BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PORTLAND, OR—DECEMBER 14, 2017—A full field of 10 juveniles, headed by fastest qualifier CM Boom Shakalaka, has been entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $15,000-added Baxter Andruss Futurity at Portland Meadows. Trained by Nick Lowe for owner Randy Dickerson, CM Boom Shakalaka is a homebred son of champion Carters Cartel. The bay gelding has earned $23,509 from six races, and his four wins include a one-length score in the August 20, 350-yard John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge. CM Boom Shakalaka drew post 9 and will be ridden by Luis F. Gonzalez. The complete ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 13, 2017—Evangeline Downs will host a 10-race action-packed stakes program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 5:35 p.m. (CST). The racetrack's fall Quarter Horse meet will close with two cards next week—Monday and Tuesday— with a special 3:15 PM (CST) post. Evangeline Downs’ Saturday race card features seven official stakes, topped by the state’s richest race for any breed, the 400-yard, $1-million Louisiana Million Futurity (RG1) for state-bred 2-year-olds. Cruz E. Nava’s Shesa Diamond Diva, a gray daughter of the ...



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LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 8, 2017—After posting impressive victories in his last two starts, Lucky Seven Ranch's homebred Lotta Blues Man will look to close out his sophomore campaign with a win in the Grade 2, $175,300 Southern California Derby on Friday at Los Alamitos. The Southern California will be contested at 400 yards and will be held as the eighth and final race on the card. First post is 7 p.m. Along with Worth Doing and Chazaq, Lotta Blues Man was one of the top 2-year-old juveniles at Los Alamitos last year. The ...



By Martha Claussen OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 11, 2017—Evangeline Downs held 15 trials for the LQHBA Louisiana Million (RG1) on November 17. Formerly run as the LQHBA Breeders Futurity (RG1), it was renamed this year to showcase its status as the richest Louisiana-bred stakes in the state. Ten finalists will return to action on December 16 with a $445,000 first-place check to be awarded to the winner. Breeding Success for Paul Fontenot and Tate Farms Shesa Diamond Diva, a filly owned by Cruz E. Nava, scored an impressive ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 11, 2017—The 59th live racing season at Sunland Park Racetrack Casino and Hotel begins on Friday and a terrific line-up of all-star stakes races is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Post time will be 12:30 p.m. on Friday and that starting time will remain in effect the entire season. Racing will be conducted on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday basis through Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Saturday’s card is impeccable powered by the $65,000 KLAQ Handicap (9th race) at 5 furlongs. A robust field of ten ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 7, 2017—Sunday’s nine-race card at Turf Paradise is headed by five Quarter Horse races, including three 400-yard stakes. A full field of 10 2-year-olds has been entered back in Sunday’s $17,500-added AQRA Turf Paradise Open Futurity. Cowgirl N Up, a homebred daughter of Texas Icon owned by Ralph and Carolyn Fales, set the fastest qualifying time with her half-length victory in the first of two trials on November 19. The filly has earned $23,744 from seven races, and her three wins include a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 7, 2017—Michael Pohl’s homebred Jess Paint Your Lips, winner of the Grade 1 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows on October 14, will make her first start at Los Alamitos when she takes on four male rivals in the $30,000 First Down Dash Handicap on Saturday night. To be ridden by Jorge Torres for trainer Juan Aleman, Jess Paint Your Lips arrived in California after winning the Merial Distaff by 3/4 lengths after leaving the gate last among the nine mares in the race. She took off once she found her stride, catching the leaders with about 100 yards left in the 400 yard race. The Jess Louisiana Blue mare was picking up her seventh win in eight career ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—DECEMBER 6, 2017—Stakes winners Tarzanito, Scholarly, and Duck Dash N Go are among the nine horses that will get together in the running of the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap at 350 yards on Friday night at Los Alamitos. The A Ransom is one of two stakes races in the eight-race program. The card will also feature the $15,000 Way Maker Handicap, which is scheduled as the fourth event on the card. A1A Racing LLC’s Tarzanito figures to be one of the favorites in the A Ransom based on his victory in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap on September 17 and his fifth place finish when being part of a super group in the Grade 1, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI NEW ORLEANS, LA—DECEMBER 5, 2017—Saturday’s 13-race Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans features three Quarter Horse stakes, headed by the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) for older state-bred sprinters. Heza Bell Perry, a 6-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash owned and trained by Javier Contreras, will be facing Louisiana-breds again off of his fourth-place finish, one length behind winner Cobalt Creek, in the ...



By Tom Harris PORTLAND, OR—DECEMBER 3, 2017—Carrying co-high weights, Eyes Movin and Quattro Dude will meet in Monday’s 870 Holiday Handicap worth $11,000 added in the day’s second race. Charlene Whiteside’s Quattro Dude will look to close the deal after taking back to back runner-up spots in his last two starts among allowance rivals. Regular rider Kassie Guglielmino will guide the five-year-old son of Jumpn Chic in the dash toting the co-high weight of 126 lbs. Don Young’s ...