NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 17, 2017—Fair Grounds Race Course will kick off its 10-date meet for Quarter Horses that opens Friday. The track will run in New Orleans will run 11 stakes during the meet with five of those races on its closing-day card Saturday, Sept. 9. The stakes program is worth a total of $585,000. The first card of the season comprises 10 trial races for the $285,000 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sale Futurity, a restricted Grade 1 (see related story). The finale, the richest offering of the meet, anchors the card Sept. 9. Fair Grounds has scheduled three exhibition camel and ostrich races ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—AUGUST 16, 2017—The AQHA Racing National Polls again remained virtually unchanged this week, but a big weekend of racing is on tap with four horses in each poll entered in the trials for the All American Futurity (G1) on Friday and Saturday and the All American Derby (G1) on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. In the 2-year-old poll, the unanimous No. 1-ranked Eagle Jazz will race in the 13th of 14 heats on Saturday in his quest to advance to the $3 million final on Labor Day. If he does, the One Dashing Eagle gelding will have a chance to earn the $4 million All American Triple Crown bonus after earlier winning the ...


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by Greg Thompson, Stallionesearch.com RUIDOSO, NM—AUGUST 15, 2017—Quarter Horse racing fans, we can all agree that these seem like tumultuous times currently playing out in the sport. The daunting headlines within the passing month have not enhanced the aura or ambience that surrounds ‘our’ magical time of the year leading up to the yearly-pinnacle of Quarter Horse racing calendar in Ruidoso on Labor Day. The fact is…we are on the verge of what could be a historical year in our sport. Eagle Jazz has won two-thirds of the Ruidoso Triple Crown, and is going into the trials this Saturday with the chance to become only one of two horses ever to pull off such a feat. Stated ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—AUGUST 14, 2017—The consignment deadline for the 40th Annual Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale is Friday, August 25. The annual Fall Mixed Sale will be held November 3-4, 2017 in Oklahoma City. "This sale has proven to be a great option for horses of all ages including yearlings," Heritage Place General Manger Spence Kidney said.. "The yearling session will also feature a select group of Barrel Racing Yearlings. We consider the Fall Sale as a great time of year to sell your broodmares, especially mares due to foal early as well as open or maiden mares. This allows buyers sufficient time to establish a plan and make arrangements prior to breeding season," he added. ...



WILLOW PARK, TX—AUGUST 12, 2017—According to an article published Friday on the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.com website former Quarter Horse track Trinity Meadows near Weatherford, Texas will be torn down the first week of September. The racetrack has been sitting vacant for more than 20 years. Trinity Meadows is where horses raced before Lone Star Park opened in Grand Prairie. It has also run under the names Clear Fork Downs and Squaw Creek Downs. But now, as sprawl continues to encroach into Parker County, the history of Trinity Meadows is about to come to a close. Cisco-based Wilks Development, owners of the property, said remaining 9,000-seat grandstand — easily visible to motorists heading west on Interstate 20 — will be torn ...



OLYMPIA, WA—AUGUST 12, 2017—The Washington Horse Racing Commission upheld the original steward's disqualification ruling of Long Lost Buddy and Kool Odds after hearing trainer Mark Hanson's appeal on Friday. Hair testing of Pot O'Gold Futurity winner Kool Odds and AQHA Derby Challenge winner Long Lost Buddy were found to contain ...



By Wyatt Didericksen

LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2017—Longtime Quarter Horse racing aficionados immediately recognized the name of Roman Figueroa when they saw the entries for last weekend’s racing action at Los Alamitos. "Fig" as he’s known at the track was a top jockey at Los Alamitos in the 1980s and ‘90s and just a few weeks ago he began training horses at the Orange County oval. Figueroa, the trainer, found immediate success, as he saddled Kissed By An Eagle to the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 2 Golden State Derby to be ...




PHOENIZ, AZ—AUGUST 11, 2017—A statement released today by the Arizona Department of Gaming/Racing Division in response to an earlier report says there are no plans to shut down racing in Arizona in the coming fiscal year. "We are confident that we will effectively regulate live horse racing through the coming season," Greg Stiles, Enforcement Manager of the Arizona Department of Gaming/Racing Division said. "Like any state agency faced with an adjusted budget, leadership confers, strategizes and makes the necessary moves to match the money appropriated for our regulatory efforts. When the budget was passed in May 2017, the Division immediately made and implemented cost saving ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—AUGUST 11, 2017—AQHA is now accepting registrations to the 38th Annual Jay Pumphrey Cowboy Classic Golf Tournament. "The Pumphrey" coincides each year with the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale and All American Week at ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 10, 2017—Today (Aug. 10) more than 32 physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and staff from various departments within Lincoln County Medical Center provided preventive health screenings to approximately 50 Ruidoso Downs Race Track barn area workers. LCMC staff checked BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure and provided diabetic foot screenings and nutritional education. It was all part of the track’s annual “Pink Day,” which aims to spread awareness about breast cancer in the community while providing primary health screenings and education to barn area employees. "This is just one of the many ways we try and give back to the community that we ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 10, 2017—A memorial service for long-time Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie will be held on Monday, August 21 at noon at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos. Brad McKinzie was co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group and one of the driving forces in bringing daytime Southern California ...



NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 9, 2017—Final entries and late supplements are due Friday (Aug. 11) for the $285,000-est LQHBA Sale Futurity to be run Saturday, September 9th at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Trials for the $150,000-added race for horses who passed through the 2016 LQHBA Yearling Sale or Fall Mixed Sale ring will be conducted on Friday, August 18. Each trial will be contested over 350 yards with a $12,000 purse. The top ten qualifiers with the fastest times will advance to the final. Current 2-year-olds who are eligible must pay their $500 trial entry payment and jocks fee (a total of $586) no later than 10 ...