It's almost time to get back to the track! The 2021 Fall Meeting of Champions featuring American Quarter Horses and mixed breeds is set to begin on Friday, September 17 and will run through Saturday, December 18.
John and Kathy Lee, co-owners of All American Futurity champion KJ Despardo, were on their way home to their ranch in Chandler, Arizona today. That’s a long-enough drive to think about what happened this summer at the races and also time to talk about the immediate and long-term future for their new racing star. © Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs
G.R. Carter is set to receive the Uphill Push Award on Saturday at the Caesars Entertainment Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser at Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey. The award is given annually to the single person who did the most to aid disabled former jockeys.
Quarter Horse racing has changed a great deal over the years. Nowadays the race tracks have starting gates for the horses to start from, the horses are handicapped by adding weight to those horses whose records indicate that they are much faster than others in the same race. The race tracks are made to be smooth, level and soft to prevent injury to the horses hooves and legs. And probably the biggest change of all is the spectator facilities.
Vernon Pool grew up in Canadian, Texas, where his father owned a hotel and was a railroad contractor “who depended on horses and mules instead of the heavy equipment we have today.”
Town Policy possessed a charisma about him that attracted attention – he had what Stars are made of – talent, stamina, determination, opportunity.