quality horses, including: two-time American Quarter Horse Association World Champion Jessies First Down; three-time ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 10, 2018—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) weekend from Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson was on hand for the running of the 1981 $1-million Ruidoso Futurity(G1), including post-race interviews with winning ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 9, 2018—StallioneSearch.com continues its webcast coverage of the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity(G1) weekend from Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico. On this episode, StallioneSearch's Greg Thompson was on hand for the running of the 2018 $759,000 Ruidoso Derby(G1), including post-race interviews with winning jockey ...