Trials for the Mardi Gras Futurity Saturday at Louisiana Downs

Trials for the first official futurity of the year, the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs will take place on Saturday, February 25. A total of 128 Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds will make their debut in 14 trials, with the ten fastest qualifiers advancing to the final. Suffice it to say, handicapping these trials is difficult as the majority of these juveniles have never competed on the RDD Lajollanfastdash won the 2016 Mardi Gras Futurity and had success in [...]

Los Al Winter Championship Set for Sunday Night

The $150,900 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), rescheduled from Friday night due to heavy rain, will run Sunday, February 19 as the last race on the Los Alamitos card. This race marks the first qualifying event to the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions, and the field is wide open. Zoomin for Spuds is one of the top contenders in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship 2016 Champion of Champions victor Zoomin For Spuds posted the third-fastest qualifying time [...]

West Texas Maturity Trials at Sunland Park on Friday, February 17

The mixed meet at Sunland Park is gearing up for several big Quarter Horse stakes as well Defending champion, Once Over, will run in trials Friday for the West Texas Maturity as their premier. Thoroughbred event, the $800,00 Sunland Derby, a prep race for the Grade 1, Kentucky Derby.   Sunland Park recently announced a schedule change to feature Quarter Horse racing on Friday afternoons. Effective January 27, the New Mexico racetrack will be offering all-Quarter Horse programs [...]

Well-Matched Field in Saturday’s $244,900 Winter Derby

Los Alamitos in Cypress, California, will present the $244,900 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on Saturday night. It will be the first Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds in 2017 and a very competitive field is set for the 400 yard final. Multiple stakes winner One Proud Eagle runs Saturday night at Los Alamitos Trials were run on January 21 and Jess Hawk, a filly by One Sweet Jess, set the fastest time that evening, winning her trial in :19.733 seconds [...]

February Racing at Louisiana Downs

 There will be plenty of action in February at Louisiana Downs, both for older horses and Tee Ray is the morning line choice in Saturday's Louisiana Downs Maiden Stake. the first tests for 2-year-olds. On Saturday, the Bossier City racetrack will present the final of the 350-yard, $47,242 Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes. Jockey Damian Martinez qualified two for this final in trials run on January 21, but will ride fastest qualifier, Tee Ray for trainer Gary Shane Mason. [...]

‘Tis the Season for Schooling Races

 The first schooling races for 2-year-old Quarter Horses took place Friday, February 3 at Louisiana Downs, and another round is set for Friday, February 8 at Remington Park. What is the purpose of these 220 to 250 yard races?  For a young racehorse, the experience of entering a steel enclosure and running in close company with other horses can be intimidating. Most horses need a fair amount of schooling in order to master how to load and, most importantly, how [...]

Ideal Weather Delights Racing Fans in Arizona

Few regions in the country are as enjoyable this time of year as Arizona.  Racing fans have two tracks to follow in the spring: Turf Paradise in Phoenix and Rillito Park in Tuscon. Turf Paradise offers a mixed meet through May 7. Quarter Horse players cannot dismiss  trainer Matt Fales, who, once again, tops the Quarter Horse trainer leaderboard.  Fales began training in 2005 and divides his barn between Turf Paradise and Los Alamitos.  On Sunday, his trainee, Hoot And [...]

Two Stakes on Tap Saturday at Louisiana Downs

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is one month into its 46-day meet and will present two Quarter Horse stakes on the Saturday, January 28th card. Top Louisiana trainer Kenny Roberts will saddle two fillies in Saturday's Party Girl Stakes The first stakes, the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes drew a field of eight Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. Morning-line favoritism goes to Poonies Perfect Jet, a 4-year-old Jet Black Patriot filly trained by Kenneth Roberts, Sr. Jockey Donell Blake has the call in [...]

Jessies First Down Named AQHA World Champion

  Texan Ted Abrams, Sr. will likely never forget the night of January 18, 2017. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy and daughter, Heather, Abrams homebred Jessies First Down was named 2016 AQHA champion gelding as well as AQHA world champion. The presentations were made as part of the AQHA Racing Champions ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. Ted Abrams, trainer Judd Kearl and jockey Rodrigo Vallejo accept honors for Jessies First Down on January 18 in Oklahoma City [...]

AQHA Champions to be Announced Tonight

Tonight is the big awards ceremony for the Quarter Horse racing industry as the 2016 AQHA Racing Champions Remington Park Futurity winner, Teller Baja is nominated for AQHA 2-year-old Champion Filly will be announced. The presentations will take place at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City in a ceremony which will be webcast beginning at 5:00 pm (Central). The festivities will be streamed live at no charge.  Fans can watch it in its entirety on aqha.com on a computer or via [...]