BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX —-OCTOBER 18, 2017 — Nymeria, a Grade 1-winning daughter of Bigtime Favorite owned by Alfredo Garza, is one of 100 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Texas Classic Futurity (G1) trials at Lone Star Park. Nymeria has earned $494,772 from four races, and her two wins include a neck victory at odds of 9-1 in the 350-yard, $1.155-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park on June 3. The filly drew post 10 and will be ridden by Jose A. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—OCTOBER 18, 2017—Jet Black Presence, a multiple stakes placed 5-year-old daughter of Jet Black Patriot, is one of seven Louisiana-bred distaffers entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $30,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs. Trained by Kenneth Roberts ...



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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 17, 2017— Tough To Bee and Dash Quick Perry are among the 48 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 440-yard Texas Classic Derby (G1) trials at Lone Star Park. Trained by Trey Wood for owner Paragon Farms LLC, Tough To Bee is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which the Apollitical Jess gelding won two stakes, including the 400-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 10. Tough To ...



By Tom Harris PORTLAND, OR—OCTOBER 15, 2017—The first three races of the Monday card in The City of Roses will be the trials for The Far West Futurity at 350 yards for two year old Quarter Horses. Each trial event will be worth just shy of $4,000 with the ultimate prize being a birth into the Far West Futurity. A total of 20 two year olds are entered to dash for a chance to dance in the final which is slated to be run on Monday, October 30th with a $15,000 added value (Last year’s race ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—OCTOBER 13, 2017—The best in American Quarter Horse racing will be celebrated at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night, as the suburban Des Moines track will host the 25th Bank of America Challenge Championships. Post time for the first race at Prairie Meadows is set for 6 p.m. (CDT). Post time for the first of five Challenge Championship races, the 870-yard, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1), is set for 8:12. Following is a preview of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—OCTOBER 13, 2017—Saturday night’s 10-race closing-night card at Prairie Meadows features the Bank of America Challenge Championships and four other stakes which have long been mainstays of the track’s Quarter Horse racing program. Valley Junction Futurity The Kendrix Brothers’ A Jordon Reed, a homebred gray son of Jumpn Chic and the fastest qualifier, will be seeking his second career stakes win in Saturday’s 350-yard, $289,830 Valley Junction Futurity. A Jordon Reed has earned $99,796 from five starts, and his three wins include a half-length ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—OCTOBER 12, 2017—Nine of the top Quarter Horses in the nation will come together in the Grade 1 $125,000 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship at 440 yards on Sunday night. The field will be headed by the defending Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Heza Dasha Fire. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire will look to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since 2010 and only the sixth horse to win it in consecutive years. To be ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, Heza Dasha Fire won ...



HOBBS, NM—OCTOBER 12, 2017—Graded stakes winners Running Dragon and Magnifico Dragon are among the 30 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Running Dragon will be making her first start since July 30, when the homebred daughter of Zulu Dragon finished second, one length behind winner Percyjones, in the 400-yard, $176,000 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Juan Carlos Gonzalez for owner By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas, the gray filly won three stakes during the 2016-17 Sunland Park meet, including the January 15, $205,974 ...



HOBBS, NM—OCTOBER 11, 2017—Moneys A Maker, a graded stakes winning son of Sixes Royal owned by Enrique Barrera, is one of 62 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Moneys A Maker will be making his first start since June 2, when he ran second in a 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity (RG2) trial at Ruidoso Downs. The gray gelding has earned $181,422 from four outs, and his two wins include a neck ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—OCTOBER 10, 2017—The Fiscal Cliff, a three-time stakes winner this season, is one of 12 Iowa-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $60,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (R) at Prairie Meadows. Trained by Kasey Willis for owner Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, The Fiscal Cliff will be shortening in distance off of his third-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AJAX, ONTARIO, CANADA—-OCTOBER 8, 2017—Country Boy 123 and One Famous Glass will renew their rivalry in Monday’s 440-yard, $86,800 Alex Picov Memorial Championship Stakes at Ajax Downs. A 4-year-old son of Country Chicks Man racing for Ruth F. Barbour from the barn of trainer Bryn Robertson, Country Boy 123 is coming off of a one-length victory over One Famous Glass in the 350-yard, $37,000 All Canadian Maturity at Ajax Downs on September 18. The Michigan-bred gelding ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—OCTOBER 6, 2017—Headed by Martha Wells’ strong trio of homebred runners, a total of 32 juveniles will compete in the trials to the $129,100 Wild West Futurity to be held on Sunday evening at Los Alamitos. First post for the nine-race program is 5:15 p.m. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the 350-yard trials will return here for the final to be held on Sunday, October 29. The Wild West is for horses that have competed in the Intermountain and Northwest regions plus Arizona and Nevada. Owned and bred by Wells, Yanque looks like the top runner in the trials after ...