INDIANAPOLIS, IN—AUGUST 20, 2019—After conducting a nation-wide search of qualified candidates, members of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission named Deena Pitman as its newest Executive Director. Pitman replaces Mike Smith, who announced plans for retirement earlier this year. Pitman joined the IHRC staff in 1993, as its first licensing supervisor, and can be credited with crafting the first ever occupational licensing system in Indiana. In 2000, she was promoted to Assistant Executive Director (Deputy Director) where she has played a pivotal role in managing all aspects of the agency. "Deena’s longevity with the Commission ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—AUGUST 20, 2019— The consignment deadline for the 2019 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale has been extended to Friday, August 30th. Any entries received after the 30th will be subject to the late catalog fee of $650. The 42nd annual sale will be held November 1-2 in Oklahoma City. "This sale has proven to be a great option for horses of all ages included yearlings," Heritage Place general manager Spence Kidney said earlier this week. "We will continue to offer a select group of racing and barrel bred yearlings, along with thoroughbreds, paints and appaloosas of all ages." The first session on Friday (Nov. 1) will be a yearling session of Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints & Appaloosas and will include some barrel prospects. The remainder of the first day and ...


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RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 19, 2019—Ruidoso Downs reported this morning (Monday) that Midday News won the shake for the 10th and final spot in the Grade 1, $1,550,855 All American Derby. The son of world champion FDD Dynasty tied for the 10th fastest time of :21.516 seconds with Rustys Miracle during the 12 All American Derby trials conducted on Sunday. Conditioned by trainer Michael W. Joiner, Midday News has compiled a (9) 2-2-4 record and earned $97,704. He was third in the West Texas Derby(G3) and a finalist in the Ruidoso QH Derby(G1) earlier this year. Bred in Missouri by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale, from the Mr Jess Perry mare Summer ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 19, 2019—Ten jockeys currently riding at Albuquerque Downs, accompanied by track chaplain Donald Stover, visited the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque on Thursday, August 15. The jockeys -- Daniel Ruiz Amaya, Marcelo Barraza, Porfirio Cano, Don French, Reyes Gomez, Elvin Gonzalez, Erik ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—AUGUST 19, 2019—A memorial services for Debara Kay Schauf, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Place, 2829 South MacArthur, Oklahoma City, OK. Schauf, 71 passed away in Oklahoma City on Saturday, August 10, 2019. She was born on February 6, 1948 ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch RUIDOSO, NM–AUGUST 19, 2019—AQHA Racing champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Hold Air Hostage worked 330-yards at Ruidoso Downs this morning (Monday) in preparation for the 2019 All American Gold Cup(G2) on Labor Day weekend. With jockey Jessie Lee Levario aboard, the gelded-son of leading sire ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 18, 2019—Over 1,500 fans packed Ajax Downs for the 10th annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 18, raising money for the Ajax Pickering Hospital. Kids and their families enjoyed dozens of fun events such as racing down the track out of the Ajax starting gate, meeting the track ponies, entertainment from Dan the Music Man (www.danthemusicman.com), zoo animals, face painting and more. On track, the eight Quarter Horse races had fans of all ages racing to the rail to watch their favourite horses streak to the finish line. Spy For The Senate, the 2018 top 2-year-old ...



NORMAN, OK—AUGUST 17, 2019—Paragon Farms, LLC's grade 1 champion Flying Cowboy 123 will begin his stallion career in 2020 at Bob Moore Farms near Norman, Oklahoma it was announced today. "Bob Moore Farms is honored to be able to manage the stallion duties for this great young stallion and to strike up a friendship with the Paragon Farms team," Bob Moore Farms General Manager Phillip Stewart said today. "We look for a bright future with Flying Cowboy 123!" Flying ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 17, 2019—The Go Man Go Handicap will be run on September 1 at Los Alamitos Race Course and the connections of many of the top older horses in the country already have this Grade 1 race circled on their calendar. Let's a take a look at some of the big names expected to compete in this 400-yard race, plus we've included at the bottom of the page some famous quotes regarding the legacy of the Hall of Fame racehorse Go Man Go. Here are some of the possible starters:
  • BH Lisas Boy - Looked sharp and fit when winning the 440-yard Bank of America California Championship a week ago. He'll be going for his fifth career Grade 1 victory when he starts in the Go Man Go.
  • He Looks Hot - The ageless millionaire added stakes win number seven to his resume when winning the Spencer ...



SHELBYVILLE, IN—AUGUST 15, 2019—Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), announced the final tally of funding raised during the recent "Empire of Hope" event Saturday, July 20, 2019. A total of $46,877.95 was collected through various activities and fundraising efforts at each of the Caesars Entertainment racetracks. The funding will assist with efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired racehorses for Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. "We are elated that 'Empire of Hope' was so successful in its first year," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "The events we held at our facility really engaged our fans and members of the racing ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 13, 2019—The New Mexico Racing Commission announced on August 12 that horses previously trained by Trey Wood will be allowed to run in the trials to the All American Futurity, but under the care of their new trainers. The trials are slated to be contested on August 16-17 at Ruidoso Downs. Below is an August 13 open letter addressed to the "The Racing Community" from the NMRC, explaining the commission’s decision to allow those horses to run in the trials.
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August 13, 2019 To the racing community, We understand that the decision regarding the transferring of ...



By Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch

RUIDOSO, NM—AUGUST 12, 2019—The 2017 All American Futurity(G1) winning filly, Fly Baby Fly, was retired from racing today, according to co-owner Benny Jeter. The One Famous Eagle filly, with jockey Jose Alvarez aboard, pulled a mild upset on Labor Day of ...