Spotlights

All American Countdown, Monday, September 4

All American Countdown, Monday, September 4
The day has finally arrived for the much anticipated $3,000,000 All American Quarter Horse Futurity-G1. The two top Quarter Horse races for the day were the All American Futurity-G1 and All American Juvenile.

All American Countdown, Sunday, September 3

All American Countdown, Sunday, September 3
Cars were backed up to the highway at Ruidoso Downs Race Track Sunday afternoon. Shuttles were running nonstop to take race enthusiasts to and from the track for a big day of racing. After the races were over the third day of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale started at 6:00 p.m

All American Countdown, Saturday, September 2

All American Countdown, Saturday, September 2
There was a full day of racing at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. There were six Quarter Horse races scheduled for the day. The second day of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale resumed at 4:30 starting with Hip #51 due to Friday night’s power outage and ending on schedule with Hip #288.

All American Countdown, Friday, September 1, 2017

All American Countdown, Friday, September 1, 2017
The first day racing began at 12:30 Friday afternoon. Later in the evening, the parking lot was overflowing with people attending the 2017 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at the Ruidoso Downs Sales Pavilion.

All American Countdown, Thursday, August 31

All American Countdown, Thursday, August 31
Thursday kicked off the countdown to the 2017 All American Futurity Weekend. The post-position draw for the All American Futurity & Derby, the Lazy E Ranch yearling preview and the All American Futurity & Derby Banquet Dinner later that night were all on the schedule for Thursday's events.

All American Qualifiers

All American Qualifiers
Ruidoso Downs hosted the trials for the Grade 1, $3 Million All American Futurity on August 18-19 and the Grade 1, $1,365,907 Derby trials were held on Sunday, August 20.

Horses Test Positive for Class 1 Drug in Texas, Judge Rejects Request to Block Summary Suspensions

Horses Test Positive for Class 1 Drug in Texas, Judge Rejects Request to Block Summary Suspensions
Trainers Judd Kearl, Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud face fines and suspensions for Class 1 drug violations at Texas tracks after receiving notification from the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) on July 21 for positive tests at Sam Houston and/or Retama Park involving the human antidepressant Nomifensine.

Eight Horses Test Positive for Human Antidepressant in Texas

Eight Horses Test Positive for Human Antidepressant in Texas
As August begins, three trainers will be spending time in front of the Texas Racing Commission stewards in hearings on allegations of Class 1 medication violations. Trainers Judd Kearl, Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud received notification from the Texas Racing Commission on July 21 for positive tests at Sam Houston and/or Retama Park involving Nomifensine.

Jockey Cesar De Alba Wins The Seventh Annual Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award

Jockey Cesar De Alba Wins The Seventh Annual Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award
Jockey Cesar De Alba has been named the winner of the seventh annual Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award. Alba will be honored at an awards presentation in the winner's circle at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, September 3rd during the All American Weekend.

2017 LQHBA Yearling Sale

2017 LQHBA Yearling Sale
The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is in final preparation for its 41st annual Louisiana Bred Yearling Sale. For the second time in its history, the sale has been expanded to a three-day format.

Depth Charge

Depth Charge
Depth Charge is one of the greatest stallions to impact the racing American Quarter Horse. The story of Depth Charge is filled with twists and turns; however, that could have led to his being lost in history. But like many great stallions, he overcame the obstacles to enter the AQHA Hall of Fame as a sire with a deep and lasting influence on the breed.

2016 Broodmares of the Year

2016 Broodmares of the Year
The 2016 Speedhorse Broodmare of the Year contest came down to a dual between Jenuine Joy and Jess Send Candy. The result was a dead-heat with both mares earning nine points and the honor of Speedhorse Co-Broodmares of the Year.

A Big Win for American Quarter Horse Racing

A Big Win for American Quarter Horse Racing
American Quarter Horse racing scored a big win this week at the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. The ARCI model-rule committee and board of directors approved AQHA’s request to separate American Quarter Horse flat racing into its own breed-specific standard for medication violation within ARCI’s model rule.

Remington Park Announces Hair Testing for Grade 1 Championship

Remington Park Announces Hair Testing for Grade 1 Championship
Press release announces that Remington Park has instituted a new policy concerning its Grade 1 Remington Park Championship.

Horses That Can Run Longer Distances

Horses That Can Run Longer Distances
Every good athlete is a combination of natural ability and training. The inherited type of muscle fibers, heart, conformation and talent makes the biggest difference in determining what a horse might be able to do and can help determine if the horse may be a good distance runner or a better sprinter.

A Direct Connection

A Direct Connection
Frank Vessels Sr. developed his breeding farm in conjunction with his racetrack, which later became Los Alamitos Race Course, in the 1940’s. He and his grandson Frank “Scoop” Vessels III, through their Vessels Stallion Farm, created an outstanding breeding legacy that has contributed immensely to many of the great racehorses of today.

Speedhorse Graham P&A Derby Trials

Speedhorse Graham P&A Derby Trials
Remington Park kicked off their Quarter Horse and Mixed Breed Season Friday, March 10th with feature trials for two major Paint & Appaloosa Stakes Races, the $112,000 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity and the $46,900 Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby.

Great Moments in Quarter Racing

Great Moments in Quarter Racing
While some of his contemporaries flashed upon the sprinting horizon like a jet-propelled rocket, Plunder Bay was a slow developer. Foaled in Long Beach, California, the fleet-footed stallion was bred by his owner, Stephen G. Wasley...

2016 World Champion: Jessies First Down

2016 World Champion: Jessies First Down
The 2016 racing year is now in the books and the Champions have been named. Now it is on to 2017 to see if Jessies First Down will continue his assault on the 440-yard races with the goal to retain his World Championship. It also gives us a chance to see more of those races against Zoomin Effortlessly as the saga of Jessies First Down continues.

CHRB Approves Medication-Based Conditions

CHRB Approves Medication-Based Conditions
After a ruling in March by the Los Angeles County Superior Court—which forced the CHRB to set aside its approval of Los Alamitos Race Course's "house rules" banning the use of Clenbuterol, Albuterol, Zilpaterol, and Ractopamine for Quarter Horses races—the CHRB took an emergency action in the spring of 2016 to allow Los Alamitos to continue that practice.

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