LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 17, 2019—EG High Desert Farms’ El Angel Corona will make his first start since winning the Freshman Stakes on California Breeders Champions Night when he takes on Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity finalist Diamond Rock and the stakes placed Budderlicous in the second of three allowance races to be featured on Sunday at Los Alamitos. El Angel Corona has shown his talent all season long at Los Alamitos. The Corona Czech colt has hit the board in all five outings – including a dominant 1-¼ length maiden win on May 24. Luis ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 16, 2019Ferrari James, a horse for the course, heads a field of 10 sprinters entered in Prairie Meadows’ opening-day feature, Saturday’s 400-yard, $50,000 Keokuk Stakes (G3). Trained by Manuel Campos for owner Alfredo Botello, Ferrari James is coming off of a head victory in a 350-yard, allowance-optional claiming ($16,000) dash at Canterbury Park on July 11. The 6-year-old Ivory James gelding has won 12 of 32 races, including eight of 10 at Prairie Meadows, and he has earned $296,860. Ferrari James has banked $173,261 at Prairie Meadows, and he has ...



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AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 15, 2019—Nothing says summer like Family Fun Day at the track! This Sunday, August 18 is the 10th year of Ajax Downs' Family Fun Day, with proceeds going to the Ajax Pickering Hospital and each year the event grows in popularity. Festivities begin at 10 with the first 1,000 kid receiving loot bags. Kids can try the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 15, 2019—Ed Allred's Chocolatito will look to remain undefeated in 2019 when he takes on the toughest field he has faced in his career in the Grade 2, $211,100 Golden State Derby at 400 yards on Sunday at Los Alamitos. To be ridden by Vinnie Bednar for trainer Scott Willoughby, Chocolatito will be going after his fourth win of the year. He's been spectacular in his first three victories: winning an allowance race by two lengths; cruising to a 1 1/2 length win in the Dillingham Handicap; and posting the fastest qualifying time while scoring a 3/4 length win in his trial to the Golden State Derby. His overall ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 15, 2019—Graded stakes winners Runaway Second Down and Tdz Jet Black Down are among the 105 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard $428,475 Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) trials at Fair Grounds Racecourse. Runaway Second Down is a gray son of Sir Runaway Dash trained by Robi Meche for owners Eulalio Argote and Victor Alvarado. An $80,000 purchase at last year’s Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale, the gelding has earned $358,666 from four starts, and his two wins include a a head victory in the 350-yard, $700,293 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs on July 6. Runaway Second ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 15, 2019—A Pick 6 Carryover of $7,506 will add spice to a solid 7-race program that will feature an average field of nearly eight horses per race on Friday at Los Alamitos. First post is 7:55 p.m. (PDT). With the new money expected to be wagered on Friday, the total of pool in the Pick 6 figures to be around ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 14, 2019—Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans opens its 10-day American Quarter Horse meet with a stakes tripleheader on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 12 p.m. (CDT). Rayne Knight’s The Cazador, a 4-year-old Sir Runaway Dash stallion trained by Michael Zingelmann, heads a field of nine entered in Friday’s 250-yard, $25,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes. The Cazador is coming off of a Delta Downs meet during which he won two of his three starts, including the 220-yard, $50,000 Flying ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 14, 2019—Thirty-five 2-year-olds, topped by Grade 2 finalist Doc Hockaday, have been entered in Friday’s 350-yard Texas QHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3) trials at Retama Park. A bay son of Kiss My Hocks trained by Robi Meche for owners Tyler Graham and Jose ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 12, 2019— Bill Robbins’ champion multimillionaire Apocalyptical Jess, winner of the Ruidoso Derby, and Ernesto Palacio’s Rainbow Derby winner Eagle Coast lead the 12 440-yard trials to the Grade 1, $1,550,855 All American Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is noon. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the trials qualify for the All American Derby on September 1. The horses with next 10-fastest times gain preference to race in the $100,000 First Down Dash, also on September 1. The All American Derby winner receives an ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 12, 2019—Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC’s Rainbow Futurity winner Uncle D comes off his most important win to head the two days of 440-yard trials to the iconic Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The trials will be held on Friday and Saturday with 13 trials each day. There is a special noon first post time for each trial program. The horses with the five-fastest times on each day advance to the All American Futurity on Labor Day. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each day gain preference to race in the $200,000 All American Juvenile, also on Labor Day. Labor Day ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 9, 2019—A first-time stake and a twist on an old stake at Canterbury Park will provide opportunities for 2-year-olds to compete for over $85,000 on Sunday.

The feature race of the card is the $72,300 Gopher State Futurity. The open futurity features four horses from the $156,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, the top two finishers from the $36,100 MQHRA Stallion Auction Futurity, and the winner of the $20,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile.

The Gopher State Futurity replaces the former North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity. The NCQRHA Futurity, founded by horsemen at Canterbury Park, served to provide a stake race for owners of horses based in the north-central region of the United ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—AUGUST 9, 2019—Some of the best older horses of the meet will compete in the 350-yard $25,000 Skip Zimmerman Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Canterbury Park.

Five of the eight entries are fillies or mares, including Ima Dashin Follie, who returns as the most recent stakes winner in the field. The 5-year-old mare won the ...