Winners will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma, City, OK in a ceremony the day before the Heritage pLace Winter Mixed Sale that runs Jan. 18-20. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. CST and will be aired live at www.aqha.com/racing
In the Speedhorse January 2018 issue, we are celebrating the beginning of our 50th year of covering Quarter Horse racing news.
Documenting the last half-century of our industry, this super-sized issue will be full of more special features and prominent profiles. This is sure to be an issue that our readers will want to keep.
December 11, 2017 -- Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall Of Fame, Bethany, OK - The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to recognize outstanding individuals, horses, ranches or businesses, whose contributions involving the American Quarter Horse significantly impacted the great state of Oklahoma’s equine industry.
December 13, 2017--Racing Commissioners International, Lexington, KY--Citing the widespread use of drugs on yearlings and two years olds that may result in improper bone development and the recent use of horse auctions to launder money for the drug cartel, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) is formally calling for the independent regulation of the breeding and sales industries.
December 10, 2017--Los Alamitos Publicity, Cypress, Calif.--The Quarter Horse Benevolent Charitable Foundation and Los Alamitos Race Course owner and CEO Dr. Edward Allred have each donated $25,000 and F. Jack Liebau, the vice president of the Los Alamitos Racing Association, has donated $10,000 for a total of $60,000 to the relief efforts for the tragic Lilac fire that swept through the San Luis Rey training center in Bonsall, Ca. on December 7.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Press release announces that Remington Park has instituted a new policy concerning its Grade 1 Remington Park Championship.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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