Quarter Horse Handicapping for the New Year

It’s the beginning of 2017, and many horseplayers have goals of improving their handicapping skills for the New Year. Picking winners in Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred racing is far from an exact science, but here are a few suggested elements for consideration. Speed American Quarter Horses can accelerate to speeds of 55 mph. Their speed index, or measurement of how fast they have run in previous races, is noted in past performances.  Imperial Eagle, the top-ranked 2016 AQHA 2-year-old, posted speed [...]

Louisiana Downs Quarter Horse Meet Begins on January 7

  Louisiana Downs will open its 2017 American Quarter Horse meet on Saturday, January 7. The 46-day racing season will continue through March 22. Louisiana Downs kicks off its Quarter Horse meet on Saturday, January 7 Located near Shreveport, Louisiana Downs will kick off its season with two stakes on opening day, the $15,000 Marathon Stakes at 870 yards and the $15,000 Harrah's Dash, at 250 yards.  The track will offer a total of 12 stakes this season, [...]

One Famous Eagle Top Sire in 2016

  2016 is now in the history books and One Famous Eagle finished the year as the top-ranked Quarter Horse stallion in North America. His offspring were quite simply winning machines, earning $5.9 million this year. One Famous Eagle was the leading Quarter Horse sire in 2016 The son of Mr Jess Perry stands at 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, and set records as a first crop sire, continuing with exceptional runners each year.  His top performers include [...]

Championship at Sunland Park Final Quarter Horse Stakes of 2016

  The $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) is set for Saturday, December 31.  The 400-yard feature attracted a very competitive field with several of the runners in contention for AQHA year-end honors. Defending champion Zoomin Effortlessly leads the field in Saturday's $350,00 Championship at Sunland Park Once again, Zoomin Effortlessly and Jessies First Down will duel for another grade 1 win. Zoomin Effortlessly won when they competed against each other in the $200,000 All American Gold Cup [...]

Top 2016 Juvenile Performers

Next month, the Thoroughbred industry honors its stars with the Eclipse Awards. On January 18, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will hand out awards to the leading horses, trainer, jockey, owner and breeder. A panel of voters will select equine champions in several age categories with one top performer to be honored as AQHA world champion.  That usually goes to an older horse, but there have been several noted 2-year-olds to receive the award. Heza Dasha Fire was the [...]

Five Trials on the Friday Card at Sunland Park

 Nine Quarter Horse races will be run on the Friday, December 23rd card at Sunland Park. The first five events of the day are 400-yard trials for the Shue Fly Stakes (RG2). Paul Jones, 14-time AQHA champion trainer, won the Shue Fly last year with Moonstruck Love, owned by Jose Luis Ozuna. The duo combine this year with First Kool Moon, who is entered in the fourth trial and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez. The son of First Moonflash [...]

Weather is a Winner at Turf Paradise

 Turf Paradise, in sunny Arizona, is in the midst of its 61st annual racing season. From now through May 7, racing fans will be able to watch and wager on Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. Residents and visitors to Phoenix, Arizona can also partake in a variety of promotions and festival days. Both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds are running at Turf Paradise Turf Paradise’s Quarter Horse stakes schedule is once again led by the 300-yard, $70,000 Desert Classic Futurity [...]

Four Stakes Set for Closing Night at Evangeline Downs

The 2016 Quarter Horse meet at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana,  wraps up on Saturday, December 17 with a 12-race card, including four stakes. Ivan James is the $158,000 Evangeline Derby morning line favorite The action gets underway at 5:35 pm (Central). Distance specialists will compete in the 870-yard $25,000 IP 870 Stakes, which will run as race eight.  Stakes winners Jessa Little Rusty, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy will take on Zia Park shipper Executive Trust, with Ruby Gonzalez [...]

Sunland Park Live Racing Season Begins Friday, December 16

The New Mexico circuit shifts to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino this week.  The 2016-2017 live racing season gets underway Friday, December 16 and will offer another outstanding mixed meet of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred action through April 18. Quarter Horse stakes action begins Saturday with the $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap. The 350-yard sprint drew a competitive field of New Mexico-breds led by defending champion Osbaldo, Seeyalateralligator and Klassic Strawfly, who is still going strong at the age of [...]

Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds

Three Quarter Horse stakes will kick off the Louisiana Champions Day program Saturday, December 10 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Each have full fields and will get the festivities off to an exciting start. Jockey Antonio Alberto has fond memories of last year’s Louisiana Champions Day. He scored a major upset aboard 30-1 Jet Black Zoomer in the $100,0000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile. The son of Jet Black Patriot, trained by Kelli Smith had just broken his maiden and was [...]