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PCQHRA President Dominic "Bud" Alessio Passes Away

PCQHRA President Dominic "Bud" Alessio Passes Away
Dominic "Bud" Alessio, a long-time Quarter Horse owner and breeder who also served the industry as President of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Board of Directors since 1993, passed away on Tuesday evening. He was 77.

Bruce Salard Named LQHBA Executive Director

Bruce Salard Named LQHBA Executive Director
The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) is pleased to announce that Bruce Salard has been named executive director of the state-bred racing association. He will replace the position vacated by Tony Patterson, who served as executive director of LQHBA, before resigning last month.

OQHRA Hair Testing Update

OQHRA Hair Testing Update
According to OQHRA there will be no hair testing collections on April 26 or April 27. Horsemen and women are asked to plan accordingly.

Minnesota Racing Commission Announces New Deputy Director

Minnesota Racing Commission Announces New Deputy Director
The Minnesota Racing Commission announced on Thursday that deputy director Joe Scurto will be leaving the commission in June to return to the private sector.

TVG PDJF Telethon on April 7

TVG PDJF Telethon on April 7
Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7th as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America's Horse Racing Network.

Portland Meadows Closing After More Than 70 Years

Portland Meadows Closing After More Than 70 Years
Portland Meadows a longtime Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racetrack in the Pacific Northwest is closing for good according to an article published this week on the PortlandMonthly.com website.

CHRB Votes to Ban Jockeys From Using Whips

CHRB Votes to Ban Jockeys From Using Whips
The California Horse Racing Board voted on Thursday to ban jockeys from using whips to urge their mounts, the first stage of a process that will take several months and fundamentally change the way races are ridden.

Horse Racing Returns to Cochise County Fairgrounds

Horse Racing Returns to Cochise County Fairgrounds
Horse racing is returning to the Cochise County Fairgrounds. © Cochise County Fair Association

World Champion Jessies First Down Arrives at Remington Park

World Champion Jessies First Down Arrives at Remington Park
When a horse’s path has led down a road to millionaire success, the tendency is to follow that road of gold. That is exactly what the connections for Jessies First Down expect to do here at Remington Park this spring.

No Live Racing for Ft. Pierre in 2019

No Live Racing for Ft. Pierre in 2019
The Verendrye Benevolent Association has voted unanimously to NOT host a live horse racing event at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Ft. Pierre for the 2019 racing season.

TQHA Expects Accredited Texas Broodmare Rule to Change

TQHA Expects Accredited Texas Broodmare Rule to Change
At the March 19, 2019 meeting of the Texas Racing Commission the Texas Quarter Horse Association proposed a rule change to Accredited Texas-bred rules regarding requirements for Accredited Texas Broodmares.

LQHBA Announces Resignation of Executive Director Tony Patterson

LQHBA Announces Resignation of Executive Director Tony Patterson
In an open letter to membership Monday, LQHBA President Ryan Robicheux informed the association that LQHBA Executive Director Tony Patterson submitted his resignation to the LQHBA board earlier this month.

SunRay Park Live Racing Begins May 3

SunRay Park Live Racing Begins May 3
The 2019 live racing season at SunRay Park and Casino begins on Friday, May 3, offering a daily purse structure expected to exceed $200,000. The Farmington, New Mexico-based track will be running a boutique meet this season, consisting of 17 days of live racing, campaigning primarily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Funeral Services Set for Jimmy Lowell Hart

Funeral Services Set for Jimmy Lowell Hart
Funeral services for Jimmy Lowell Hart, 85, will be held Wednesday in Royston, Georgia. Hart, of Royston, passed away Sunday (Mar. 24) at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.

Leading Jockey, Trainer and Owner of the Meet Honored at Louisiana Downs

Leading Jockey, Trainer and Owner of the Meet Honored at Louisiana Downs
The final day of the 2019 Quarter Horse racing season today (Wednesday) also included presentations for the meet’s leading jockey, trainer and owner.

Successful Innovative Equine Wellness Program at Rillito Park

Successful Innovative Equine Wellness Program at Rillito Park
One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success, as there were no horse breakdowns during 96 races at the meet this year.

No Live Racing at Los Alamitos Race Course March 22-24 Due to Track Rehabilitation

No Live Racing at Los Alamitos Race Course March 22-24 Due to Track Rehabilitation
Los Alamitos Race Course will not race on Friday, March 22nd thru Sunday, March 24th to conduct moderate rehabilitation of the track surface. The track will remain open for morning training at the regularly scheduled hours with the rehabilitation work beginning after the end of training. Saturday’s gate works will be held at the usual starting time of 10 a.m.

Indiana Commission Approves Prohibiting Albuterol in Quarter Horses

Indiana Commission Approves Prohibiting Albuterol in Quarter Horses
At the March 12 meeting of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, the commission voted unanimously to prohibit the use of albuterol in American Quarter Horses.

A Delightful Legacy Dies at 18 Years of Age

A Delightful Legacy Dies at 18 Years of Age
All American Juvenile(RG3) winner and champion producer A Delightful Legacy died Mar. 16. She was 18-year-old old.

LQHBA Scholarship Fund Assists Two Students

LQHBA Scholarship Fund Assists Two Students
A thrilling day of Quarter Horse racing took place Saturday, March 16 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana. Hh Gailforce won the prestigious $305,296 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2), the first official test for 2-year-olds in the country and Tdz Louisiana Toast was an impressive champion in the $120,782 Mardi Gras Derby. © Hodges Photography/Ann Switalski

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