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2018 Ruidoso Downs Racing Participation and Policy Statement

2018 Ruidoso Downs Racing Participation and Policy Statement
Ruidoso Downs is under new ownership and management resulting from a recently completed acquisition. The new owners of Ruidoso Downs and the Ruidoso Horse Sale company have invested in this iconic track specifically to create a racing and sales environment that will provide fairness, stability, and integrity for all who race, buy and sell here. Simply stated, the opportunity to race at Ruidoso Downs is a privilege granted by its owners and not a right.

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.

2016 OQHRA Champions

2016 OQHRA Champions
The 2016 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Champion Banquet took place on February 18 at the Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photos are by: Susan Bachelor

Put Kansas Back in the Winner’s Circle

Put Kansas Back in the Winner’s Circle
Support legislation to create tax parity between state-owned/protected casinos and privately-owned and operated racetracks. The simple change would impact jobs and generate revenues.

Oklahoma Medication Issues Discussed in Historic Meeting

Oklahoma Medication Issues Discussed in Historic Meeting
Hosted by the Oklahoma QHRA, the meeting covered several topics. The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association organized a medication meeting, which was held on Friday at Heritage Place.

Happy Trails Children's Foundation Holding Drawing For Red Ryder Saddle

Happy Trails Children's Foundation Holding Drawing For Red Ryder Saddle
Formed in 1982, the nonprofit foundation helps children in crisis with a mission to hinder the rising tide of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and death

2016 AQHA Champions

2016 AQHA Champions
The 38th Annual Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale kicked off with the much-anticipated annual Pre-Sale Party hosted by Heritage Place. The 2016 AQHA Champion announcements began at 6:00 p.m. and included a webcast for those who could not attend.

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