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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM–FEBRUARY 26, 2024–Adrian Zapata's One Little Liar, a stakes-winning son of One Valiant Hero and the fastest qualifier, leads a field of 13 sophomores entered back in Saturday's 400-yard, $156,900 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. One Little Liar made his local debut with a neck victory in the first of seven West Texas Derby trials on February 10. The gelding has earned $104,889 from eight races, and his four wins include last year's 350-yard, $172,000 Four Corners Futurity at SunRay Park. One Little Liar was a $25,000 purchase ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ–FEBRUARY 25, 2024–Twenty-nine 3-year-olds, led by Jimenas Ranch's Dashin Hocks, are entered in Thursday's 350-yard AQRA President's Open Spring Derby trials at Turf Paradise. The 10 fastest qualifiers from Thursday's three heats will meet in the March 21, $30,000-added final. Dashin Hocks is a gelded son of Kiss My Hocks trained by Angel Hernandez Dominguez, and he's coming off of a juvenile ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI BOSSIER CITY, LA–FEBRUARY 24, 2024–Eutimio Torres' Lett It Happen and Jennifer Walker's One Sweet Rogue lead a field of five state-bred sprinters entered in Wednesday's 350-yard, $30,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (R) at Louisiana Downs. The 6-5 morning-line favorite, Lett It Happen will be making his 5-year-old season debut from the barn of trainer Gilberto Rosales. The Jet Black Patriot stallion will be shortening in distance off of his second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Mr ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–FEBRUARY 23, 2024Adan Farias will saddle two strong contenders including fastest qualifier SM Jess Corona in the running of the $115,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes (not black type) on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Owned and bred by Santos Montemayor, SM Jess Corona surprised all when he won his trial race at 30-1 odds while covering the distance in the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–FEBRUARY 23, 2024–Battle Born Racing's Tizlightning, who swept the two major races held at 1,000 yards at Los Alamitos in 2023, will make his season debut when he headlines the fourth race on Sunday night card here.

Trained by Jesus Uranga, Tizlightning will be in action in an $18,000 allowance at 1,000 yards while facing a strong field that includes the Ryan Hanson-trained Helladic, who scored a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–FEBRUARY 22, 2024–APick Six Carryover of $28,534 and a pair of a stakes races each with a field of 10 distaffers will highlight an action-packed Saturday night at Los Alamitos.   

The Pick Six will start in race number four and will include the running's ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—FEBRUARY 18, 2024—Remington Park will host 21 schooling races over two days this week, Wednesday (Feb 21) and Thursday (Feb 22), for 2-Year-Old Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosas.

First post each day is 11:00 am. (CST). All races are contested over a ...



SELMA, TX–FEBRUARY 18, 2024–Leading trainer John Stinebaugh will send out seven juveniles in Wednesday's nine training races contested over 250 yards at Retama Park. Two of those brought a final bid of $100,000 each during last year's summer sales.

Fifty 2-year-old Quarter Horses are scheduled to take part in the second day of training races this year at the San Antonio area racetrack.  First post is set for noon (CST).

Stinebaugh will saddle $100,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale gradate Holy Pete for owner Zane Kiehne ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–FEBRUARY 16, 2024–With the recent retirement of the millionaire Apollitical Pence, there will be a new Winter Champion crowned on Sunday night when an outstanding field of nine older horses compete in the running of the Grade 1, $135,400 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship here on Sunday night.

Apollitical Pence won this race the past two years, but now there’s a new group of standouts ready to add a victory in this ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—FEBRUARY 15, 2024—White Lightenin, a 4-year-old son of leading sire Eye Am King racing for Denis and Julie Schoenhofer, will risk his win streak in Saturday’s 350-yard, $100,000 Pepsi Cola Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park.

White Lightenin has won his last three starts, including the November 26, $229,000 New Mexico Classics Derby (RG2) at ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–FEBRUARY 15, 2024–A first time Grade 1 stakes winner will be crowned on Saturday night when a talented field of sophomores face off in the running of the $174,200 Los Alamitos Winter Derby.

While each of the nine starters in this 400-yard derby will aim for their first Grade 1 victory, ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–FEBRUARY 14, 2024–Seven six-figure yearlings will be among the 102 juveniles slated to make their career debuts during 13 more schooling races at Remington Park Thursday.

First post is 11:00 a.m. with all races contested over a distance of 250 yards.  The first ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–FEBRUARY 14, 2024–Schooling races for the 2024 Remington Park Quarter Horse season will get under way today with 13 races carded.

First post is 11:00 a.m. with all races contested over a distance of 250 yards.  The first three races are for Paint and Appaloosa juveniles and races 4 through 13 will feature 2-year-old ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ–FEBRUARY 13, 2024–You Cant Drive 95, a sorrel daughter of the Jet Black Patriot stallion You Drive I Fly owned by J Lazy Six Racing, is one of seven sophomores entered in Thursday's 300-yard, $30,000 Desert Classic Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds sired by participating stallions at Turf Paradise. You Cant Drive 95 will be making her first official start since October 22, when she finished eighth after a troubled start in the 350-yard, $86,000 Wild West Futurity (RG3) at Los Alamitos. The filly has earned ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—FEBRUARY 9, 2024—Remington Park begins training races Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 & 15, with 203 horses entered in 13 races each day.

The schooling races help to prepare 2-year-old horses for the upcoming American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa race meeting that begins Thursday, March 7.

The training races will begin at 11 a.m. (CST) each day.

Two of the top three trainers from last year’s spring race meet at ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–FEBRUARY 9, 2024–Led by several runners with strong efforts in Grade 1 futurity trials last year, 44 sophomores have been entered in the trials to the $115,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes on Saturday.             

Horses are eligible to compete in the 350-yard trials if they are maidens as of November 1. Since then, 11 have paid a visit to the winner’s circle and two of them have made a pair of trips to the ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA–FEBRUARY 7, 2023–State-bred juveniles takes the spotlight Saturday at Louisiana Downs when 101 2-year-olds will compete in 16 schooling races.  First post is 11:00 a.m. ICST).

All participants are eligible to make the final payment to the March 8 and 9 trials for the Mardi Gras ...



BOSSIER CITY, LA–FEBRUARY 6, 2024–Fifty-three juveniles, including a number of 2023 "summer sale" graduates, are set to make their unofficial career debut in nine schooling races on Friday at Louisiana Downs.

All starters are eligible to compete in the 300 yard Grade 2 Louisiana ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM–FEBRUARY 6, 2024–Wired 440, a multiple graded stakes winning son of champion Tempting Dash racing for Alberto Villanueva Jr., will make his 3-year-old season debut in Saturday's 400-yard West Texas ...



SELMA, TX–FEBRUARY 5, 2024–Retama Park will host 14 schooling races for two-year-olds on Wednesday. Post time for the first race is noon (CST).

Ninety-five juveniles, headed by a number top "summer sale" graduates from TQHA, Heritage Place, Ruidoso and LQHBA will make their career debuts at 250 yards.

Forty-two sires will be represented including first crop stallions Gold Heart ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI BOSSIER CITY, LA–FEBRUARY 5, 2024–John T. Sargent's Patty Wagon Train, a stakes-winning daughter of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion BP Wagon Train, is one of 10 state-bred distaffers entered in Thursday's 330-yard, $30,000 Billy ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ–FEBRUARY 3, 2024–Charlies Fast Man, a 6-year-old son of champion Apollitical Blood and a stakes winner during the Lone Star Park fall meet, heads a field of 12 sprinters entered in Wednesday's 300-yard, $30,000 Wayne Brasher Memorial Stakes at Turf Paradise. Trained by Diego Cervantes for owner Jose Aguilar Mendoza, Charlies Fast Man will be making his season debut off of a 5-year-old campaign during which he earned $33,475 from eight races and scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the 440-yard, $35,000 Equineline Stakes on the October 21 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM–FEBRUARY 1, 2024–Freedom Flash, a homebred son of 2009 AQHA Racing champion aged stallion First Moonflash, will make his 8-year-old season debut in Sunday’s 870-yard, $100,000 Starr Western Wear Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Trained by Todd Fincher for owners Pierre and Leslie Amestoy and Roger K. Beasley, Freedom Flash will be facing state-breds off of his third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner and eventual AQHA champion distance horse The Grand Legend, in the December 17, 870-yard ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM-–ANUARY 31, 2024–Call Me Jessiecartel, a son of Jess A Chicks and the fastest qualifier from five trials run on January 13, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $100,000-added Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. Trained by Eric Valenzuela for owners ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–JANUARY 26, 2024–Grade 1 winners Apollitical Pence, Jeriko, Scoops Dynasty, Take A Swig Of This and London Toby are among the 12 top older runners that will be in action in the trials to the Grade 1, $135,400 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship to be held on Sunday night.

Apollitical Pence will ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–JANUARY 25, 2024–Headed by Grade 1 stakes placed runners Rockin With Energy, Optical Illusion and Kevins Wise Corona, 22 sophomores will be in action in a trio of trials to the Grade 1, $174,200 Los Alamitos Winter Derby trials on Saturday night.

The trials will be conducted at the ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM–JANUARY 19, 2024–Jimmy Vasquez's EBW Dancnthemoonlite and Oscar Diaz's Brookes Legacy will make their season debuts in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. A 5-year-old daughter of champion First Moonflash trained by David Gomez-Barraza, EBW Dancnthemoonlite will be ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM–JANUARY 11, 2023–A dozen New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses, all of whom will be making their 2024 season debuts, are entered in Sunday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Red or Green Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. White Lightenin, a graded stakes winning 4-year-old son of last year's leading second-crop sire Eye Am King racing for Denis and Julie Schoenhofer, drew post 10 and will be ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SUNLAND PARK, NM--JANUARY 10, 2024--Forty-six state-bred sophomores, led by graded stakes winners Call Me Jessiecartel and Chicka Boom Babe, headline Saturday's 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. A ...



SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 26, 2023—Strong fields for both $65,000 KLAQ and New State Racing Commission Handicaps on opening day Friday

A half dozen of the world's best older Quarter Horses converge on Sunday in the 22nd running of the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–DECEMBER 29, 2023–Owned by a partnership, Change Happens will look to finish his 2023 juvenile campaign in good form reminiscent to his late spring showings at Los Alamitos.

During a two-race span in May and early June, Change Happens finished ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–DECEMBER 27, 2023–A brand-new season kicks off at Los Alamitos on Saturday night, December 30 with the running of the Holiday Handicap for juveniles heading the marquee for the first program of the 2023-2024 campaign.

Live racing will ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–DECEMBER 15, 2023–The final night of the current Los Alamitos nighttime meeting will be of the marathon variety, as there will be 12 races in store led by the running of the Grade 2 $162,700 Southern California Derby, with first post set for 5:20 p.m. (PST) on Sunday night.

The 12-race program will include three Pick 4 wagers starting in races 1,5, and 9, plus a mandatory payout in the traditional $2 Pick 6, which will start in race 7.

The Southern California Derby wraps up another memorable Quarter Horse stakes season of racing at the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–DECEMBER 15, 2023–Steve Holt and Jeff Jones’ Hes Judgeandjury, the 2022 juvenile champion and millionaire, will headline a solid field of sophomores in the running of the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The A Ransom is one of two stakes races on the card with the other event being the $30,000 First Down Dash Handicap for older horses.

A half-brother to current AQHA World ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA–NOVEMBER 14, 2023–Ten state-bred 3-year-olds, led by open graded stakes winner and fastest qualifier Konnan Cartel, are entered back in Saturday's 400-yard, $100,000-added Louisiana QHBA Breeders' Derby (RG3) at Evangeline Downs. A homebred son of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA–DECEMBER 13, 2023–Rogelio Marquez Jr.'s San Lorenzo Dash, a three-time stakes winner during the Delta Downs meet, will make her first start in 2 1/2 months in Saturday's 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Evangeline Downs. The 2-1 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA–NOVEMBER 13, 2023–One Sweet Sugar, a multiple graded stakes winning homebred daughter of One Sweet Jess racing for Rogelio Marquez Jr., is one of a dozen ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOBBS, NM–DECEMBER 13, 2023-–Seven Quarter Horse stakes -- led by the Grade 1, 440-yard Zia Park Championship -- will headline Sunday's 10-race program at Zia Park. Post time for the first race is set for 12:05 p.m. (MST). Nine aged runners are entered in the $125,000 Zia Park Championship. Pete Scarmardo's Jess The Leader, a homebred 4-year-old son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue, is coming off of a fourth-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner and champion KJ Desparado, in the November 18, 440-yard Refrigerator Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park. The Texas-bred gelding has won four state-bred stakes this year, including the July 28, $63,000 TQHA Classic Stakes (RG3) at Retama Park. Jess The Leader ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA–DECEMBER 11, 2023–Fastest qualifier RGs Gold Wagon heads a field of 10 sophomores entered back in Friday's 400-yard, $106,600 Evangeline Downs Derby at Evangeline Downs. A homebred son of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA–DECEMBER 11, 2023_Fastest qualifier B Second Cowboy and Grade 2 winner Fire Cowboy are two of the 10 2-year-olds entered back in Friday's 400-yard, $237,940 Evangeline Downs Futurity (G3) at Evangeline Downs. A homebred son of Flying Cowboy 123 trained by Jose Espinosa for owner Party Tyme Racing, B Second Cowboy made his local debut with a neck victory in the fourth of eight trials on November 17. The gelding has won four of six races and has earned ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–DECEMBER 8, 2023–After posting dominant victories in all three of his California starts, Valeriano Racing Stables' millionaire colt Trane Station V is the horse to beat in the running of the Grade 1, $1,758,675 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity here on Sunday night.

Trane Station V has been outstanding in Southern California since arriving at Los Alamitos. He sizzled to victory while posting the fastest qualifying time in the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity.

After winning the final impressively, the son of a leading sire ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–DECEMBER 7, 2023–Round number five of Quarter Horse racing’s biggest rivalry of the past 18 months, Empressum vs. Apollitical Pence, will take place under the biggest spotlight in the sport when the multiple Grade 1 winners face off in the 51st running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. 

The 440-yard Champion of Champions is set as the eighth and final race on the Saturday night card with a post time of 9:16 p.m. Post time for the first ...



HOBBS, NM—NOVEMBER 25, 2023– Six official stakes restricted to registered state-bred Quarter Horses — led by the 350-yard, $298,910 New Mexico Classics Futurity (RG2) for 2-year-olds — will be contested as part of New Mexico Classics weekend at Zia Park on Sunday.

Following is a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–NOVEMBER 23, 2023–Trials to the final derby of the year, the Grade 2 Southern California Derby, will feature many of the top sophomores at Los Alamitos with a lineup headed by Governor’s Cup Derby winner Future Version and Grade 1 stakes ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX–NOVEMBER 21, 2023–Lone Star Park will conclude its autumn Quarter Horse meet with a stakes tripleheader on Saturday. Post time for the first of a dozen live races is set for 6:05 p.m. (CST). The Grand Legend is the early favorite for Saturday's ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA–NOVEMBER 21, 2023–Eleven 400-yard trials for the state's richest Quarter Horse race, the $1-million Louisiana QHBA Million Futurity (RG1), will be contested Friday at Evangeline Downs. Post time ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OPELOUSAS, LA--NOVEMBER 20, 2023--Twenty-two state-bred 3-year-olds are entered in Saturday's 400-yard Louisiana QHBA Breeders' Derby (RG3) trials at Evangeline Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–NOVEMBER 17, 2023–Led by Grade 1 futurity winner Trane Station V and Political Rivalry, a total of 127 juveniles representing 91 different ownerships and 24 different trainers will compete in a marathon night of trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity here ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK–NOVEMBER 16, 2023–Fastest qualifier Relentless Fantsy, a Louisiana-bred daughter of champion Hes Relentless racing for History Farms LLC, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday"s 400-yard, $363,703 Black Gold Fillies Futurity Championship (R) at Will ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA–NOVEMBER 15, 2023–Famous Shining Star, Letty Cartel, and Cir Lady Moon, who have combined to win eight stakes races in the filly and mare division this year, face off in another key race in the distaff division at Los Alamitos when they head a full field of 10 in ...