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JM Miracle Wins All American Futurity

American Quarter Horse Association, September 1, 2014 - It was a miracle in the All American Futurity (G1) – specifically JM Miracle, who took the prestigious $2.6 million race on September 1 at Ruidoso Downs.

The dark brown gelding by Volcom was ridden from Post 3 by veteran rider Ramon Sanchez. Racing cleanly, the horse was third early before powering home late over the 440 yards to win by a half length in :21.380.  

JM Miracle was trained by Umberto Belloc for Javier and Elsa Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm at Monahans, Texas. The Marquezes purchased JM Miracle (then named Volcom Express) for $40,000 at the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

The ultra-consistent gelding has now made six starts, all in the trials and finals of Ruidoso’s freshman triple crown. He won his Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial, then was second in the $700,000 final to Kiss My Hocks. He returned to win his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial, then was eighth after a poor break in the $900,000 final. He bounced right back to win his All American Futurity trial by a half length.

“This feeling I have right now is something I cannot describe,” said owner Javier Marquez. “This is a very well-bred horse. I qualified two years ago with Mr Perry Cartel; he didn't do very well, but I always believed I would win the All American one day. It was my dream and I never wanted to quit until it came true!”

New Mexico-bred Mad About The Moon was second. The horse, who was a $5,000 purchase last year, with this finish pushed his career earnings to $396,748. Sam Crow was third, followed by Apollitical Blood, Bodacious Eagle, Exquisite Stride, Tempting Destiny, Thunderball B and This Snow Is Cold. Im A Fancy PYC was scratched.

Jockey Ramon Sanchez picked up the mount on JM Miracle when qualifying jockey G.R. Carter Jr. chose to ride Tempting Destiny in the final. Sanchez most recently saw the All American Futurity winner’s circle in 2012, when he guided One Dashing Eagle to win the race on the way to becoming the sport’s world champion. He also rode Runnning Brook Gal to victory in 2009.

In only his fourth year of training, Umberto Belloc notched his second stakes win in the All American Futurity. He also trained This Fire Is Cold. Two races earlier, he sent out JM Specialwynn for the same connections to take the $100,000 All American Juvenile.

With the $1.3 million winner’s purse, JM Miracle pushes his career earnings to $1,462,000.

Breeder P.K. Thomas also owns JM Miracle’s sire Volcom, and bred and raced both his dam and second dam. Volcom is a son of First Down Dash who from four crops to race has sired the earners of more than $2.6 million. JM Miracle’s dam is stakes winner Lethal Delight, a daughter of Dean Miracle and a half sister to Lethal Volt, who was fifth in the 2011 All American Futurity.

Ruidoso Downs saw an all-time record crowd of 24,778 in attendance on Labor Day.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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All American Qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association, August 29, 2014– The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists:
 
ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY
 
Thunderball B
Making his third career start in the final trial of the first All American Futurity trial day, Thunderball B bounded home to a narrow victory to set the fastest qualifying time of the day, a :21.336. He was ridden in the trial by G.R. Carter Jr. for trainer Mike Joiner.
 
The gelding by FDD Dynasty broke his maiden in that start and currently has career earnings of $4,200.
 
He was a $40,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale and races for the partnership of Pat Guthrie, Billy Smith, Paul Blanchard and Fred Grooms of Rancho Mirage, California. His dam, Hollywood A List, is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Okey Dokey Fantasy. Thunderball B was bred by Bielau Oaks of Weimar, Texas.

Exquisite Stride
The fastest qualifier on the second day of All American Futurity trials and the fastest overall qualifier was Exquisite Stride, with a time of :21.313.
 
The bay colt races for D&S Racing LLC of Richton, Mississippi, and broke his maiden on first asking in a non-qualifying trial to the Rainbow Futurity (G1). He comes into the All American with a 2-for-2 record and earnings of $5,400.
 
Exquisite Stride was a $20,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase and is trained by Eddie Willis, and was ridden in the trials by Jimmy Dean Brooks.
 
Bred by John Andreini of San Mateo, California, Exquisite Stride is by champion Carters Cartel. He is one of two winners from three starters out of Tinys Lil Jess, a winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and the Grade 1-winning First Down Dash mare Tiny First Down ($317,881), who finished fourth in champion A Delightful Dasher’s All American Futurity (G1).
 
ALL AMERICAN DERBY
 
Big Dashing Perry
Big Dashing Perry looks for a big payday on Labor Day weekend as he enters the All American Derby as the fastest qualifier.
 
The bay gelding is trained by Toby Keeton and races for a partnership of Grant Farms, Dr. Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett, who paid $45,000 for the horse at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. He was bred by Grant Farms LLC and is by Mr Jess Perry and out of the Dashin Bye mare Marcys Dashin Bye, a half sister to champion First To Flash, the sire of champion First Moonflash.
 
Big Dashing Perry last year won the Firecracker Futurity (G2) and earlier this year was third in the Sam Houston Derby (G3). He won the first of 12 All American trials in :21.184, which held up throughout the day. He was ridden in the trial by G.R. Carter Jr. He has won five of seven career starts and earned $168,230.
 
Kates Dynasty
Last year’s champion 2-year-old filly, Kates Dynasty, won the ninth trial with the second-fastest time of :21.261. She won her trial by a half-length as the 4-5 favorite over fellow qualifiers The Ultimate Eagle and Potenzza.
 
Last year’s winner of the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1), in her start prior to the trials she was sixth in the Rainbow Derby (G1). She has won half of her 10 career starts and earned $510,454.
 
Breeder Jerry Windham, a former AQHA president, owns the filly in partnership with Billy G. Smith and Patrick D. Guthrie. She is by FDD Dynasty and out of the Vital Sign mare Jennifer Kate.
 
She is trained by Mike Joiner and was ridden in the trials by G.R. Carter Jr.
 
Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – at
www.qracingvideo.com.Q-RacingVideo provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com.Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com,andfind us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing). AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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All American Qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association, August 28, 2014– The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists:
 
ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY
 
Im A Fancy PYC
A $50,000 supplement to the All American Futurity trials, Im A Fancy PYC exploded in his trial, winning by 4 lengths in a time of :21.337.
 
Unfortunately for owner Dustin Cox and trainer Paul Jones, the colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon is not expected to contest the Labor Day finals due to an injury. Instead, he is likely to retire to a stud career. The colt won five of six career starts and earned $402,765. In April, he won the $791,000 Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Derby (RG3) and was also a finalist in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1). Im A Fancy PYC was ridden in the trials by G.R. Carter Jr.
 
Bred by Weetona Stanley and William Smith, Im A Fancy PYC is one of 58 stakes winners by major winner PYC Paint Your Wagon, who from five crops to race has sired the earners of more than $15.4 million. Im A Fancy PYC is out of the winning Mr Jess Perry mare First Prize Fancy.

Apollitical Blood
Apollitical Blood’s owner, Juan Alberto Lizzarraga, and trainer, Juan Aleman, have a long history with his family. After all, they raced his sire’s dam, champion Apollitical Time, and then his world champion sire, Apollitical Jess. Now they hope to repeat history with their 2-year-old colt.
 
Apollitical Blood races in the name of Rancho El Cabresto Inc. of Los Alamitos, California, and his four career starts include a fifth-place finish in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). He has won two of four starts and earned $62,425. He won his race on Day 2 of the All American Futurity trials by 2 1/2 lengths in :21.388.
 
Apollitical Blood was bred by Bruce and Jill Thompson of Patterson, California. Sire Apollitical Jess was the sport’s world champion in 2010, after a season that included a victory in the Champion of Champions (G1). His dam, Apollitical Time, is a three-time racing champion. Apollitical Blood’s dam is the Grade 2-placed Fishers Dash mare Brazilian Dasher, a half sister to champion FDD Dynasty, who sired All American qualifier Thunderball B.


ALL AMERICAN DERBY
 
Houdini
Rainbow Derby (G1) winner Houdini is looking for one more big trick this summer, as he is a likely favorite at post time in the All American Derby.
 
The Valiant Hero gelding races for Ellen Kennedy Living Trust, which also bred him out of the Takin On The Cash mare Pure Oklahoma.
 
Trained by Luis Villafranco and ridden in the trials by Cody Jensen, Houdini as a freshman was second in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and the Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Futurity (R), third in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) and ran in the All American Futurity (G1). He won the Rainbow Derby on July 19 and won his All American Derby trial by three-quarters of a length in :21.263.
 
J Bar
Another homebred, J Bar races for AQHA past president Jerry Windham. The Jess Zoomin gelding won the fourth All American Derby trial by a half-length with a time of :21.309. He made his stakes debut in the July 9 Rainbow Derby (G1) but finished fifth after a troubled start. As a 2-year-old, J Bar qualified to the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1). He returned this season to qualify for the June 28 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge but was scratched from all three finals. He has a record of five wins in eight starts, with earnings of $95,734.
 
Trained by Michael Joiner and ridden in his trial by G.R. Carter Jr., J Bar is from the first crop of second-year sire Jess Zoomin, who was third in the 2008 All American Futurity. J Bar is one of 11 winners from 14 starters out of the winning Runaway Winner mare The Jubilee Diamond, who is herself a daughter of champion Denim N Diamonds.
 
Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – at
www.qracingvideo.com.Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com.Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com,andfind us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing). AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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All American Qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association, August 27, 2014 – The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists:
 
Sam Crow
A gelding named after a television motorcycle gang (“Sons of Anarchy”) will look to take over the prestigious All American Futurity, as he enters the gates having won his Day 1 All American trial in style by 2 lengths with a :21.487 time.
 
Owned by Terry Baber of Burkburnett, Texas, Sam Crow was a $40,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Trained by Blane Wood and ridden in the trials by Ricky Ramirez, the son of Valiant Hero caught the trainer’s eye because of something that happened long before the horse was ever born. Wood selected Sam Crow at the sale because of the gelding’s dam, Bourbonstreetchick, who in 2002 won a futurity in which Wood had eight of the 10 horses in the final. He vowed that if he had a chance to buy her babies, he would – and Baber did.
 
Sam Crow, who was bred by Paris Wixon of Hope Hull, Alabama, has a record of 6-3-2-0 and $19,560. He was second to Lethal Express in the June 8 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational (R).
 
This Fire Is Cold
Breaking her maiden in the 13th All American Futurity trial on Friday with a time of :21.431, This Fire Is Cold has made three career starts and earned $5,736.
 
Racing for Armando Moya of Houston, Texas, This Fire Is Cold hopes to follow in the footsteps of her family. Sire Walk Thru Fire was a Grade 1 finalist, and his sister, One Sweet Dash, is the dam of 2012 All American Futurity winner and world champion One Dashing Eagle ($2,079,065), as well as One Sweet Jess ($953,592), who lit the board in the 2011 All American Derby. Dam This Snow Is Cold is a Grade 1-winning earner of $522,915, and her foals include This Corona Is Cold, who was third in the 2010 Rainbow Futurity.

Bred by Los Ladrilleros Horse Racing Co. of Houston, Texas, and trained by Umberto Belloc, This Fire Is Cold was ridden in the trials by Esgar Ramirez, who in 2010 guided Mr Piloto to win the All American Futurity.
 
ALL AMERICAN DERBY
 
The Ultimate Eagle
The trainer-jockey combo of Eddie Willis and Jimmy Dean Brooks hope to repeat last year’s magic when they send out the bay gelding The Ultimate Eagle in the All American Derby. Last year, they upset the race with Feature Hero, who was eventually named the champion 3-year-old based on the strength of that win. In the All American trials, The Ultimate Eagle was second behind Kates Dynasty and earned a time of :21.327.
 
The Ultimate Eagle races for Ed Melzer and is a multiple stakes qualifier. Bred by Christine Hudson, the gelding has won or placed in eight of 11 career starts and earned $67,669.
 
The Ultimate Eagle is by champion One Famous Eagle, the sire of All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle ($2,079,065) and sire of current All American Futurity qualifier Bodacious Eagle. The Ultimate Eagle is out of the unraced Strawfly Special mare Ladys Heart Of Gold, who is also the dam of his full sister Eagle On The Fly, who was third in the Rainbow Futurity.
 
Down Side Magician
Owners and breeders J Bar Ranch LLC and R.D. Hubbard look to recapture some magic in the All American Derby as they send out their Down Side Magician.
 
Their champion Noconi won the 2008 edition of the All American Derby, and Johnny T.L. Jones’ J Bar Ranch was breeder and co-owner of 2012 All American Derby winner Ochoa, who is the sport’s all-time leading money earner with $2,781,365 accumulated.
 
Down Side Magician has won or placed in five of six career starts with earnings of $18,748, and was fourth in the Rainbow Derby Invitational (R). He was second behind Big Dashing Perry in the first All American Derby trial, earning a time of :21.360.
 
Trained by C. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath and ridden in the trial by Cody Jensen, Down Side Magician is one of only 171 foals sired by The Down Side ($361,792), who died in 2006. His dam is the Favorite Trick (TB) mare Slide Of Hand.
 
Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing). AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA Publications. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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All American Qualifiers

The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists:
 
ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY
 
Tempting Destiny
Maybe it will be destiny for the connections of Tempting Destiny.
 
After all, co-owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach have already achieved one of racing’s dreams: to win Thoroughbred racing’s Kentucky Derby, which they did in 2009 with their unlikely hero Mine That Bird. Now they seek to achieve another dream, in the form of an All American Futurity victory. Together they partner with Henry Southway and Linda Joiner on a gelding by Tempting Dash and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Dashingfordestiny. Tempting Destiny was a $75,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
 
Tempting Destiny is trained by Mike Joiner, was ridden in the trials by G.R. Carter Jr. and was bred by Kirk Goodfellow. Tempting Destiny in June was seventh in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). He won his All American trial on August 14 with a :21.529 time. He has won half of his four career starts and earned $30,040.
 
Sire Tempting Dash is having a big year, as he is already the sire of Ruidoso Futurity winner Kiss My Hocks ($692,380) and $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Lovethewayyoulie ($456,322). Dam Dashingfordestiny is a half sister to, among others, champion and All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen ($1,885,283).

Mad About The Moon
Mad About The Moon will look to repeat history, as the gelded son of First Moonflash enters the gates of the All American Futurity. Last year, Handsome Jack Flash, another gelded son of First Moonflash, brought home the trophy for his New Mexico connections.

This year, David Valdez of Odessa, Texas, hopes that his $5,000 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale purchase can do the same.
 
Making his third career start in the All American trials, Mad About The Moon finished second to Bodacious Eagle in the seventh heat on the second day of the All American trials with a time of :21.442. Mad About The Moon finished fourth in his first race, a May 30 trial to the Mountain Top Futurity (RG3), and then returned to win against maiden company on July 21.

Mad About The Moon was bred by Larry and Sarah Donaldson’s Hughes Donaldson Horse Co. of Deming, New Mexico, out of the I Be Streakin mare Streaking Power. He is trained by Gene Burden and was ridden in the trials by Sergio Becerrea.

ALL AMERICAN DERBY
 
Five Bar Cartel
Champion Five Bar Cartel returned to the races in the All American Derby trials to finish second behind J Bar in the fourth of 12 trials. Last year’s champion 2-year-old colt has now won five of eight career starts and earned $655,358, including a victory in last year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).
 
Five Bar Cartel is raced by Jorge Carmona’s San Gregorio Racing Stables Inc. of Mira Loma, California, which was co-owner of 2012 world champion and All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle. Trainer James J. Gonzalez II also knows success on Labor Day – in 2003 he rode By By JJ to win the All American Futurity before becoming a trainer in 2009. Saul Ramirez was aboard Five Bar Cartel in the trials.
 
Bred by Esmeralda Flores, Five Bar Cartel’s sire, Corona Cartel, is the leading living race sire, with more than $45.5 million in progeny earnings. Dam Five Bar Molly, a daughter of Dash Ta Fame, was a Grade 1 winner in her racing career with earnings of $187,109. She is also the dam of seven winners from 10 starters and the earners of more than $1.2 million.

Mon Ti Dash
The least-experienced runner in the All American Derby field, Mon Ti Dash is set to make his fifth career start in the stakes. In his trial, he finished second behind Houdini in the eighth trial. To date, he has had one win and one second in four starts, with earnings of $3,840.
 
Ponderosa Ranch of PC Inc. and MCM Farms own the First Down Dash colt, whom they purchased for $49,000 at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. He is trained by C. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath, the sport’s fifth all-time leading trainer, and was ridden in the trials by Berkley Packer.
 
Mon Ti Dash was bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, and his sire is a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and the sport’s all-time leading sire, with earners of more than $82.4 million. Dam Mon Ti Fleur is a daughter of leading sire Mr Jess Perry and has produced six winners from seven starters, including five-time stakes winner Mon Ti Rose (by Dashin Bye, $284,169). At the recently completed TQHA Yearling Sale, the $250,000 sale topper Yellow Rose B is a full sister to Mon Ti Dash.
 
Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing). AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Polls Respond to All American Trial Results

American Quarter Horse Association, August 21, 2014 - A whirlwind long weekend at Ruidoso Downs for the Grade 1 All American Futurity and Derby trials had an impact on the rankings in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Polls. Both Kiss My Hocks (2-year-olds) and Houdini (3-year-olds and older) maintained their No. 1 posts after trial wins, even though the former failed to make the Futurity final.

Kiss My Hocks remained a solid No. 1-ranked juvenile nationally this week, following his Day 2 trial that fell just short of qualifying for the final. He landed as the second-fastest qualifier for the All American Juvenile Invitational while advancing his record to 6-for-7 lifetime.

Two faces from the list of Futurity finalists appeared in the poll this week. JM Miracle, who qualified during the first day of trials, re-entered the poll at No. 7. Bodacious Eagle posted a Day 2 qualifying time in the All American Futurity trials and joins the poll this week at No. 8. Both horses also contested the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities. JM Miracle was second in the Ruidoso and eighth in the Rainbow, and Bodacious Eagle was third in the Ruidoso and fourth in the Rainbow.

Exquisite Stride, now 2-for-2 lifetime and the fastest qualifier for the All American Futurity, just missed the rankings this week as the leading vote-getter outside the Top 10. Note that Im A Fancy PYC, winner of the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (RG3) and finalist in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1), was dropped from the rankings due to an injury that forced his retirement after his sensational qualifying All American Futurity trial run.

As for the older horses, Houdini qualified third-fastest for All American Derby (G1) while winning his trial over fellow qualifier Mon Ti Dash and Grade 1 winner Skuze Pleeze, and cemented his place atop the older horse rankings. Meanwhile, Nellie Delaney returned from a six-month layoff to win the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) and move up one spot to No. 2 this week. She had held down the No. 1 post much of the early season before inactivity dropped her down the list.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (107)
2.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (97)
3.         TRENDI (92)
4.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (64)
5.         PAINT ME PERRY (47)
6.         OLD GIRL (44)
7.         JM MIRACLE (36)
8.         BODACIOUS EAGLE (31)
9.         GAME (16)
10.       DISCONTENT (11)
 
Exquisite Stride (10), Gotta Run Miss (6), PYB Place Your Bet (5), Eagle On The Fly (5), BV Travelin Soldier (5), Thunderball B (4), Hezadashinbye (4), Boi George (3), Count De Monet (3), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (2), Apollitical Blood (2), Girlonthego (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         HOUDINI (104)
2.         NELLIE DELANEY (85)
3.         BON ACCORD (84)
4.         FAR NIENTE (71)
5.         ROCK YOU (52)
6.         MOONIST (44)
7.         VIVA MI CORAZON (43)
8.         LLANO CARTEL (40)
9.         JODY POPS ZOOMER (36)
10.       ONE VALIANT HERO (9)
 
TF Featured Effort (8), Feature Mr Who (6), Dash Master Jess (5), This Dude Can Fly (4), Kates Dynasty (4), Her O Don Won (4), All Out Arrogant (2), Big Dashing Perry (2), Hes Relentless (2), Vodka With Ice (2)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/odds-maker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Houdini Escapes With Top Poll Spot

American Quarter Horse Association, July 23, 2014 - Pollsters made a startling move in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll when Houdini literally appeared from nowhere into the No. 1 spot among the older horses. A 6-1 upset winner in Saturday's $1,048,682 Rainbow Derby (G1), Houdini went from a single 10th-place vote a week ago to a near-unanimous No. 1 ranking this week. Among those in his wake at Ruidoso Downs was the poll’s former top-ranked runner, Rock You, who slid three spots to No. 4 this week after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the same race. This Dude Can Fly, who this week is ranked at No. 10, was eighth in the race.

Houdini’s limited season has included three starts to date, including his trial win over champion 2-year-old filly Kates Dynasty, and the finals victory in the Rainbow Derby. He opened his season as runner-up in the Jack Brooks (RG3) at Remington Park in late May. He was well-known after his freshman season, though, as he was second in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (R) and Texas Classic Futurity (G1), third in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) and a finalist in the All American Futurity (G1).

The turbulence of the poll for 3-year-olds and older wasn't quite as obvious in the 2-year-old poll, where multiple graded finals winner Kiss My Hocks maintained the nation’s No. 1 ranking despite a surprising neck loss in Sunday’s $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1). Despite a bumpy beginning, the colt rallied strongly to finish second as the overwhelming favorite. Trendi, the surprise wire-to-wire winner at 44-1 odds, rose all the way to No. 3 among the juvenile rankings.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1.         KISS MY HOCKS (106)
2.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (96)
3.         TRENDI (92)
4.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (78)
5.         PAINT ME PERRY (47)
6.         OLD GIRL (44)
7.         IM A FANCY PYC (41)
8.         GAME (28)
9.         BV TRAVELIN SOLDIER (19)
10.       BOI GEORGE (17)
 
JM Miracle (11), Gotta Run Miss (6), Eagle On The Fly (6), PYB Place Your Bet (4), Hezadashinbye (4), Count De Monet (3), Oneapolliticalflight (2), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         HOUDINI (100)
2.         BON ACCORD (84)
3.         NELLIE DELANEY (78)
4.         ROCK YOU (77)
5.         FAR NIENTE (56)
6.         VIVA MI CORAZON (55)
7.         LLANO CARTEL (51)
8.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (25)
9.         ONE VALIANT HERO (21)
10.       THIS DUDE CAN FLY (15)
 
Her O Don Won (14), Dash Master Jess (7), Feature Mr Who (6), All Out Arrogant (5), Jody Pops Zoomer (4), Hes Relentless (3), Separatist Firstdown (2)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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State-Bred Celebrations

American Quarter Horse Association, July 24, 2014 - State-bred horses will star in stakes at races around the country this weekend.
 
Los Alamitos will dedicate Saturday evening to California-breds. In the night’s richest race, the $357,500 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2), Dr. Ed Allred stands out by owning the top-three qualifiers and the fifth-fastest qualifier, as well as being the breeder of seven of the qualifiers.
 
The Allred homebreds racing in the 350-yard dash are fastest-qualifier Discontent, second-fastest qualifier He Looks Hot, third-fastest qualifier Chicanery and fifth-fastest qualifier Mystery Man. He also bred fourth-fastest qualifier Hot Shot, owned by Kolleen Ledgerwood; seventh-fastest qualifier Dash Of Red, owned by Santos Montemayor; and 10th-fastest qualifier Kickin Your Can, owned by Link Newcomb.
 
Paul Jones and Thompson Racing, Inc.’s Foose Is Loose (Foose-Shescheckinumout by Check Him Out) led the three trials to the $198,100 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG3) with a 1 1/4-length trial victory. Foose Is Loose turned in a :19.702 time for 400 yards while making his second start off a six-month layoff in the trials. Last year, Foose Is Loose qualified for the $1,071,000 Ed Burke Million (G1) and the $281,100 Kindergarten Futurity (G2).
 
Allred will also be dangerous in the $100,000 Spencer L. Childers Breeders Championship Handicap (RG1) over 400 yards with the consistent stakes horse Once Over.
 
Once Over (Walk Thru Fire-Look Her Over by Check Him Out) comes off a third-place finish in the $163,300 Vessels Maturity (G1) behind Far Niente. The Willoughby-trained gelding won the $25,000 Katella Handicap in March and was second by a neck in the $25,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3) in May.
 
In New Mexico, Ruidoso hosts the rich Zia Festival.
 
Terry and Irene Stennett’s fastest-qualifier De Loach heads the richest race during the two-day festival, the $392,253 Zia Futurity (RG1), Sunday afternoon.
 
De Loach (Jessie James Jr-Famous Chapelle by Dash Ta Fame) raced to his second win from four starts when he took his Zia Futurity trial by three quarters of a length. His time of :19.471 for 400 yards was the top mark from 10 trials. The Blane Wood-trained De Loach scored his other victory when he won his trial to the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) back in March.
 
At Retama Park in Texas, stakes veteran Grey Daze bringing fastest-qualifier honors into the $365,260 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) to headline an interesting Saturday night of racing. The TQHA Sale Futurity is for horses that passed through the ring at the TQHA Yearling Sale. This year’s sale is on Friday and Saturday.
 
Louis A. Trey Malechek III and Ben Butler’s Grey Daze (Captain Courage-Grey Lakes Girl by Royal Shake Em) fought to a nose win over first-time starter Favorite Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Favorite Energy by Favorite Trick (TB)) in their trial, and the pair came away with the two-fastest qualifying marks. The Leon Bard-trained Grey Daze has the advantage of stakes experience. The filly was moved up to third in the $68,000 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge after crossing the finish line in fourth place. She earned her spot in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge with a length trial victory.

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Kiss My Hocks Leads Rainbow Futurity

American Quarter Horse Association, July 17, 2014 - Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks continues his march toward history when he brings his No. 1 ranking and his 5-for-5 record into the $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
 
To say that AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll leader Kiss My Hocks (Tempting Dash-Romancing Mary by Tres Seis) has done everything asked of him would be an understatement. He has been absolutely brilliant so far in his career and will be the strong choice in the 400-yard futurity.
 
Trained by Toby Keeton, Kiss My Hocks won his Rainbow Futurity trial by a commanding 3 1/4 lengths. His time of :19.481 for 400 yards was the fastest mark from two days of trials. Kiss My Hocks has been on the national radar screen since he set a new 330-yard track record while setting the top qualifying mark for the $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity (G2). He then came back to win the final, then moved on to dominating victories in the trial and final of the $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1).
 
If Kiss My Hocks wins the Rainbow Futurity, he will remain on track to win the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus. It goes to the connections of any horse who can take the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities. If Kiss My Hocks takes the bonus, the largest in Quarter Horse racing, his earnings will exceed $6 million.
 
Richard Scott’s homebred Her O Don Won may hold fastest-qualifier status to the $1,048,682 Rainbow Derby (G1), but he will be in a tough tussle against at very deep and talented field in the 440-yard test.
 
Her O Don Won (Valiant Hero-Miss Shivers by Feature Mr Jess) raced the quarter mile in :21.323 to set the top mark from the nine trials. The Russell Harris trainee showed class by defeating $943,127 Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner Rock You (Foose-Babe On The Fly by Strawfly Special) by a half length. Rock You checked in with the sixth-fastest time of :21.408.
 
Also appearing in the race are reigning champion 2-year-old filly Kates Dynasty, All American Futurity (G1) finalists Houdini and Hes Relentless, and nationally-ranked runner This Dude Can Fly.

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Poll Leaders Prepare for Big Weekend

American Quarter Horse Association, July 17, 2014 - With a potential third major futurity final trophy in his sights Sunday in the Rainbow Futurity (G1), Kiss My Hocks maintained his unanimous perch atop this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll of 2-year-olds. The winner of the Sam Houston Futurity (G2) and Ruidoso Futurity (G1) garnered all 11 first-place votes to pace the juvenile rankings.
 
Kiss My Hocks will meet a pair of fellow nationally ranked freshmen in the Rainbow Futurity final. Boi George, ranked No. 7 this week, and JM Miracle, ranked No. 10, also provide poll depth. The top 10 had one newcomer this week in Game, whose victory in the Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs earned him the No. 8 spot nationally this week.
 
As for the older horses, there were no significant changes to the rankings this week, as Rock You maintains the top perch. He will put that placement on the line in Saturday's Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs against a field that includes No. 9-ranked This Dude Can Fly.
 
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (110)
2.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (95)
3.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (92)
4.         PAINT ME PERRY (56)
5.         OLD GIRL (49)
6.         IM A FANCY PYC (46)
7.         BOI GEORGE (31)
8.         GAME (30)
9.         JM MIRACLE (23)
10.       BV TRAVELIN SOLDIER (21)
 
Gotta Run Miss (11), PYB Place Your Bet (10), Bodacious Eagle (8), Hezadashinbye (6), Count De Monet (5), Oneapolliticalflight (3), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (3), Eagle On The Fly (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         ROCK YOU (99)
2.         NELLIE DELANEY (90)
3.         BON ACCORD (85)
4.         FAR NIENTE (70)
5.         VIVA MI CORAZON (68)
6.         LLANO CARTEL (60)
7.         ONE VALIANT HERO (41)
8.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (28)
9.         THIS DUDE CAN FLY (18)
10.       DASH MASTER JESS (16)
 
All Out Arrogant (8), Separatist Down (8), Feature Mr Who (6), Jody Pops Zoomer (3), Her O Don Won (3), Native Tea Rose (1), Houdini (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Last To Fire Defends in Vessels Maturity

American Quarter Horse Association, July 3, 2014 - Reigning world champion Last To Fire started his Grade 1-winning run to his world title in last year’s Vessels Maturity. He’ll try to defend his win in this year's edition of the Grade 1 stakes with a $163,300 purse on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas' Last To Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Last Shall Be First by Strawfly Special) will be trying to step forward after a second-place finish in his Vessels Maturity trial, his first out since taking the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December. The Sergio Fiscal-trained gelding made a late rush from the outside post position to get within a neck of Howard Nichols’ Jess Being Valiant (Valiant Hero-Jess Sass Me by Mr Jess Perry).

Jess Being Valiant has the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.736 for 400 yards, while Last To Fire is the third-fastest qualifier at :19.783.

After Last To Fire won the 2013 $167,900 Vessels Maturity (G1) by a half length, he returned to win the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) by a dominating 1 3/4 lengths before his $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) victory by 1 1/4 lengths.

Last To Fire won five of six starts last year and banked $515,209 to push his career earnings to $1,089,345. In addition to being named world champion, he was the champion aged horse and champion aged gelding.

Jess Being Valiant showed his Grade 1 credentials last fall when he was second by a neck in the $232,900 Golden State Derby (G1) behind Vessels Maturity fastest-qualifier Far Niente (FDD Dynasty-Shahayla by Chicks Beduino). Earlier this season, Jess Being Valiant won the $25,000 A Ransom Handicap and his Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) trial.

Atwood Ranches and Vessels Stallion Farms’ Far Niente impressed when he won his trial by three quarters of a length, with the quickest time of :19.684. It was his first out since finishing fourth in the $168,500 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3) as the 4-5 favorite back in October.

Far Niente, trained by Jose Hernandez Jr., earned his odds-on favoritism in the Breeders Derby on the strength of a three-race winning streak that included a neck win in the Golden State Derby.

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No. 1s Hold Positions in Polls

American Quarter Horse Association, July 2, 2014 - Top-ranked Kiss My Hocks continued this week as the No. 1-ranked 2-year-old in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. He’ll get a quick chance to showcase that ranking when he headlines Thursday’s Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. The Tempting Dash colt, the only member of this week’s Top 10 entered in Thursday’s trials, is the 6-5 favorite in the afternoon’s 10th of 12 trial events.

Friday’s Rainbow Futurity trials also include this week’s No. 10-ranked juvenile, JM Miracle, runner-up in the Ruidoso Futurity to Kiss My Hocks. He tops the ninth of 12 trials on Day 2 of qualifying.

Meanwhile, No. 1-ranked older horse Rock You headlines Saturday’s Rainbow Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. The Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner aims for a sixth straight win and fifth on the 2014 season, when he puts his streak on the line as the heavy favorite in Saturday’s Race 11. The Derby trials also include This Dude Can Fly in Race 7, winner of the Heritage Place Derby (G2) and ranked No. 9 nationally this week.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (110)
2.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (95)
3.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (91)
4.         OLD GIRL (65)
5.         PAINT ME PERRY (59)
6.         IM A FANCY PYC (53)
7.         BOI GEORGE (32)
8.         BV TRAVELIN SOLDIER (29)
9.         GOTTA RUN MISS (22)
10.       JM MIRACLE (13)
 
PYB Place Your Bet (12), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (6), Oneapollicticalflight (5), Count De Monet (5), Jess Curl My Prize (5), Bodacious Eagle (4), Zuccardi (2)
 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         ROCK YOU (101)
2.         NELLIE DELANEY (91)
3.         BON ACCORD (89)
4.         VIVA MI CORAZON (74)
5.         LLANO CARTEL (68)
6.         ONE VALIANT HERO (48)
7.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (44)
8.         DASH MASTER JESS (25)
9.         THIS DUDE CAN FLY (21)
10.       ALL OUT ARROGANT (14)
 
Feature Mr Who (13), Native Tea Rose (5), Jody Pops Zoomer (3), Jetblack Gold Moment (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Heza Dasha Fire Lights Up Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, June 25, 2014 - Following a dominant and fast victory in Sunday’s Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), Heza Dasha Fire made a major impression on pollsters in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds. The Walk Thru Fire gelding debuted in the rankings at No. 2 this week after notching his third straight victory without a loss.

Two-time major futurity finals winner Kiss My Hocks, hero of the Sam Houston Futurity (G2) and Ruidoso Futurity (G1), remains atop the juvenile rankings this week. But Heza Dasha Fire served notice that the West Coast could have a major say as the season unfolds. He has won his three starts by 5 1/4 combined lengths and each by at least 1 1/4 lengths. The balance of this week's Top 10 juveniles remained unchanged.

The body of the Top 10 older horses in their divisional poll did not change this week, but pollsters made a significant adjustment near the top. Bon Accord, winner of the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1), has leapfrogged the long-idle Nellie Delaney into the No. 2 spot behind poll leader Rock You. Nellie Delaney has been absent since her February 16 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) victory. She had spent 14 weeks atop the rankings until being supplanted by Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner Rock You in the June 11 poll.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (110)
2.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (95)
3.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (91)
4.         OLD GIRL (64)
5.         PAINT ME PERRY (59)
6.         IM A FANCY PYC (53)
7.         BV TRAVELIN SOLDIER (35)
8.         BOI GEORGE (31)
9.         GOTTA RUN MISS (24)
10.       JM MIRACLE (15)
 
PYB Place Your Bet (11), Count De Monet (6), Oneappoliticalflight (4), Bodacious Eagle (4), Zuccardi (2), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         ROCK YOU (102)
2.         BON ACCORD (90)
3.         NELLIE DELANEY (88)
4.         VIVA MI CORAZON (72)
5.         LLANO CARTEL (69)
6.         ONE VALIANT HERO (49)
7.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (43)
8.         THIS DUDE CAN FLY (30)
9.         DASH MASTER JESS (27)
10.       FEATURE MR WHO (15)
 
All Out Arrogant (13), Native Tea Rose (5), Air Born Leader (2)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Rock You Rockets Up Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, June 11, 2014 - For the first time in 15 weeks, there is a new No. 1 in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com Top 10 Poll for older horses. Rock You supplanted Nellie Delaney in the coveted spot following Saturday's $943,279 Ruidoso Derby (G1) victory that advanced his record to 4-for-4 on the season. The son of Foose, who is trained by Eddie Willis for owner Reliance Ranches LLC, also notched the Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) at Remington Park earlier in the spring.

Inactive since her February 16 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) score, Nellie Delaney stepped back one spot to a firm No. 2 in the rankings.

On the 2-year-old front, reigning No. 1-ranked Kiss My Hocks out-dashed his rivals in Sunday’s $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and cemented his position atop the poll this week. The son of Tempting Dash garnered all 11 first-place votes in a unanimous series of ballots with his name on top. The Toby Keeton trainee may return for the Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials on July 3-4. Sire Tempting Dash also has the No. 2 freshman on the list; his Lovethewayyoulie, who won the $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) last week, sits firmly behind Kiss My Hocks. JM Miracle, a rallying runner-up in the Ruidoso Futurity in his second lifetime start, debuted in the poll this week at No. 9.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (110)
2.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (98)
3.         OLD GIRL (71)
4.         PAINT ME PERRY (69)
5.         IM A FANCY PYC (68)
6.         BV TRAVELIN SOLDIER (45)
7.         BOI GEORGE (40)
8.         GOTTA RUN MISS (25)
9.         JM MIRACLE (21)
10.       PYB PLACE YOU BET (20)
 
Count De Monet (13), Bodacious Eagle (7), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (6), Glimpse Of Dash (3), Heza Dasha Fire (1), BP Down South (1)
 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         ROCK YOU (105)
2.         NELLIE DELANEY (91)
3.         BON ACCORD (80)
4.         VIVA MI CORAZON (72)
5.         LLANO CARTEL (64)
6.         ONE VALIANT HERO (50)
7.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (41)
8.         THIS DUDE CAN FLY (37)
9.         DASH MASTER JESS (34)
10.       FEATURE MR WHO (12)
 
All Out Arrogant (10), Native Tea Rose (9), Moonist (2), Eye On Corona (2)


The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Multiple Medication Violation System

American Quarter Horse Association, June 6, 2014- The misuse of medication in the racing American Quarter Horse industry is a serious issue, and one that AQHA, with the support of horsemen and the racing industry alike, is working to address. This year, AQHA launched its Multiple Medication Violation System (MMVS), which is a system to address the common complaint that repeat violators of medication rules are not sufficiently punished for positive drug tests associated with horses they train or own.  

The MMVS used as its model the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s (ARCI) model rules multiple violation system, which was introduced in 2013. The MMVS is based on a point system, similar to points on a drivers license, and sets penalties for horses, trainers and owners for positive drug tests associated with their horses. As its name indicates, MMVS penalties increase in severity as a horse, trainer or owner accumulates points and multiple offenses on their record. The MMVS is also designed to impose serious consequences for violators of medication rules involving Class 1, Class 2 or Category A drugs as defined by ARCI. The system is not intended to be a substitute for the current penalty systems used by racing jurisdictions.

Since January 1, 42 horses, 37 owners and 34 trainers have been penalized pursuant to the MMVS. This includes the suspension of six trainers (two for five years and two for life) and one owner (for life), as well as the suspension of the participation privileges of seven horses (four for a minimum of 150 days and three for a minimum of three years). The trainers, owners and horses penalized but not suspended were assessed MMVS points, the accumulation of which would ultimately result in their suspension. Prior to the January 1 application of the MMVS, AQHA suspended 37 trainers for medication violations occurring during 2012 and 2013.

MMVS point values and penalties are assessed depending on the ARCI classification and category of the drug made basis of the positive test. Per the MMVS, drug classifications fall into the three subsets listed below. The subsets are listed in order of severity with respect to the assessment of MMVS points and penalties (most severe listed first):  

(1) Class 1, Class 2, and Category A drugs as defined by ARCI that are not on the ARCI controlled therapeutic list;
(2) Class 3, 4 or 5 substances as defined by ARCI that are not on the ARCI controlled therapeutic list; and
(3) Controlled therapeutic medications as defined and listed by ARCI (“Controlled Therapeutic Medications”);

MMVS points and penalties can affect the AQHA membership status of trainers and owners, and the participation status of horses. For example, a single violation involving a Class 1, Class 2 or Category A drug results in a minimum five-year suspension of the trainer and a minimum 150-day participation suspension of the horse.

Should a trainer be the subject of two violations involving such drugs, he/she would be permanently suspended by AQHA. Owners, a category of individuals who have historically only suffered disqualification of their horse as a result of a positive drug test, now face suspension of their membership and suspension of their horse’s participation privileges pursuant to the MMVS. Sale companies will be encouraged to publish points in the catalog or past-performance supplements for horses entered in the sale and in race training or of racing age. The full description of the MMVS can be found at
www.aqharacing.com, on the Racing Medication and Welfare page.

“On one hand, these numbers are really good news: It shows that the industry is reporting the rulings and AQHA is able to track and suspend the most egregious and repeat violators,” said AQHA Executive Director of Racing Trey Buck. “On the other hand, some are not getting the message that we mean business – we are not messing around. This has got to stop. AQHA is going to do everything it can to work with the jurisdictions and racing organizations to rid our sport of these people.”

Members are encouraged to visit the Racing Medication and Welfare page to research horses or trainers that may be affected by these suspensions and MMVS penalties. They can also research trainers through the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Regulatory Rulings, which allows users to search through most regulatory rulings, including those for Quarter Horses.

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Remington Hosts Big Races

American Quarter Horse Association, May 29, 2014 - Remington Park hosts the final weekend of its spring meet, highlighted with a night of top-class racing on Saturday. The program includes the $50,000 Junos Request Stakes (G2), $257,050 Heritage Place Derby (G2), $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) and $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1).
 
Distaffers will line up in the Junos Request Stakes, with Grade 1 winner Send Me A Candy Tree (Oak Tree Special-Send Me The Candy by Leaving Memories) in improving form. Racing for the Estate of Carl Pevehouse, she comes into the race after dominating a 350-yard optional claimer by 1 ½ lengths.
 
Among her competitors is the Dean Frey-owned and -trained Shez Jess Toxic (Take Off Jess-Dashing Fly Lady by Victory Dash), who has lit the board in every single one of her 18 career starts.
 
Trainer Eddie Willis is in the envious position of having four horses in the Heritage Place Derby (G2), including the three fastest qualifiers.
 
Topping the qualifiers and the Willis contingent are the co-fastest-qualifiers This Dude Can Fly (One Famous Eagle-Helens First Choice by First Down Dash) and Shades Of Blues Girl (Corona Cartel-Run The Dash by Sixarun), third-fastest qualifier The Ultimate Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Ladys Heart Of Gold by Strawfly Special) and eighth-fastest qualifier Fire Tested (Walk Thru Fire-Blushing Lady Bug by Blushing Bug).
 
Luis De La Cerda and Abel T. Flores’ This Dude Can Fly has won two of his three starts this year with a third-place finish in the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby. He followed that Oklahoma Derby effort with a 2 1/4-length romp in his Heritage Place Derby trial. His time of :20.019 while facing a 20-mph headwind set the standard in the second trial.
 
Reliance Ranches LLC’s Shades Of Blues Girl came out two races later to equal This Dude Can Fly’s time at an equal headwind. The filly won the trial by 1 1/2 lengths after finishing a close third, beaten by a neck, in the $298,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (RG3).
 
A ticket to the Champion of Champions (G1) is on the line in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1), which includes a full field of classy older horses.
 
Wade Helton’s sharp Llano Cartel (Teller Cartel-Eyesa Lil Cuervo by Lil Bit Cuervo), winner of the $105,400 Leo Stakes (G1), lines up against champion Feature Hero, multiple Grade 1-winner Wicked Courage and recent Grade 3-winner TF Featured Effort.
 
Llano Cartel is a hot horse coming into the meet’s premier race for older horses with four wins and a second-place finish from five starts this year. While three of those wins came at the allowance level, including his latest start, he showed his class in the Leo Stakes two starts ago when he won by three quarters of a length at 8-1 odds.
 
In the rich Heritage Place Futurity, several of this season’s top freshman line up for a chance at winning the million-dollar race.
 
Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Paint Me Perry (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Baby Perry by Mr Jess Perry) and $791,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (RG3) winner Im A Fancy PYC (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Fancy by Mr Jess Perry) lead a very deep group of promising youngsters. J&B Rental Inc.’s Paint Me Perry and Dustin Cox’s Im A Fancy PYC are each looking to go undefeated for the Remington Park season and their careers. Paint Me Perry is 3-for-3 while Im A Fancy PYC is 4-for-4.
 
Also threatening are the fastest qualifiers of each day of trials: Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Lovethewayyoulie (Tempting Dash-Witchs Streak by Streakin Six) and Victory Farms’ Apolitical Pac (Apolitical Jess-Kpax by First Down Dash).
 
Lovethewayyoulie was second in the $50,000 Sam Houston Juvenile (R) at Sam Houston Race Park and then stepped up at Remington with a 2-length trial win to post the top time on the first day.
 
Apolitical Pac was fourth behind Paint Me Perry in the Oklahoma Futurity and then dominated her Heritage Place Futurity trial by 2 3/4 lengths to clock the quickest mark on the second day of trials.

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Kiss My Hocks Back Atop Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, May 28, 2014 - Kiss My Hocks returned to the No. 1 spot in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds after setting the fastest qualifying time for the $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The Sam Houston Futurity (G2) champ ran his record to 3-for-3 and reclaimed the poll's top perch from Paint Me Perry.

This Saturday's $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park will give Paint Me Perry a chance to restate his case immediately. The closing weekend feature in Oklahoma City also boasts this week's No. 3-ranked juvenile, Im A Fancy PYC, in an early season showdown.

As for the older horses, Nellie Delaney continued her 13th week at No. 1 on the strength of her Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) score. Rock You moved into the poll at No. 9 this week, following his $943,127 Ruidoso Derby (G1) trial victory, his third on the season in as many tries.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (105)
2.         PAINT ME PERRY (100)
3.         IM A FANCY PYC (86)
4.         OLD GIRL (80)
5.         BOI GEORGE (58)
6.         GOTTA RUN MISS (41)
7.         PYB PLACE YOUR BET (38)
8.         WINNING MERLOT (33)
9.         BP DOWN SOUTH (22)
10.       HEMPS JUMPN LAJOLLA (11)
 
Glimpse Of Dash (9), JM Famous Master (6), Great Grace (6), Jess A Rogue (4), El Damazo (3), Count De Monet (1), Apolitical Pac (1), Meduzza (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (106)
2.         VIVA MI CORAZON (92)
3.         LLANO CARTEL (84)
4.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (83)
5.         DASH MASTER JESS (56)
6.         FEATURE MR WHO (40)
7.         ALL OUT ARROGANT (29)
8.         ONE VALIANT HERO (26)
9.         ROCK YOU (22)
10.       NATIVE TEA ROSE (16)
 
Somethin Like This (13), Eye On Corona (11), This Candys Awesome (10), Moonist (9), BF Farm Boy (5), Wicked Courage (5), Dash For Cache (2), DM Streakn Thru Fire (2), Wahoo (1), Feature Hero (1), Mister Big (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Old South Weekend at Delta Downs

American Quarter Horse Association, May 15, 2014 - A pair of Isidro Flores-trained runners are prime contenders during the Old South weekend at Delta Downs: Evangeline Downs Futurity winner Separatist Firstdown racing in the $62,810 Old South Derby and top-qualifier On The Wagon heading the $83,615 Old South Futurity. The 400-yard Old South Derby is set for Friday with the 330-yard Old South Futurity headlining the Saturday night card.

Oscar Canales Ramirez and Flores’ Separatist Firstdown (Separatist-Shesa Firstdown Jess by First Down Dash) has the past class and will be trying to rebound from a close second-place finish behind fastest-qualifier The Eagle Express (One Famous Eagle-Rustys Quickid by Royal Quick Dash) in their trial. The Eagle Express was timed in :19.637, while Separatist Firstdown stopped the timer in :19.675.

Separatist Firstdown dominated the $200,550 Evangeline Downs Futurity by 1 1/2 lengths last fall and came back this spring at Remington Park to finish second as the 5-2 favorite in the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby.

In addition to the Evangeline Downs Futurity win, Separatist Firstdown won the $133,715 Gillespie County Futurity (G3) and the $191,560 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) and was fourth in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1).

Mary Thompson’s The Eagle Express makes his stakes debut after the mild upset win over Separatist Firstdown in their trial. He won his maiden in his ninth start and then was second in a pair of conditioned allowance races before defeating Separatist Firstdown by a neck in their trial.

The Flores-owned On The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-XO Kate by Stoli) makes his fourth career start in the Old South Futurity after scoring his maiden victory in the second of seven trials. The colt was off the board in his first two starts, each at Louisiana Downs, and then came through with the one-half-length trial win, with the quickest time of :16.696.

Trainer Trey Ellis has the second- and third-fastest qualifiers: Jess A Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) and Wild On Da Whiskey (Game Patriot-Streakin Amber by Streakin La Jolla), with times of :16.731 and :16.744, respectively.

At Los Alamitos, Jose Ubario’s Zoomilicious tries to give trainer Jaime Gomez a record eighth win in the Kindergarten Futurity (G2) when she starts as the fastest qualifier in the $261,200 finals over 300 yards on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Gomez shares the record of seven Kindergarten wins with hall of fame trainer Blane Schvaneveldt.

Zoomilicious (Ivory James-Azoomin With Jessie by Azoom) stepped forward in the first of eight Kindergarten trials when she ran a powerful race from the outside post position in the first of eight trials. She drew out to a three-quarter-horse length, with the quickest time of :15.403.

The filly’s performance showed that she is on an improving trend. In her career debut, a Los Alamitos maiden race, she was second by three quarters of a length behind Kindergarten qualifier Pink Berreta (Mr Eye Opener-Home Wreckers Fire by Walk Thru Fire), who is the eighth-fastest qualifier and has two wins from two starts.

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Paint Me Perry Moves Atop Juvenile Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, May 14, 2014 - Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Paint Me Perry qualified Saturday for his second rich final of the young season, and in doing so, ascended to the No. 1 spot in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds. Paint Me Perry was among the 10 qualifiers for Remington Park's $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and did so while winning for the third time in three starts.
 
Kiss My Hocks, winner of the Sam Houston Futurity (G2) and recently named that track’s horse of the meet, was supplanted atop the poll and fell one spot to No. 2.
 
As for the older runners, Nellie Delaney continued atop the rankings for the 11th straight week. But the poll welcomed a newcomer in No. 8 All Out Arrogant, winner of Sunday's Bank of America Oklahoma Championship Challenge (G2). The California-bred gelding was third in the Eastex Handicap (G2) earlier in the Remington Park season.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         PAINT ME PERRY (101)
2.         KISS MY HOCKS (96)
3.         IM A FANCY PYC (84)
4.         BOI GEORGE (75)
5.         GOTTA RUN MISS (47)
6.         PYB PLACE YOUR BET (46)
7.         WINNING MERLOT (39)
8.         BP DOWN SOUTH (31)
9.         HEMPS JUMPN LAJOLLA (23)
10.       GLIMPSE OF DASH (21)
 
Great Grace (15), El Damazo (9), Apolitical Pac (8), Meduzza (3), Penthouse Sweet (2), Im A Lucky Corona (2), Count De Monet (1), JMF Shazoomer (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (102)
2.         VIVA MI CORAZON (94)
3.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (86)
4.         LLANO CARTEL (84)
5.         DASH MASTER JESS (60)
6.         FEATURE ME WHO (46)
7.         ONE VALIANT HERO (29)
8.         ALL OUT ARROGANT (20)
9.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (14)
10.       MOONIST (13)
 
Native Tea Rose (12), This Candys Awesome (10), Eye On Corona (7), Dash For Cache (5), BF Farm Boy (5), Wicked Courage (5), Rock You (4), I Azoomed You Knew (3), DM Streakn Thru Fire (2), Wahoo (1), Feature Hero (1), Slew Of Success (1), Mister Big (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Challenge Races Sparkle at Remington, Sam Houston

American Quarter Horse Association, May 9, 2014 - The Bank of America Racing Challenge program will be on display at Remington Park and Sam Houston Race Park this weekend. On Sunday, Remington’s Challenge card is highlighted by the $110,000-added Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2), while younger horses headline at Sam Houston. Each of the race winners receives a berth in their respective stakes during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows on October 18.
 
The Joe Williams homebred River Wind (Furyofthewind-Dream Diva by First Wrangler) steps up in class, but is in prime form with a 2-for-2 record this year at Remington Park. He returned from a six-month layoff on March 28 to easily handle his rivals in a 330-yard $26,600 conditioned allowance race by a length in a smart :16.367. The Michelle Hurdle-trained gelding then won the second of two Bank of America Remington Challenge trials by 1 1/4 lengths, with the fastest time of :21.815 for the 440 yards.

Don Boyle and Wade Siegel’s BF Farm Boy (Hawkinson-Shirleys Strawfly by Strawfly Special), a brother to champion and Ruidoso Downs’ 440-yard track-record-holder Strawkins, BF Farm Boy has also shown an affinity for longer distances. The 6-year-old gelding won his Bank of America Remington Challenge trial by 1 1/2 lengths. His time of :21.848 was the second-fastest mark. He was the 4-5 favorite in his trial and could grab the favorite’s role in the Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge.
 
Other stakes on the Challenge-dominated card are the $40,000 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) and the $35,000-added Merial Remington Distaff Challenge.
 
JK Running Horses LLC’s Mixed Fantasy (Okey Dokey Fantasy-Mixin Sixin by Streakin Six) shapes up as the horse to beat in the Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge with his four-race winning streak, all at distances more than 440 yards.

In the Merial Remington Distaff Challenge, Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches LLC’s Entrap (Stel Corona-Separate Tac by Separatist) led the top-three qualifiers across the finish line when she won the first of two trials by one-half length over Shanachee (Country Chicks Man-Court Etiquette by Corona Cartel). She has won two of her latest three starts with her other score a three-quarter-length tally in a $23,800 conditioned allowance race back on March 15.
 
Down at Sam Houston, Dude Biggs’ homebred DB Captain King has the quickest time to the $58,860 Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge.
 
DB Captain King (Captain Courage-Lizarun by Sixarun) impressed in his 2014 debut with a 1 1/4-length romp and his first start for trainer L.R. “Tooter” Jordan. The gelding won the second of four trials in :19.851. Last year, DB Captain King showed promise when he finished second by a neck in the $50,000 Rainbow Juvenile at Ruidoso Downs.
 
Pete Scarmardo’s Raising Kain (Down N Dash-Smooth Money Raiser by Smooth Bravado) has the past class and figures to improve off a second-place run in his trial, which was his first out since winning the $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos on November 9. Raising Kain has the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.962.
 
The Terrazas Family’s homebred Red Corona Warrior (Coronas Fast Dash-Prairie War Princess by Dashin Is Easy) stunned in the first of seven John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge trials when he drew off to win by 4 lengths, with the fastest time of :17.850 for the 350 yards. The Yasmine Fierro-trained colt was making his first start.
 
Michael Amburn’s Freakin Runaway (Ocean Runaway-Streakin Freakin by Streakin La Jolla) also stood out while making his first start. The Guy Hopkins-trained gelding drew out to a 1 3/4-length win, and his time of :17.918 was the second-fastest mark.

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Kiss My Hocks Leads First Juvenile Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, April 30, 2014 - Unbeaten $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner Kiss My Hocks has earned the distinction of being the season’s first top-rated 2-year-old in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. The juvenile rankings debut this week and join the 3-year-olds-and-older division in the weekly poll, which kicked off in March.

Trained by Toby Keeton, Kiss My Hocks set a track record in his career debut for 330 yards in the Sam Houston Futurity trial, and is expected to move on next to trials for the Ruidoso Futurity. In balloting, the Tempting Dash colt edged $370,800 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Paint Me Perry by a narrow 99-96 margin for the spot. Im A Fancy PYC, winner of the $791,000 Remington Park Futurity (RG3) checked in at a clear third in the season's initial poll.

As for the older horses, the Top 10 remained intact this week, led once again by Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine Nellie Delaney.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (99)
2.         PAINT ME PERRY (96)
3.         IM A FANCY PYC (89)
4.         BOI GEORGE (73)
5.         PYB PLACE YOUR BET (49)
6.         WINNING MERLOT (41)
7.         GOTTA RUN MISS (40)
8.         BP DOWN SOUTH (36)
9.         HEMPS JUMPN LAJOLLA (25)
10.       GLIMPSE OF DASH (22)
 
Great Grace (16), El Damazo (7), Meduzza (3), Penthouse Sweet (2), Im A Lucky Corona (2), Count De Monet (2), Party With Braxton (1), JMF Shazoomer (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (97)
2.         VIVA MI CORAZON (91)
3.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (88)
4.         LLANO CARTEL (82)
5.         DASH MASTER JESS (68)
6.         FEATURE MR WHO (50)
7.         ONE VALIANT HERO (30)
8.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (21)
9.         MOONIST (14)
10.       NATIVE TEA ROSE (12)
 
Rock You (9), Eye On Corona (8), Quick Dynasty (7), This Candys Awesome (7), BF Farm Boy (5), I Azoomed You Knew (5), Wicked Courage (4), DM Streakn Thru Fire (2), Spirit Leader (2), Mister Big (2), Feature Hero (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Nellie Delaney Holds Firm Atop Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, April 23, 2014 - There were no major changes to this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses as Nellie Delaney continued to lead the charge. The Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine garnered 100 out of 110 possible points in this week’s balloting.

While the Top 10 remained intact this week, pollsters did make a slight shuffle with No. 8 Moonist leaping one spot over Somethin Like This. The latter, winner of the Eastex Handicap (G2) and runner-up in the Leo Stakes (G1), slid one spot after finishing fourth Sunday in a Remington Park allowance as the odds-on favorite.

The season's first national poll for 2-year-olds will debut next week and run each Wednesday through the end of the calendar year.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (100)
2.         VIVA MI CORAZON (93)
3.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (89)
4.         LLANO CARTEL (78)
5.         DASH MASTER JESS (63)
6.         FEATURE MR WHO (40)
7.         ONE VALIANT HERO (36)
8.         MOONIST (19)
9.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (18)
10.       NATIVE TEA ROSE (12)
 
Quick Dynasty (11), This Candys Awesome (10), Eye On Corona (8), Rock You (7), Wicked Courage (6), BF Farm Boy (5), I Azoomed You Knew (5), DM Streakn Thru Fire (2), Spirit Leader (2), Feature Hero (1), Here Kittykittykitty (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Deja Vu in National Rankings

American Quarter Horse Association, April 9, 2014 - If it sounds familiar, it should. Feature Mr Who captured Sunday’s Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) and debuts this week at No. 7 in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses. The exact same scenario played out one year ago this week following his first victory in the Challenge event at Sunland, and subsequent No. 7 ranking.
 
Feature Mr Who was the only newcomer to the Top 10 this week. The 5-year-old Feature Mr Jess gelding notched his seventh lifetime win and first win in the 2014 season in his Sunland repeat bid. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $279,167.
 
Another familiar tone to this week's rankings is the stability at the top. The top six remained unchanged, paced by Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine Nellie Delaney. She tallied 102 out of a possible 110 points in the balloting of national handicappers and media members.
 
The season’s first 2-year-old rankings will debut in three weeks on April 30.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (102)
2.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (91)
3.         VIVA ME CORAZON (87)
4.         LLANO CARTEL (68)
5.         ONE VALIANT HERO (52)
6.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (37)
7.         FEATURE MR WHO (32)
8.         QUICK DYNASTY (31)
9.         NATIVE TEA ROSE (21)
10.       WOODYS ALLSTAR (12)
 
I Azoom You Knew (11), Dash Master Jess (10), Eye On Corona (10), JB James (6), BF Farm Boy (5), Moonist (4), Heza Fast Rogue (4), Wicked Courage (4), Rylees Boy (3), Spirit Leader (2), First Prize Shaunda (2), Feature Hero (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Llano Cartel Joins Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, April 2, 2014 - Few horses have been as busy – or successful – as Llano Cartel in this young 2014 season. His victory in Saturday's Leo Stakes (G1) caught the eye of pollsters in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. The 4-year-old Teller Cartel gelding shot all the way to No. 4 in the poll behind his third win in four starts on the season.
 
Unbeaten in two January allowance starts at Hialeah, Llano Cartel had ascended into stakes company to finish second by a nose in the Eastex Handicap (G2) at Remington before his breakout score this past Saturday. He has now posted five wins and two seconds from his last eight starts.
 
A second new face to the poll this week is I Azoomed You Knew, who debuts at No. 10. The sophomore, who made his first official start in January, rattled off his third win of the year by taking Saturday's West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. The son of Azoom completed a Top 10 list this week that continues to be led by Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine Nellie Delaney. In fact, the top three competitors in the poll remained unchanged once again this week.

Pollsters evaluated only horses who have started at least once in 2014 to date. The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll is released every Wednesday through the end of the year. A separate poll for 2-year-olds will be added in late spring.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (102)
2.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (91)
3.         VIVA MI CORAZON (87)
4.         LLANO CARTEL (68)
5.         ONE VALIANT HERO (56)
6.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (40)
7.         QUICK DYNASTY (39)
8.         NATIVE TEA ROSE (22)
9.         WOODYS ALLSTAR (20)
10.       I AZOOMED YOU KNEW (17)
 
Dash Master Jess (16), Eye On Corona (11), JB James (6), Here Kittykittykitty (5), BF Farm Boy (5), Wicked Courage (4), Heza Fast Rogue (4), Rylees Boy (3), Spirit Leader (3), DM Streakn Thru Fire (2), First Prize Shaunda (2), Feature Hero (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Nellie Delaney Steady Atop Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, March 19, 2014 - Life at the top remained firm in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for the older horses. Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine Nellie Delaney continued a solid grip on the No. 1 spot by accumulating 103 of a possible 110 points in the balloting. TF Featured Effort, winner of the KOFX-FM Handicap (G2) and West Texas Maturity (G3), held the second spot narrowly over Viva Mi Corazon, the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner.
 
One new runner entered the Top 10 this week, New Mexico-based Here Kittykittykitty, two-time winner of Sunland Park's Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2). The veteran 7-year-old earner of $658,824 checked in this week at No. 9.
 
The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds will debut later this spring.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (103)
2.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (92)
3.         VIVA MI CORAZON (88)
4.         DASH MASTER JESS (59)
5.         QUICK DYNASTY (53)
6.         WOODYS ALLSTAR (31)
7.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (28)
8.         NATIVE TEA ROSE (27)
9.         HERE KITTYKITTYKITTY (21)
10.       EYE ON CORONA (17)
 
Rylees Boy (16), Glitter In My Face (13), JB James (12), Spirit Leader (10), Check N Fetch (8), Llano Cartel (6), Featured Hero (4), SS Paydirt (3), Too Flash For You (3), Heza Fast Rogue (2), Another Oatie (2), Shez Jess Toxic (1), Open Me A Corona (1), Splendiferous Diva (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Remington Runners Join Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, March 12, 2014 - Remington Park’s opening weekend took little time to influence the national polls, as two of its initial stakes winners of the season entered this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll.
 
Sunday’s $52,700 Eastex Stakes (G2) winner, Somethin Like This, entered the rankings at No. 8, while Sunday’s $77,000 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (R) winner, JB James, who defeated champion 3-year-old Feature Hero, checked in at No. 10.
 
The poll, restricted to horses who have started at least once so far in 2014, was led for the second straight week by Nellie Delaney, heroine of the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). TF Featured Effort, already a two-time stakes winner in 2014, remained No. 2 this week after debuting in that spot March 5.
 
National rankings for the 2-year-olds will debut later in the spring. The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com Poll is released every Wednesday of the season from March through the end of the calendar year. 
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (103)
2.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (92)
3.         VIVA MI CORAZON (88)
4.         DASH MASTER JESS (51)
5.         QUICK DYNASTY (46)
6.         NATIVE TEA ROSE (39)
7.         WOODYS ALLSTAR (27)
8.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (25)
9.         EYE ON CORONA (22)
10.       JB JAMES (20)
 
Rylees Boy (17), Here Kittykittykitty, (14), Spirit Leader (10), Check N Fetch (8), SS Paydirt (6), Llano Cartel (6), Dashin Beduino (4), Feature Hero (4), Too Flash For You (3), Open Me A Corona (3), Splendiferous Diva (1), Another Otie (1), Shez Jess Toxic (1)
 
The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Nellie Delaney Tops Year's First Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, March 5, 2014 - While dozens of different horses received votes in the season's first AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses, balloters found clarity at the top with Nellie Delaney. The second mare ever to win the $156,250 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), she received 105 out of a possible 110 points in the voting.
 
New Mexico stalwart TF Featured Effort, winner of the KOFX-Radio Handicap (G2) and West Texas Maturity (G3) at Sunland Park, checked in second this week just a single point over Viva Mi Corazon. The latter captured the $196,600 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) against fellow 3-year-olds.

Rylees Boy, who closed 2013 ranked No. 2 among the older horse set and was No. 1 at the final 2012 rankings two seasons ago, debuted this season at No. 8 following his third-place finish in the Los Al Winter Championship.
 
Pollsters evaluated only horses who have started at least once in 2014 to date, gathering the first of the season's weekly rankings. The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll is released every Wednesday through the end of the year, and a separate poll for 2-year-olds is added annually in late spring.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1. NELLIE DELANEY (105)
2. TF FEATURED EFFORT (90)
3. VIVA MI CORAZON (89)
4. QUICK DYNASTY (54)
5. DASH MASTER JESS (51)
6. NATIVE TEA ROSE (45)
7. EYE ON CORONA (28)
8. RYLEES BOY (22)
9. WOODYS ALLSTAR (18)
10. TOO FLASH FOR YOU (17)

Check N Fetch (16), Spirit Leader (16), Open Me A Corona (7), SS Paydirt (7), Splendifierous Diva (4), Another Oatie (4), Vodka With Ice (3), Dashin Beduino (2), Madresita (2), Bipty Dash (1), Testing The Ice (1), Shez Jess Toxic (1), All Out Arrogant (1) Straightfromtheheart (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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For Immediate Release:

Charal Kid is AQHA Supreme Racehorse

American Quarter Horse Association, February 27, 2014 - The newest member of the elite group of AQHA Supreme Racehorses earned his award the hard way.

Charal Kid becomes the 33rd horse to earn the award since it was created in 2002. A homebred racing for Juan Jose Cordoba’s Malinche Cattle Co. of San Antonio, the 8-year-old gelding by Streakin La Jolla is the 104th horse to earn the award in total.

Charal Kid made 50 starts from his maiden start in February 2009 through his most recent in September 2013. In those, he won 17 races, finished second 14 times and was third four times for earnings of $502,660. His 13 stakes wins include the 2009 Dash For Cash Derby (G1) and 2012 Refrigerator Handicap (G1).

The Supreme Racehorse award recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse who during his or her career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races.

Charal Kid edged above the earnings mark in his most recent start, a third-place finish in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1) on September 28, 2013.

Charal Kid becomes one of the most frequently raced of the Supreme Racehorses. Only A Long Goodbye (67 starts), Sign Of Lanty (65), Griswold (64), Town Policy (64), Kool Kue Baby (64), Easy Conversation (62), Sgt Pepper Feature (62), Chingaderos (57), The Black Alliance (52), Catchmeinyourdreams (51), Flare For Toby (51), Heza Ramblin Man (51) and Rylees Boy (51) have more starts.

The sorrel gelding by Streakin La Jolla is out of the Strawfly Special mare The Special Feature.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Powerhouses Set for Showdowns in Winter Derby, Championship

American Quarter Horse Association, February 13, 2014 - Top runners fill the $196,600 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and $156,250 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), set to run Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at Los Alamitos.

In the Winter Derby, trainer Trey Wood brings out two powerful contenders – SS Paydirt and Viva Mi Corazon.

Richard Frandsen’s homebred SS Paydirt (Carters Cartel-Mia Ta Fame by Dash Ta Fame) is close to being undefeated. The gelding’s record shows five wins from seven starts, though his two losses came when he was disqualified from the win in the $114,656 Bitterroot Futurity (RG3) at Les Bois Park and then finished fourth at 2-1 odds in the $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos after being knocked around at the start.

In his first start for Wood, SS Paydirt dominated his Winter Derby trial by a length over fellow qualifier Ms Perry (Mr Jess Perry-Runaway Shaker by Runaway Winner) and set the fastest qualifying time of :19.476 for 400 yards.

Viva Mi Corazon (First Down Dash-Miss Sin Tacha by Mr Jess Perry) is owned by 2013 champion owners Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches LLC, and has found a winning home at Los Alamitos. He has four wins from five local outs, including in the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2), and a second place in the $1,916,525 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) as the 8-5 favorite.

Also preparing for the race are the stakes-placed Dynasty Of Habits, who was second to Viva Mi Corazon in the PCQHRA Futurity, and stakes runners Mr Its Country Time and Moonist.

In Sunday’s Los Alamitos Winter Championship, the 4-year-old mare Nellie Delaney faces the battle-tested 9-year-old geldings Rylees Boy and Vodka With Ice.

Those two aged veterans combined have 100 starts, 35 wins and earnings just shy of $1.9 million.

Nancy Yearsley and J. Garvan Kelly’s homebred Nellie Delaney (FDD Dynasty-Fleeting Touch by Tres Seis) will try for her fourth consecutive win in a streak that includes a dead-heat win in the Southern California Derby (G1) and the fastest-qualifying time for the Winter Championship. In the trial, she defeated Rylees Boy by a nose.

The winner of the 400-yard Winter Championship receives the first invitation to the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December.

Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s champion Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones) won this race last year. In December, the three-time champion ran second to eventual world champion Last To Fire in the Champion of Champions.

Gerardo Prado’s Vodka With Ice (Stoli-Hips So Fine by Extra Easy) in November won the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) over former world champion Cold Cash 123, and won his Winter Championship trial by a neck over Rosa Barboza’s Grade 1-winner Remembering Spence (TR Dasher-Sables Bono by Bono Jazz).

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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2013 Racing Champion Nominees

The 2013 racing champions will be announced January 22.

Q-Racing Journal
January 8, 2014

quarter horse world champion trophy

The 2013 AQHA Champions Announcements are Wednesday, January 22, at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The pre-party will begin at 5 p.m. The announcements begin at 6 p.m., and will be streamed live at www.aqharacing.comand www.qracingvideo.com.

AQHA’s racing champions are chosen by a 21-member committee. The geographically diverse group includes Racing Committee members and respected AQHA members. Voters select champions in each category. They then select the three divisional champions (2-year-old, 3-year-old, aged, etc.) from their selections. From the divisional champions, they then select the overall World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse. Only this horse will carry the title of world champion, the horse that would win a theoretical 440-yard race against other divisional champions.

After the champions are announced, the voting for individual members of the committee will be made available at
www.aqharacing.comand in the Q-Racing Journal’s March Annual Review.

The 2012 racing champions.

Below are the 2013 champion nominees:

CANADIAN CHAMPION

CARAWAY BLUE
CORDEROY ROAD
CR STRAWFLYN BUX
JESSKISSMYTEXAS
MELS DASH
NOT TOO MUCH
PEGASOS ONE UNDERPAR
POUTN WITH SPEED
RECKLESS AN WILD
REMINGTON MEMORIES

MEXICAN CHAMPION
ATOUCHE
BIG BANG ZOOM
BOKETEER
CHICO HORSE
HORSE GAMBLE
LA NEOUSA
NC GUCCI SHOES
ONE FAMOUS EPISODE
POWER LATINA
SPECIAL EXTERIOR

DISTANCE CHAMPION
CORONAS BOY
D E WAGONS STRAWFLY
FISHIN FOR DOUGH
FLYIN FISH
HONOROSO
ROLLICKIN RED

TWO-YEAR-OLD COLTS
CARTEL QUICK
CORONADO CARTEL
FIVE BAR CARTEL
HES RELENTLESS
HEZA FAST ROGUE
OLDSMOBILE HILL
REAGAL EAGLE
SEPARATIST FIRSTDOWN
TURBULENT TIMES
WAGON TALES

TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES
BELLE HELENE
BIG BIZ PERRY
EAGLES MAGIC
ESPECIALLY TRES
KATES DYNASTY
MITEY MOON
MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE
SANDRA SUE BLUE
UP FOR IT
WON TO WATCH
WR GOLDEN EAGLE

TWO-YEAR-OLD GELDINGS
A CORONA SUNSET
DYNASTYS FIRST CALL
FJR BREAD N BUTTER
FOOSE CASH SR
HANDSOME JACK FLASH
HOUDINI
OL TIME PREACHER MAN
PHILIPS STREAKIN
SKUZE PLEEZE
VIVA MI CORAZON
YOU N HOW MANY MORE

THREE-YEAR-OLD COLTS
BRACE FOR BERNAL
DASH MASTER JESS
DASHES BEST
HABITS SECRET
JABUTI EAGLE SA
JR DYNASTY MOUNTAIN
POINT BREAK DASH

THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLIES
AFUL ALIBI
JETBLACK GOLD MOMENT
KUHL WAVE
MATABARI
NELLIE DELANEY
SCOOP OF SUNSHINE
VANCOUVER MOON

THREE-YEAR-OLD GELDINGS
BON ACCORD
FAR NIENTE
FEATURE HERO
JJS GONE
JODY POPS ZOOMER
JOKER ON JACK
REMEMBERING SPENCE
SCATMANDU
WICKED COURAGE

AGED STALLIONS
FAST PRIZE JORDAN
FEATURE MR BOJANGLES
HEZ OUR SECRET
JESS CUERVO
OSBALDO

AGED MARES
BIPTY DASH
CHECK N FETCH
DESERT DELIGHT CASH
LA MOS CHINGONO
WDC WENDYS WINE

AGED GELDINGS
BET ON BALLOU
DM STREAKN THRU FIRE
FIRST IN CLASS DBS
HONOROSO
KOOL COUNTRY MAN
LAST TO FIRE
OCHOA
PRICELESS FEATURE
RYLEES BOY
VODKA WITH ICE

CHAMPION BREEDER
ANJORA CORP
ANSELMO AGUILAR
BOBBY D COX
BURNETT RANCHES LLC
DEBRA LANEY
DOUBLE BAR S RANCH LLC
EDWARD C ALLRED
JERRY WINDHAM
LANA MERRICK &/OR KENT JACKSON
MIKE ABRAHAM
MJ FARMS
STEVE D BURNS DVM
VESSELS STALLION FARM LLC
WEETONA STANLEY
WEETONA STANLEY/ WILLIAM SMITH

CHAMPION OWNER
EDWARD C ALLRED
NORMA AND BRENDA ALVAREZ/D LANEY
ANA LILIA ALVIDREZ
ANJORA CORP
JESUS CUEVAS & JESUS AVILA
JOSE & GUSTAVO DE LA TORRE
GERAL DEWITT
RALPH OR CAROLYN FALES
IVY LANE RACING
CARL C PEVEHOUSE
PRESITA / GREGORIO/ J & G DE LA TORRE
RELIANCE RANCHES LLC
SAN GREGORIO RACING STABLES INC.
ANDREW T SMITH
CHRISTINE TAVARES
JAIME TORRES
JOHNNY TROTTER
JOHNNY TROTTER / BURNETT RANCHES

CHAMPION TRAINER
KEVIN BROUSSARD
CLINTON R CRAWFORD
JOSE DE LA TORRE
JOSE ANTONIO FLORES
JUAN M GONZALEZ
MICHAEL W JOINER
PAUL C JONES
JUDD S KEARL
KENNETH L ROBERTS
LUIS VILLAFRANCO
EDDIE D WILLIS
BLANE WOOD
TREY WOOD

CHAMPION JOCKEY
DAVID A ALVAREZ
JIMMY DEAN BROOKS
G R CARTER JR.
JOHN HAMILTON
CODY JENSEN
JAIME PARGA LEOS
ALFONSO LUJAN
CRUZ MENDEZ
EDUARDO NICASIO
BERKLEY PACKER
ESGAR RAMIREZ
RAUL RAMIREZ JR.
RICKY RAMIREZ
Francisco C. Rubio
Ramon Sanchez

Top-Ranked Runners Firm in Final Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, December 31, 2013 - The year's final AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll brought clarity to a wild season on the track as the panel of racing experts was nearly unanimous on its choices for the country’s top horses. All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash compiled 99 out of a possible 100 points in the voting for the year's top juvenile, while Champion of Champions (G1) hero Last To Fire made a rousing final impression to secure all 100 possible points among the older horses.
 
Rylees Boy, who closed 2012 at No. 1 in the rankings, followed that up with a stellar 2013 campaign that saw him finish second in the balloting behind Last To Fire among those aged 3 and older. Feature Mr Bojangles earned the season's final major victory in the division by taking the Championship at Sunland Park (G1), which landed him at No. 5 in the poll.
 
Among the 2-year-olds, Handsome Jack Flash was a decisive choice, but the race for No. 2 saw Kates Dynasty narrowly edge Foose Cash SR by a 79-74 margin on points. Overall, 18 different juveniles received Top 10 consideration from pollsters in the season's final balloting.
 
The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll will return in the spring with weekly updates through the end of the calendar year.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
            2.         KATES DYNASTY (79)
            3.         FOOSE CASH SR (74)
            4.         TURBULENT TIMES (61)
            5.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (53)
            6.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (46)
            7.         VIVA MI CORAZON (38)
            8.         BIG BIZ PERRY (18)
            9.         ESPECIALLY TRES (16)
            10.       SEPARATIST FIRST DOWN (11)
 
Reagal Eagle (10), Wagon Tales (9), Dynastys First Call (9), Houdini (7), A Corona Sunset (4), Skuze Pleeze (3), WR Golden Eagle (3), Glitter In My Face (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
            1.         LAST TO FIRE (100)
            2.         RYLEES BOY (68)
            3.         MATABARI (67)
            4.         OCHOA (66)
            5.         FEATURE MR BOJANGLES (53)
            6.         WICKED COURAGE (52)
            7.         FEATURE HERO (51)
            8.         PRICELESS FEATURE (33)
            9.         CHECK N FETCH (28)
            10.       VODKA WITH ICE (8)
 
DM Streakn Thru Fire (6), Prospect To The Top (5), Hez Our Secret (3), Feature Mr Who (2)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Last To Fire Now First in National Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, December 18, 2013 -Last To Fire rocketed from the rail to decimate the season’s best field of runners in Saturday’s Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, leaving voters in this week’s AQHA Racing- Horseplayernow.com National Poll with a clear choice as the new No. 1 in the land. Pollsters made Last To Fire a unanimous tab at No. 1, moving up one spot from a week ago and all but assuring championship honors.
 
Champion of Champions runner-up Rylees Boy, last year’s No. 1 at season’s end, moved up six spots this week to No. 2. Ochoa, who held the nation’s top perch for the last several weeks, slid two places to No. 3 this week after a disappointing run at Los Alamitos. The Champion of Champions included eight of last week’s top- 10-ranked runners, and thus the body of the top 10 did not change this week, only the ordering.
 
As for the 2-year-old poll, All American Futurity (G1) champ Handsome Jack Flash remains a near-unanimous No. 1 this week, with 99 of a possible 100 points in the balloting. Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) upsetter Foose Cash SR provided the rankings a new look this week, moving all the way up to No. 3, with his third win on the season. Runner-up and beaten favorite Viva Mi Corazon returned to the rankings this week at No. 7.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

    1.    HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
    2.    KATES DYNASTY (86)
    3.    FOOSE CASH SR (73)
    4.    TURBULENT TIMES (70)
    5.    FIVE BAR CARTEL (57)
    6.    MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (50)
    7.    VIVA MI CORAZON (34)
    8.    BIG BIZ PERRY (18)
    9.    ESPECIALLY TRES (17)
    10.    REAGAL EAGLE (11)

Dynastys First Call (9), Skuze Pleeze (9), Separatist First Down (7), Wagon Tales (7), Houdini (6), WR Golden Eagle (3), Glitter In My Face (2), Hes Relentless (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

    1.    LAST TO FIRE (100)
    2.    RYLEES BOY (71)
    3.    OCHOA (70)
    4.    MATABARI (66)
    5.    FEATURE HERO (62)
    6.    WICKED COURAGE (55)
    7.    PRICELESS FEATURE (47)
    8.    CHECK N FETCH (26)
    9.    VODKA WITH ICE (17)
    10.    DM STREAKN THRU FIRE (10)

Prospect To The Top (6), Bon Accord (6), Hez Our Secret (5), Far Niente (2), Scatmandu (2), Otoole Hero (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Poll Entrenched in Saturday Showdown

American Quarter Horse Association, December 12, 2013 - Saturday’s Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos features no less than eight of the nation’s top 10 older horses in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. The super showdown includes this week’s top-ranked runner Ochoa, as well as his closest poll pursuers Last To Fire and Feature Hero.
 
All 10 of the Champion of Champions entrants received votes in this week’s poll, underscoring the field’s depth. No less than four of the competitors in this race have spent at least one week at No. 1 in the national rankings during 2013 – including defending Champion of Champions hero Rylees Boy (No. 8 this week). The only members of the current top 10 not competing Saturday are Wicked Courage (No. 4) and DM Streakn Thru Fire (No. 10).
 
The national ranking of 2-year-olds remained unchanged this week, paced by All American Futurity (G1) victor Handsome Jack Flash. Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) figures to make quite a statement on next week’s juvenile poll. Qualifiers to that rich final include this week’s No. 4 (Five Bar Cartel) and No. 5 (Ms First Prize Rose) runners.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
            2.         KATES DYNASTY (79)
            3.         TURBULENT TIMES (71)
            4.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (61)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (54)
            6.         BIG BIZ PERRY (33)
            7.         ESPECIALLY TRES (24)
            8.         SKUZE PLEEZE (20)
            9.         REAGAL EAGLE (19)
            10.       DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (16)
 
Wagon Tales (14), Houdini (10), Viva Mi Corazon (9), Ol Time Preacher Man (8), WR Golden Eagle (7), You N How Many More (5), Glitter In My Face (3), Big Dashing Perry (2), Hes Relentless (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
            1.         OCHOA (93)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (82)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (72)
            4.         WICKED COURAGE (59)
            5.         PRICELESS FEATURE (58)
            6.         MATABARI (55)
            7.         CHECK N FETCH (37)
            8.         RYLEES BOY (30)
            9.         VODKA WITH ICE (22)
            10.       DM STREAKN THRU FIRE (9)
 
Hez Our Secret (8), Prospect To The Top (6), Bon Accord (4), Jody Pops Zoomer (4), Scatmandu (3), Otoole Hero (2), Far Niente (2), Significant Heart (1), Cold Cash 123 (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Q-Racing Journal, December 5, 2013 – This week's AQHA Racing / Horseplayernow.com national polls saw two new faces enter the Top 10s, but neither the 2-year-old nor older horse ranks felt any tremors at the top. Skuze Pleeze worked into the juvenile rankings this week at No. 8, while DM Streakn Thru Fire completed the 3-year-olds and older list at No. 10.
 
Skuze Pleeze earned a spot in the rankings following Sunday's win in the $235,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park. The five-time winner also won the Easy Jet (G3) at Remington earlier this year, but was at his best Sunday when beating a top-flight field that included formerly ranked juveniles like Houdini and You N How Many More. No. 6-ranked Big Biz Perry was a scratch in the Zia feature.
 
The 2-year-old poll continues to be firmly led by All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash, who garnered 99 of a possible 100 points in this week's balloting. The older horses are paced by all-time leading AQHA money earner Ochoa, 93-82 over Last To Fire, in advance of the tell-tale Champion of Champions (G1) on Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos.
 
The only newcomer to the elder rankings, No. 10 DM Streakn Thru Fire, earned the final Champion of Champions berth via his recent victory in the $150,480 Zia Park Championship (G1).
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.  HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
2.  KATES DYNASTY (79)
3.  TURBULENT TIMES (71)
4.  FIVE BAR CARTEL (61)
5.  MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (54)
6.  BIG BIZ PERRY (33)
7.  ESPECIALLY TRES (24)
8.  SKUZE PLEEZE (20)
9.  REAGAL EAGLE (19)
10. DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (16)
 
Wagon Tales (14), Houdini (10), Viva Mi Corazon (9), Ol Time Preacher Man (8), WR Golden Eagle (7), You N How Many More (5), Glitter In My Face (3), Big Dashing Perry (2), Hes Relentless (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.  OCHOA (93)
2.  LAST TO FIRE (82)
3.  FEATURE HERO (72)
4.  WICKED COURAGE (59)
5.  PRICELESS FEATURE (58)
6.  MATABARI (55)
7.  CHECK N FETCH (37)
8.  RYLEES BOY (30)
9.  VODKA WITH ICE (22)
10. DM STREAKN THRU FIRE (9)
 
Hez Our Secret (8), Prospect To The Top (6), Bon Accord (4), Jody Pops Zoomer (4), Scatmandu (3), Otoole Hero (2), Far Niente (2), Significant Heart (1), Cold Cash 123 (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Trial Dashers Solidify Themselves in Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, November 27, 2013 - Viva Mi Corazon, the fastest qualifier this past Sunday for the December 15 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), checked in at No. 9 in the latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds. A winner in five of eight starts on the year, including the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2), his challengers in the Los Al Two Million final will include this week’s No. 5-rated juvenile Ms First Prize Rose, who qualified second-fastest. The top of the 2-year-old rankings once again this week featured All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash as the near-unanimous No. 1.
 
As for the older horses, the top 10 remained unchanged this week with the December 14 Champion of Champions (G1) showdown looming. Eight of this week's top nine horses are expected to compete in the Los Alamitos showcase, including top-ranked Ochoa. The final berth for the prestigious race will be given out in the November 27 Zia Park Championship (G1), which was delayed due to poor weather.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
            2.         KATES DYNASTY (79)
            3.         TURBULENT TIMES (71)
            4.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (63)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (58)
            6.         BIG BIZ PERRY (33)
            7.         ESPECIALLY TRES (31)
            8.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (19)
            9.         VIVA MI CORAZON (18)
            10.       REAGAL EAGLE (17)
 
Ol Time Preacher Man (14), Wagon Tales (14), Houdini (11), WR Golden Eagle (7), Skuze Pleeze (5), You N How Many More (5), Glitter In My Face (3), Big Dashing Perry (2), Hes Relentless (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER
 
            1.         OCHOA (93)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (82)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (72)
            4.         PRICELESS FEATURE (62)
            5.         WICKED COURAGE (60)
            6.         MATABARI (54)
            7.         RYLEES BOY (35)
            8.         CHECK N FETCH (32)
            9.         VODKA WITH ICE (21)
            10.       PROSPECT TO THE TOP (11)
 
Hez Our Secret (8), Bon Accord (5), Jody Pops Zoomer (13), Scatmandu (4), Otoole Hero (3), Far Niente (2), Cold Cash 123 (1), Significant Heart (1)


The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/odds-maker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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American Quarter Horse Association, November 21, 2013 - Joel Tavarez’s champion Prospect To The Top tries to earn a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on Saturday afternoon at the Hobbs, New Mexico, track.

There are two berths left available for the Champion of Champions, and both will be handed out Saturday. This is the first year that the Zia Park Championship winner earns a starting berth in the Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos. The other qualifying race is the Z. Wayne Griffin Director's Trial at Los Alamitos.

Prospect To The Top has everything going his way coming into the 440-yard Zia Park Championship: He adores Zia Park, is the defending winner and rides a four-race winning streak, with each of those wins coming in stakes.

The 2011 champion 3-year-old colt and 2012 champion aged stallion, Prospect To The Top (Coronas Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed) is in top form as a 5-year-old who stood his second season at stud last spring. He will stand at Lazy E Ranch in 2014.

Before his 2013 trip to the breeding barn, Prospect To The Top won last year’s Zia Park Championship by 1 3/4 lengths and then took the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) by a half length as the 5-2 choice.

After the breeding season, he was the odds-on choice in his two starts leading up to the Zia Park Championship. Trainer Brandon Muniz placed Prospect To The Top in a deep All American Gold Cup (G3), and he fought to a head win. The stallion returned to Zia Park and again faced a challenge before defeating Jess Cuevo by a neck in the $55,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2).

Prospect To The Top has won the major race for his age division at Zia Park for the past three years. He won the 2010 $313,499 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) and the 2011 $151,659 Hobbs America Derby (G2) before taking last year’s Zia Park Championship. If he wins Saturday’s Zia Park Championship, he will join champion Ketel Won (2007-08) as the only two-time winners of the stakes.

Crowson Racing’s Jess Cuervo (Corona Cartel-Jessica Ravin by Mr Jess Perry) is back for another try at Prospect To The Top. Jess Cuervo was second to Prospect To The Top in the James Isaac Hobbs, but came back to win the $55,000 Lovington Stakes (G2) for trainer Anna Marie Crowson. He also has seconds this year in the $95,000 West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park and the $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

The 2011 champion 2-year-old colt, Feature Mr Bojangles (Feature Mr Jess-Catch This Dash by First Down Dash) has been close in his three starts this year, beaten by a neck in each race, but has yet to break through with a win. The Paul Jones-trained 4-year-old was third in the All American Gold Cup, fourth in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) and second to Jess Cuervo in the Lovington Stakes.

Seven horses are set to contest the $15,000 Z. Wayne Director's Trial.

Leading the way is former world champion Cold Cash 123 and champion Hez Our Secret.

Last year, Johnny Trotter's Hez Our Secret (First Down Dash-Secret Separation by Separatist) won the Z. Wayne and finished fourth in the Champion of Champions. This year, he was second in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) and third in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). Last year's champion 3-year-old colt, he has earned $855,051.

Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) will make a final bid to enter the Champion of Champions. The 2011 world champion was second by a neck in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) in his previous out. The gelding, who races for breeder T-Bill Stables, enters the race with a race record of 25-13-2-2 and earnings of $1,398,306.

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'Divine' Entry Into Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, November 20, 2013 - Ol Time Preacher Man delivered a rousing sermon in Saturday’s $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs, one that earned him a No. 9 spot in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds. The son of Heza Fast Dash notched his second career victory in the lucrative final, following his third-fastest qualifying time in the trials.
 
Ol Time Preacher Man was the only newcomer to the rankings this week, which continue to be led on the juvenile front by All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash. Kates Dynasty, Turbulent Times, Five Bar Cartel and Ms First Prize Rose continue to round out the top five nationally.
 
As for the older horses, the poll's 10 faces remained unchanged this week, setting up a colossal showdown in the Champion of Champions (G1) in a matter of weeks at Los Alamitos. Top-ranked Ochoa leads the balloting 93-82 over Last To Fire, with the top five rounded out by Feature Hero, Priceless Feature and Wicked Courage.

The December 14 Champion of Champions lineup already boasts eight of this week’s pollsters. The final two spots in the Champion of Champions gate will be given out on Saturday. No. 10 pollster Prospect To The Top will attempt to earn a berth via the Zia Park Championship (G1), while poll contenders such as Hez Our Secret, Bon Accord, Far Niente and Cold Cash 123 are possible for the Z. Wayne Griffin Director’s Trials at Los Alamitos.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
            2.         KATES DYNASTY (79)
            3.         TURBULENT TIMES (71)
            4.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (66)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (52)
            6.         BIG BIZ PERRY (36)
            7.         ESPECIALLY TRES (31)
            8.         REAGAL EAGLE (25)
            9.         OL TIME PREACHER MAN (20)
            10.       DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (19)
 
Wagon Tales (14), Houdini (11), WR Golden Eagle (7), Skuze Pleeze (5), You N How Many More (5), Viva Mi Corazon (3), Glitter In My Face (3), Hes Relentless (3), Big Dashing Perry (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
            1.         OCHOA (93)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (82)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (72)
            4.         PRICELESS FEATURE (62)
            5.         WICKED COURAGE (60)
            6.         MATABARI (54)
            7.         RYLEES BOY (35)
            8.         CHECK N FETCH (32)
            9.         VODKA WITH ICE (22)
            10.       PROSPECT TO THE TOP (14)
 
Hez Our Secret (8), Bon Accord (5), Jody Pops Zoomer (4), Scatmandu (4), Otoole Hero (3), Far Niente (2), Cold Cash 123 (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/odds-maker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Jessanoldlove Tries to Prove Stakes Class
American Quarter Horse Association, November 14, 2013
- Eduardo Lopez’s Jessanoldlove faces a big challenge when she tries to prove her fastest-qualifying trial win as a maiden was a step towards a stakes success when she starts in the $1 million Louisiana Breeders’ Futurity (RG1) on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

The 400-yard Breeders’ Futurity offers the largest purse for any state-bred American Quarter Horse race and equals the purse for the Louisiana Derby for Thoroughbreds at Fair Grounds for the largest purse in the state.

Jessanoldlove (Jess Louisiana Blue-Ms Intriguing by Call Me Together) surprised at 18-1 odds in the last of 11 trials when she dominated by 3 ¼-lengths and her time of :19.680 was the quickest mark.

The Guadalupe Garza Jr.-trained filly was winless in her first three starts before the trials and did not make the top-three finishers in any of those races. She was rested for two months before the Breeders’ Futurity and responded with her breakout trial win.

Jessanoldlove will face, by far, the strongest field she has encountered in the Breeders’ Futurity.

Jesse Rodriguez Jr.’s Bradys March Madness (Jess Louisiana Blue-Kokopelli Hills by JJ Shot Glass) is the second-fastest qualifier and is after his fourth straight victory. He won his trial by a neck as the 11-10 favorite in :19.715.

Bradys March Madness started his winning streak with a 2-length victory in the Delta Downs’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) in May and then returned to take the $50,000 De Saix Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite.

Trained by Miguel Rodriguez, Bradys March Madness showed potential back in March when he was second in the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) after a couple of bumps at the start.

Jaime Torres’ Philips Streakin (Heza Fast Dash-Six Streakin Salute by Streakin La Jolla) earned a spot in the futurity after finishing third in his trial, beaten by a neck, with a :19.771 time. The gelding won the $286,560 Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1) at Fair Grounds two starts ago by a neck at 3-1 odds and has been on the board in each of his seven starts.

T M Ranch’s Ol Time Preacher Man (Heza Fast Dash-JJ Streakin Illusion by Streakin La Jolla) won his maiden in his trial after finishing second to Philips Streakin in the LQHBA Futurity two starts ago. He scored a one-half length trial win and his time of :19.716 was the third-fastest qualifying mark for trainer Kenny Roberts.

Jaime Torres’ FJR Bread N Butter (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) will be dangerous after five wins from seven starts, including a neck win in the Delta Downs’ Louisiana-bred Futurity (R). The gelding came through in his LQHBA Futurity trial with a length victory :19.732, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Kates Dynasty Two-Steps Into Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, November 13, 2013 - Kates Dynasty won a Texas-sized showdown on Saturday night at Lone Star Park, one that propelled her all the way to No. 2 in the latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds. The filly outfooted several of the nation’s top-ranked juveniles in capturing the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) with flair for her third consecutive victory. Kates Dynasty lands behind only All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash in this week’s rankings.
 
Big Biz Perry fell to two spots to No. 6 this week in the 2-year-old poll after a troubled start and eighth-place finish in the Texas Classic Futurity.
 
As for the older horses, this week’s rankings made way for a newcomer in Vodka With Ice, upset winner of the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on Saturday night. The 8-year-old gelding pulled the 17-to-1 upset in front-running fashion over 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123. The victory, his fourth in six starts this season, also earned him a berth into the Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, the expected next start for many in the Top 10 rankings, including this week’s No. 1 Ochoa.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (99)
            2.         KATES DYNASTY (77)
            3.         TURBULENT TIMES (72)
            4.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (66)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (52)
            6.         BIG BIZ PERRY (36)
            7.         ESPECIALLY TRES (34)
            8.         REAGAL EAGLE (33)
            9.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (22)
            10.       WAGON TALES (18)
 
Houdini (11), WR Golden Eagle (7), Skuze Pleeze (6), You N How Many More (5), Viva Mi Corazon (4), Hes Relentless (3), Glitter In My Face (3), Big Dashing Perry (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
            1.         OCHOA (93)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (82)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (72)
            4.         WICKED COURAGE (60)
            5.         MATABARI (54)
            6.         PRICELESS FEATURE (47)
            7.         RYLEES BOY (38)
            8.         CHECK N FETCH (35)
            9.         VODKA WITH ICE (25)
            10.       PROSPECT TO THE TOP (14)
 
Hes Our Secret (8), Jodys Pop Zoomer (7), Bon Accord (5), Scatmandu (4), Otoole Hero (3), Far Niente (2), Cold Cash 123 (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/odds-maker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Cold Cash 123 Heads Challenge Championship

American Quarter Horse Association, November 7, 2013 - T-Bill Stables’ Cold Cash 123 brings the 2011 world champion title and more than $1.3 million in earnings into the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at 440 yards.

Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) won last year’s $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos and is now trying to rebound from subpar efforts in his latest two starts. Before those defeats, the long-striding 440-yard specialist raced to a neck win in the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) as the odds-on favorite to earn his berth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship.

The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained 5-year-old gelding earned his world title as a 3-year-old when he posted Grade 1 wins at 400 yards in the Rainbow Derby and the Texas Classic Derby before taking on older horses at 400 yards and winning The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

At 440 yards, Cold Cash 123 has earned $1,047,692 with 10 wins from 14 starts. Four of those wins came in Grade 1 stakes.

Reed Pierson and Brad Stevenson’s Sparky E Boy (Hawkinson-YR Brown Lucy by Lanes Leinster) has made 27 of his 33 career starts at Los Alamitos and found success against the best horses on the grounds.

Sparky E Boy was second by a short nose to Good Reason SA in the 2011 Champion of Champions (G1) and won last year’s Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3). He has made his two latest starts for trainer Paul Jones and was second in the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3) and then finished in a dead heat for second behind the impressive Last To Fire in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1), his latest race.

Jones will also send out Melissa Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash). The 4-year-old gelding has made four starts at Los Alamitos with a win in the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3) and a second in the Vessels Maturity (G1).

In Texas, Joe Mills’ homebred Skuze Pleeze, fifth in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1), goes against a deep field in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) Saturday night at Lone Star Park. The 400-yard Texas Classic Futurity is the richest race in Texas.

Skuze Pleeze (Dashin Bye-Sixy Hemp by Sixarun) gained notice last spring when he reeled off three wins to start his career. After taking an allowance race and a non-winners-of-two allowance race, he took another step up in class and won the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) over Oklahoma-breds.

Trainer Tana Pace then pointed the gelding at the All American Futurity and Mills paid the $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the trials. The gelding drew into a strong trial during the second day of qualifying heats and finished second behind Wagon Tales. Those two horses had the two-fastest times from that day of 13 trial races. He made a late run in the All American Futurity and managed a fifth-place finish at 13-1 odds.

Pace rested Skuze Pleeze coming up to the Texas Classic Futurity and he responded with an impressive 2-length win in the last of 10 trials. His time of :19.450 topped the qualifiers.

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Turbulent Times Rockets Up Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, November 6, 2013 - While All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash remains a unanimous No. 1 in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National 2-Year-Old Poll, Sunday's $1,044,700 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) winner Turbulent Times still managed to make quite a dent. By winning for the fourth time in five career starts, the Golden State Million Futurity's fastest qualifier zoomed all the way to No. 2 in this week's poll.
 
The score avenged a fourth-place finish in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) earlier in the season to Five Bar Cartel, and helped Turbulent Times supplant that runner's spot in the national poll. Five Bar Cartel, bumped at the start in Sunday's showdown, lost for the first time in five career tries and slid one spot in the poll this week to No. 3.
 
The Los Alamitos scene proved impactful on the national picture this past weekend on multiple fronts. Saturday night's $953,200 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) delivered two new faces to the national rankings for the 3-year-olds and older division. Matabari became the sport's newest millionaire with a victory that propelled her to the No. 4 spot in this week's poll. Her third win in four starts on the campaign came against the likes of runner-up Scatmandu, who was rewarded by pollsters with the No. 10 spot in this week's rankings.
 
The top of the older horse rankings continues to be led by the sport's all-time leading money earner, Ochoa, with a narrow 93-85 lead in the balloting over Last To Fire. That pair is on a collision course for December's Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos.
 
The national rankings figure to get quite a stir this Saturday with the return of the annual Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships to Los Alamitos, as well as the Texas Classic Derby (G1) and Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         TURBULENT TIMES (83)
            3.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (68)
            4.         ESPECIALLY TRES (56)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (54)
            6.         BIG BIZ PERRY (53)
            7.         REAGAL EAGLE (35)
            8.         WAGON TALES (23)
            9.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (22)
            10.       HES RELENTLESS (13)
            
Viva Mi Corazon (10), You N How Many More (8), WR Golden Eagle (8), Skuze Pleeze (6), Glitter In My Face (4), Big Dashing Perry (3), Houdini (2), Coronado Cartel (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
            1.         OCHOA (93)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (85)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (72)
            4.         MATABARI (62)
            5.         WICKED COURAGE (61)
            6.         PRICELESS FEATURE (60)
            7.         RYLEES BOY (38)
            8.         CHECK N FETCH (20)
            9.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (16)
            10.       SCATMANDU (8)
 
Remembering Spence (7), Bon Accord (7), Hes Our Secret (6), Sparky E Boy (5), Otoole Hero (4), Far Niente (2)


The 10 voters are:    

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscast and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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Five Bar Cartel Seeks Bonanza

American Quarter Horse Association, November 1, 2013 - San Gregorio Racing Stables’ Five Bar Cartel tries to take the next step toward becoming the first horse to win the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza when he faces a deep field, including five horses from the Jose De La Torre barn, in the $1,044,700 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The Bonanza goes to the connections of any horse that wins the Ed Burke Futurity (G1), Golden State Million and the $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million (G1).

Five Bar Cartel (Corona Cartel-Five Bar Molly by Dash Ta Fame) is undefeated from four starts and became the only horse to have a chance at the Bonanza when he fought to a nose win in the $1,171,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) over Unchangeable on June 23.

The Danny Montes-trained colt was then pointed at the Golden State Million and the next step along the Bonanza path. He did not start again until the Golden State Million trials and he responded to adversity and came through with a qualifying win. After stumbling and being bumped on both sides, he showed his talent by accelerating to a 1 1/4-length win, with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.640 for 400 yards from 10 trials.

The other four top-five qualifiers are each from the De La Torre barn, led by fastest-qualifier Turbulent Times (Furyofthewind-Streakin La Tac by Streakin La Jolla). He also saddles second-fastest qualifier Fire Up Willie (Walk Thru Fire-Willie Swings by Willie Wanta Dash), fourth-fastest qualifier Highest Fire (Corona Cartel-Higher Fire by Walk Thru Fire), fifth-fastest qualifier A Corona Sunset (Corona Cartel-Sonoma Sunset by Check Him Out) and ninth-fastest qualifier Mr Corona Cartel (Corona Cartel-Adashin Runaway by Adash For Cash).

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Turbulent Times topped the qualifiers’ list in impressive fashion when he dominated his trial by 1 1/4 lengths, with a :19.586 time.

Turbulent Times is three-for-four and suffered his only defeat when he was fourth behind Five Bar Cartel as the 17-10 favorite in the Ed Burke Million. He also then waited until the Golden State Million trials.

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Fire Up Willie, an Ed Burke Futurity finalist, has been busy since that effort with three starts and two wins in her most recent races. After the Ed Burke, the filly dropped into a non-winners-of-two allowance race and responded with a 1 1/4-length win. She then backed up that performance with a 1 1/4-length trial win as the even-money favorite, with a :19.626 time.

Alberto Valdes’ Highest Fire, a son of champion Higher Fire, won his maiden back in June and raced to his first trial win when he took his Golden State Million trial by a half length. He showed a late run to gain the win in :19.674.

Owned by Gustavo and Jose De La Torre with John Haagsma, A Corona Sunset also raced to his second win and initial trial victory. His head win in the trial came with a :19.683.

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National Poll Holds Steady Into November

American Quarter Horse Association, October 30, 2013 - Pollsters made no changes to this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Polls for either the 2-year-olds or the older horses. The respective rankings continue to be paced by All American Futurity (G1) hero Handsome Jack Flash and the sport’s all-time leading money earner, Ochoa, as the calendar flips to November.
 
This week’s No. 8-ranked older horse, the 3-year-old Remembering Spence, headlines the field for Saturday’s Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). The field also includes Bon Accord, who sits just outside the Top 10 this week and has appeared in the poll during 2013. Also at Los Alamitos this weekend, Sunday’s Golden State Million Futurity (G1) figures to have an impact on next week’s juvenile rankings.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (86)
            3.         EXPECIALLY TRES (59)
            4.         BIG BIZ PERRY (58)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (56
            6.         REAGAL EAGLE (39)
            7.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (31)
            8.         WAGON TALES (29)
            9.         HES RELENTLESS (22)
            10.       VIVA MI CORAZON (21)
 
Skuze Pleeze (11), You N How Many More (11), WR Golden Eagle (9), Glitter In My Face (5), Big Dashing Perry (4), Coronado Cartel (3), Houdini (3), Turbulent Times (2), Unchangeable (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
            1.         OCHOA (93)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (86)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (78)
            4.         PRICELESS FEATURE (67)
            5.         WICKED COURAGE (62)
            6.         RYLEES BOY (44)
            7.         CHECK N FETCH (25)
            8.         REMEMBERING SPENCE (21)
            9.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (18)
            10.       HES OUR SECRET (13)
 
Bon Accord (12), Far Niente (11), Sparky E Boy (5), Otoole Hero (5), Joker On Jack (3), Jody Pops Zoomer (2), Matabari (2), Cold Cash 123 (1), Significant Heart (1), Captain Strawfly (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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New Mexico-Breds Shine at Zia

American Quarter Horse Association, October 24, 2013 - Peter Gallegos, Robert Sanchez and Patricia Gonzalez’s Moonifisant puts his near-perfect record on the line in the $288,000 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) on Sunday at Zia Park when $797,485 in purses are offered to New Mexico-bred American Quarter Horses during New Mexico Cup Day.

Also on the card are the $198,655 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2), the $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Championship (RG1) and the $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship (R).

Moonifisant (Sixes Royal-Nagano Moon by Major Rime) chases his fifth win from six starts as the fastest qualifier. The half-brother to champion aged stallion First Moonflash won his first three races, all against state-breds, capped by a win in the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park back in April. He surfaced against open horses in the All American Futurity (G1) trials and was out-nodded at the wire to finish second as the 4-5 favorite.

In his New Mexico Classic Futurity trial, Moonifisant drew out to a three-quarter-length win. His time of :19.254 for 400 yards was the quickest mark from seven trials.

In the 440-yard New Mexico Classic Derby, the champion mare Denim N Diamonds is well represented. Fastest-qualifier Storm Chasor is out of a champion-producing granddaughter of Denim N Diamonds and third-fastest qualifier An Absolut Diamond is out of Denim N Diamonds’ last female offspring.

Joan Dale Hubbard’s homebred Storm Chasor (Attila’s Storm (TB)-Stardust Dash by Dash For Cash) chases his first stakes win after winning four of six starts and finishing third in the $128,375 Zia Derby (RG3) by a half length at Ruidoso Downs. The Paul Jones-trained gelding battled to a nose win in the last of three trials to post the top-qualifying time of :21.593.

Sandy Farris, Marc Jungers and Lisa McMinn’s An Absolut Diamond (Ketel Won-The Millenium Star by Strawfly Special) showed the 440 yards is to his advantage when he rallied to take his trial by a neck in :21.623. He was a close third in the $252,796 She Fly Stakes (RG2) and fourth in the Zia Derby, each at 400 yards.

In the 440-yard Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Championship, Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty (Genuine Strawfly-One Diamond Cat by Now I Know) and Melvin and Mary Neugebauer’s homebred Miracle Snow (Dean Miracle-Snow Peak by Chicks Beduino) provide two contenders for trainer Wes Giles.

Here Kittykittykitty showed his readiness when he won a Zia Park $44,500 allowance race on September 7. He won by a neck in a sharp :17.314 for the 350 yards. Last year, he won the $110,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park and was second by a head in the $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.

The venerable 9-year-old Miracle Snow is the defending winner of the New Mexico Classic Championship and won this summer’s Zia Handicap with a surge nearing the wire. The gelding is still dangerous after 52 starts with 14 wins, 10 seconds and 10 thirds while earning $607,338.

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Ochoa is AQHA Supreme Race Horse

American Quarter Horse Association, October 22, 2013 - Champion Ochoa has earned his AQHA Supreme Race Horse title.

The four-time champion has made a lasting impact on the sport, with a mere 15 career starts. Within those races, he won the Grade 1 All American Futurity and Derby and the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. He is the sport’s all-time leading money earner and was champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old gelding in 2011 and champion 3-year-old and 3-year-old gelding in 2012.  With his August 4 win in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3), he earned the prestigious title of AQHA Supreme Race Horse.

His race record is 11 wins, one second and one third in 15 career starts and earnings of $2,762,615.

The award recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse who during his or her career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races. Ochoa becomes the 32nd to earn the award since it was created in 2002, and the 103rd horse to earn this award in total (the remaining horses were given the award retroactively in 2002).

Ochoa was bred by Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. and is owned by Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson. The 4-year-old gelding is by champion Tres Seis and is out of the Stoli mare Stolis Fortune.

Ochoa is in race training and currently pointed toward the December 14 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos.

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Racing Prepares for Big Events

American Quarter Horse Association, October 17, 2013- American Quarter Horse racing fans are looking forward to full-throttle racing, as many of the best horses in the industry prepare to run in the coming weeks. Tracks around the country are hosting major events, including the Texas Classic Futurity (G1), Golden State Million Futurity (G1), Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), LQHBA Futurity (RG1), Bank of America Challenge Championships and other events, all approaching quickly.

The big races will be covered extensively by the American Quarter Horse Association’s Q-Racing Journal and the Association’s Horse Racing Aces through extended live coverage and social media.

The coverage begins on Sunday, October 20, and will extend through Saturday, November 9. It will begin with live coverage from Turf Paradise, where Ace Martha Claussen will be onsite for the final Bank of America Challenge regional qualifying event. Claussen, as well as Aces Denis Blake, Jennifer Hancock and Jen Perkins, will post daily updates on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, offering coast-to-coast racing news, updates and handicapping insights from Los Alamitos, Zia Park, Evangeline Downs, Turf Paradise, Lone Star Park and Will Rogers Downs.

The Q-Racing Journal’s extensive coverage of the Bank of America Challenge Championships will reach high gear in early November, with daily updates, photos and coverage in the week prior to the November 9 event at Los Alamitos.

"We feel that social media is an excellent way to communicate up-to-the-minute racing news to our members, fans and horsemen," said AQHA Executive Director of Racing Trey Buck. “The Aces follow race meets across the country and can impart valuable racing and handicapping information to fans. We are working with our partner tracks and industry alliances to create awareness of the current and upcoming live meets and attract more followers to our industry.”

The Horse Racing Aces program was developed in 2010 with an experienced group of American Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred handicappers, racing writers and publicists. For more information on live racing, handicapping or future Racing Ace appearances, visit the American Quarter Horse Association website at
www.aqharacing.com. Follow “Q-Racing”and “Q-Racing Aces”on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @AQHARacingand @HorseRacingAces.

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Ochoa Rolls Back Up Poll Rankings

American Quarter Horse Association, October 16, 2013 - Among the many accomplishments earned by Ochoa on the racetrack, you can now add No. 1-ranked older horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll to his growing list of accolades off the track. Pollsters rocketed the multiple champion up five spots this week to No. 1, following a dominant victory in the $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1).
 
The record earner of $2,762,615 lifetime defeated a stellar field at Los Al that included this week's No. 4 Priceless Feature and No. 6 Rylees Boy. Ochoa now has won two of three starts in a limited 2013 campaign that could culminate with a run at world champion honors in the Champion of Champions (G1) on December 14. With Ochoa’s rise to No. 1, last week's top vote-getter, Last To Fire, slid one place to No. 2.
 
The poll's newcomer this week was Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner Remembering Spence, who ran his sophomore season record to 4-for-4, with a Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) trial win on Saturday. The November 2 Super Derby finalists also include this week’s No. 10-ranked runner, Bon Accord.
 
The national 2-year-old poll was unchanged this week. All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash remained a unanimous top choice on all ballots.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
            3.         ESPECIALLY TRES (64)
            4.         BIG BIZ PERRY (61)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (58)
            6.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (36)
            7.         REAGAL EAGLE (35)
            8.         WAGON TALES (34)
            9.         VIVA MI CORAZON (25)
            10.       HES RELENTLESS (22)
 
You N How Many More (10), WR Golden Eagle (9), Glitter In My Face (5), Big Dashing Perry (4), Houdini (3), Up For It (2), Coronado Cartel (1), Unchangeable (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS- & UP
 
            1.         OCHOA (88)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (86)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (78)
            4.         PRICELESS FEATURE (67)
            5.         WICKED COURAGE (63)
            6.         RYLEES BOY (47)
            7.         CHECK N FETCH (25)
            8.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (23)
            9.         REMEMBERING SPENCE (18)
            10.       BON ACCORD (14)
 
Hez Our Secret (13), Far Niente (11), Sparky E Boy (5), Joker On Jack (3), Matabari (2), Significant Heart (1), Cold Cash 123 (1), Badfast (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Stablemates Enter Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, October 9, 2013 - Dynastys First Call and Viva Mi Corazon both cracked the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds this week following major futurity scores in Texas and California. The pair of Trey Wood trainees, the former owned by Johnny Trotter and the latter owned by Trotter in partnership with Burnett Ranches LLC, completed a sweep last weekend when winning the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park and the PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos, respectively. The two geldings join stablemate Ms First Prize Rose, also owned by Trotter and Burnett Ranches, who sits at No. 5 after winning the Rainbow Futurity (G1).
 
Dynastys First Call parlayed victory at Lone Star into a No. 6 ranking, while Viva Mi Corazon’s West Coast blitz earned the nation’s No. 9 ranking. The juvenile poll continues to be led once again this week by All American Futurity (G1) champ Handsome Jack Flash, a unanimous No. 1 on all ballots.
 
This week’s rankings of the older horses, aged 3 and older, remained intact, with the top 10 holding firm. Last To Fire maintains a narrow edge atop the poll with Feature Hero and Priceless Feature on his heels. Last To Fire has spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 since winning the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) in September.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
            3.         ESPECIALLY TRES (64)
            4.         BIG BIZ PERRY (61)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (58)
            6.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (36)
            7.         REAGAL EAGLE (35)
            8.         WAGON TALES (34)
            9.         VIVA MI CORAZON (25)
            10.       HES RELENTLESS (22)
 
You N How Many More (10), WR Golden Eagle (9), Glitter In My Face (5), Big Dashing Perry (4), Houdini (3), Up For It (2), Coronado Cartel (1), Unchangeable (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP
 
            1.         LAST TO FIRE (91)
            2.         FEATURE HERO (83)
            3.         PRICELESS FEATURE (82)
            4.         WICKED COURAGE (73)
            5.         RYLEES BOY (52)
            6.         OCHOA (47)
            7.         CHECK N FETCH (26)
            8.         FAR NIENTE (25)
            9.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (24)
            10.       BON ACCORD (18)
 
Remembering Spence (8), Significant Heart (6), Sparky E Boy (5), Joker On Jack (3), Jess Featureme Quick (2), Captain Strawfly (2),Cold Cash 123 (1), Scoop Of Sunshine (1), Brace For Bernal (1), Badfast (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Check N Fetch Joins Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, October 2, 2013 - Owner Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez already had Rylees Boy firmly entrenched in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses, and this week added stablemate Check N Fetch to the list. Her Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) winner debuted at No. 7 in the rankings after Sunday’s signature score at Los Alamitos.
 
Check N Fetch was the only newcomer to either of the national polls this week, and in the process of winning the Vessels, she also earned an automatic berth to the Champion of Champions (G1) later this year. She sits just two spots behind No. 5 Rylees Boy in the national pecking order, which once again this week was led by top-rated Last To Fire.
 
This week's 2-year-old rankings remained intact for the third straight week as All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash garnered all first-place votes. Both polls figure to get a jolt this week with rich futurity and derby finals scheduled at Lone Star Park, Los Alamitos and Zia Park.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
            3.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (67)
            4.         BIG BIZ PERRY (66)
            5.         ESPECIALLY TRES (64)
            6.         REAGAL EAGLE (49)
            7.         WAGON TALES (46)
            8.         HES RELENTLESS (24)
            9.         WR GOLDEN EAGLE (16)
            10.       YOU N HOW MANY MORE (12)
 
Glitter In My Face (7), Coronado Cartel (5), Big Dashing Perry (4), Houdini (3), Fetching Beauty (2), Up For It (2), Unchangeable (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP
 
            1.         LAST TO FIRE (91)
            2.         FEATURE HERO (83)
            3.         PRICELESS FEATURE (82)
            4.         WICKED COURAGE (73)
            5.         RYLEES BOY (52)
            6.         OCHOA (47)
            7.         CHECK N FETCH (29)
            8.         FAR NIENTE (25)
            9.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (23)
            10.       BON ACCORD (21)
 
Remembering Spence (8), Sparky E Boy (5), Joker On Jack (5), Jess Featureme Quick (2), Brace For Bernal (1), Badfast (1), Cold Cash 123 (1), Scoop Of Sunshine (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Crone, Vessels Nominations Due November 15

American Quarter Horse Association, October 2, 2013 -Nomination forms for the Gordon Crone and Millie Vessels Special Achievement awards are due November 15.

The Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award is given yearly to an outstanding man within the American Quarter Horse racing industry to recognize his achievement within the industry throughout the current year (2013) only. The Mildred N. Vessels award does the same for a woman within the industry.

Anyone is welcome to nominate someone for the award, and nomination forms are available at
www.aqharacing.com. The award is voted on by the AQHA Racing Committee.

The first awards were presented in 1994.

The awards will be presented on January 22 at the Champions Announcements at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City.

 



Loves Brown Sugar Faces Stiff Refrigerator Test

American Quarter Horse Association, September 26, 2013 - Sue Fikes’ Loves Brown Sugar, a former $15,000 claimer, faces the strongest challenge of her career when she tries for her fifth-straight win and fourth-consecutive stakes win in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) over 440 yards on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

The 4-year-old Loves Brown Sugar is the 126-pound high-weight in the eight-horse field.

Loves Brown Sugar (Prime Talent-Loves Easter Bunny by Royal Shake Em) started her winning streak with a win in a Sam Houston Race Park allowance race and then raced to minor stakes wins, all at Retama Park, in the Selma Stakes, King William Handicap and the TQHA Classic Stakes (R).

The Kie Mushinski-trained Loves Brown Sugar was second in the 2012 TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3) in her only other stakes appearance.

R.D. Hubbard and Heysol Howlet’s  Feature Mr Bojangles (Feature Mr Jess-Catch This Dash by First Down Dash) is making his second 2013 start and his second start for trainer C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath. The 4-year-old comes off a close third-place finish in the 440-yard All American Gold Cup (G3) when he was a neck behind champion Prospect To The Top.

Feature Mr Bojangles was named the 2011 champion 2-year-old colt when he won the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and the Hobbs America Futurity (G2).

Wade Helton and Jarrett Helton’s Joker On Jack (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Miss Six Fortune by Six Fortunes) showed his class this summer at Ruidoso Downs when he was third behind Wicked Courage in the $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby (G1). He was then second in his All American Derby trial as the 11-10 favorite.

Supporting the Refrigerator Handicap is a pair of Bank of America Racing Challenge regional races: the $30,000 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge and the $30,000 Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge. Each winner, assuming they haven’t already won a qualifying race, earns a berth in their respective stakes during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos on November 9.

The late Joe Kirk Fulton’s homebred Sweet Oblivion (Mr Jess Perry-Daring Difference by Victory Dash) fits well in the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge with a win in the Sam Houston Merial Distaff Challenge in May at Sam Houston Race Park. The Mike Robbins-trained mare then made one start at Ruidoso Downs and finished a troubled sixth against males in the $40,000 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3).

Crowson Racing’s Girlrilla (First Down Dash-Girl In The Curl (TB) by In Excess) may be ready for the jump to the stakes ranks after dominating a Lone Star Park allowance race. She drew out to a length win for her second victory from seven starts.

In the 870-yard Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge, Bobby Cox’s homebred Wahoo (Feature Mr Jess-First To Celebrate by First Down Dash) stands out in the five-horse field. The John Buchanan-trained gelding easily won the Governor’s Cup Marathon at Sam Houston Race Park as the 3-5 favorite by 3 lengths.

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Racing Poll Holds Steady at September's Close

American Quarter Horse Association, September 25, 2013 - There were no major changes this week to the AQHA Racing- Horseplayernow.com national rankings for the 2-year-olds or 3-year-olds and older divisions. All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash remained a unanimous No. 1 among the juveniles, while multiple Grade 1 winner Last To Fire continued to pace the older horses.
 
Coincidentally, each poll saw just one new face at No. 10. Hobbs America Futurity (G2) qualifier You N How Many More snuck back into the 2-year-old rankings this week at No. 10. Pollsters also adjusted the bottom of the older-horse rankings by returning Jess Featureme Quick to the list.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
3.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (66)
4.         BIG BIZ PERRY (65)
5.         ESPECIALLY TRES (64)
6.         REAGAL EAGLE (49)
7.         WAGON TALES (46)
8.         HES RELENTLESS (23)
9.         WR GOLDEN EAGLE (16)
10.       YOU N HOW MANY MORE (12)
 
Glitter In My Face (8), Big Dashing Perry (6), Coronado Cartel (5), Houdini (3), Fetching Beauty (2), Up For It (2), Unchangeable (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP
 
1.         LAST TO FIRE (91)
2.         FEATURE HERO (83)
3.         PRICELESS FEATURE (82)
4.         WICKED COURAGE (74)
5.         RYLEES BOY (52)
6.         OCHOA (47)
7.         FAR NIENTE (33)
8.         BON ACCORD (31)
9.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (19)
10.       JESS FEATUREME QUICK (11)

Remembering Spence (7), Sparky E Boy (5) Brace For Bernal (3), Badfast (3), Cold Cash 123 (3), Scoop Of Sunshine (1), PJ Chick In Black (1), Mitford (1)


The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Poll "Features" Change at the Top

American Quarter Horse Association, September 11, 2013 - One week after deeming All American Derby (G1) upset winner Feature Hero the No. 1-rated older horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com Top 10 Poll, balloteers shifted course this week, placing Priceless Feature in the top slot. Balloting remained close, and while Feature Hero owned a scant 88-87 advantage one week ago, the polling flipped to 90-89 this week in favor of Priceless Feature. The Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) winner had a stay atop the poll in July, as well. Priceless Feature and Feature Hero are stablemates trained by Eddie Willis.
 
This Sunday's Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos could be next for Priceless Feature, one of 23 nominees for the race that also includes No. 4 Rylees Boy and No. 6 Ochoa. The Go Man Go will be drawn Thursday.
 
The rankings for 3-year-olds and older also saw Prospect To The Top return to the poll this week at No. 10, replacing the recently retired Brace For Bernal. Prospect To The Top won his long-awaited return September 1 and wheels back quickly as the even-money morning line favorite this Saturday in Zia Park's James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2).
 
The Top 10 juveniles remained intact for the second consecutive week as All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash again garnered unanimous support at No. 1. The only minor shifting in the polls came when Big Biz Perry slid two spots to No. 5.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
            3.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (66)
            4.         ESPECIALLY TRES (65)
            5.         BIG BIZ PERRY (61)
            6.         REAGAL EAGLE (49)
            7.         WAGON TALES (46)
            8.         HES RELENTLESS (24)
            9.         WR GOLDEN EAGLE (17)
            10.       GLITTER IN MY FACE (13)
 
Coronado Cartel (5), Houdini (4), You N How Many More (4), Big Dashing Perry (4), Up For It (2), Unchangeable (2), Fetching Beauty (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP
 
            1.         PRICELESS FEATURE (90)
            2.         FEATURE HERO (89)
            3.         WICKED COURAGE (81)
            4.         RYLEES BOY (60)
            5.         LAST TO FIRE (59)
            6.         OCHOA (44)
            7.         BON ACCORD (38)
            8.         FAR NIENTE (30)
            9.         JESS FEATUREME QUICK (18)
            10.       PROSPECT TO THE TOP (10)
 
Remembering Spence (9), PJ Chick In Black (5), Brace For Bernal (5), Scoop Of Sunshine (4), Check My Thoughts (3), First In Class DBS (3), Cold Cash 123 (3)

The 10 voters are:


Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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New Leaders Rise to Top in Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, September 4, 2013 - This past weekend's winners of the Grade 1 All American Derby and Futurity were rewarded with No. 1 billings in the latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national rankings. Handsome Jack Flash's victory in the All American Futurity earned him a unanimous No. 1 place on all ballots, while the Derby upset of Feature Hero was just enough to forge him to the top, 88-87, in tight balloting over Priceless Feature and Wicked Courage.
 
The 2-year-old picture clarified after Handsome Jack Flash outran an All American Futurity field that included no less than five nationally ranked runners. The New Mexico-bred gelding has now won four of five starts with his lone defeat coming in his All American Futurity trial runner-up effort. Behind Handsome Jack Flash, the poll boasts Five Bar Cartel and Big Biz Perry, major futurity winners from earlier in the season.
 
The rankings for the older horses are a bit more muddled. Just six points in the balloting separate the top-three performers, as Feature Hero's two-for-six campaign attests to the division's up-and-down volatility. In two Derby finals this season, Feature Hero owns an All American victory and a runner-up to the recently retired Brace For Bernal in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R). Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) victor Priceless Feature checks in second, while two-time Grade 1 winner Wicked Courage slipped to third this week after suffering his second-straight loss in a dull All American Derby effort. Both Priceless Feature and Wicked Courage have spent time at No. 1 in the poll this year, as has this week's No. 5-rated runner, Rylees Boy, whose most recent start was a fourth-place finish in Jess Featureme Quick’s Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3).
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (74)
3. BIG BIZ PERRY (69)
4. ESPECIALLY TRES (65)
5. MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (64)
6. REAGLE EAGLE (50)
7. WAGON TALES (41)
8. HES RELENTLESS (25)
9. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (17)
10. GLITTER IN MY FACE (10)

Coronado Cartel (9), Unchangeable (6), Houdini (6), Big Dashing Perry (4), You N How Many More (3), Up For It (2), Fetching Beauty (2)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. FEATURE HERO (88)
2. PRICELESS FEATURE (87)
3. WICKED COURAGE (81)
4. LAST TO FIRE (58)
5. RYLEES BOY (55)
6. OCHOA (52)
7. BON ACCORD (44)
8. FAR NIENTE (24)
9. BRACE FOR BERNAL (15)
10. JESS FEATUREME QUICK (13)

Prospect To The Top (8), First In Class DBS (6), PJ Chick In Black (5), Scoop Of Sunshine (4), Remembering Spence (4), Check My Thoughts (3), Cold Cash 123 (2), Vodka With Ice (1)

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Handsome Jack Flash Wins All American Futurity

American Quarter Horse Association, September 2, 2013 - New Mexico-bred Handsome Jack Flash won the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) for his home state and for his New Mexico connections in front of an all-time record crowd of 24,588.

Sent off at 8-1, Handsome Jack Flash broke from Post 3 under Jaime Parga Leos. The race offered a clean start to the field, and Handsome Jack Flash dueled gamely to finish a neck the best of a late-closing Reagal Eagle. The time was a fast :21.166 over 440 yards. Handsome Jack Flash was trained by Juan Gonzalez, who trained 2003 All American Futurity winner By By JJ.

Fastest qualifier Wagon Tales was third, followed by favorite Especially Tres. Skuze Pleeze was fifth, followed by You N How Many More, Hes Relentless, Wagon Full Of Gold, Fatal Policy and Houdini.

Handsome Jack Flash qualified to the race through a second-place finish behind Hes Relentless on the first day of trials. It was Handsome Jack Flash’s first defeat in four starts. His record now stands at four wins and one second in five starts. The $1.3 million winner’s share boosts his earnings to $1,482,271.

Handsome Jack Flash is owned by a trio of friends. His breeder, Debra Laney, has been friends with co-owner Norma Alvarez for nearly 20 years. Norma and her husband, Dosi, have had racehorses for several decades and yesterday saw their homebred Vancouver Moon finish fourth in the $2.8 million All American Derby (G1).

The Alvarezes farm 1,000 acres of mostly cotton, chile and alfalfa and raise racehorses. Laney lives in Tularosa, New Mexico, with her husband, Stacy, and the two work for Levi’s as fabric development experts and travel extensively. Laney boards her horses at the Alvarezes' ranch.

Laney bred her Mr Jess Perry mare Shez Jess Nice to champion First Moonflash ($969,828), who was bred by Dosi and Norma, during his first season at stud. The result was a dark bay they would name Handsome Jack Flash.

First Moonflash stands at Double LL Farms at Bosque, New Mexico, and joins the ranks of stallions who sired an All American winner in their freshman season. He is the sire of only 52 starters, with 21 winners. Handsome Jack Flash is his only stakes winner to date. The gelding is one of two starters out of his dam, and is her first winner.

Norma’s sister-in-law, Brenda, wanted to try owning a racehorse, so last year, the three women partnered on the Alvarez-bred Gonna Cha Cha, who won the Zia Futurity (RG1) and All American Juvenile Invitational (R) before dying of colic in December.

Devastated by the horse’s loss, the women decided to partner this year on Debbie’s Handsome Jack Flash, who would go on to win them the Zia Futurity (RG1) again earlier this summer. The women joke that Brenda has been their good luck charm.

"When (Handsome Jack Flash) was born, Norma called me and said, 'You have a handsome colt,' " Laney remembered. "So me and my husband went to see him. I looked at him and told my husband, 'This is my All American horse.' He just had that look. Norma loved him, so we decided to become partners. Brenda had been such a wonderful partner last year on Gonna Cha Cha, we decided to do the 'AAL' partnership again. How much better does it get than this?"

First Moonflash and Vancouver Moon are both out of the Alvarezes' homebred mare Nagano Moon, who is also the dam of Dash Ta Moon ($351,680), Full Moon Dasher ($122,086) and Moonifisant (by Sixes Royal, $127,195).

“When (Handsome Jack Flash) was born, he was just drop-dead gorgeous,” Norma said. “He reminded me of First Moonflash so much. ... He’s always been a favorite on the farm, has a really good personality. He wants to please, and kind of a character. You can call him from across a pasture, and he’ll just come running up to you. He’s a cool horse.”

And now he is a homebred All American Futurity winner.

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Feature Hero Wins All American Derby

American Quarter Horse Association, September 1, 2013 - Reliance Ranches LLC’s Feature Hero won the September 1 All American Derby (G1) with a strong late charge. The race offered a $2,809,784 purse, which is the richest ever offered in the history of American Quarter Horse racing.

Racing in front of a crowd of 21,857 -- the largest crowd ever for a non-All American Futurity day -- Feature Hero was sent off at 24-1 by the bettors, broke well from Post 7 and was fourth early. The race’s fastest qualifier, Bon Accord, was on the early lead from Post 1, but was caught to finish a neck back. Feature Hero covered the 440 yards in :21.560. Point Break Dash finished third, and was followed by Vancouver Moon, Wonderboy, Elisas Secret, Wicked Courage, Louisana Corona, Tayte Me Down and The Magic Dash.

Feature Hero was ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks and trained by Eddie Willis. Last year, the black gelding finished fourth in Carters Cookie’s Rainbow Futurity (G1). Earlier this year, he finished second in Brace For Bernal’s $253,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R), and then had a rough trip in the Jack Brook Stakes (RG3). His race record stands at four wins, three seconds and three thirds from 14 starts.  

The $1,180,110 winning purse boosted Feature Hero’s earnings to $1,306,638.

Feature Hero qualified to the Derby through a second-place finish to Louisana Corona in their trial, with a :21.276 time, which was the 10th and final qualifying time. Feature Hero paid $49.80 to win.

"We believed in this horse and are so proud of him and Eddie," said co-owner Micah McKinney. "We were not concerned that he was the 10th fastest qualifier. This is a thrill of a lifetime."

Reliance Ranches is a family-owned business based out of Llano, Texas, run by the McKinney family. It includes Gary and his wife Shiela; son Micah and his wife, Leslie; and daughter M’Lissa Schoening and her husband, Jeremy. The family has an oil-gas business, but has always enjoyed horses and the agricultural lifestyle.

“We started running horses about nine years ago,” said Micah in an interview prior to the race. “We were visiting one day – my dad and my wife and I – and one of us said, why don’t we go buy a racehorse? We looked at each other and said, we don’t know anything about racehorses, but we can try to figure it out.”

The family did just that, and has become involved with numerous aspects of the racing industry. They race mostly Quarter Horses, and own a broodmare band of about 20 mares, including the likes of champion Spit Curl Diva ($829,353), Grade 1-placed Back In The Pack ($131,831) and stakes winner Illegal Fireworks ($181,847), among others, and raise about 20-25 foals per year.

The McKinneys are learning very fast – in addition to Feature Hero, they also have freshman star Coronado Cartel ($314,348) and distaffer Cruzin The Wagon ($336,869) among those carrying their colors.

Feature Hero was a $40,000 purchase from the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, and attracted their interest and that of Willis first because of the bloodline cross between Corona Chick (dam of his sire Valiant Hero) and Feature Mr Jess (sire of dam Illegal Feature), and then because he was a nice individual.

The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Lana Merrick and Kent Jackson.

He is by the third-year sire Valiant Hero ($668,633), who won the 2006 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and the 2007 Heritage Place Derby (G2). From 186 starters in three crops raced, Valiant Hero is represented by 110 winners, including 15 stakes winners and the earners of more than $6 million. Valiant Hero also is the sire of tomorrow’s All American Futurity (G1) qualifier Houdini.   

Feature Hero is the first winner from three starters out of the winning Feature Mr Jess mare Illegal Feature ($23,410). His second dam, Illegally Special, was second in Quik Jolla’s 2003 West Texas Futurity (G1).

Feature Hero also represents a very important industry movement of horsemen speaking out against the use of performance-enhancing medications. Micah and Leslie founded Racing Free, a rapidly-growing industry alliance of owners, breeders and other horsemen dedicated to eliminating the use of illegal performance-enhancing medications.

Racing Free encourages the elimination of such medications by offering a positive way for the industry to speak out against the practice, as well as providing rewards to enrolled members. Seventeen of the 20 finalists in the All American Futurity and Derby – including Feature Hero – are Racing Free horses. Owners and breeders can enroll horses in the Racing Free program, and when their horses win races with clean drug tests, can earn money back.

“We are very proud of the fact that we have so many owners in the industry willing to stand up against the use of performance-enhancing drugs,” Micah said.

Feature Hero is not only racing free – but he’s racing fast and racing rich, and has raced into the history books.

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All American Qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association, August 29, 2013The 2013 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million-est. race will be contested September 2 by 10 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. Meet two of the finalists:

Handsome Jack Flash
Yet another one of the All American Futurity qualifiers owned in whole or in part by his breeder, Handsome Jack Flash (First Moonflash-Shez Jess Nice by Mr Jess Perry) qualified to the race by finishing second by a half length to Hes Relentless and clocking a :21.209 time.

The gelding races for breeder Debra Laney of Tularosa, New Mexico, and her friends Norma and Brenda Alvarez of Anthony, New Mexico, who are sisters-in-law. The winner of three of four starts, he won the $409,434 Zia Futurity (RG1) and has earned $182,271. He was ridden in the trials by Jaime Leos and is trained by Juan Gonzalez, who trained 2003 All American Futurity winner By By JJ.

Hes Relentless
One of the $50,000 supplements to the All American Futurity trials, Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) looks for a Grade 1 victory in one of the sport’s most prestigious races.

Owned by a partnership of R.D. Hubbard, Tom Maher and Johnny Cope of Tularosa, New Mexico, the colt posted the fastest qualifying time on the first of two days of trials, covering the 440 yards in :21.148. He was guided by Cody Smith for trainer Amber Blair. Hes Relentless this spring was second in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1), his lone career defeat in four starts, and has earned $177,880 in his career.

Bred by Sunflower Supply Co. of Galena, Kansas, Hes Relentless is by champion One Famous Eagle, who sired 2012 All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle. His dam, This Dreams Flying, is a half sister to 2007 All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen.

ALL AMERICAN DERBY (G1)
This year, the $2.8 million-est. All American Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds is September 1. The race is expected to set an all-time record for the richest purse ever offered for racing American Quarter Horses. Meet three of the finalists:

Louisana Corona
A dark bay filly, Louisana Corona (Jess Louisiana Blue-Corona Cash by First Down Dash) hopes to continue the Labor Day weekend success enjoyed by her champion mother, who in 1997 won the All American Futurity on her way to becoming a racing champion.

With G.R. Carter Jr. in the irons for trainer Luis Villafranco, Louisana Corona clocked :21.253 while defeating fellow qualifier Feature Hero by a head in the trials. She has won or placed in six of her seven career starts and earned $41,554 for owners J. Richards and M. Le Blanc of Tyler, Texas.

Louisana Corona was bred by Henry Brown of Gilbert, Arizona.

Point Break Dash
Jon and Donna McPherson’s Point Break Dash (First Down Dash-Ms Pilot Point by Splash Bac) qualified for the All American Derby with the third-fastest time of :21.170, outrunning qualifiers Tayte Me Down, Vancouver Moon and Elisas Secret by a half length.

Trained by Paul Jones and ridden in the trials by Cody Jensen, the colt came into the race after a fourth-place finish in the Rainbow Derby (G1). The winner of four of nine starts, he has earned $117,071.

Point Break Dash was bred by Grant Farms LLC of Pineville, Louisiana, of which the McPhersons are managing partners. He is a half brother to 2010 All American Futurity winner Mr Piloto.

Tayte Me Down
The consistent Tayte Me Down (Special Leader-Defining Difference by Feature Mr Jess) earned a qualifying time of :21.236 while finishing second to Point Break Dash. Ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer Mike Robbins, the filly has earned $94,781 while only once finishing worse than third – which was a fourth-place finish in the Ruidoso Derby (G1).

Bred by Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas, and raced by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP, the filly represents generations of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member’s breeding. Fulton also bred her sire, world champion Special Leader, and her dam and granddam.

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing).

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Meet the All American Qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association, August 28, 2013– The 2013 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million-est. race will be contested September 2 by 10 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. Meet two of the finalists:
 
Especially Tres
Undefeated in four career starts, Especially Tres (Dashair-Delightfully Tres by Tres Seis) has won those four races by a combined 10½ lengths. The races include the April 13, $452,800 Sam Houston Futurity (G2), which she won impressively by 1½ lengths. Bred by Michael S. Partin of Montalba, Texas, and owned by Jim D. Pitts of Burkburnett, Texas, the filly has earned $190,120.

On the first day of the All American Futurity trials, Ricky Ramirez rode the Blane Wood-trained filly to win the second trial in 21.191, while scoring by 3½ lengths. Her time was the second-fastest of the day.

Her owner has already tasted victory in the All American Futurity. In 2000, he, Terry Bell and Homer “Bud” Hill won the race with Eyesa Special. 

Fatal Policy
Bill Price’s homebred Fatal Policy (First Down Dash-CC Policy by Corona Cartel) finished third in the fourth trial on Day 2, behind overall fastest qualifier Wagon Tales and qualifier Skuze Pleeze.

The First Down Dash gelding is trained by Blane Wood and was ridden by Ricky Ramirez in the trials to earn a :21.412 time. He has earned $6,335 in his five-race career.
 
Fatal Policy is a second-generation homebred for his owner and breeder, who is based out of Thackerville, Oklahoma. Price has bred the earners of more than $7.4 million, including homebred champion A Real Man ($308,819), 2012 All American Futurity qualifier BP Cartels Alibi ($537,441), Southern Takes All ($369,093) and A Snowy Cartel ($316,925).

ALL AMERICAN DERBY (G1)
This year, the $2.8 million-est. All American Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds is September 1. The race is expected to set an all-time record for the richest purse ever offered for racing American Quarter Horses. Meet three of the finalists:

Bon Accord
A surprise fastest qualifier, Bon Accord (Shazoom-Dream Mirage by Royal Quick Dash) won his All American Derby trial by a length over heavy favorite and two-time Grade 1 derby winner Wicked Courage, stopping the clock in :20.977. He was the only horse to break the :21.000 mark for the 440 yards.

Owned by breeders J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley in partnership with Vinewood Farms, the gelding has won four of six starts and earned $24,067. This will be his first stakes appearance. The California-bred gelding traces to a strong Thoroughbred family that produced the likes of 2010 Kentucky Derby contender Dublin (TB).

Bon Accord was ridden in the trials by Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Juan Aleman, who in 2010 trained world champion Apollitical Jess to finish second in the All American Derby.

Elisas Secret
Another contender from the strong Blane Wood stable, Elisas Secret (No Secrets Here-Ali Cartel by Corona Cartel) earned her qualifying position with a fourth-place finish in the eighth trial behind Point Break Dash, Tayte Me Down and Vancouver Moon. Raced by Iris Alvarez of Gardendale, Texas, and ridden by Ricky Ramirez in the trials, the filly earned a time of :21.275.

Elisas Secret was bred by Don S. Apodaca of Mesilla, New Mexico, and came into the Derby trials off an 11-month layoff. In her last out, she finished second in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) trials at Lone Star Park in Texas. She has a record of three wins from five starts and earnings of $9,700.

Feature Hero
The black gelding Feature Hero (Valiant Hero-Illegal Feature by Feature Mr Jess) is no stranger to the big stage. He was fourth in last year’s Rainbow Futurity (G1) and earlier this year finished second in the April 20 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R). Racing for Reliance Ranches LLC of Llano, Texas, the horse has won or placed in nine of 13 starts and earned $126,528.

He is trained by Eddie Willis, and in the trials Jimmy D. Brooks rode him to a second-place finish and a :21.276 qualifying time behind Louisana Corona. Feature Hero was bred in Oklahoma by Lana Merrick and Kent Jackson of Cheyenne, Oklahoma.

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at
www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing). AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA Publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journal or America’s Horse, visit www.aqha.com/magazines.

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RANKINGS LOADED WITH ALL AMERICAN HOPEFULS

Q-Racing News, August 14, 2013This week’s upcoming trials for the All American Futurity and Derby are loaded with representatives from the latest AQHARacing.com/Horseplayernow.com national poll, released today. The nation’s No. 1-ranked juvenile, Big Biz Perry, and top-ranked older horse, Wicked Courage, will be in action at Ruidoso Downs just 48 hours apart.

Half of this week’s top 10 poll for the 2-year-olds will compete in Thursday’s All American Futurity trials. None of the five ranked challengers drew against one another. Those in action Thursday will be No. 1 Big Biz Perry (Trial 12), No. 4 Especially Tres (Trial 2), No. 5 WR Golden Eagle (Trial 13), No. 7 Coronado Cartel (Trial 10) and No. 10 He’s Relentless (Trial 6). Also on the Thursday trials docket will be juveniles who landed just outside this week’s top 10, including Belle Helene, Handsome Jack Flash, You N How Many More and Houdini.

Friday’s set of 14 All American Futurity trials ironically did not draw a currently ranked juvenile. Wagon Tales, who sits outside the poll among those also receiving votes, rates as one of Friday’s more accomplished hopefuls and will compete in Trial 4.

Saturday’s All American Derby trials not only feature the No. 1 horse in the land, Wicked Courage, in Trial 10, but also a nationally ranked showdown in the day’s Trial 4. The must-see clash pits No. 4 Brace For Bernal against No. 7-ranked PJ Chick In Black. That duo brings seven- and four-race winning streaks into the trials, respectively. The win streak for Wicked Courage could reach 10 in a row if he’s successful in his trial.

There were no major changes to the top 10 ranks in either poll this week in advance of the All American trials. Governor’s Cup Derby winner Scoop Of Sunshine broke into the rankings among the 3-year-olds and older this week at No. 10.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.   BIG BIZ PERRY (91)
2.   FIVE BAR CARTEL (87)
3.   MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (82)
4.   ESPECIALLY TRES (71)
5.   WR GOLDEN EAGLE (56)
6.   GLITTER IN MY FACE (35)
7.   CORONADO CARTEL (28)
8.   WON TO WATCH (18)
9.   UP FOR IT (15)
10. HES RELENTLESS (14)
    
Unchangeable (13), Belle Helene (11), Handsome Jack Flash (7), Houdini (6), You N How Many More (6), Big Dashing Perry (5), Fetching Beauty (3), Wagon Tales (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.   WICKED COURAGE (99)  
2.   PRICELESS FEATURE (83)
3.   RYLEES BOY (80)
4.   BRACE FOR BERNAL (63)
5.   OCHOA (62)
6.   LAST TO FIRE (53)
7.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (34)
8.   REMEMBERING SPENCE (23)
9.   FIRST IN CLASS DBS (17)
10. SCOOP OF SUNSHINE (13)
    
Cold Cash 123 (10), Check My Thoughts (6), The Long Knife (2), TF Featured Effort (2), Joker On Jack (2), Bubba Carver (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Challenge Runners Ready to Roll

American Quarter Horse Association, August 8, 2013 - Racetracks to the north and south will feature Bank of America Racing Challenge action this weekend. Retama Park near San Antonio, Texas, and Evergreen Park at Grande Prairie, Alberta, will both host Challenge doubleheaders.

Pete Scarmardo’s Raising Kain takes on stakes competition for the first time in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge and Juan Escanalte’s DM Red Tide tries to turn a $5,000 claim two starts ago into a bargain when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge on Saturday at Retama Park.

Raising Kain (Down N Dash-Smooth Money Raiser by Smooth Bravado) takes a sizable class jump after winning his maiden in the second of five trials to the Juvenile. He could be ready for the task since he won his trial by 2 lengths. His time of :17.882 topped the qualifiers.

The Leon Bard-trained gelding had a pair of third-place finishes and a fourth-place run in his three previous starts.

Filimon Saucedo’s second-fastest qualifier Cristata (Mr Jess Perry-Shesa Winning Rose by Runaway Winner) is part of an entry that may gain favoritism. The Juan Saucedo-trained filly was second in the Sam Houston Juvenile (R) and third in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3).

The winner of two of six starts, Cristata fought to a head win in her trial with the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.951.

The other half of the Saucedo entry is third-fastest qualifier One Famous Baby (One Famous Eagle-Royal Baby Sister by Royal Quick Dash). The gelding has been on the board in each of his four starts and comes off back-to-back wins. He won his John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge trial by a neck with a :17.951 time.

Juan Escalante’s DM Red Tide (Wave Carver-Sashay N Six by Sixarun) was claimed for $5,000 two starts ago on May 10 at Remington Park and now is the top qualifier to the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge. The gelding was fourth in that claiming race, but responded with a neck win in the last of three trials to the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge, with a :20.076 time for 400 yards.

DM Red Tide, trained by Jorge Luis Muniz, won his maiden back in February at Hialeah Park for his only other career win from 16 starts.

Rancho Los Dos Portillos’ James On The Run (Ivory James-Injun On The Run by Invisible Injun) built a stakes record last winter at Hialeah when he won the $86,270 FQHRA Stallion Futurity (R) and was third in the $208,090 South Florida Derby.

The Brandon Muniz-trained James On The Run won his maiden in October at Will Rogers Downs and has reeled off five wins in his latest seven starts.

Dean Frey’s Grade 1-tested La Corona Cartel stands out in the Merial Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge and Buckey and Beverly Stockwell’s Coronas Child tries for his third-straight win in the John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Evergreen Park.

La Corona Cartel (Corona Cartel-Adashin Runaway by Adash For Cash) has the class edge in the Merial Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge with a Grade 1 resume at Los Alamitos when she qualified for the Golden State Derby and the Southern California Derby last fall. Following the Southern California Derby last December, she was rested and returned this summer at the Southern California track to win and then finish third in conditioned allowance races.

Herds Racing’s Feelin The Fever (Dash Ta Fame-Cash In This Lane by Lanes Leinster) just wins races. The Donalda Cochrane-trained mare has eight wins from 11 starts with wins in the 2011 Alberta-bred Futurity (RG3) and the 2012 Alberta-bred Derby (R). She comes into the Merial Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge off a three-quarter-length allowance win as the short-priced favorite.

Coronas Child (Coronas Fast Dash-Eyes Of A Child by Chicks Beduino) comes into the John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge off back-to-back wins. The Buckey Stockwell-trained filly was a half-length winner of a maiden race and then fought to a neck win in her John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge trial. Her time of :19.970 for 350 yards was the top time from three trials.

R. Danard, G. Wills and S. Jeffrey’s Invisible Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-A Troffe For Injun by Invisible Injun) was second to Coronas Child with the second-fastest time of :18.000. The Laurie Ferguson-trained filly moved forward after finishing fifth in her only other start.

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Ochoa Inches Up National Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, August 7, 2013 - Ochoa, American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading money earner, moved up one spot to No. 6 in this week’s AQHA Racing.com-Horseplayernow.com national poll for older horses. The four-time champion won for the 10th time in 14 lifetime starts on Sunday, capturing the Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs as the odds-on favorite.

The victory was the first of 2013 for Ochoa, runner-up in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in his only other start on the campaign. His Remington conqueror, Priceless Feature, remains No. 2 in the national rankings this week, trailing only the star 3-year-old Wicked Courage. The nation’s top-ranked horse is expected next in the All American Derby (G1) trials next weekend in search of his 10th straight victory.

As for the 2-year-old rankings, there were no changes to the Top 10 this week. Tight balloting continues to place Big Biz Perry slightly atop the poll over Five Bar Cartel, 91-87. Trials for the all-important All American Futurity (G1) will be held August 15-16 at Ruidoso Downs, where as many as seven of this week’s nationally ranked juveniles are expected to compete.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. BIG BIZ PERRY (91)
    2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (87)
    3. MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (82)
    4. ESPECIALLY TRES (71)
    5. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (56)
    6. GLITTER IN MY FACE (35)
    7. CORONADO CARTEL (30)
    8. WON TO WATCH (18)
    9. HES RELENTLESS (15)
    10. UP FOR IT (14)

Unchangeable (13), Belle Helene (11), Handsome Jack Flash (10), Houdini (6), You N How Many More (5), Big Dashing Perry (5), Fetching Beauty (3), Wagon Tales (1)


NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. WICKED COURAGE (99) 
    2. PRICELESS FEATURE (83)
    3. RYLEES BOY (80)
    4. BRACE FOR BERNAL (63)
    5. LAST TO FIRE (55)
    6. OCHOA (54)
    7. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (34)
    8. REMEMBERING SPENCE (24)
    9. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (16)
    10. COLD CASH 123 (11)
    
Check My Thoughts (10), Scoop Of Sunshine (9), Joker On Jack (5), The Long Knife (2), TF Featured Effort (2), Bubba Carver (1), The Lizzard King (1)

The 10 voters are:
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Won To Watch Streaks Into National Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, July 31, 2013- Won To Watch notched her fifth straight win in Saturday’s $441,790 Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park, earning the No. 8 ranking in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 2-year-olds. She was one of two newcomers to the juvenile rankings, joined by No. 9 Up For It, heroine of the $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) at Los Alamitos on Saturday night.

Alberto and Ashley Vera’s Won To Watch also won the Heritage Place Juvenile (R) earlier this season at Remington Park and has banked $233,094 to date. Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred Up For It’s victory in the Governor’s Cup Futurity was her third in four tries and made her the first stakes winner for her sire Kiddy Up.

The top of the 2-year-old rankings continues to be led this week by Big Biz Perry, winner of the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) in June.

As for the older horses, there were no major changes to the Top 10 rankings this week. Rainbow Derby (G1) winner Wicked Courage remained atop the rankings for a second straight week.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. BIG BIZ PERRY (91)
    2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (87)
    3. MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (82)
    4. ESPECIALLY TRES (71)
    5. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (56)
    6. GLITTER IN MY FACE (35)
    7. CORONADO CARTEL (28)
    8. WON TO WATCH (17)
    9. UP FOR IT (15)
    10. HES RELENTLESS (14)

Unchangeable (13), Belle Helene (11), Handsome Jack Flash (10), Houdini (6), You N How Many More (6), Big Dashing Perry (5), Fetching Beauty (3), Wagon Tales (1), FJR Bread N Butter (1)


NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. WICKED COURAGE (94) 
    2. PRICELESS FEATURE (84)
    3. RYLEES BOY (81)
    4. BRACE FOR BERNAL (66)
    5. LAST TO FIRE (58)
    6. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (39)
    7. OCHOA (38)
    8. REMEMBERING SPENCE (29)
    9. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (16)
    10. COLD CASH 123 (11)
    
Scoop Of Sunshine (10), Check My Thoughts (9), Joker On Jack (3), The Long Knife (2), TF Featured Effort (2), Bubba Carver (1), The Lizzard King (1)

The 10 voters are:
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Wicked Courage Tops Racing Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, July 25, 2013 - There’s a new No. 1 in the latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses. Wicked Courage earned that distinction by posting his fifth consecutive win of the season in Saturday’s Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Now 5-for-5 on the year and a winner in nine straight races dating back to last September, Wicked Courage moved up two places from No. 3 last week to garner all but one first-place vote in the balloting.

Prior No. 1 Priceless Feature slid a single position, and is followed by Rylees Boy, Brace For Bernal and Last To Fire among the Top 5. There were no other major changes to the poll for older horses as the same top 10 remained with a new leader at the top.

As for the 2-year-olds, Sunday’s Rainbow Futurity (G1) heroine Ms First Prize Rose scored a nose victory over Belle Helene, and both earned spots in this week’s top 10. Ms First Prize Rose checked in at No. 3, while Belle Helene rounded out the rankings at No. 10. The juvenile poll continues to be paced by Big Biz Perry, 90-88, in narrow balloting over Five Bar Cartel.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. BIG BIZ PERRY (90)
    2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (88)
    3. MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (79)
    4. ESPECIALLY TRES (75)
    5. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (52)
    6. GLITTER IN MY FACE (45)
    7. CORONADO CARTEL (42)
    8. UNCHANGEABLE (20)
    9. HES RELENTLESS (19)
    10. BELLE HELENE (14)
    
Fetching Beauty (9), Houdini (9), Big Dashing Perry (8), You N How Many More (5), She Forgives (3), Separatist Firstdown (2), FJR Bread N Butter (1), Wagon Tales (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. WICKED COURAGE (99) 
    2. PRICELESS FEATURE (84)
    3. RYLEES BOY (82)
    4. BRACE FOR BERNAL (66)
    5. LAST TO FIRE (53)
    6. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (41)
    7. OCHOA (40)
    8. REMEMBERING SPENCE (31)
    9. COLD CASH 123 (19)
    10. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (17)
    
Joker On Jack (5), TF Featured Effort (4), The Long Knife (3), Jetblack Gold Moment (2), The Lizzard King (1), Ill Stop The World (1), JJs Gone (1), Sum Fun For Magic (1)

The 10 voters are:
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Poll Steady Heading Into Big Weekend

American Quarter Horse Association, July 19, 2013 - This weekend’s Grade 1 duo of the Rainbow Futurity and Derby at Ruidoso Downs figures to have a major impact on upcoming AQHA Racing- Horseplayernow.com National Polls, but all was quiet this week with balloters in advance of the big events. Big Biz Perry continues a narrow lead in the national juvenile rankings, while Priceless Feature maintains a slim edge among the older horses.

Saturday’s Rainbow Derby features this week’s No. 3-rated older runner Wicked Courage, but the winner could make a serious case for the top spot in next week’s poll. None of Sunday’s Rainbow Futurity qualifiers are currently ranked in the Top 10 among the 2-year-olds, but the field, led by fastest qualifier Reagal Eagle, figures to put a few new faces into the mix by next week’s release of poll.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. BIG BIZ PERRY (93)
    2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (90)
    3. ESPECIALLY TRES (69)
    4. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (66)
    5. GLITTER IN MY FACE (50)
    6. CORONADO CARTEL (49)
    7. UNCHANGEABLE (33)
    8. HES RELENTLESS (24)
    9. FETCHING BEAUTY (23)
    10. BIG DASHING PERRY (13)
    
Houdini (11), FJR Bread N Butter (9), You N How Many More (7), Separatist Firstdown (6), She Forgives (4), Wagon Tales (3), Moonifisant (2), Masherati B (2), Bradys March Madness (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. PRICELESS FEATURE (91)
    2. RYLEES BOY (87)
    3. WICKED COURAGE (85)
    4. BRACE FOR BERNAL (68)
    5. LAST TO FIRE (47)
    6. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (43)
    7. OCHOA (40)
    8. REMEMBERING SPENCE (32)
    9. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (22)
    10. COLD CASH 123 (19)

TF Featured Effort (4), The Long Knife (3), The Lizzard King (2), Jetblack Gold Moment (2), Mr. Ease Cartel (2), Ill Stop The World (1), Sum Fun For Magic (1), Jess Featureme Quick (1)

The 10 voters are:
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Top Runners Ready for Rainbow

American Quarter Horse Association, July 18, 2013 - Andrew Smith’s Wicked Courage, the fourth-ranked horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com Poll, tries to take the second step toward a possible Grade 1 derby triple crown at Ruidoso Downs when he shoots for his ninth-straight win in the first $1 million Rainbow Derby (G1) on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The $1,055,000 purse in the 440-yard Rainbow Derby surpasses the previous record $903,774 purse set last year. This is the seventh consecutive running that has established a new record purse.

A showdown between Wicked Courage (Captain Courage-Wicked Pamela by Dash For Cash) and champion PJ Chick In Black (Desirio-Eddie Jym by Corona Cocktail) in the derby is very doubtful, as PJ Chick In Black is expected to be scratched following a trailer accident on Monday from which she is recovering. Her connections have until one hour prior to Rainbow Derby post time to scratch her from the race.

Wicked Courage has won eight-straight races and continues to be in career-best form. He is three-for-three at Ruidoso Downs with his win in the $822,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1) and setting the fastest-qualifying mark to the Rainbow Derby in his latest two outs. The 17-10 favorite in the 400-yard Ruidoso Derby, Wicked Courage fought to a neck win over Ill Stop The World. He then stepped up in the Rainbow Derby trials when he pulled out to a three-quarter-length win as the 9-10 choice. His time of :20.856 for the 440 yards was the fastest time from nine trials, and the fourth-fastest quarter mile ever recorded at Ruidoso Downs.

Trainer Luis Villafranco brought Wicked Courage to Ruidoso Downs in mid-May after the gelding won five-consecutive races in Oklahoma. Last fall, he won the Black Gold 350 Futurity (R) and the Black Gold Championship (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs. After a winter layoff, he returned to take the Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) at Remington Park before shipping to Ruidoso.

On Sunday, Nahem Rosella Prieto’s Reagal Eagle and Salome Gallegos’ Rocked Up, who set the fastest-qualifying times on each of the two days of Rainbow Futurity trials, meet in the first Rainbow Futurity (G1) to carry a $1 million purse at Ruidoso Downs.

Two days of Rainbow Futurity trials were held for the first time this year. The five-fastest qualifiers from the first day of trials on July 4 meet the horses with the five-fastest qualifying times on July 5 in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity. The two-day trial format will continue for the All American Futurity trials

Reagal Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Corona Deluxe by Corona Cartel) won his maiden in his fourth-career start with an impressive 1¼-length trial win. His time of :19.242 for 400 yards topped the first day of qualifying. Earlier this year, he raced in the West Texas Juvenile (R).

Rocked Up (Shazoom-Jess Ought To Go Now by Mr Jess Perry) makes his third start in the Rainbow Futurity and has improved in each of his two starts. After finishing a lackluster third in his Ruidoso Futurity trial, the colt pulled away from his Rainbow Futurity trial competitors to win by 1 length in :19.416, the top mark on the second day of trials.
 
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Louisiana-breds Showcased at Delta

American Quarter Horse Association, July 12, 2013 - Brock Broussard’s Heza Fast Rogue tries to continue to improve in the $564,894 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) and Joan Rood’s $10,000 claim, Dashin Beduino, moves up to stakes competition in the $148,260 Delta Downs Derby (RG3) during a stakes night dedicated to Louisiana-breds on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

Also on the program, the always-dangerous Zupers Quick Dash starts in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) for older horses.

Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) couldn’t light the board in his first two starts, but has found the winner’s circle in his latest two outs with daylight wins in a Delta Downs maiden race and then in his Berwick trial.

The Kevin Broussard-trained Heza Fast Rogue faced the strongest competition of his young career when he took his trial by 1 1/4 lengths in the third of 12 trials and his time of :17.318 for 350 yards was the top time. He now takes another big step in class for the Berwick.

Antonio Delgado Jr.’s JLS Go Big Daddy (Bigtime Favorite-Do It To It Reb by Splash Bac) has stakes experience with a third-place finish in the Sam Houston Juvenile (R). The member of the Miguel Rodriguez stable came through in his trial with a fast-closing three-quarter-length win with the second-fastest time of :17.370.

Dashin Beduino (Gros Oreille-Swiftone by Dashin Bye) was a savvy claim only two starts before his Delta Downs Derby trial, plucked for $10,000 in a 330-yard race at Delta. He returned to win an allowance and then was third behind Dashin Gage and T Boy C in his derby trial.

Douglas Traylor’s Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special-Dash Lady Love by Dash Thru Traffic) made his 3-year-old debut in the trials and showed he is ready to compete again in the stakes ranks with the fastest-qualifying time to the Delta Downs Derby. He opened up an early lead and then won by one-half length with a :19.472 for 400 yards.

Dashin Gage, trained by Kenny Roberts Sr., won the LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) and raced in the LQHBA Futurity (RG1) and the Louisiana Downs Champions Day Juvenile (RG2) on his way to earning $169,893 last year. He won four of eight juvenile starts.

Jose Guzman’s T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash-Toast To Mallard by Toast To Dash) was second to Dashin Gage in the last of three trials, and he posted the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.545. The Rodriguez-trained gelding was the 7-5 favorite in the trial after three-straight wins, including the $84,404 Mardi Gras Derby (R) and the Vinton Stakes (RG3) in his two previous starts. He took the Mardi Gras Derby by a length before fighting to a head win in the Vinton Stakes.

Zupers Quick Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper by Zuppardo’s Prince (TB)) has won 11 of 28 careers starts and is in top form with a pair of stakes wins in his latest two starts. The Bobby Martinez-trained 7-year-old took the $50,000 Juan Alleman Stakes (RG3) by a half length in April and came back in June to fight for a nose win in the Vals Fortune Stakes (RG3) to be 2-for-2 in 2013.

Owned by Ponderosa Ranch of PC Inc., Zupers Quick Dash does some of his best work at Delta Downs with nine of his 11 career starts coming at the track.

Carlos Lozano’s Political Option (Jess Louisiana Blue-In His Dreams by Apollo (TB)) dominated the Delta 550 Stakes two starts ago by 1 3/4 lengths before finishing a close third behind Zupers Quick Dash in the Vals Fortune.

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Last To Fire Makes First Move Into National Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, July 10, 2013 - Sunday’s win in the Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos earned Last To Fire the No. 5 ranking in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll for older horses. The week’s big mover also earned an automatic berth into the year-end Champion of Champions (G1) by way of the Vessels victory.

The top of the poll was led for the second straight week by Priceless Feature, who overtook Rylees Boy for the top perch on July 3. Sophomore runners Wicked Courage and Brace For Bernal rounded out the top five older horses. On Saturday, Wicked Courage was the fastest qualifier to the Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, posting the fourth-fastest 440 yards run in the track’s history (:20.856).

The only newcomer to the national 2-year-old rankings this week was Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial winner Houdini, who checked in at No. 10. The Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) runner-up just missed qualifying for the Rainbow final and landed the fastest qualifying time for the Rainbow Invitational. The juvenile rankings continue to be paced by Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry, 93-90, over Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) winner Five Bar Cartel in close balloting.

Expect the Rainbow Futurity’s July 21 final to have a major impact on and facelift to the current 2-year-old poll.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. BIG BIZ PERRY (93)
    2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (90)
    3. ESPECIALLY TRES (69)
    4. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (66)
    5. GLITTER IN MY FACE (50)
    6. CORONADO CARTEL (49)
    7. UNCHANGEABLE (33)
    8. HES RELENTLESS (24)
    9. FETCHING BEAUTY (23)
    10. HOUDINI (11)
    
She Forgives (10), You N How Many More (9), Separatist Firstdown (8), Big Dashing Perry (7), Wagon Tales (3), Moonifisant (2), Masherati B (2), Bradys March Madness (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. PRICELESS FEATURE (91)
    2. RYLEES BOY (87)
    3. WICKED COURAGE (85)
    4. BRACE FOR BERNAL (68)
    5. LAST TO FIRE (47)
    6. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (44)
    7. OCHOA (40)
    8. REMEMBERING SPENCE (32)
    9. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (22)
    10. COLD CASH 123 (19)

TF Featured Effort (4), The Long Knife (3), The Lizzard King (2), Jetblack Gold Moment (2), Mr Ease Cartel (2), Ill Stop The World (1), Sum Fun For Magic (1), Jess Featureme Quick (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Priceless Feature Supplants Rylees Boy Atop Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, July 3, 2013 - It did not happen overnight, but voters in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll have moved toward the camp of Priceless Feature. The Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) winner finally secured enough votes this week to overtake the inactive Rylees Boy for the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Priceless Feature garnered 95 balloting points this week to the 90 cast for Rylees Boy, who fell from the No. 1 perch for the first time in 2013. Rylees Boy has not raced since his February 17 win in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1).

Ed Melzer’s Priceless Feature is 2-for-3 on the season and owns victories in the Remington Park Invitational Championship and the Sooner State Stakes (RG1). He has finished first or second in 15 of 20 career starts with earnings of $585,988.
    
The rest of the top five includes sophomores Brace For Bernal and Wicked Courage, and the 4-year-old Ochoa, who finished second in the Remington Park Invitational.

There were no changes to the top 10 rankings this week for the 2-year-olds. Once again, Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry holds the advantage over Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) hero Five Bar Cartel.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. BIG BIZ PERRY (96)
    2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (86)
    3. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (73)
    4. ESPECIALLY TRES (70)
    5. GLITTER IN MY FACE (49)
    6. CORONADO CARTEL (45)
    7. UNCHANGEABLE (37)
    8. FETCHING BEAUTY (29)
    9. HES RELENTLESS (23)
    10. SEPARATIST FIRSTDOWN (10)
    
You N How Many More (9), Houdini (6), Moonifisant (5), Wagon Tales (4), Masherati B (2), Sandra Sue Blue (2), Won To Watch (1), Heza Wild Dragon (1), Bradys March Madness (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. PRICELESS FEATURE (95)
    2. RYLEES BOY (90)
    3. BRACE FOR BERNAL (74)
    4. WICKED COURAGE (73)
    5. OCHOA (53)
    6. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (44)
    7. REMEMBERING SPENCE (38)
    8. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (28)
    9. COLD CASH 123 (23)
    10. TF FEATURED EFFORT (10)

Ill Stop The World (5), Deniro (4), The Long Knife (4), Fast Prize Mike (3), The Lizzard King (3), Kool Country Man (1), Lighting Regard (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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De La Torre Trio Tough in Ed Burke

American Quarter Horse Association, June 20, 2013 - Trainer Jose De La Torre could have a very memorable night when he sends out three qualifying trial winners, including the unbeaten first- and third-fastest qualifiers, in the $1,111,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos on Sunday night.

The 350-yard Ed Burke Million is the first of three $1 million futurities at Los Alamitos. It is followed by the Grade 1, $1 million-est. Golden State Million and the $2 million-est. Los Alamitos Two Million later this year. If any horse wins all three races, then that horse’s connections take the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza.

The top De La Torre prospects in the Ed Burke are fastest-qualifier Turbulent Times (Furyofthewind-Streakin La Tac by Streakin La Jolla) and third-fastest qualifier Masherati B (Separatist-She Travels by Fishers Dash). He also saddles trial winner and ninth-fastest qualifier Fire Up Willie (Walk Thru Fire-Willie Swings by Willie Wanta Dash).

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cueva’s Turbulent Times is spotless from two starts and showing improvement. After winning maiden at first asking by a neck at 300 yards, he stepped up with a one-half length win in the third of 14 Ed Burke trials with the fastest-qualifying time of :17.405.

Ronnie Keller and Ron Brooks’ Unchangeable (Stel Corona-Hard Lining by Hawkish) was second in that trial with the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.487 for trainer Rafael Orozco. The gelding won his only other start, a Los Alamitos maiden race, by a length.

San Gregorio Racing Stables’ Masherati B is two-for-two with a maiden win and his Ed Burke trial victory, each by one-half length. The gelding turned in a :17.565 time in his trial.

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Fire Up Willie came back from a horrid trip in her maiden race to win her Ed Burke trial by one-half length in :17.680.

Trainers Jaime Gomez and Paul Jones each have a pair of Ed Burke qualifiers.

Gomez, a three-time Ed Burke winner, has fourth-fastest qualifier Docs First Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Dutch Secret by Separatist) and fifth-fastest qualifier She Forgives (Foose-Forgive Him by Hawkinson).

Owned by Dutch Masters III and Gomez, Docs First Fire was sixth in the Kindergarten and then won his Ed Burke trial by three-quarters of a length.

Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives has stakes credentials with a second in the Kindergarten (G2) and then was awarded first place in her Ed Burke trial after a disqualification.

Jones, a two-time Ed Burke winner, conditions seventh-fastest qualifier Foose Is Loose (Foose-Shescheckinumout by Check Him Out) and eighth-fastest qualifier Composed Charisma (First Down Dash-Beduinos Rusty by Chicks Beduino).

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Runners Ready in Record-Setting Ruidoso Races

American Quarter Horse Association, June 7, 2013 - Ruidoso Downs in the mountains of New Mexico is notorious for weather changes – and it happened during the Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials on May 25. Now handicappers will be trying their hand at meteorology, and the richest Ruidoso Derby ever contested will be one of the most interesting Grade 1 races at Ruidoso in recent memory when it is held on Saturday afternoon.

The trials to the record-setting $822,603 Ruidoso Derby became a weather issue when the wind turned from a 20- to 25-mph head wind into a 15-mph tail wind between the fifth and sixth trials of the eight qualifying heats.

The result is the nine-fastest qualifiers to the 400-yard Ruidoso Derby raced in the final three trials and create a unique handicapping perspective. The 10th-fastest qualifier Wicked Courage (Captain Courage-Wicked Pamela by Dash For Cash) won the first trial while facing a 25-mph head wind and all of his Derby rivals benefitted from the tail wind.

Nonetheless, it will be a highly competitive field chasing the all-time record $345,493 first-place check from the richest purse in 20 runnings of the Ruidoso Derby.

A $25,000 supplemental nominee to enter the trials, Crowson Racing’s Charvet (One Famous Eagle-Bloomingdales by First Down Dash) lowered the 400-yard track record to :19.151 when he won the final trial. It erased the 400-yard track of :19.186 set by Separate Bet in a 2007 allowance race before he won the Rainbow Derby.

Charvet showed he was ready for a step up in class at Ruidoso Downs when he finished third in the $136,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, his previous start.

Crowson Racing also owns Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity fastest-qualifier One Quick Eagle who will race on Sunday afternoon. Charvet and One Quick Eagle are each offspring of leading sire One Famous Eagle, bred by Bobby Cox, race out of the Victor Rodriguez-Flores barn and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez. If those two horses win their respective races, it will be the first time that all of those connections have swept a derby/futurity double at Ruidoso Downs.

The record $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs is up for grabs with six of the 10 finalists making their career debuts in the 25 trials, but already there is a budding rivalry between the top-two qualifiers, Crowson Racing’s One Quick Eagle and Johnny Trotter’s homebred Strategic Weapon.

The rivalry started when it really didn’t count in the Ruidoso Downs schooling races on May 7. They drew into the same schooling race and Strategic Weapon (First Down Dash-One Famous Lady by Chicks Beduino) won with a :15.49 time for 300 yards, the fastest time from the three days of training races. However, One Quick Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Quick Moon Sign by Royal Quick Dash) was right there with him when he finished with a :15.50 time.

Then they drew into the same Ruidoso Futurity trial from the 25 trials contested on May 24.

One Quick Eagle raced to the one-half-length win over Strategic Weapon. One Quick Eagle was timed in :17.255 for the 350 yards for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores and Strategic Weapon came through with a :17.327 time for the hot Blane Wood barn, which won eight of the 25 trials.

There is a strong breeding connection between the two horses. One Quick Eagle is by champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle while Strategic Weapon is a half brother to One Famous Eagle.

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REMINGTON WINNERS ROCKET TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS

Q-Racing Journal, June 5, 2013The May 31-June 2 closing weekend of the Remington Park spring meeting spotlighted some of the best racing in America this year, and pollsters in this week’s AQHARacing.com/Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings responded in kind. Both the 2-year-old and 3-year-olds and older polls were seasoned with a strong Remington Park flavor.

 

Saturday night’s $910,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry shot straight to No. 1 in the juvenile rankings. The daughter of Mr Jess Perry won for the third time in four starts and set a stakes record of :17.310 for the 350 yards. Despite being sent away at 29-1 odds in her first graded stakes final, she garnered near unanimous support in the polls with 95 out of a possible 100 points. Big Biz Perry replaced Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner Especially Tres atop the rankings as that runner slid to No. 2 this week. Heritage Place Futurity (G1) runner-up Hes Relentless checked in seventh in the poll, while third-place finisher Wagon Tales held onto the No. 10 spot this week.

 

As for the older horses, Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) winner Priceless Feature nearly supplanted the season’s only No. 1-ranked performer, Rylees Boy, but fell a point short, 94-93, in tight balloting. A two-time stakes winner at the Remington Park meeting, Priceless Feature earned a berth into the season-ending Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, while runner-up Ochoa earned the No. 6 national ranking while losing by a half-length.

 

The other big mover among the older horses this week was Brace For Bernal, who won the Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington on Saturday’s outstanding card. He now has won six straight races extending back to November at Will Rogers Downs and has risen to No. 3 nationally.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   BIG BIZ PERRY (95) 

2.   ESPECIALLY TRES (76) 

3.   WR GOLDEN EAGLE (72) 

4.   CORONADO CARTEL (67) 

5.   GLITTER MY FACE (65)

6.   FETCHING BEAUTY (40)

7.   HES RELENTLESS (39)

8.   SEPARATIST FIRSTDOWN (34) 

9.   HOUDINI (19) 

10. WAGON TALES (17)

 

Other horses receiving votes: Bradys March Madness (12), Moonifisant (4), Dashing Jet Rio (4), Won To Watch (2), One Quick Eagle (2), GI Genes (1)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   RYLEES BOY (94)

2.   PRICELESS FEATURE (93)

3.   BRACE FOR BERNAL (70)

4.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (59)

5.   REMEMBERING SPENCE (51)

6.   OCHOA (50)

7.   FIRST IN CLASS DBS (41)

8.   COLD CASH 123 (32)

9.   TF FEATURED EFFORT (20)

10. CHARVET (11)

 

Other horses receiving votes: Fast Prize Mike (8), The Long Knife (8), Kool Country Man (5), Feature Mr Who (3), Mr Ease Cartel (3), Black Rosalita (2)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacingon Twitter, watch the AQHA Racing Newscastand visit www.aqharacing.com.

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REMINGTON HOSTS BLOCKBUSTER SATURDAY
$1 Million Heritage Place Futurity Tops Outstanding Card.

Q-Racing Journal, May 30, 2013The fastest qualifiers from two days of trials – Hes Relentless and Wagon Tales – head the deep field in the $1,075,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) during a stakes-dominated program on Saturday night at Remington Park.

 

Also on the program are the $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) and the Heritage Place Derby (G2).

 

Tom Maher’s Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) set the fastest qualifying time on May 10, the first night of trials, and the quickest overall mark. JNB Enterprises’ Wagon Tales (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Signs Zoomer by Shazoom) was the quickest on the second night of trials, May 11, with the second-fastest overall time.

 

Hes Relentless comes into the Heritage Place Futurity with a 2-for-2 record and an eye-popping trial victory. After breaking his maiden by a neck on April 5, the Amber Blair-trained colt demolished his trial competition by 4 1/4 lengths. His time on :17.233 for 350 yards led all qualifiers.

 

Wagon Tales has a slight edge in experience with three starts and an April 21 win in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile for trainer Judd Kearl. Wagon Tales won the Juvenile by a half length and then took his trial by three-quarters of a length, with a :17.242 time.

 

Los Primitos’ BP Wagon Train (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Ladys Is First by First Down Dash) stepped forward after a second-place finish in his maiden race to win his futurity trial by 1 1/2 lengths on the first night of trials. The Trey Wood-trained colt was clocked in :17.343.

 

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred This Candy Says Bye (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Eye On This Candy by Mr Eye Opener) was second to Wagon Tales in their trial and has the fourth-fastest overall time of :17.352. The Clinton Crawford-trained filly was making her career debut in the trial.

 

 

Hot Brace For Bernal Leads Heritage Place Derby

 

Noel S. Lopez Prieto’s Brace For Bernal shoots for his sixth-straight win and his most important victory when he heads the $285,780 Heritage Place Derby (G2) as the fastest qualifier during an important night of racing on Saturday at Remington Park.

 

Also on the program is the $1,075,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the long-awaited meeting between world champion Cold Cash 123 and champion Ochoa, both trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, in the $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1).

 

Brace For Bernal (Furyofthewind-Zoom Bracer by Shazoom) closed out his juvenile season with a win in the Bill Hedge Memorial Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. After a fourth-month rest, Brace For Bernal came back this year to have a spotless 4-for-4 record at Remington Park while facing the top sophomores at the track. After winning his April 7 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby trial by 2 1/2 lengths, he was the prompt choice in the April 20 Derby when he won by a length as the 2-5 favorite.

 

Trained by Luis Villafranco, Brace For Bernal continued his dominating wins in the May 12 Heritage Place Derby trials with a 1 1/2-length win. His time of :19.577 topped the six trials.

 

Carolyn Bay’s Buster 123 (Corona For Me-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) is stepping up in class and looking for his third-straight win and has the pedigree to excel at this level. The half-brother to Cold Cash 123 broke his maiden two starts ago on April 12 at Remington Park by 3 3/4 lengths and trainer Gilbreath brought him back in the Heritage Place Derby trials. The colt came through with a convincing 1 1/2-length win. His time of :19.654 was the second-fastest qualifying time.

 

The Estate of C. Wade Navarre and Melvin Hatley’s Dashin Brown Streak (Hotdoggin-Annas Streakin Dash by Streakin La Jolla) has won both of his starts this year after finishing a close second in the Evangeline Downs Futurity in December. Trainer John Brasseaux brought him back in a 300-yard allowance race on March 16, where he drew off to a length win. He kept rolling in his Heritage Place Derby trial to win by a length. His time of :19.657 was the third-fastest time.

 

 

Cold Cash 123, Ochoa Matchup Set In Remington Park Championship

 

The long-awaited meeting between the two stars of the Dwayne “Sleepy’ Gilbreath stable is here. Two-time champion Ochoa and 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 have seen each other along the shedrow every day for the past couple years, and will be in the same starting gate for the first time in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) on Saturday night at Remington Park. Also on the stellar card is the $1,075,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the $285,780 Heritage Place Derby (G1).

 

The two geldings have their similarities. They both adore the Remington Championship distance of 440 yards, but they both have recent questionable races. If either of them gets a clean and clear break from the gate, then they become nearly unbeatable with their unsurpassed speed in the final 100 yards. That scenario has played out in numerous Grade-1 races and resulted in their championship honors.

 

Ochoa (Tres Seis-Stolis Fortune by Stoli) is the all-time-leading money-earning American Quarter Horse at $2,619,741, with $2,541,581 coming in races at 440 yards. He is the first Quarter Horse to earn $1 million in consecutive years and earned more money – $1,375,541 – last year than any 3-year-old in Quarter Horse history.

 

Much of his earnings prowess has come from his wins in the 2011 $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) and last year’s $2.2 million All American Derby (G1), both over the quarter mile at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding won the Futurity by 1 1/2 lengths and the Derby by a length.

 

Perhaps his most exciting stakes win came in last summer’s $904,000 Rainbow Derby (G1). After a start that left him behind the leaders, he responded with an explosive closing charge to get up in the final stride of the 440-yard race to win by a head over Priceless Feature.

 

Ochoa is making his Remington Park debut for owners J Bar 7 Ranch, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Doug and Shavon Benson. He is bred by Johnny T.L. Jones Jr., owner of J Bar 7 Ranch at Quanah, Texas.

 

T-Bill Stables’ homebred Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) has raced at Remington Park with three wins from five starts, including last year’s Remington Park Championship. While Ochoa makes his first start since finishing fifth in the Texas Classic Derby (G1) in November, Cold Cash 123 has a start this year over the track, winning the $101,000 Bank of America Remington Park Championship Challenge (G2) on May 12 as the odds-on favorite.

 

In addition to his Remington Park Championship win, Cold Cash 123 last year took the Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington Park and the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos before finishing third in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1).

 

Cold Cash 123 earned his world championship as a 3-year-old in 2011 when he won the Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, the Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park and finished his season with a win in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

 

Roy Baldillez has been the primary rider for Ochoa and Cold Cash 123 and has chosen to ride Ochoa this weekend.

 

Gilbreath will also send out Leo Stakes runner-up The Long Knife. The superlative Gilbreath trio will be joined by Sooner State Stakes (RG1) third-place finisher A Toss Up, Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1) winner Kool Country Man, SLM Big Daddy Stakes winner You Can Call Mr Earl, Bank of America Remington Park Challenge runner-up The Sunday Assassin, Sooner State Stakes winner Priceless Feature, Eastex Handicap (G2) winner Fast Prize Mike, Leo Stakes third-place finisher Jess Lips and Leo Stakes winner First In Class DBS.

 

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Racing Industry Update

American Quarter Horse Association, May 24, 2013- AQHA is strongly urging all horsemen and racing jurisdictions involved with American Quarter Horse racing to begin the process of adopting, by reference, the Racing Commissioners International Controlled Therapeutic Medication schedule.
 
With the boards of both the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (consisting of 24 racing industry stakeholders and organizations) and RCI (consisting of representatives from racing authorities across the United States, Canada and other international jurisdictions), these medications and this schedule have been vetted by the scientific experts and rule makers in our industry that should give states and provinces the information they need to move forward with adoption.
 
“The RMTC’s approval of these last few thresholds and withdrawal times from the set of 24 therapeutic substances identified by the industry represents a significant investment of resources by the RMTC and its stakeholders,” said RMTC Chairman Dr. Robert Lewis in a press release on March 22. “These guidelines will pave the way for uniform adoption of medication regulations across the country.”
 
In an April 2 press release, RCI gave final approval to the “RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule.” RCI Chairman Duncan Patterson said, “For years, we have talked about uniformity, but today is the first day that we can say there is agreement as to what constitutes a violation.”
 
RCI President Ed Martin said, “Regulators are being encouraged to achieve uniformity by adding the RCI schedule to their rules ‘by reference,’ a common way to incorporate a nationally recognized standard into public policy.”
 
Eight states in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Northeast United States have already begun the process for adopting the rules and have set a goal of January 1, 2014, to have the uniform rules in place.
 
New Mexico and Texas have each taken steps to strengthen their respective commissions and rules. New Mexico increased the budget for investigations, drug testing and other areas. Last October, Texas released a memo stating that it reviewed the ARCI’s Task Force on Medication Science’s proposed changes to the list of approved therapeutics and revised its list of medications and their permissible post-race concentration levels in blood and urine. Texas also adopted new Clenbuterol thresholds on March 28.

AQHA also is announcing today that the American Quarter Horse Foundation is funding a dermorphin study through a private donation to fund a research project being conducted by the RMTC and HFL Laboratories in Lexington, Kentucky. Methods to detect and identify dermorphin have been developed but there is no certified reference material to compare samples to. This project is aimed at supporting the development of a synthetic reference dermorphin that will be provided to racehorse testing laboratories for use as a reference testing standard.
 
“I am proud that AQHA can take a leadership role, especially with respect to funding the dermorphin study, which will be useful to all racing breeds,” said AQHA President Johne Dobbs of Champaign, Illinois. “I’m also grateful to our members who step up to help the industry in the many ways they have. It is the responsibility of every person involved to do all we can to clean it up and make it safe for all.”

Believed to have up to 40 times more potency than morphine, dermorphin is produced naturally as a skin secretion in certain species of South American frogs, but can also be produced synthetically. It is speculated that the drug is being manufactured synthetically, due to the high doses that would be required to produce an effect in a horse.
 
“Today is the day,” said AQHA First Vice President Johnny Trotter, an active racehorse breeder and owner from Hereford, Texas. “The various states and provinces will each have to go through a process to get this done but make no mistake – Congress is watching.”

Trotter is referring to the recently introduced Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, written by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA).

“Members in Congress still do not believe that the racing industry will address and fix its problems,” Trotter concluded. “We must demonstrate otherwise.”
 
“The industry has come a long way the past couple of years and we are close,” added AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “We encourage people to start the process to adopt the new medication schedule and, if additional assistance or information is needed, AQHA’s racing office is a ready resource. We are confident we will continue to gain ground, keep cheaters and those who risk harming our horses and riders out of the business, while protecting the trust the wagering public has placed in our sport – and in us as industry leaders.”
 
AQHA and its numerous committees and groups dedicated to protecting the horse, horsemen and the wagering public will remain vigilant in its pursuit of clean racing, and respected and honorable horsemen. In turn, the fans and public will know they are competing at the highest levels and with the utmost integrity. AQHA will continue to support anyone who pursues better drug testing, harsher penalties and improvements in our industry that is good for the whole.
 
Leadership at tracks such as Los Alamitos Race Course, Ruidoso Downs, Remington Park, Hialeah Park, Sunland Park, Sam Houston Race Park and others have proven that they are going to do what it takes to punish cheaters and keep horse racing honest. AQHA supports these efforts and the efforts of the racing authorities in the respective jurisdictions.

For further information, please visit
www.aqharacing.comfor information about AQHA’s racing welfare and medication efforts and other industry news.

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Futurity Weekend at Delta Downs

American Quarter Horse Association, May 23, 2013 - Kay and Wade Loup’s homebred Kiss You All Over in Friday’s $246,142 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) and Luciano Rodriguez’s Run Daddy Run in Saturday’s $271,460 Louisiana Breeders Laddie Futurity (RG2) help make for a big state-bred futurity weekend at Delta Downs.

Kiss You All Over (Fast Prize Dash-Sheza Neon Rose by Takin On The Cash) has shown promise in each of her two starts. After a second-place run in her career debut, the Vann Haywood-trained filly sped to a length win at 14-1 odds in her futurity trial. She raced in the last of 11 trials. Her time of :16.793 for 330 yards was the top mark.

Douglas Traylor’s Dashing Jet Rio (Jet Black Patriot-Dashing Obsession by Mr Jess Perry) demands attention after winning her trial by 1 1/2 lengths in her first start. The Kenny Roberts-trained filly raced to the second-fastest qualifying time of :16.840 and figures to improve in her second start.

Run Daddy Run (Sir Runaway Dash-Missy Sister by Runaway Winner) topped the 13 Laddie trials at nearly 9-1 odds when he won the seventh heat by a neck in :16.815. The member of the Joseph Vacca barn prepared for the trials with a third-place finish in a Louisiana Downs maiden race.

Pina-Garcia Ranch’s Yagouti (Jet Black Patriot-Afri by Fishers Dash) has an experience edge with three starts and finishing fifth in the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG3). He came back from that futurity run for trainer Robert Meche to win his Laddie trial by a half length. He was clocked in the second-fastest time of :16.837.

In addition, Ruidoso Downs opens its summer meet with 25 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials on Friday and Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials on Saturday. The Racing Aces will be following the action, with timely updates and coverage via Facebookand Twitter.

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Records Could Fall in Kindergarten

American Quarter Horse Association, May 16, 2013 - The records for wins by an owner and wins by a trainer in the fabled Kindergarten Futurity, which was first contested in 1955 (four years before the first All American Futurity), could fall on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The Kindergarten was once an iconic target for 2-year-olds and had a purse high of $607,710 in 1982. Now it has been relegated to Grade 2 status, with a $281,000 purse. It has been surpassed on the Los Alamitos 2-year-old stakes lineup by the three Grade 1 million-dollar futurities: the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million. Previous Kindergarten winners during the race’s golden years included Pap (1956), Tonto Bars Hank (1960), Pokey Bar (1961), Jet Deck (1962), Whataway To Go (1969), Osage Rocket (1971), Pockatu (1972), Easy Date (1974), Ettago Chickie (1980), First Down Dash (1986), Runaway Winner (1987) and Corona Chick (1991).

Owner James Streelman’s Dutch Masters III is trying to surpass the record of four wins he shares with Ivan Ashment, whose four wins include three-straight victories with Bobby’s Angel, Sir Chica Mor and Town Policy.

Trainer Jaime Gomez shares the record of seven Kindergarten wins with American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, who trained all of Ashment’s horses. Gomez has conditioned Dutch Masters III’s Kindergarten winners.

On Sunday, Gomez saddles Dutch Masters III’s fastest qualifier She Forgives (Foose-Forgive Him by Hawkinson), the Dutch Masters III and Gomez co-owned Docs First Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Dutch Secret by Separatist) and Bobby Cox’s Shake Djibouti (TR Dasher-Jess Shakem by Mr Jess Perry).

She Forgives has won each of her two starts and took her Kindergarten trial by a length over fourth-fastest qualifier Bad Fast (No Secrets Here-Faster Car by Tres Seis). She Forgives topped the nine trials with her :15.375 time for 300 yards, while Bad Fast was timed in :15.526. She Forgives showed her potential in her debut when she won by a half length, with a :15.51 time for 300 yards.

Docs First Fire is a maiden after finishing second in a maiden race and then third in his Kindergarten trial, with the ninth-fastest qualifying time of :15.615.

Shake Djibouti, co-bred by Streelman with Bill Dale, could be dangerous in the Kindergarten after moving forward with a 1-length trial win in the third-fastest time of :15.487. In her other start, she was a non-threatening fourth in a maiden race.

The Jose Flores-owned and -trained Glitter In My Face (Special Cartel-Granny Janny by Pritzi Dash) is perfect after two starts and boasts the second-fastest qualifying time. She won her maiden by a half length and then took her Kindergarten trial by three quarters of a length in :15.429.

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Familiar Face Returns to Poll

American Quarter Horse Association, May 15, 2013 -Cold Cash 123, American Quarter Horse racing’s world champion in 2011, served notice that he’s back in a big way Sunday when winning the Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2) at Remington Park. That effort landed him the No. 3 ranking in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings for the older horses. The poll for the 2-year-olds also made news this week as pollsters teetered in favor of Especially Tres as the new No. 1 juvenile in the land.

Cold Cash 123 now has won 13 of 22 starts for more than $1.3 million and is expected for a title defense June 1 in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1).

The national poll for the older horses continues to be led by unanimous No. 1 Rylees Boy, winner of the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). PJ Chick In Black held second this week narrowly, 77-73 in the balloting, over Cold Cash 123.

On the 2-year-old front, the season’s second week of rankings saw balloters shift slightly at the top. Only two points separated the top two vote-getters in the division’s season debut poll last week, and this week Especially Tres landed three points to the good of WR Golden Eagle, 91-88, on the ballots. Two new runners cracked the bottom of the Top 10 for the juveniles, No. 9 Wagon Tales and No. 10 Dynasty Edition. Wagon Tales impressed pollsters with his trial victory for the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) this past weekend.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1. ESPECIALLY TRES (91)
    2. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (88)
    3. CORONADO CARTEL (81)
    4. FETCHING BEAUTY (69)
    5. HOUDINI (50)
    6. SEPARATIST FIRSTDOWN (39)
    7. MOONIFISANT (29)
    8. SANDRA SUE BLUE (28)
    9. WAGON TALES (27)
    10. DYNASTY EDITION (10)

Anna Delovely (9), She Forgives (8), Hes Relentless (6), GI Genes (4). Chief Coronas Charm (3), Ellens Regard (2), Race Day Delight (2), Mistic Rose (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. RYLEES BOY (100)
    2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (77)
    3. COLD CASH 123 (73)
    4. REMEMBERING SPENCE (66)
    5. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (59)
    6. TF FEATURED EFFORT (42)
    7. KOOL COUNTRY MAN (36)
    8. BRACE FOR BERNAL (31)
    9. FEATURE MR WHO (17)
    10. TRES OF LINDA (16)

Fast Prize Mike (13), Mr Ease Cartel (8), Big Boi (5), Flirtingwithamiracle (3), Tejas Energy B (1), Runaway Wagon (1), Bills Last (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Gilbreath Duo Lead Remington Challenge Night

American Quarter Horse Association, May 9, 2013 - The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained pair of 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 and Leo Stakes (G1) runner-up The Long Knife racing in the $101,340 Bank of America Remington Park Championship Challenge (G2) highlight a card dominated by Bank of America Racing Challenge races on Sunday at the Oklahoma City track.

T-Bill Stables’ Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) returns to the Gilbreath barn after racing at Los Alamitos under the care of trainer Denny Ekins. At Los Alamitos, he won the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and was third as the 2-5 favorite in the Robert L Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1). Those were his best finishes from five West Coast starts. He will be making his first appearance in the Bank of America Remington Challenge Championship since a troubled sixth-place finish in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) in mid-February.

Cold Cash 123 made two starts at Remington Park a year ago for Gilbreath, winning the Leo Stakes (G1) and the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in successive starts as the solid choice in each race.

During his 2011 world championship campaign, he raced to Grade 1 wins in the Rainbow Derby, Texas Classic Derby and The Championship at Sunland Park for Gilbreath.

Steve Denny’s The Long Knife (Tac It Like A Man-Oodles Of Cash by Hooked On Cash) comes off a close second-place finish in the Leo Handicap on March 30. The gelding finished just a neck behind First In Class DBS as the 2-1 favorite. He won the Texas Classic Derby (G1) in November and was second behind champion Feature Mr Bojangles in the 2011 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Wade Siegel and Don Boyle’s BF Farm Boy (Hawkinson-Shirleys Strawfly by Strawfly Special) returns to the stakes ranks under trainer William Harris’ care after taking a $25,000 allowance race on April 21. The gelding was third in the 2012 Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3) and qualified for the 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) while being trained by Paul Jones, his conditioner until his latest start.

In the $40,860 Merial Remington Distaff Challenge at 400 yards, Reliance Ranches’ Cruzin The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Penelope Cruzin by Okey Dokey Dale) and the Dean Frey-owned, -bred and -trained Shez Jess Toxic (Take Off Jess-Dashing Fly Lady by Victory Dash) meet in a deep field of 10 fillies and mares.

Cruzin The Wagon chases her first stakes win during the current Remington Park season after finishing third in the Mighty Deck Three Handicap and second in the Decketta Stakes (G3) as the 5-2 favorite. A year ago, she won the $135,000 Oklahoma Derby and Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) at Remington Park.

Shez Jess Toxic makes her Remington Park debut after finishing fourth in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos back in January. She was second in the Southern California Derby (G1) in her start before the Charger Bar.

In the $45,270 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) at 870 yards, Steve Holt’s champion De Passem Okey (Okey Dokey Dale-Impassable Gal (TB) by Sir Richard Lewis) heads an entertaining and competitive lineup of nine distance specialists.

De Passem Okey returned from a layoff to finish second in the Pauls Valley Handicap (G3) and then win a $25,100 allowance race as the 3-5 choice. A former $7,500 claimer, the Rodney Reed-trained gelding won last year’s Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge (G3) by 3 lengths while winning each of his four starts, including three stakes, during the 2012 Remington Park season.

Richard Sturdevant, Terry Wootan and J.D. Yates’s DM Streakn Thru Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Sashay N Six by Sixarun) is a rising 870-yard star. In his 870-yard debut, he won his trial to the Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge (G3) and then finished second in the finals as the 11-10 favorite, his most recent start.

DM Streakn Thru Fire won the 2012 Lovington Stakes (G2), was second in the Zia Park Championship (G1), and was a close third behind Cold Cash 123 in the 2011 Rainbow Derby (G1), third in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and qualified for the All American Futurity (G1) while racing on the straightaway.

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Los Al, Sunland Winners Crack National Top 10

American Quarter Horse Association, April 10, 2013 - Two new faces joined this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings, which once again was headed by the unanimous No. 1 Rylees Boy. The newcomers were Feature Mr Who, who debuted at No. 7 following his win in the $107,370 Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2), and Mr Ease Cartel, now ranked No. 8 following his score in Los Alamitos’ $205,900 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2). Both won their first stakes races, and Feature Mr Who earned a flashy 108 speed index in his Sunland Park score.

The national top 10 has really taken shape in recent weeks with last year’s champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black making a successful sophomore return in the West Texas Derby (G3) and First In Class DBS taking Remington Park’s first major Grade 1 of the older-horse division in the Leo Stakes.

The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings are presented each Wednesday of the racing season through year’s end. The national poll for 2-year-olds will debut later this spring as more juveniles embark on their racing careers.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, THREE-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. RYLEES BOY (100)
    2. REMEMBERING SPENCE (76)
    3. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (72)
    4. TF FEATURED EFFORT (53)
    5. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (51)
    6. TRES OF LINDA (41)
    7. FEATURE MR WHO (39)
    8. MR EASE CARTEL (29)
    9. FAST PRIZE MIKE (27)
    10. BIG BOI (12)
 
Brace For Bernal (9), Revv Me Up (8), Fast Prize Jordan (8), Henoshersecret (6), Bills Last (5), JD Baccarat (4), Tejas Energy B (3), ICU Deity (2), Hez Our Secret (2), Last To Fire (1), Habits Secret (1), Thisfeatureisspecial (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Showdown in Bank of America Sunland Challenge

American Quarter Horse Association, April 4, 2013 -Fastest-qualifier WDC Wendys Wine and impressive trial winner Jess Featureme Quick are set for a showdown in the $107,370 Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) on Sunday after winning the two trials to the 440-yard stakes.

Also on the card is the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles, which features fastest qualifier Moonifisant, who races for Peter Gallegos, Robert Sanchez and Patricia Gonzalez.

Alonso and Sylvia Aranda’s WDC Wendys Wine (Woodbridge-Signs Of Speeding by Vital Sign) was claimed for $6,500 13 months ago, and has proven an exceptional choice. She is chasing her fourth-straight win and first stakes victory in the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge. The Isidoro Rodriguez-trained mare won her trial by three quarters of a length. Her time of :20.761 was the quickest mark.

While WDC Wendys Wine has the top time, favoritism may fall to the stakes-seasoned Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash). The Melissa Ann Miller-owned and Paul Jones-trained gelding brings solid stakes credentials into the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge with a win in the Hobbs America Derby (G3) and then taking on older horses with a third in the Zia Park Championship (G1) and a second in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). He was defeated by two-time champion Prospect To The Top in the Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park. Jess Featureme Quick impressed in his Bank of America Sunland Challenge trial, winning by three quarters of a length while under a firm hold by jockey Jesse Levario. Jess Featureme Quick’s time of :20.833 was the second-fastest qualifying mark.

At Los Alamitos, trainer Paul Jones looks to dominate as he saddles the fastest qualifiers to the $205,900 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) and the $199,400 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3).

Owned and bred by Jones with Thompson Racing, Henoshersecret (No Secrets Here-Shenosherconorna by Corona Cartel) is the top qualifier to the El Primero Del Ano Derby for males on Sunday night. Cina and John Sperry’s Revv Me Up (Stel Corona-Revv It Up by First Down Dash) holds top honors for the La Primera Del Ano Derby for females on Saturday night.

Henoshersecret raced to his latest two wins in futurity trials and then did not light the board in the finals. He won his Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) trial by a half length and then was seventh in the finals at less than 3-1 odds after a troubled start. He then dominated his Golden State Million Futurity (G1) trial by 1 3/4 lengths and then was fourth behind world champion One Dashing Eagle as a 22-1 outsider. The colt displayed similar dominance in his El Primero Del Ano Derby trial with a 1 3/4-length win. His time of :19.687 for 400 yards was the quickest mark from four trials.

Jones’ La Primera hopeful Revv Me Up, co-bred by Jones with Keilani Farms, jumped up and won her maiden in her ninth start with a three-quarter-length win in her trial with a :19.737 time. While winless before her trial, she had six second-place runs in her eight previous starts. In her other two races, Revv Me Up was fifth in the Kindergarten and ninth in the Ed Burke Million.

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Fearless Freda Joins Rare Club as Newest Dam of Distinction

American Quarter Horse Association, April 3, 2013 - Robert Gentry’s Fearless Freda has become the newest AQHA Dam of Distinction. She joins only 44 other mares to receive the award.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of racing broodmares. To qualify for the award, a mare must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Dams that produced two or more individual AQHA racing champions
  • Dams that produced at least three individual Grade 1 stakes winners
  • Dams that produced at least two foals ranked in the top 10 money earners of any particular year, as of December 31 of that year, and two G1 stakes winners
  • Dams that produced at least three foals that were in the top 10 money earners of any particular year, as of December 31 of that year.

When the award was created, mares that have produced at least three individual stakes winners prior to 1983, and those wins were the equivalent of a G1-quality race, were also accepted.

Fearless Freda was foaled in 1993, and is by Dash For Cash out of the Special Effort mare Such An Easy Effort. Bred by the Gentry Bros. and named for the brothers’ mother, Fearless Freda won or placed in 17 of 25 starts and earned $262,121. She won the Texas Classic Derby (G1) and QHBC Championship Classic (G1), as well as the Retama Park Derby (G2). She also placed in the 1997 Vessels Maturity (G1) and All American Derby (G1).

Fearless Freda from14 foals has produced 10 starters, eight of whom have come home winners. They have combined earnings of $1,018,772. Her foals include champions Fredricksburg (by Mr Jess Perry, $369,304) and Fredaville (by Mr Jess Perry, $325,321), as well as stakes winner Dasha Freda (by Mr Jess Perry, $111,741) and stakes-placed runners Fearless Fritz (by Shazoom, $100,085) and Fredona (by Corona Cartel, $59,178). Fearless Freda has a 2-year-old by Azoom named Harrisburg.

Prior to Fearless Freda, the most recent Dam of Distinction was Swingin Otoole, recognized in 2010.

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Rylees Boy Returns to Familiar Poll Perch

American Quarter Horse Association, March 27, 2013 - The top-ranked performer of the 2012 AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll has already returned to his perch in the first poll of 2013. Rylees Boy was last year’s Champion of Champions (G1) hero, and has already added to his impressive resume this season by winning the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). The 8-year-old gelding is the reigning champion aged horse and champion aged gelding.

Rylees Boy, a winner in 22 of 45 starts for more than $1.3 million in lifetime earnings, will be aimed at a fall campaign and defense of his Champion of Champions title in December. But pollsters expect him to be prominent in the rankings throughout the season.

The season’s first top 10 also includes Los Alamitos Winter Championship-placed horses Bills Last (No. 7) and Hez Our Secret (No. 9). The sophomore Remembering Spence debuts at No. 2 following his victory in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). The rest of the first five is rounded out by West Texas Maturity (G2) winner TF Featured Effort, Charger Bar Handicap (G2) heroine Tres Of Linda and Eastex Handicap (G2) champ Fast Prize Mike.

The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings are presented each Wednesday of the racing season through year’s end. The national poll for 2-year-olds will debut later this spring as more juveniles embark on their racing careers.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1. RYLEES BOY (100)
    2. REMEMBERING SPENCE (74)
    3. TF FEATURED EFFORT (56)
    4. TRES OF LINDA (54)
    5. FAST PRIZE MIKE (51)
    6. BIG BOI (35)
    7. BILLS LAST (32)
    8. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (31)
    9. HEZ OUR SECRET (17)
    10. HABITS SECRET (16)
 
JD Baccarat (14), Last To Fire (12), Mr Comando (9), Slew By You (8), Thisfeatureisspecial (6), T Boy C (5), Henoshersecret (5), Fast Prize Jordan (4), Bet On Ballou (4), Creole Williams (3), Revv Me Up (3), Perry Affair (3), First Black Wagon (2), WDC Wendys Wine (2), Zulu Dragon (1), Eufaula Me (1), La Mos Chingono (1)

The 10 voters are:
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)


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Futurity Season Revvs Up in Oklahoma, Louisiana

Q-Racing Journal, March 21, 2013 -James Sills’ fastest-qualifier Swingin Debut heading the $345,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) and Wade Helton’s leading-qualifier Llano Cartel facing a deep field in the $136,000 Oklahoma Derby provide an attractive doubleheader on Saturday night at Remington Park.

Swingin Debut (Swingin Jess-Elegant Debut by Corona Cartel) did what his name implies in his Oklahoma Futurity trial when he raced to a three-quarter-length win in his first start. The Eddie D. Willis-trained gelding impressed with the fastest-qualifying time of :15.378 while runner-up Tuff Princess LBH (Stoli-Sixarun Bug by Sixarun) came up with the second-fastest qualifying time of :15.503 from 12 trials.

Laurel Brothers Horses LLC’s Tuff Princess LBH, trained by Christian Rubalcava, was making her first start.

Gaylin Childers’ Royal Rythm (Royal Blue Chew Chew-Supersonic Rhythm by Winning Rhythm) took his trial by a half length with a late charge. The Eddie Lee Willis-trained gelding raced to the third-fastest qualifying time of :15.531.

In the Oklahoma Derby, Llano Cartel (Teller Cartel-Eyesa Lil Cuervo by Lil Bit Cuervo) and Hiclass Vodka (Hiclass La Jolla-Newport Lily by Stoli) grabbed the top two qualifying spots after finishing just a head apart in the fifth of seven trials. Llano Cartel was timed in :17.224 for the 350 yards while Hiclass Vodka was clocked in :17.250.

Cynthia Allen’s fastest-qualifier Secrets Fly looks to start the Louisiana open futurity season with a win as the fastest qualifier to the $191,500 Harrah’s Futurity (G3) on Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs.

Secrets Fly (No Secrets Here-Once Upon A Fly by Strawfly Special) was expected to win his trial with his 2-1 odds, and came through with a one-half-length win. The gelding was timed in :15.550 for the 300 yards to lead the five trials. The Vann Haywood-trained gelding earned his trial favoritism with a bullet work from five horses working 220 yards on February 8 at Louisiana Downs.

Victor Silva’s Bux For Bricks (Zoomin For Bux-Brick House Blonde by First Wrangler) also impressed in the trials with a one-half-length win, with the second-fastest qualifying time of :15.564. The filly stood out during works on February 1 at Retama Park when she posted the fastest drill from 55 horses to work 250 yards.

Oscar Canales Ramirez and Isidro Flores’ Separatist Firstdown (Separatist-Shesa Firstdown Jess by First Down Dash) also came through in his first start with a length win and the third-fastest time of :15.576. The Isidro Flores-trained colt went to the front and steadily increased his advantage through the trial.

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Futurity Season Kicks Off in Louisiana

Q-Racing Journal, March 14, 2013- Teddy Abrams Jr.’s Kerrys Special Crown leads the list of Louisiana-breds in the year’s first official futurity, the $281,796 Mardi Gras Futurity, at Louisiana Downs on Saturday afternoon.

The sharp T Boy C tops the $84,000 Mardi Gras Derby on the same program.

Kerrys Special Crown (Special Crown Royal-Prissy Lege by Reeds Dash) came through as the 5-2 favorite in the last of 14 trials on February 25 with the fastest-qualifying time. The Franks Cavazos-trained colt won by three quarters of a length with a :15.289 time for the 300 yards with a 12 mph tail wind.

Second-fastest qualifier Struttinthedayaway (Struttin To Beduino-Stol The Day by Stoli) also started his career with a win. The Lanny Keith-trained colt could step up in the futurity after winning his trial by 3 lengths in :15.357 with no wind. The colt is co-owned by his trainer in partnership with James Lynn.

Third-fastest qualifier Wow What A Prize (Fast Prize Dash-Princelydancersjewel by First Down Jewel) and fourth-fastest qualifier Bradys March Madness (Jess Louisiana Blue-Kokopelli Hills by JJ Shot Glass) were the second- and third-place finishers behind Kerrys Special Crown.

Wacky Racing’s Wow What A Prize was timed in :15.397 while Jess Rodriguez Jr.’s Bradys March Madness was credited with a :15.447 time.

In the 400-yard derby, Jose Guzman’s T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash-Toast To Mallard by Toast To Dash) is in top form and enjoys the Louisiana Downs racing surface with a win and a second from two starts over the track.

T Boy C gamely scored a nose win in his trial over second-fastest qualifier Lets Jess Do It (First Prize Perry-Lets Separate by Separatist). T Boy C was timed in :19.552 while Lets Jess Do It was credited with a :19.563 time.

Miguel Rodriguez’s T Boy C returned from a freshening in January to race to a close second-place finish in the Billy Montgomery Stakes (RG3), his start before his Mardi Gras Derby trial.

Noe Pena’s Lets Jess Do It nearly got the trial win at 17-1 odds. His most important of two career wins came in the LQHBA Sale Invitational (R) at Evangeline Downs.

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Eastex Handicap Highlights Remington Opening Weekend

Q-Racing Journal, March 7, 2013 - Remington Park opens its racing season March 8, and James Sills and Abel Flores’ A Toss Up carries high weight of 125 pounds when he returns from a winter’s rest in the $50,000 Eastex Handicap (G2) for older horses to highlight a stakes doubleheader on Sunday.

Supporting the Eastex Handicap is the $50,000 Mighty Deck Three Handicap for older Oklahoma-breds.

A Toss Up (Sweet First Down-Shake Cartel by Corona Cartel) was nominated to both races and his connections chose to take on open horses at 350 yards in the Eastex.

The 4-year-old gelding adores Remington Park with three wins and a pair of seconds from seven starts at the track. A year ago, trainer Eddie Willis sent him out to back-to-back stakes wins in the $246,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (R) and the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1), defeating state-breds in each race.

After a fifth-place finish in the Remington Park Championship (G1), he was a close second to JD Baccarat in the Higheasterjet Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs. He then won his trials and qualified to both the Grade 1 All American and Texas Classic derbies.

Denis and Julie Schoenhofer’s champion First Klas Fred (Fredricksburg-She Flies First Klas by Strawfly Special) concluded his 2012 season with a win in the Classic Chevrolet Stakes (R) and a second in the B.F. Phillips Handicap (RG3). Each of those races was at Lone Star Park for Texas-breds.

First Klas Fred won the 2009 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on his way to being honored as champion 2-year-old gelding.

John Lawless’ very consistent Eufaula Me (Okey Dokey Dale-Yawls Spreadn Rumors by Serious Rumors) makes his first start since taking the $94,400 Polk County Derby (R) at Prairie Meadows in October. The close second-place finisher in last year’s $135,000 Oklahoma Derby also boasts stakes wins at Prairie Meadows in the Jim Bader Futurity (R) and the Iowa Double Gold Derby (R).

Two racing champions will make their 2013 debuts on Friday at Sunland Park. Champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black and champion distance horse All About Larry will start in trial races for the West Texas Derby (G2) and Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge (G3), respectively.

PJ Chick In Black (Desirio-Eddie Jym by Corona Cocktail) races for Denny Bowen, Susie Taylor and Jack Smith Farms. She won five of six starts last year, including the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and New Mexico Spring Futurity (RG2), on her way to championship honors. She will attempt to follow a similar route to a 3-year-old championship taken by 2010 champion 3-year-old gelding Double Down Special, who won the West Texas Derby (G3), then traveled to Ruidoso Downs where he won the Grade 1 Ruidoso and All American derbies. She races in the third of seven trials for the derby, which is the fifth race on the card.

All About Larry (Heza Motor Scooter-Come Hell Or Hiwater by Shoot Yeah) races for Diane Heath. Last year, the champion distance horse won six of eight starts, including the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1). He races in the second of two trials to the Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge, the second race on the card.

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Jump Down Azoom Headlines West Texas Maturity

Q-Racing Journal, February 28, 2013 -Crowson Racing’s Jump Down Azoom looks to push his record at Sunland Park to three-for-three when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $95,400 West Texas Maturity (G2) on Saturday afternoon.

Jump Down Azoom (Azoom-Jump Down First by First Down Dash) raced to wins in his two starts at Sunland Park this winter while rising up in class. He made his local debut for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores when he won a conditioned allowance race in a sharp :16.95 for 350 yards with a tailwind. He fought for the neck win with a hand ride.

The 4-year-old gelding stepped up in his West Texas Maturity trial when he raced to a half-length win in the last of three trials. His time of :19.276 for 400 yards topped the qualifiers’ list.

Rodriguez-Flores also saddles Jess Cuervo (Corona Cartel-Jessica Ravin by Mr Jess Perry) for owner Anna Crowson. The Grade 1-placed runner has won each of his two Sunland Park starts in impressive fashion as the favorite in each race. After taking a $28,000 allowance race by 1 1/2 lengths, he won his West Texas Maturity trial by three quarters of a length, with the fifth-fastest time of :19.483.

Valle Guadiana Corp.’s Tres Seis Nueve (Tres Seis-Ya Ya Sisterhood by Chicks Beduino) hasn’t found the winner’s circle in four starts during the meet, however has three second-place runs and a third-place finish. The Juan Gonzalez-trained gelding finished second to Jump Down Azoom in their trial as the 2-1 favorite. He was timed in the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.354.

Tres Seis Nueve earned that favoritism after finishing a close second behind Our First Corona (Corona Cartel-Hawk Three by Fishers Dash), who also races in the West Texas Maturity, in the Sunland Park Winter Derby (G2) and then third to JD Baccarat in the KOFX-FM Handicap (G3).

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Los Al Winter Derby, Championship Full of Stars

Q-Racing Journal, February 14, 2013- This weekend, Los Alamitos Race Course will host the first Grade 1 races of the year. On Saturday the Southern California track hosts the $232,650 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). The $171,300 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) follows on Sunday night.

Francisco Guzman’s Remembering Spence faces his sternest test when he makes his Grade 1 debut against a deep field in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby, which includes four members of the powerful Paul Jones barn.

Remembering Spence (TR Dasher-Sables Bono by Bono Jazz) started to build a promising career last summer at Los Alamitos when he won the Ed Burke Juvenile (R) and was a very competitive third-place finisher in the Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2). He battled with the leaders for the 350 yards and came up just a head behind Secretly Hot.

The gelding was then sidelined until the Winter Derby trials and he returned in stunning fashion with a 1 ¾-length win. His time of :19.742 was easily the quickest mark from six trials. Remembering Spence has raced to three wins, a second and a pair of thirds from six starts.

Champion trainer Jones will saddle second-fastest qualifier Creole Williams (Jess Louisiana Blue-Picture Perfect Tee by Power Train), fourth-fastest qualifier High School Secrets (No Secrets Here-Summertime High by On A High), fifth-fastest qualifier Stel My Corona (Stel Corona-Ocean Express by Fishers Dash) and eighth-fastest qualifier Jabuti Eagle SA (One Famous Eagle-Queen Of Appeals by First Down Dash).

Double Bar S Ranch’s Creole Williams is also taking a jump in class with a consistent record. After winning the Corona Chick Handicap and finishing second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile (R), the gelding made a fast late rush to the finish line to win his trial by a length, with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.947.

On Sunday night, a Los Alamitos Winter Championship field filled with the earners of more than $7 million – highlighted by three millionaire champions – makes for a sensational start down the road to the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1). The winner receives the first invitation to the prestigious race in December and provides the horse’s connections the advantage of having the time to carefully prepare for the 440-yard classic for older horses.

Every horse in the field has competed at the Grade 1 level and all have substantial earnings, with consistency at the highest level. None of the horses have won the All American Futurity (G1) or Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) (the two richest races for juveniles); or the All American Derby (G1) or the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) (the two richest races for 3-year-olds).

The three millionaire champions in the field are $1,844,839 earner Jess You And I, $1,321,916 earner Rylees Boy and $1,271,031 earner Cold Cash 123.

Double Bar S Ranch’s Jess You And I (Feature Mr Jess-Gold Daze by Tolltac) is after his ninth Grade 1 victory and 20th career win in his 42nd start. The winner of the 2009 Winter Championship was seventh in last December’s Champion of Champions (his record fifth-straight start in the prestigious race) and then was a creditable second behind 2012 champion 3-year-old colt Hez Our Secret (First Down Dash-Secret Separation by Separatist) in their Winter Championship trial.

Jess You And I is trained by Paul Jones, who will also saddle possible favorite Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones).

Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Rylees Boy has taken a liking to the Southern California lifestyle in the Jones barn. After being checked in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1), the gelding raced to 440-yard wins in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) and the Champion of Champions, beating champion Flame N Flash by a head. The winner of 21 of 44 starts came back to make the Winter Championship with a third-place finish in the first of two trials.

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Last To Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Last Shall Be First by Strawfly Special) won the trial over Rylees Boy and topped the qualifiers with a :19.676 time for 400 yards. The Jose De La Torre-trained gelding was second in the 2011 Los Alamitos Two Million and came into the Winter Derby trials off a third-place finish in the Southern California Derby (G1).

Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret won the other trial by three-quarters of a length, with the third-fastest time of :19.810. The Trey Wood-trained colt earned his champion 3-year-old colt title last year, with second-place finishes in the All American Derby behind Ochoa and the Los Alamitos Super Derby behind Deniro. He has earned $806,495 with six wins, three seconds and a third from 14 starts.

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Slinkys Fortune Tries To Step Up in Magnolia

Q-Racing Journal, February 8, 2013 - The Henry Padgett-owned and -trained Slinkys Fortune, second or third in his latest four starts at short odds, tries to make amends and reach the winner’s circle in the $35,000 Magnolia Stakes over 870 yards for Louisiana-breds at Louisiana Downs on Saturday.

Slinkys Fortune (Dashs Slinky-Chasing A Fortune by Six Fortunes) is still a danger at 9 years old, although his closing charge has come up short in his recent starts. After a pair of third-place runs in allowance races, he went seven-wide in the Au Revoir Stakes at Evangeline Downs and was able to gain third place at 19-10 odds. He then came up 1¼-lengths short in Louisiana Downs’ Marathon Stakes at 23-10 odds on January 12.

Geral Dewitt’s Direct Zach Attack (Direct Hit (TB)-LP Rainbow Rose by The Rainbow Ranger) upset the Marathon Stakes at 10-1 odds and looks to substantiate that effort in the Magnolia Stakes. The Anthony Arey-trained 7-year-old gelding went four wide on the turn and then drew out for his first win since taking back-to-back claiming races last fall.

The Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes supports the Magnolia Stakes with Carlan Hagan and Ramon Suarez’s Seza Fast Alyssa (Heza Fast Dash-Holy Effort by Special Effort) holding the fastest qualifying time from four trials.

Seza Fast Alyssa, a 4-year-old mare, won her maiden in her 12th start when she won her trial by a half length in :17.792 for 350 yards. The Frank Cavazos-trained mare has done her best work at Louisiana Downs with a pair of seconds to go with her trial win from three starts at the track.

The Dewitt-owned and Arey-trained Cosino Winner (Cosino-Winners Never Quit (TB) by Bag) is a 3-year-old gelding who bears watching after winning his maiden in his trial while making just his second career start. He won his trial by 1 1/2 lengths and was timed in :17.885.

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Louisiana, Florida Stars to Line Up

Q-Racing Journal, January 31, 2013 - Oscar Rohne’s La Mos Chingono looks to keep her ultra-consistent stakes record intact when she heads the $35,000 Party Girl Stakes at 350 yards for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares on Friday at Louisiana Downs.

Supporting the Party Girl Stakes is the $15,000 Swift Stakes with Refrigerator Handicap (G1) winner Charal Kid and Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) winner Martini Mountain.

La Mos Chingono (Heza Fast Dash-Rita Regent by Gold Regent (TB)) comes off a third-place run as the 1-2 favorite in an allowance race, however in her six previous starts – all stakes – she racked up three wins and a pair of second-place finishes. She wrapped up her 2012 season with wins in the Audobon Stakes nd the Billy Montgomery Stakes before finishing second by a neck in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic against males at 440 yards.

A year ago, the Kenneth Roberts-trained daughter of Heza Fast Dash won the Party Girl Stakes by a neck as the 2-5 favorite.

Malinche Cattle Co.’s Charal Kid (Streakin La Jolla-The Special Feature by Strawfly Special) takes a huge class drop for the Swift Stakes after winning the Refrigerator Handicap at Remington Park and then racing in the Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos. In the Refrigerator, the gelding surprised at 16-1 odds with a head win over Mr Truly Uno. It was his third-straight win after taking the Miss Polly Stakes and a division of the Garlyn Shelton Stakes.

Glen Graff’s Joltin Jess in the $20,000 Sawgrass Stakes at 440 yards and Lazaro Gonzalez’s Call Me Sundown in the $20,000 Moonstone Stakes over 660 yards highlight the two contentious stakes on Sunday at Hialeah Park.

Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jettin Home by Pine’s Easter Jet) won the 550-yard Orange Blossom Stakes by a neck on December 23 at Hialeah and then came back to finish third in the City of Hialeah Stakes in his most recent start. The Matt Frazier-trained gelding was a very close second in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Maturity in his start before shipping to Hialeah.

Bennie and E. Teresa Jeter’s Executive Prince (Executive Menace-Sticky N Picky by Sticks An Stones) fits well after being awarded the win through disqualification in the Bienvenido De Nuevo Stakes on December 23. The Judd Kearl-trained gelding won the Live Oak Handicap (R) and was second in the Classic Chevrolet Stakes in successive starts back in August and September.

Moonstone Stakes hopeful Call Me Sundown (Call Me Together-Sundown Lucy by Hooked On Sun) raced to his first win from 10 starts at Hialeah Park when he won the Crystal River Stakes at 660 yards on January 20. The Darlon Mesa-trained gelding made his stakes debut in the Crystal River Stakes and has moved up from running against $5,000-claiming company a year ago at Hialeah.

Rachel L. Stephens’ Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) could gain the favorites role in the Moonstone after finishing second by a neck behind Call Me Sundown in the Crystal River Stakes as the 3-5 favorite. She was a close second behind Joltin Jess in the Orange Blossom Stakes in her first start for the meet and then handily won a 660-yard allowance race.

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Champions, Top Runners Fill Los Alamitos Winter Trials

Q-Racing Journal, January 25, 2012 -  This weekend's trials for the $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) and $232,650 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) themselves have a Grade 1 feel, as a number of champions will be on display.

Champions Rylees Boy, Cold Cash 123, Jess You And I and Hez Our Secret are all set to run at Los Alamitos. The horses with the 10-fastest times will return for the finals on February 16-17, and the Winter Championship winner receives the year’s first invitation to the Champion of Champions (G1) in December.

In the Winter Championship trials, the first provides a matchup of Rylees Boy with El Aguila Real.

Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones) rallied to catch Flame N Flash to win the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) by a head on December 15. He was rewarded as the champion aged horse and champion aged gelding. It was the second-straight year he was named the champion aged gelding.

Javier Molina’s El Aguila Real (Corona Czech-I Am All That by Lanes Leinster) started a three-race winning streak when he won last year’s Winter Championship at 10-1 odds. That winning streak concluded with his victory in the $200,000 Vessels Maturity (G1).

In the second trial, 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 meets the class-filled veteran Jess You And I and the recently named champion 3-year-old colt Hez Our Secret.

T-Bill Stables’ homebred Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) had a throw-out race in the Champion of Champions when he broke slowly and then lacked racing room. The gelding finished eighth as the 19-10 favorite. He earned that favoritism after winning the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and finishing a close third in the Los Alamitos Championship (G1) in his only other starts at Los Alamitos for trainer Denny Ekins.

The Grade 1 derby season starts Saturday night with Bobby Cox’s homebred The August Heat, a close second in the $2,024,275 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), returning in the trials to the $232,650 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).

The August Heat (Corona Cartel-Jess Genuine by Mr Jess Perry) got hot this winter in his latest two starts when he won his Los Alamitos Two Million trial by 1 1/2 lengths and then just missed the win in the Los Alamitos Two Million, the richest race during the yearlong season at Los Alamitos. In the 400-yard Two Million, The August Heat battled with Matabari and suffered a very narrow defeat in the tight finish between the top-four runners.

The August Heat races in the second trial and faces $398,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (RG2) runner-up JR Dynasty Mountain (FDD Dynasty-Prissy B Panther by Panther Mountain) and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity third-place finisher and fellow Million qualifier Far Niente (FDD Dynasty-Shahayla by Chicks Beduino).

The first trial brings together PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Stel My Corona (Stel Corona-Ocean Express by Fishers Dash) and $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) winner Secretly Hot (Walk Thru Fire-Secret Reflection by Raise A Secret).

Arnold Gonzalez’s Fires Blazin (Walk Thru Fire-Thatsa Blazin Chick by Chicks A Blazin) is very well seasoned at the Grade 1 level after qualifying for the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Million futurities. The gelding’s best effort was a second-place finish, beaten by a length, behind world champion One Dashing Eagle in the Ed Burke Million.

Fires Blazin drew into the fourth trial against Wild West Futurity winner Checkspeed (Check Him Out-Speedy Speedette by Red Hot Rhythm), who has been first or second in his latest four starts for trainer John Wells.


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One Dashing Eagle Named World Champion

Q-Racing Journal, January 16, 2013 -Freshman colt One Dashing Eagle is the 2012 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse. He also is the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt.

Owned by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre with Jorge Carmona’s San Gregorio Racing Stable of Norco, California, One Dashing Eagle made history by winning three million-dollar futurities and setting a single-season earnings record of $2,079,065. He won six of seven races, including the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1), $1,073,000 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and $1,001,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). One Dashing Eagle joins a select group of 10 horses chosen as world champion in their freshman year, with the most recent being Stolis Winner in 2008.

Bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, One Dashing Eagle is by champion and leading freshman sire One Famous Eagle and out of the First Down Dash mare One Sweet Dash. His trainers include Jose and Ugo De La Torre and Eloy Navarro, and his jockeys include Ramon Sanchez and Adrian Loza.

PJ Chick In Black is the champion 2-year-old filly. The winner of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), she won five of six starts and earned $523,339. Bred by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, she is owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms of El Paso, Texas. The New Mexico-bred is by Desirio and out of the Corona Cocktail mare Eddie Jym. The filly was trained by Carl Draper and John Stinebaugh, and ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

El Duero is the champion 2-year-old gelding. The gelded son of Oak Tree Special out of the Streakin La Jolla mare La Jolla Rocket won the West Texas Futurity (G1) and was second by a nose in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1). With a record of one win and three seconds in four starts, El Duero earned $285,378. El Duero was trained by Toby Keeton and ridden by Agustin Silva, G.R. Carter Jr. and Francisco Ramirez. Bred by Jorge Haddad of Seguin, Texas, El Duero is owned by Joel Valeriano, Sammy Valeriano and Lionel Zapata’s R/T Stables of Odessa, Texas.
 
3-YEAR-OLD

Ochoa adds to his already luminous record, as he picked up two more championships – champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding. The winner of six of eight starts in 2012, Ochoa won the All American Derby (G1) and Rainbow Derby (G1) while earning $1,375,541. He also became the sport’s all-time leading money earner, with more than $2.6 million in the bank. Ochoa, who was the 2011 champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old gelding, is owned by his breeder, John T.L. and Brenda Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch of Quanah, Texas, in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson. Ochoa is by Tres Seis and out of the Stoli mare Stolis Fortune. He was trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath and ridden by Roy Baldillez.

Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret is the champion 3-year-old colt. He made eight starts, with three wins, two seconds and one third and earnings of $630,252. He won the Z. Wayne Griffin Director’s Trial, was second in both the All American Derby (G1) and Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and fourth in the Champion of Champions (G1). Hez Our Secret was trained by Blane and Trey Wood, and ridden by Ricky Ramirez. Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, Hez Our Secret is by First Down Dash and out of the Separatist mare Secret Separation.

Flame N Flash had a strong year, and becomes the champion 3-year-old filly. Owned by Robert Williams of Roosevelt, Utah, the filly won the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3), then defeated older mares in the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) and came within a nose of taking it all in the Champion of Champions (G1). She started eight times, winning four, and finishing second and third once each. She earned $353,756. She was trained by Juan Aleman and Elena Andrade, and ridden by Francisco Rubio. Bred by Dr. Ed Allred, Flame N Flash is by Walk Thru Fire. She becomes the third champion produced from the Shirley’s Champion (TB) mare Oh La Proud, the others being Hawkinson and Hawkish.
 
AGED

On the heels of winning the Champion of Champions (G1), Rylees Boy earns his second consecutive nod as champion aged gelding and also picks up a win as champion aged horse. Racing for Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez of Surprise, Arizona, he won four of seven starts in 2012, with one second place, and earnings of $609,685. In addition to the Champion of Champions, he also won the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) and Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2). Rylees Boy was trained by Paul Jones and Gerardo Ochoa, and ridden by Ramon Sanchez and Joe Ruiz. Bred by Gary Nesbitt, the 7-year-old is by Heza Motor Scooter and out of the Rocky Jones mare Pipistrelle.

Joel Tavarez’s Prospect To The Top earned another championship, this as the champion aged stallion. Last year’s champion 3-year-old colt returned to the races late in 2012 to win three of five starts, with one second place and earnings of $275,500. He won the Grade 1 Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park, as well as the All American Gold Cup (G3). He was trained by Ralph Muniz, Mario Sanchez and Brandon Muniz, and ridden by Oscar Rincon. The 4-year-old is bred by Sue May and is by Coronas Prospect and out of the Easily Smashed mare Cream To The Top.

Champion aged mare Fredaville picks up another championship for her owner and breeder, the late Robert Gentry of Lubbock, Texas, who died last week. The 6-year-old mare won three of seven starts in 2012, with one second and three thirds, while earning $131,920. She won the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1), Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) and Merial Remington Distaff Challenge, was second in the Junos Request Stakes (G2) and third in the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1). She was trained by Juan Aleman, Cody Joiner, Matt Frazier and Clint Crawford, and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Francisco Rubio and Shanley Jackson. By Mr Jess Perry, Fredaville becomes the second champion produced from the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda, dam of champion Fredricksburg.
 
DISTANCE AND INTERNATIONAL

All About Larry smoked his competition on his way to his nod as champion distance horse. Owned by Diane Heath of Cochise, Arizona, the 5-year-old gelding won six of eight starts in the year with one second and earnings of $144,490. He won the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge, Master Salls Handicap and SunRay Park Marathon. The gelding was trained by John Stinebaugh and Tom Bartol, and ridden by Salvador Martinez, Jorge Carreno and Ry Eikelberry. All About Larry was bred by Las Vegas Ranch of Prescott, Arizona. Sire Heza Motor Scooter becomes the only stallion to have two champions during the year. All About Larry is out of the Shoot Yeah mare Come Hell Or Hiwater.

Steve Hunter’s homebred Zoomin After Six is the Canadian champion. The 3-year-old gelding won six of eight starts in the year, with one second and one third, and earnings of $109,257. Campaigned exclusively at Ajax Downs, he won the Maple Leaf Derby and Ontario Bred and Foaled Derby (R) and was second in the All Canadian Derby (R). The gelding was trained by Janet Grice and ridden by Helen Vanek and Scott Sterr. Zoomin After Six is by Zoomin For Bux and out of the Sixavike mare Silk At Six.

SF Banko Aguerrido is the Mexican champion. The 2-year-old filly won half of her eight starts, with one second and one third, and earnings of $154,996. She is owned by Artemio Bastida Maya and won the Subasa Selecta Futurity (RG3). She was trained by Ruben Contreras and Raymun Sandoval, and ridden by J.T. Diaz, N.J. Hernandez, P.O. Rodriguez, Antonio Aguinaga, Rodrigo Vallejo and Arturo Romero. Bred by Hector Arreola Roldan, she is by SF Royal Bank and out of the Aguerrido mare Aguerrido Candorosa.

Dash Glory Ease is the South American champion. The award is given to the horse who wins the Bank of America South America Championship Challenge. The 4-year-old stallion races for his breeder Haras Fazenda Bela Ltd. He finished his year with a record of one win in three starts and earnings of $55,887. After winning the Bank of America South America Championship Challenge, he was flown to the United States to contest the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). He was trained by J. Sampaio and Paul Jones, and ridden by J.A. Gomez and Cesar DeAlba. The stallion is by Holland Ease and out of the Thoroughbred mare Medvedev, a daughter of Minstrel Glory.
 
PEOPLE

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre with San Gregorio Racing earn the title of champion owners on the strength of world champion One Dashing Eagle’s accomplishments. With a three-horse stable, they topped the list of owners by money earned, with six wins from 11 starts and earnings of $2,079,965.

Also feted as the 2012 champion breeder are the Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, the breeders of One Dashing Eagle. Comprising the late brothers Jerry, Harvey and Dale Allred, they were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2012, horses they bred earned $2,491,469 while winning 14 of 50 races. 

Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer Paul Jones earns the trainer title for the 11th consecutive year. In 2012, his trainees earned $4,487,221 while winning 167 of 905 starts, putting him in No. 1 on the list of trainers by earnings. He was also the leader in the wins mark. This year, Jones trained champions Rylees Boy and Dash Glory Ease.

Champion Jockey G.R. Carter Jr. fills another spot on his trophy mantle, as he earns his 10th national riding title. The Oklahoma native rode the earners of $4,503,632, who won 120 of 808 starts. He was the leading jockey by money won, and was sixth on the list by races won. Carter rode champions El Duero and Fredaville during the year.  

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Long and Short Highlight Louisiana Downs Opener

Q-Racing Journal, January 11, 2013- The long and the short of American Quarter Horse racing highlights opening day of the Louisiana Downs season with the $15,000 Marathon Stakes over 870 yards and the $15,000 Harrah’s Dash at 250 yards topping Saturday’s program.

Kellie Hebert’s Mr Fallen Angel (Oak Tree Special-Angels Quick Dash by Royal Quick Dash) tries for his second-straight stakes win in the Marathon after taking the 870-yard Au Revoir Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths while leading for the entire race. The 4-year-old gelding from the Randy Hebert barn moved up from the claiming ranks to take the Au Revoir Stakes. Previously, he raced to two wins and a pair of second-place efforts in four starts from the $5,000 to $10,000 claiming level.

Mr Fallen Angel has found his distance at 870 yards with two wins and two second in four starts, his four most recent efforts.

The Henry Padgett-owned and -trained Slinkys Fortune (Dashs Slinky-Chasing A Fortune by Six Fortunes) is always dangerous in 870-yard races on the Louisiana circuit. He has five wins, three seconds and a third from 10 starts at Louisiana Downs.

Slinkys Fortune, an earner of $282,733, has made each of his 31 career starts at 870 yards, with 11 wins, 12 seconds and five thirds.

The 9-year-old gelding is in top form and comes off a third-place run in the Au Revoir Stakes when he was forced to make a seven-wide move and was defeated by 3 lengths.

In the Harrah’s Dash, James Mitchell’s Martini Mountain (Panther Mountain-Glitz Gator by Streakin La Jolla) makes his first start at 250 yards after winning the $100,000 Louisiana Day Classic (RG2) over 440 yards by a neck. He opened a lead in the Classic before winning at 47-1 odds.

While much of his success has come at longer distances, Martini Mountain was beaten by only a nose in his latest start at 350 yards, a $17,500 optional-claiming race, and won his most recent start at 330 yards, an $18,000 allowance race.

Guadalupe Chavira’s Rumbulling Knight (Midnight Knight-Rumbulling Jazz by Jazzing Hi) excels at shorter distances and adores Louisiana Downs. The Anireal Chavira-trained gelding has two wins and two thirds from four starts at 250 yards and is three-for-three at Louisiana Downs. He won his maiden over 300 yards at Louisiana Downs a year ago and then came back to take his next two races, each at 250 yards.

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Prospect To The Top Earns Supreme Race Horse

Q-Racing Journal, January 7, 2013- Champion Prospect To The Top has earned his AQHA Supreme Race Horse title.
 
The 2011 champion 3-year-old colt returned to racing in 2012 and in five starts won three races, including the Zia Park Championship (G1) and The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). With his December 30 win in the latter race, he earned the prestigious AQHA Supreme Race Horse title. His race record is 10 wins, five seconds and two thirds in 22 career starts and earnings of $924,150.
 
The award recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse who during his or her career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races. Prospect To The Top becomes the 31st to earn the award since it was created in 2002, and the 102nd horse to earn this award in total (the remaining horses were awarded retroactively).
 
Prospect To The Top is owned by Joel Tavarez of Odessa, Texas. The 4-year-old stallion by Coronas Prospect out of the Easily Smashed mare Cream To The Top was bred by Sue May of Fort Stockton, Texas.
 
Prospect To The Top is a 2012 champion nominee in the category of aged stallion. The winners will be announced January 16 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City, and the ceremony will be broadcast live at www.aqharacing.com and
www.qracingvideo.com. This year, Prospect To The Top will stand his second season at stud at JEH Stallion Station-Texas.

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One Dashing Eagle, Rylees Boy Top Final Racing Poll

Q-Racing Journal, January 2, 2013 -Pollsters concluded the 2012 AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings with final endorsements of One Dashing Eagle as the top 2-year-old and Rylees Boy as the No. 1 horse aged 3 years old or older. The pair posted signature wins on the season, with One Dashing Eagle capturing the All American Futurity (G1) and Rylees Boy annexing the Champion of Champions (G1).

The poll’s major mover in the final week was Prospect To The Top, who re-entered the rankings for the older horses at No. 8 following a victory in the December 30 Championship at Sunland Park (G1). The victory marked the second Grade 1 win of 2012 for the 4-year-old stallion.

The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll will be on hiatus for the next two months, and will return weekly starting in March. On January 16, the 2012 racing champions will be unveiled at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The event will also be broadcast live and free of charge on
www.qracingvideo.com.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. MATABARI (80)
3. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (79)
4. CARTERS COOKIE (69)
5. BP CARTELS ALIBI (62)
6. VALIANT LIL LADY (47)
7. EL DUERO (22)
8. RONNIE JAMES (18)
9. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (16)
10. A DREAM TO REMEMBER (13)

Aha Moment (11), Lota PYC (8), The August Heat (8), Open Me A Corona (8), Dash For Coronas (3), Heroes Heart (2), Freedom Choice (1), Sassmaster (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. RYLEES BOY (98)
2. OCHOA (90)
3. COLD CASH 123 (78)
4. EL AGUILA REAL (60)
5. FLAME N FLASH (58)
6. CHECK MY THOUGHTS (42)
7. DENIRO (35)
8. PROSPECT TO THE TOP (33)
9. CHIVALRY SR (20)
10. HEZ OUR SECRET (11)

A Toss Up (10), Llano Teller (8), Executive Brass (7), Senor Toby (7), Priceless Feature (4), The Long Knife (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Prospect To The Top in Championship at Sunland Park

Q-Racing Journal, December 27, 2012 - Joel Tavarez’s champion Prospect To The Top, who returned to racing this summer after standing to his first book of mares, looks to conclude his comeback with a pair of Grade 1 victories when he starts in the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) over 400 yards on Sunday afternoon.

Prospect To The Top (Coronas Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed) returned to racing this summer in peak form. In his return at Ruidoso Downs, he was second by just a head in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) and then pulled away for a three-quarter-length win as the 13-10 favorite in the 440-yard All American Gold Cup (G3).

The 4-year-old ran a “throw out” race in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1), finishing sixth, at Lone Star Park and the regained his form with a 1 3/4-length win in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1), his latest start on December 2.

Wootan Racing and Reed Land and Cattle Co.’s Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) is winless since taking the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) back in May. However, he has placed in three important stakes. The gelding raced to runner-up finishes as the favorite in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), Leo Stakes (G1) and the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge (G2), and had a third-place run in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1).

In his most recent race, he was well beaten by Prospect To The Top in the Zia Park Championship after being sent off as the 3-2 favorite.

Steve Denny’s The Long Knife (Tac It Like A Man-Oodles Of Cash by Hooked On Cash) makes his first start at Sunland Park after winning the $377,219 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park on November 10 at nearly 30-1 odds. Last year, the Sleepy Gilbreath-trained gelding was second in the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and was fourth in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

Melissa Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash) has reached peak form this fall for trainer Paul Jones. After a third-place run in the $2,235,000 All American Derby (G1), he won the $199,000 Hobbs America Derby (G2) and was third behind older horses in the Zia Park Championship.

Telling No Lies Partnership’s DM Streakn Thru Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Shashay N Six by Sixarun) is in top form for hot trainer Mike Joiner after a three-quarter-length win in the Lovington Stakes and then finishing second in the Zia Park Championship, behind Prospect To The Top and ahead of Jess Featureme Quick.

The race is the 10th on Sunland’s Sunday card, with a post time of 4:05 p.m. (mountain time). Fans can watch the race at
www.qracingvideo.com. Starting at approximately 3:15 p.m., racing commentators Tom Dawson and Chris Kotulak will be broadcasting an enhanced program via the live streaming. They will cover not only the Championship at Sunland, but also preview some of the championship categories for the 2012 racing champions.

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Check My Thoughts Earns Second Derby Win, Place in National Rankings

Q-Racing Journal, December 26, 2012 - Check My Thoughts added his second major Derby score of 2012 to his record on Sunday when he captured the Southern California Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos. Twice-placed in a pair of other major Derby finals this year and winner of the Golden State Derby (G1) in August, Check My Thoughts landed at No. 6 in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 poll for older horses.

The current poll is the next-to-last for the 2012 season. The season’s final poll will be taken after Sunday’s $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (GI) and released next Wednesday, January 2.

There were no other changes to the rankings this week for the older horses or the 2-year-olds. Champion of Champions (G1) winner Rylees Boy remains top-ranked among the older set this week, 97-90, over star sophomore Ochoa. Among the 2-year-olds, the unanimous No. 1 choice remains One Dashing Eagle, one of the leading contenders for 2012 world champion.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. MATABARI (80)
3. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (79)
4. CARTERS COOKIE (68)
5. BP CARTELS ALIBI (61)
6. VALIANT LIL LADY (41)
7. EL DUERO (22)
8. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (21)
9. THE AUGUST HEAT (16)
10. RONNIE JAMES (14)

Aha Moment (11), Lota PYC (10), A Dream To Remember (9), Open Me A Corona (8), Dash For Coronas (4), Heroes Heart (2), One Handsome Man (2), Freedom Choice (1), Sassmaster (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. RYLEES BOY (97)
2. OCHOA (90)
3. COLD CASH 123 (80)
4. EL AGUILA REAL (59)
5. FLAME N FLASH (53)
6. CHECK MY THOUGHTS (46)
7. DENIRO (37)
8. CHIVALRY SR (23)
9. LLANO TELLER (14)
10. HEZ OUR SECRET (11)

A Toss Up (10), Senor Toby (8), Executive Brass (8), The Long Knife (7), Prospect To The Top (5), Priceless Feature (4), Charal Kid (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Check My Thoughts Looks For Another Grade 1 Win

Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred Check My Thoughts, winner of the Golden State Derby (G1), looks for a second Grade 1 derby victory when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the Southern California Derby (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Check My Thoughts (Check Him Out-Just Think by Pritzi Dash) successfully stepped up to the Grade 1 derby division at Los Alamitos this year with his win in the Golden State Derby, a close third in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and a third-place run in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

In the Golden State Derby in August, he jumped to an early lead and then scored the half-length victory in :19.590 for 400 yards.

The Jim Glenn-trained Check My Thoughts earned his way into the Southern California Derby, the final Grade 1 race of the year-long Los Alamitos season, with an easy length win in :19.967 for the 400 yards over a track rated as good. It was the top mark from four trials.

At 2, Check My Thoughts showed his potential with wins in the Golden State Juvenile (R) and the California Breeders Freshman Stakes (R).

Mary and Mark Parsons’ homebred Kobe (Mr Eye Opener-Rubiate by Red (TB)) has the class and figures to move forward for trainer Paul Jones in his second start off a layoff. Early this year, before his eight-month layoff, he made a statement with his game nose win over Deniro in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1), a win in the Holiday Handicap and a second in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2).

In his Southern California Derby trial, Kobe finished just a nose behind Our Man David (Walk Thru Fire-Secret Goer by Raise A Secret) with the sixth-fastest time of :20.151 while Our Man David raced to the fourth-fastest time of :20.147.

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Last To Check Him (Check Him Out-Last Shall Be First by Strawfly Special) raced to her first win from six 2012 tries in her Southern California Derby trial. She won by a half length, and her time of :19.988 was the second-fastest time.

Last To Check Him, third in the 2011 Los Alamitos Two Million (G1), was one of three Southern California Derby qualifiers from the Jose De La Torre barn. He will also saddle El Primero Del Ano Derby qualifier Our Man David and Golden State Derby qualifier La Corona Cartel (Corona Cartel-Adashin Runaway by Adash For Cash).

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Rylees Boy Claims Top Spot in National Rankings

A late-running victory in Saturday’s prestigious Champion of Champions (G1) earned Rylees Boy the No. 1 spot in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll for older horses. Rylees Boy toppled the season’s toughest field, which included seven nationally ranked runners at the time. Among those going down in defeat was former No. 1 Cold Cash 123, who slid to the No. 3 spot in this week’s poll.

Rylees Boy boasts a resume that also includes a victory this fall in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), giving him a big late-season double. It was enough to leap over this week’s No. 2-ranked Ochoa, the brilliant 3-year-old who bypassed the Champion of Champions. Over all, the Top 10 remained intact this week with no new faces, just a reshuffling based on the results from Los Alamitos.

As for the 2-year-old rankings, One Dashing Eagle remained a unanimous No. 1 choice among pollsters once again this week. But Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) heroine Matabari shot up the charts from unranked all the way to No. 2. The filly has won three of five starts this year and tallied her first stakes final in the Los Al Two Million. Race runner-up The August Heat also debuts in the rankings this week at No. 9.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. MATABARI (80)
3. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (79)
4. CARTERS COOKIE (68)
5. BP CARTELS ALIBI (61)
6. VALIANT LIL LADY (41)
7. EL DUERO (22)
8. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (21)
9. THE AUGUST HEAT (16)
10. RONNIE JAMES (14)

Aha Moment (11), Lota PYC (10), A Dream To Remember (9), Open Me A Corona (8), Dash For Coronas (4), Heroes Heart (2), One Handsome Man (2), Freedom Choice (1), Sassmaster (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. RYLEES BOY (97)
2. OCHOA (90)
3. COLD CASH 123 (80)
4. EL AGUILA REAL (63)
5. FLAME N FLASH (61)
6. DENIRO (38)
7. CHIVALRY SR (33)
8. LLANO TELLER (20)
9. HEZ OUR SECRET (16)
10. THE LONG KNIFE (11)

Executive Brass (10), Senor Toby (9), Prospect To The Top (6), Priceless Feature (6), A Toss Up (4), Ethics Aside (4), Charal Kid (2), Check My Thoughts (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Top Horses Line Up in Champion of Champions

Q-Racing Journal, December 13, 2012 - T-Bill Stables’ homebred Cold Cash 123, the top-ranked older horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayer.com National Poll, will make his case for a second straight world championship in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. The 440-yard race has determined more world champions than any other, and this year’s running has an abundance of storylines.

Cold Cash 123 adores 440 yards, with nine wins from 11 career starts at the distance. The 2011 world champion, Cold Cash 123 is the only horse in the field to have won three Grade 1 races so far this year. He won the Leo Stakes, Remington Park Invitational Championship and Go Man Go Handicap before finishing third in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship.

He will face a field of top horses, including the horse that defeated him in the Invitational Championship, Stern Ranches’ homebred Chivalry SR (Walk Thru Fire-Artesias Bediuno by Beduino (TB)), who also finished third in last year’s Champion of Champions.

Javier Molina’s El Aquila Real (Corona Czech-I Am All That by Lanes Leinster) won three-straight races before finishing a very close second in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. His wins include the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) and Vessels Maturity (G1), each at 400 yards.

In its 40 editions to date, only two horses that have won the Champion of Champions have not taken home a championship title that same year, while 26 of the winners were world champions in the year of their victory. This year’s race is likely to be no different.

The following day at the Orange County oval, Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s fastest-qualifier Freedom Choice tries to step up for the stable when he meets proven Grade 1 futurity horses in the $2,108,275 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The stable’s star, probable champion juvenile One Dashing Eagle, was not eligible for the Two Million, and Freedom Choice (A Regal Choice-Five Bar Molly by Dash Ta Fame) came through in the 13 trials on November 25. The gelding was making just his third career start and his first start since qualifying to the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) in June (he did not run back in the finals). He responded with a very impressive 2 1/4-length victory, and his time of :19.638 for 400 yards was the top mark from the trials to the year’s final Grade 1 futurity.

Trained by Jose De La Torre, Freedom Choice showed promise before his layoff. After racing to a very troubled fifth-place finish in a Los Alamitos maiden race, he won his Ed Burke trial by a length with a strong finish.
   
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National Top Ten Boasts Seven For Champion of Champions

Q-Racing Journal, December 12, 2012 - This week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll for older horses includes seven runners who will clash in Saturday’s prestigious Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos. The rankings once again are led by Cold Cash 123, who could sew up the year’s top perch with a win Saturday.

But holding the top spot won’t be easy for Cold Cash 123, as six other nationally ranked contenders are among the Champion of Champions lineup. They include No. 3-ranked El Aguila Real, No. 4 Chivalry SR, No. 5 Rylees Boy, No. 6 Deniro, No. 8 Flame N Flash and No. 10 Hez Our Secret. Five of the nation’s top six-rated horses this week will be headlining the Champion of Champions field.

There were no major changes to the 2-year-old poll this week, but Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) figures to have a major impact moving forward. One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1-rated juvenile this week. None of the finalists for the “Deuce” currently sit in the Top 10, although Aha Moment sits just outside the rankings with some balloting support.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (83)
3. CARTERS COOKIE (75)
4. BP CARTELS ALIBI (72)
5. VALIANT LIL LADY (48)
6. A DREAM TO REMEMBER (32)
7. RONNIE JAMES (31)
8. EL DUERO (29)
9. LOTA PYC (25)
10. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (24)

Aha Moment (14), Open Me A Corona (12), Secret Courage (7), Dash For Coronas (5), One Handsome Man (4), Heroes Heart (3), Stel My Corona (3), Sassmaster (2), Big Boi (2), Blackberry Czech (1), Freedom Choice (1), PYC Kant Katch Me (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. COLD CASH 123 (97)
2. OCHOA (88)
3. EL AGUILA REAL (76)
4. CHIVALRY SR (68)
5. RYLEES BOY (50)
6. DENIRO (34)
7. LLANO TELLER (29)
8. FLAME N FLASH (26)
9. THE LONG KNIFE (25)
10. HEZ OUR SECRET (14)

Executive Brass (11), Charal Kid (6), Ethics Aside (5), Priceless Feature (5), JLS Mr Bigtime (4), A Toss Up (4), Check My Thoughts (4), Senor Toby (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)


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Los Alamitos to Host 2013 Challenge Championships

California racetrack to host Challenge Championships for tenth time.

Q-Racing Journal, December 11, 2012
- The Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships will return to Los Alamitos Race Course in 2013, which is the tenth time the Challenge Championships have been held at the Orange County oval.

The AQHA Racing Conference will be held in conjunction with the event, November 6-9. The Challenge Championships are November 9.

“We are very excited that this great racetrack will again play host to this great event,” said AQHA Executive Director of Racing Trey Buck. “Los Alamitos has been the stage for historic performances by many American Quarter Horses, and we are looking forward to that happening again next year.”

The Challenge Championship card will be highlighted by the $350,000-est. Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). Also included for the championship races are the $200,000-est. Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1), $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2), $100,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) and $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1).

Only Lone Star Park, a four-time host, has had the event more than once. Other racetracks that have played host to the Challenge Championships once are Evangeline Downs, Fair Grounds, Prairie Meadows, Retama Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Sunland Park and Turf Paradise.

Stay tuned to www.aqharacing.comfor further details.

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T BOY C IN CONTENTIOUS $1 MILLION LQHBA FUTURITY
More stakes featured at Zia and Los Al.

Q-Racing Journal, November 16, 2012Jose Guzman’s T Boy C brings fastest-qualifier honors into a contentious $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity (RG1) that features just one stakes winner – Logans Mountain – on Saturday evening at Evangeline Downs.

The LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity boasts the largest purse of any Quarter Horse race ever held in Louisiana.

 

T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash-Toast To Mallard by Toast To Dash) comes into the 400-yard LQHBA Futurity off the most impressive win of his five-race career. The gelding pulled away in the third of 11 trials by 2 lengths. His time of :19.639 was the quickest mark.

 

The Miguel Rodriguez-trained T Boy C raced to his other win when he narrowly took a futurity trial at Fair Grounds by a nose back in August.

 

Armando Fernandez’s Logans Mountain (Panther Mountain-Logans Game by Game Patriot) won the $60,000 Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) in July to be the sole stakes winner in the field. He was third in the $264,480 LQHBA Futurity at Evangeline Downs after making a late rally.

 

Logans Mountain has won four of six starts and accumulated $86,852 in earnings.

 

Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays’ Open Me A Corona (Coronas Leaving You-In The Open by Mr Eye Opener) may be the “now horse” in the LQHBA Futurity after winning each of his two starts. He decisively won his maiden at first asking by 1 3/4 lengths in May at Delta Downs, qualifying for but not running back in the $225,337 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2), and then was off until he secured a nose decision in his LQHBA trial with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.667 for trainer Bobby Martinez.

 

Luis Castellanos’ Cougar Hill (Panther Mountain-Lovers Dash by Sir Cashanova) was that close second-place finisher behind Open Me A Corona and is credited with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.674. The Judy Beavin-trained filly has shown her stakes class with a close second in the Gillespie County Futurity (G3) and qualifying for the Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2).

 

Billy Kirk’s Heza Fast Snow (Heza Fast Dash-Mary Snow by This Snow Is Royal) is another lightly raced improving prospect who bears attention. The Kenny Roberts Sr.-trained gelding was a close second in a maiden race in his first start and then returned to win his LQHBA Futurity trial by a half length, with the fourth-fastest time of :19.735.

 

 

Fast Prize Mike in Deep Evangeline Derby

 

Evelio Salazar’s Fast Prize Mike, recently second in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at 18-1 odds, looks to prove that effort was not a fluke when he starts against a deep field in the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Derby over 400 yards on Saturday night.

 

Fast Prize Mike (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fast Mans Prize by Heza Fast Man) must defeat 2011 Firecracker Futurity (G2) winner Sizzlin Cartel, TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3) winner Jumpn Beau Chick and The Treme Derby (R) winner Lil Jess Oak. A top-two finisher in nine of 11 starts, Fast Prize Mike has improved his form with two second-place runs in his two starts since qualifying for the $144,065 Firecracker Derby.

 

J.E. Jumonville Jr.’s homebred Sizzlin Cartel (Corona For Me-In His Dreams by Apollo (TB)) looks to return to the form he showed throughout his juvenile season and the first half of this year. At 2, he was second in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) and then reeled off three-straight wins, including the Firecracker Futurity (G2). Sizzlin Cartel is winless from seven 2012 starts.

 

Francisco Garza’s Jumpn Beau Chick (Jumpn Chic-Beaukas by Make It Anywhere) has stepped up from being a maiden from five starts last year to scoring a half length win in the TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3) and finishing second by a head in the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge. The Bobby Martinez-trained filly has been on the board in six of seven starts this year.

 

Gerald Libersat’s homebred Lil Jess Oak (Oak Tree Special-Lil Jess Print by Mr Jess Perry) scored a 10-1 upset win in the $40,000 The Treme Derby for Louisiana-breds two starts ago. He made a late bid in the 350-yard stakes to win by a nose over a sloppy track at Fair Grounds.

 

 

Im Royal Quick Back in King Rick Rack

 

Anna Garcia and Jose Orquiz’s Im Royal Quick, dominating winner of the Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3), tries for his second stakes win of the Zia Park season when he starts in the $55,000 King Rick Rack Stakes over 870 yards on Sunday afternoon.

 

Im Royal Quick (Royal Quick Dash-Im Brenda Baby by Merridoc) could be making his final start of a productive fall campaign in the King Rick Rack. The gelding dominated the Herman Jefferson over 870 yards when he went from gate-to-wire on the lead to win by nearly 6 lengths.

 

Kathryn Maynard and Carla Feerer’s homebred KC Royal Flush (Sixes Royal-Willie May Dash by Willie Wanta Dash) returns to open competition after winning the $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship (R) over state-breds on October 28. The gelding made a four-wide run from the rear of the field at the start to get the win by a neck in the final strides.

 

Tony Sedillo and Jimmy Negrete’s Tango Blue (Favorite Trick (TB)-Oodles Of Cash by Hooked On Cash) won the 2010 running of the King Rick Rack and was second to champion De Passem Okey in last year’s renewal. The Tony Sedillo-trained gelding has not won since he was claimed for $15,000 out of a winning effort at Ruidoso Downs on July 2.

 

 

Top Two in Autumn Handicap Return

 

The top-two finishers in the $35,000 Autumn Handicap – Sugarbear Sax Man and Secret Hero – are set for a rematch on Saturday night at Los Alamitos in the $25,000 Corona Chick Handicap for 2-year-olds over 400 yards.

 

Cesar Edgardo Muniz Gomez’s Sugarbear Sax Man (Tres Seis-Therestischemistry by Jazzing Hi) raced to a half-length win in the 350-yard Autumn Handicap on October 12 for his first win since winning his maiden in his career debut back in April. However, the gelding has posted three second-place finishes from his six starts. Sugarbear Sax Man developed quickly this year and qualified for the $268,200 Kindergarten (G2) in May.

 

Michael Isom’s homebred Secret Hero (Valiant Hero-With Real Intent by Raise A Secret) has stepped up since arriving at Los Alamitos this fall from the Northwest. He won his Wild West Futurity trial by a length and then recorded the second-place finish in the Autumn for trainer Justin Clark.

 

Also trained by Clark, IBA Dream Away (Ocean Runaway-IBA Dream by Chicks Beduino) moves up from the claiming ranks chasing her fourth-straight win. The filly owned by Cal West Racing, Thomas Peffer and Rasool Rastgoo won her maiden in August and then won for an $8,000-claiming price and then took a $20,000-claiming race in her most recent effort.

 

 

Separate Thoughts Challenges Elders in Las Damas

 

Theresa and Edward DeNike’s homebred Separate Thoughts returns after a close second-place finish in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3) to challenge older mares in a contentious $35,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3) over 400 yards on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

 

Separate Thoughts (Separatist-A Lil’ Alimony (TB) by Mr. Procrastinator) came back from a summer’s rest to win her trial to the PCQHRA Derby and then run second in the 400-yard derby while being defeated by only a neck. The Pat Visscher-trained filly earned her first stakes win when she won the La Pacifica Handicap in her final start before her layoff.

 

The Vessels Stallion Farms’ homebred Onemoreglassofwine (Heza Fast Dash-Fine Wines by First Down Dash) took the Elan Again Overnight Handicap two starts ago and then was fourth in the Mildred Vessels Handicap (G1). The veteran mare has past class with a win in the 2011 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3) and was third in the 2010 Golden State Juvenile (R).

 

Mimi Wells’ homebred Getit Together (Separatist-Seronka by Dash Thru Traffic) comes off a length win in an allowance race. Earlier this year, the Dan Francisco-trained mare was second in the Ivan Ashment Handicap (R) and third in the California Breeders Matron Stakes (RG3).

 

Steve Burns’ homebred Enjoy The Walk (Walk Thru Fire-Enjoy The Moment by Chicks Beduino) fits well at this level as the winner of this year’s California Breeders Matron Stakes, her most recent win on July 28. The Mike Casselman-trained mare was a close second behind Onemoreglassofwine in the 2011 PCQHRA Breeders Derby.

 

Fans can watch all of these races live and free of charge on Q-Racing Video, a service of AQHA Racing and the Q-Racing Journal. Q-Racing Video offers horsemen and handicappers unparalleled access to American Quarter Horse racing. Users have unlimited access to the live simulcast signals of almost every American Quarter Horse racetrack in the United States and Canada. Q-Racing Video also provides unlimited access to race replays, which are available immediately following each race. The archive of past races goes back several years for most tracks. Fans can register at www.qracingvideo.com.


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OCHOA’S TEXAS LOSS COSTS HIM TOP SPOT IN RANKINGS

Q-Racing Journal, November 14, 2012A fifth-place finish in Saturday’s Texas Classic Derby (G1) made Ochoa’s stay at the top of the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings for older horses a short one. In his first defense of the nation’s top perch, the sport’s all-time leading money earner relinquished the No. 1 spot this week to reigning world champion Cold Cash 123. Voters gave Cold Cash 123 the 95-88 edge as Ochoa slid to No. 2 overall.

Longshots riddled the Texas Classic Derby as 29-1 upsetter The Long Knife parlayed the biggest score of his career into a No. 9 national ranking this week. The C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath trainee was the only newcomer to the rankings for the 3-year-olds and older this week.

 

As for the 2-year-olds, Texas Classic Futurity (G1) winner Valiant Lil Lady made a debut splash in the poll this week at No. 5. The Valiant Hero filly has now won four of five career starts. The juvenile rankings continue to be paced this week by unanimous No. 1 One Dashing Eagle, winner of three major futurity finals in 2012.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (82)

3.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (73)

4.   CARTERS COOKIE (62)

5.   VALIANT LIL LADY (46)

6.   RONNIE JAMES (37)

7.   LOTA PYC (32)

8.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (30)

9.   A DREAM TO REMEMBER (29)

10. EL DUERO (26)

 

Aha Moment (9), A Dash For Coronas (5), Stel My Corona (4), One Handsome Man (3), Heroes Heart (3), Big Boi (3), Sassmaster (2), PYC Kant Katch Me (2), Krash Cartel (2), Blackberry Czech (1)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (95)

2.   OCHOA (88)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (78)

4.   CHIVALRY SR (66)

5.   RYLEES BOY (51)

6.   DENIRO (38)

7.   LLANO TELLER (32)

8.   FLAME N FLASH (24)

9.   THE LONG KNIFE (20)

10. JLS MR BIGTIME (13)

 

Executive Brass (12), Priceless Feature (9), Hez Our Secret (6), Charal Kid (6), Ethics Aside (5), A Toss Up (4), Check My Thoughts (3)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)


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OCHOA PUTS RANKING ON LINE AT LONE STAR
Will Rogers strikes Black Gold while Evangeline dishes Dash.

Q-Racing Journal, November 8, 2012Champion and all-time leading money earner Ochoa has the first opportunity to defend his No. 1 ranking in the AQHA Racing-Horserplayernow.com national poll when he starts in the $377,219 Texas Classic Derby (G1) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Ochoa (Tres Seis-Stolis Fortune by Stoli) became the all-time leading money earner when he dominated the $2,234,539 All American Derby (G1). He has since taken his Texas Classic Derby trial in thrilling fashion, and his earnings stand at $2,604,653, with $2,526,493 of those earnings coming at the Texas Classic Derby distance of 440 yards.

 

Owned by Johnny T.L. Jones Jr.’s J Bar 7 Ranch, Monty and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson, Ochoa was the overwhelming winner of the 2011 $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) and the 2012 All American Derby (G1), each at 440 yards. The Johnny T.L. Jones Jr.-bred gelding won the All American Futurity by 1 1/2 lengths as the 8-5 favorite and then pulled away to take the All American Derby by 1 1/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite.

 

The C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath-trained gelding was the 2-5 favorite in his Texas Classic Derby trial and scared his many backers at the trial’s start. He broke poorly and was actually behind Runaway Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Dashin Vike by Dashin Bye) for half of the race. He then unleashed his astonishing closing rush and got up to win the trial by a heart-pounding nose. His time of :21.394 was the second-fastest qualifying time.

 

Topping the qualifiers was Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Linda Tee Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Jess Linda Tee by Mr Jess Perry) with a :21.383 time after winning the first of five trials by a neck over Leonard Lyne’s homebred fourth-fastest qualifier, Texasindependencegal (Mr Ottyes-Lovely Legs by Strawflyin Buds), who was timed in :21.430.

 

Linda Tee Fire, trained by Mike Joiner, is after his first stakes placing after showing he can earn his way into Grade 1 stakes. A year ago, he qualified for the Texas Classic Futurity and was sixth in the All American Derby behind Ochoa, beaten by less than 3 lengths.

 

Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett’s Runaway Wagon, who nearly held on to beat Ochoa in their trial, won the $144,065 Firecracker Derby by three-quarters of a length at Delta Downs. Now trained by Bobby Martinez, Runaway Wagon was fourth in his Dash For Cash Derby trial before his very game effort in his Texas Classic Derby trial.

 

Ronnie James Continues Rise in Texas Classic

 

Brett Mennen’s homebred Ronnie James tries to continue his rise in the national rankings when he tries for his fourth-straight win and sixth victory from seven starts in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

 

Ronnie James (Valiant Hero-Jess A Lil Bit by Feature Mr Jess) faces the sternest test of his career and appears to be in peak form after a stunning 4-length trial win. He raced in the first trial, and his time of :19:436 held up as the top mark from 14 trials.

 

JNB Enterprises LLC’s PYC Kant Katch Me (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Wanna Be Me by Disco Jerry (TB)) is undefeated from five starts and is also up against the deepest field he has ever faced. The Judd Kearl-trained colt won the Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R) and then was a 3-length winner of his Heritage Place Futurity trial. Although he qualified to the final, he was scratched.

 

Kearl then saved PYC Kant Katch Me for the Texas Classic Futurity trials, and he responded with a length win and qualified with a :19.689 time.

 

Bryon Gardner’s Valiant Lil Lady (Valiant Hero-Rustys Lil Lady by Fredricksburg) impressed in her trial while returning from a five-month layoff. The Judd Kearl-trained filly raced in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) back in May and then came back in her Texas Classic Futurity trial. She won by 2 1/4 lengths with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.524.

 

Trainer Trey Wood has the sharp pair of Weetona Stanley’s First Prize Shaunda (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Leesa by Mr Jess Perry) and Raymundo Villarreal Jr.’s Eyegotitgoinon (Mr Eye Opener-Cant Hide Love by Special Effort).

 

First Prize Shaunda has thrived this fall at Lone Star Park with a daylight maiden win and taking her Texas Classic Futurity trial by 1 1/2 lengths with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.541.

 

Eyegotitgoinon won the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) at Remington Park and qualified for the Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. He is also two-for-two at Lone Star Park and won his Texas Classic Futurity trial by 2 lengths with the sixth-fastest time of :19.667.

 

Futurity Doubleheader at Will Rogers

 

Andrew Smith’s Wicked Courage is trying for his fourth-straight win in the $418,993 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) and fastest-qualifier Eye Kelly heads the OHA Mystery Futurity for Oklahoma-breds in a futurity doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Will Rogers Downs.

 

Wicked Courage (Captain Courage-Wicked Pamela by Dash For Cash) started his winning spree when he arrived at Will Rogers this fall after being winless at Ruidoso Downs and Remington Park.

 

The Luis Villafranco-trained gelding easily earned a spot in the Black Gold Futurity Championship with a 2 1/2-length trial win with the top time of :19.688 for 400 yards.

 

Gabriel Guiterrez’s First Down Shazoom (Shazoom-Nonanon by First Down Dash) fits well in the Black Gold Futurity Championship. He is the second-fastest qualifier with a :19.753 time for trainer Guillermo Valdivia and has the stakes resume. The gelding was second in the Lady Bug’s Moon Stakes (R), fourth in the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) and qualified for the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1).

 

James Goodnight’s Eye Kelly (Mr Eye Opener-Beam Me Up Kelly by First Down Kelly) makes her stakes debut in the Mystery Futurity after winning her latest two stakes. The Bill Goodnight-trained filly scored by one-half length in her Mystery Futurity trial. Her time of :17.536 for 350 yards was the best mark from seven trials.

 

Jose Badilla’s Pajarita Sita (Pappasito-Mongoose Jet Eye by Mr Eye Opener) has the class with a third-place finish in the West Texas Futurity (G1) and qualifying for the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The filly won her Mystery Futurity trial by a neck with the second-fastest time of :17.594.

 

Evangeline Dash in Contentious Divisions

 

David West’s Sheezespeciallyfast brings a sharp record and success over short distances into the first division $25,000 Evangeline Downs Dash at 220 yards on Saturday evening at Evangeline Downs.

 

In the second division, Gerald Lebersat’s Taylors Toastin Papa tries for a fourth stakes win and a fifth victory from eight starts this year.

 

Sheezespeciallyfast (Heza Fast Dash-Spice Your Glass by Special Effort) has been on the board in nine of 10 starts this year and has a win and second-place run in her only two starts at the distance. Two starts ago, in a $25,000 optional-claiming race, she won over 220 yards at Evangeline Downs by a half length, an impressive margin at such a short distance.

 

Jaime Torres’ Memorys Fast Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Grab A Memory by Holland Ease) won the 250-yard Gentilly Dash Stakes two starts ago at Fair Grounds. He got up to win by a nose in :12.978 after returning from nearly a 10-month layoff.

 

Guadalupe Garcia’s Corona Mistress (Corona For Me-Fastmans Mistress by Heza Fast Man) is another short-yardage specialist with a second in the 110-yard Texas Twister Stakes back in April. He finished in a dead heat for the win in his only start at 220 yards, a $7,500 conditioned claiming race.

 

Taylors Toastin Papa (Toast To Dash-Tacha La Jolla by Streakin La Jolla) comes into the second division trying to continue his break-out season. He won the Mr Jess Perry Stakes (RG3) at Louisiana Downs and the Juan Alleman Stakes (RG3) at Delta Downs in successive starts earlier this year.

 

The Keven Broussard-trained Taylors Toastin Papa comes off a win in the Don Cravin Stakes (R) by a neck at Evangeline Downs. He closed well to get the win in :19.859 for the 400 yards.

 

JLS-Speed Horse Ranch’s JLS Party Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Dancing Tonight by On A High) is after his first stakes win since taking the 2011 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) early in his juvenile season. He may be rounding into form for trainer Darrell Soileau with a nose win over 330 yards in an Evangeline Downs allowance race in his latest effort.

Fans can watch all of these races live and free of charge on
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ONE DASHING EAGLE CEMENTS UNANIMOUS CASE AS NO. 1 JUVENILE
Q-Racing Journal, November 7, 2012Sunday’s sizzling Golden State Million Futurity (G1) win by One Dashing Eagle left no doubt who is atop the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings for 2-year-olds. The unanimous choice among pollsters going into his season finale, the All American Futurity (G1) winner romped in stakes-record time to his third major futurity score of the season worth $1 million or more. That’s never been done before, and pollsters rewarded the resume with a sweep of the ballots.

One Dashing Eagle’s incredible 2012 run has seen him win six-straight races since a debut runner-up effort. He has become the first American Quarter Horse ever to earn $2 million in a single season ($2,079,065).  His futurity troika includes the Ed Burke Memorial in June, the All American in September and the Golden State Million in November.

 

It was a big weekend for trainer Jose De La Torre’s barn as One Dashing Eagle was not the only newsmaker. Saturday’s Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) victory for Deniro earned not only a berth in the Champion of Champions (G1), but also the No. 6 spot in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings for older horses. The Super Derby marked the first stakes win for Deniro, who has scored in three of six starts this year. The Washington-bred has tallied five of 12 starts for $450,543 in career earnings. 

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (86)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (71)

4.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (70)

5.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (40)

6.   RONNIE JAMES (39)

7.   LOTA PYC (33)

8.   A DREAM TO REMEMBER (26)

9.   EL DUERO (25)

10. ONE HANDSOME MAN (14)

 

Aha Moment (11), Heroes Heart (8), Stel My Corona (6), Dash For Coronas (6), Krash Cartel (5), Blackberry Czech (4), Sassmaster (3)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   OCHOA (98)

2.   COLD CASH 123 (89)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (75)

4.   CHIVALRY SR (58)

5.   RYLEES BOY (54)

6.   DENIRO (31)

7.   LLANO TELLER (30)

8.   FLAME N FLASH (28)

9.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (19)

10. JLS MR BIGTIME (18)

 

Charal Kid (10), Priceless Feature (9), Hez Our Secret (6), Ethics Aside (5), A Toss Up (4), Check My Thoughts (4), Fredaville (3), Senor Toby (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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ONE DASHING EAGLE HEADS GOLDEN STATE MILLION
Los Al also hosting Super Derby and Town Policy Handicap.

Q-Racing Journal, November 2, 2012Two-time million dollar futurity winner One Dashing Eagle will be favored to take his third seven-figure stakes when he concludes a probable championship season in the $1,118,000 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

One Dashing Eagle (One Famous Eagle-One Sweet Dash by First Down Dash) has been sensational at Los Alamitos and Ruidoso Downs and has been a primary force in helping his sire become the leading freshman sire in history.

 

Owned by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre with San Gregorio Racing Stable, One Dashing Eagle has earned $1,628,405 and would go over the $2 million mark with a Golden State Million victory.
 

One Dashing Eagle, winner of five-straight races since finishing second in his debut, has massed this most impressive bankroll with wins in the $1,001,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) and the $2,400,000 All American Futurity (G1), the world’s richest Quarter Horse race.
 

After easily taking the All American Futurity by three-quarters of a length at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day, it appears those two million-dollar stakes victories have not taken any edge off the colt. He easily won his Golden State Million trial by 2 1/2 lengths and his time of :19.482 was the fastest time from the 11 trials.

 

One Dashing Eagle will likely conclude his 2-year-old campaign in the Golden State Million since he is not eligible for the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and there is no time-of-entry supplemental payment for the race.

 

Salvador Pimienta’s Bingo (Tres Seis-Corona Blurr by Corona Cartel) takes on One Dashing Eagle after setting the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.708 while winning his trial by a length over Rainbow Futurity (G1) finalist Scatmandu.

 

The developing Bingo, trained by Felix Gonzalez, returned to win his Golden State Million trial after racing to a third-place finish in the $38,790 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.

 

Lucky Seven Ranch’s homebred Amore La Blue (Mr Jess Perry-Blues Girl Too by Corona Cartel) has the breeding and may be ready for the Grade 1 stage after two-straight wins for trainer Joe Bassett. The daughter of 2007 world champion Blues Girl Too came back from a layoff since June to win her maiden by 2 lengths in September and then stepped forward in the second Golden State Million trial, winning by a length with the third-fastest time of :19.713.

 

Arnold Gonzalez’s Fires Blazin (Walk Thru Fire-Thatsa Blazin Chick by Chicks A Blazin) raced to a second-place finish behind One Dashing Eagle in the Ed Burke Million back in June. Trainer Guillermo Morales brought the gelding back for the Golden State Million trials and he responded with a neck win in :19.785, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

 

Flame N Flash is Hot Horse in Super Derby

 

Robert Williams’ Flame N Flash continues her late-season run toward a possible championship and her next step is the $1 million Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

 

The winner of the 440-yard Super Derby earns a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December, although Flame N Flash already has a berth.

 

Flame N Flash (Walk Thru Fire-Oh La Proud by Shirley’s Champion (TB)) has already defeated sophomore fillies and then older mares in graded stakes, and now takes on males in the Super Derby, the richest race for 3-year-old or older horses at Los Alamitos.

 

In the Super Derby trials, the Juan Aleman-trained Flame N Flash ran a perfect race from the rail post position to win the first of four trials by a half length, with the top qualifying time of :19.571. It was an impressive, stakes-class trial with Golden State Derby (G1) runner-up Do You Do Corona (Corona Cartel-MLA Do You Love Me by On The Dash), Golden State Derby winner Check My Thoughts (Check Him Out-Just Think by Pritzi Dash) and Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) winner Terrific Synergy (FDD Dynasty-Terrific Energy by Mr Jess Perry) finishing in second through fourth positions. Do You Do Corona and Check My Thoughts will join Flame N Flash in the Super Derby.

 

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Do You Do Corona raced to the third-fastest time of :19.667 while finishing second to Flame N Flash. He has now been first or second in seven of eight career starts.

 

Check My Thoughts has a :19.705 qualifying time while Terrific Synergy was the final qualifier with a :19.859 mark.

 

Aleman will also saddle Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Last To Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Last Shall Be First by Strawfly Special), who won the third trial with a big late charge. He won by one-half length over Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge winner Tres Of Linda (Tres Seis-Lindas Dasher by Chicks Beduino), who holds the eighth-fastest qualifying time of :19.706.

 

In 2011, Last To Fire was second in the $2,152,300 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and third in the $1,173,400 Golden State Million Futurity (G1). The gelding was fifth in the $236,400 Golden State Derby in his start before his trial victory.

 

Big Weekend Starts With Town Policy

 

One of the most important weekends during the year-long Los Alamitos season starts on Friday night with Dr. Ed Allred’s consistent Kool Million racing in the $25,000 Town Policy Handicap for 3-year-olds over 400 yards.

 

Kool Million (Bono Jazz-Kool As Ever by Chicks Beduino) won his only start at 2 and has moved up to the stakes division this year. After taking the $151,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes, he won the Dillingham Handicap, was second in the Vandy’s Flash Handicap and daylighted the field in the Jens List Stakes (R).

 

The horse who defeated Kool Million in the Vandy’s Flash was Feliz Gonzalez’s A Mere Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-A Mere Classic by A Classic Dash) and he will be trying to break a two-race losing streak in the Town Policy after winning four-straight races. In addition to his Vandy’s Flash win, he took his Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge trial during his winning streak for trainer Jose Antonio Moreno.

 

Mimi Wells’ New Look (Walk Thru Fire-Make Over by Separatist) fits well at this level. The Dan Francisco-trained gelding is also trying to regain his winning form. He won five of six starts from December through July. He has been winless in his latest four starts, but qualified for the Golden State Derby (G1) and the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2).

 

The peak of his hot streak and his career came when he won the $184,000 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) as the 13-10 favorite.

 

Fans can watch all of Los Al’s races live and free of charge on Q-Racing Video, a service of AQHA Racing and the Q-Racing Journal. Q-Racing Video offers horsemen and handicappers unparalleled access to American Quarter Horse racing. Users have unlimited access to the live simulcast signals of almost every American Quarter Horse racetrack in the United States and Canada. Q-Racing Video also provides unlimited access to race replays, which are available immediately following each race. The archive of past races goes back several years for most tracks. Fans can register at www.qracingvideo.com.


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OCHOA ASSUMES NO. 1 POST AFTER COLD CASH 123 DEFEAT

Q-Racing Journal, November 1, 2012For the first time in 2012, there’s a new sheriff among the older horses in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings. Following Sunday’s surprising defeat in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) by Cold Cash 123, pollsters moved All American Derby (G1) hero Ochoa to the top of the list. The sport’s all-time leading money earner in terms of purses, Ochoa out-pointed Cold Cash 123 by a 98-89 margin this week.

El Aguila Real remained No. 3 this week following a runner-up effort in the Los Al Invitational where he outfinished Cold Cash 123 for the place spot, while Chivalry SR leaped into the rankings at No. 4 following that upset victory. Meanwhile, Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) winner Rylees Boy returned to the rankings this week after his impressive Saturday night score, reappearing at No. 5. Llano Teller fell three spots to No. 7 after finishing second in the big finale at Prairie Meadows.

 

While the rankings for the older horses provided volatile this week, the 2-year-old poll was at ease. One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1-rated juvenile. The poll saw only minor shuffling at the bottom of the top 10.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (86)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (71)

4.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (70)

5.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (40)

6.   RONNIE JAMES (39)

7.   LOTA PYC (33)

8.   A DREAM TO REMEMBER (26)

9.   EL DUERO (25)

10. ONE HANDSOME MAN (14)

 

Aha Moment (11), Heroes Heart (8), Stel My Corona (6), Dash For Coronas (6), Krash Cartel (5), Blackberry Czech (4), Sassmaster (3)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   OCHOA (98)

2.   COLD CASH 123 (89)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (77)

4.   CHIVALRY SR (62)

5.   RYLEES BOY (60)

6.   FLAME N FLASH (35)

7.   LLANO TELLER (32)

8.  -tie JLS MR BIGTIME (23)

8.  -tie  EXECUTIVE BRASS (23)

10. CHARAL KID 12)

 

Priceless Feature (11), Ethics Aside (5), A Toss Up (4), Hez Our Secret (4), Jess Featureme Quick (4), Ima Chickie Two (4), Fredaville (3), Senor Toby (2), Ultimate Wave (1), Check My Thoughts (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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Challenge program recognizes leading owner, breeder, trainer and jockey.

The 20th year of the Bank of America Racing Challenge was a great one. The program was created to provide more opportunity for racing American Quarter Horses, and by all indications it has succeeded in that goal.

It saw 23 different tracks host 61 regional qualifying races, with more than $2.5 million dollars in purses – $1.8 million of that as added money. There were also 28 tracks that hosted 33 Bonus Challenge by Markel races, whose purses included more than $398,000 in added money. And the Bank of America Maiden Challenge continues to gain ground, running at mega-tracks and county fairs, from Alberta to Mexico City, from Hialeah, Florida to Washington State, and everywhere in between.
 
The Bank of America Racing Challenge Champion Owner, Trainer, Breeder and Jockey are determined by points accumulated in regional final races. Contenders receive 10 points for a win, 9 points for a second-place finish, and so on. At year-end, the top earner in each division receives an award from one of AQHA’s Corporate Partners.

The 2012 John Deere champion owner was newcomers Gully Enterprisesof Novice, Texas. Carolyn and Pat Gully are experienced horsemen, and very involved with cutting horses. This is, however, their first year as racehorse owners. With the help of trainer Alvin Turner, it was a memorable one. Among their horses was Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) finalist Special Awards. They earned the most points of the year with 52, a five point lead over second-place finisher Dean Frey. As champion owners, the Gullys take home a John Deere Gator utility vehicle and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

AQHA champion breeder Bobby Cox is this year’s Challenge Nutrena champion breeder with 91 points earned. With the win, Cox earned $5,000 cash, three tons of Nutrena feed and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths. Vessels Stallion Farm LLC was second with 88 points.

The closest race of the year was the Vetrolin champion trainer award. Trainers Charley Hunt and Bret Vickery tied with 95 points, but Hunt won the tie breaker and earned the title. Hunt earned a $5,000 check, a Tex-Tan saddle, a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths and product from Vetrolin.

AQHA champion jockey and all-time leading money earner G.R. Carter Jr. brought home yet another award, as he was this year’s Wrangler champion jockey. Carter earned 121 points to defeat second place-finisher Stormy Smith with 93 points. Carter wins $2,000 cash, a Tex-Tan saddle and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

2012 CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year's champs to be decided Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

Q-Racing Journal, October 25, 2012The Bank of America Challenge Championships take center stage on October 27 at Prairie Meadows. On Saturday, the Altoona, Iowa, racetrack plays host to a full card of 11 Challenge races. These include the six headlining championship events, as well as five undercard races, with purses for the evening totaling more than $1.1 million. First post is at 7 p.m. The races can be watched live at www.qracingvideo.com, with complete coverage at www.aqharacing.com.

Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1)

The $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) is the headlining event of the night and goes off as the 10th race on the card, with post time at 10:45 p.m.

 

Champion Rylees Boy has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite. All-time leading trainer Paul Jones has training duties on the 7-year-old son of Heza Motor Scooter who is enjoying his fourth consecutive trip to the Challenge Championships. Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones) will break from Post 9 under the handling of Ramon Sanchez. In 2009, Rylees Boy was third and in 2010 and 2011, he finished second in this race. The reigning champion aged gelding races for Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez of Surprise, Arizona. 

 

Rylees Boy’s stablemate is 4-year-old Dash Glory Ease (Holland Ease-Medvedev (TB) by Minstrel Glory), who makes his United States debut for breeder Haras Fazenda Bela Ltd. of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He will win the frequent flyer award, as he has been flown in from Brazil, where in February he won the Bank of America South American Championship Challenge. 

 

Three-time Grade 1 winner Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) is also set to contest the race. An earner of $1,687,347, Llano Teller races for breeder Terry Wootan’s Wootan Racing of Llano, Texas, in partnership with Reed Land & Cattle Co. This year, Llano Teller was second to world champion Cold Cash 123 in the Leo Stakes (G1), then won the Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2). He was third in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) and, in September, was second to Jorge Gonzalez’s Ethics Aside (Mr Jess Perry-Daring Difference by Victory Dash) in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge.

 

Jorge Haddad’s homebred Giorgino (Apollo (TB)-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash) won three stakes as a juvenile and is still a dangerous stakes horse as a 4-year-old. The stallion has made three starts this fall at Prairie Meadows, with a second in the October 6 Prairie Meadows Bonus Challenge and a third in the August 18 Keokuk Stakes (G3).

 

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

 

A Spring Snow, Tony Guymon, 6-1

Dash Glory Ease, Cesar DeAlba, 10-1

Giorgino, Agustin Silva, 15-1

Llano Teller, G.R. Carter Jr., 9-2

Fearles Fred, Freddie Martinez, 12-1

Fast Fifty, Mark Luark, 15-1

Patriots Glory, Elliot Bachicha Jr., 8-1

Kool Country Man, Alfonso Lujan, 20-1

Rylees Boy, Ramon Sanchez, 7-2

A Royal Dervish, Never Marin, 6-1

Ethics Aside, Oscar Delgado, 10-1 

 

Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1)

The Mesa Valley Farms LLC homebred Fols Jesse is the 4-1 morning line favorite going into the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1). The 400-yard race is exclusively for 3-year-olds and will be run as the eighth race on the card.

 

Fols Jesse (Jesse James Jr-Sheza Jet Dash by Dash To Chivato) enters the race off a half-length score in the Kip Diderickson Handicap at Los Alamitos against older horses.

 

Not worse than third in all of his six starts this year, Fols Jesse was second in his Adequan Les Bois Derby Challenge regional race and third in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap.

 

Tom Maher’s gelding Painted Lies (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Teller Lies by First Down Dash) is having a sensational sophomore campaign with five wins, two seconds and a third from nine starts. The highlights of this streak include a win in the June 9 Minnesota Stallion Breeders/NCQHRA Derby (R) at Canterbury Park and then his most important career victory in the September 15 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3). The Amber Blair-trained Painted Lies has the advantage of coming into the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship off that win at Prairie Meadows, when he dug in to secure the game neck win over the highly regarded Huckleberry Mojito.

 

LMR 2011’s Huckleberry Mojito (Feature Mr Jess-Eye Opening Special by Mr Eye Opener) has five wins and a close second to Painted Lies as the even-money choice in the September 15 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3) from her latest six starts. Her wins during this stretch for trainer Ed Hardy include a track record-setting win in the $39,000 Canterbury Derby and the $27,000 Race for Hope, both at Canterbury Park. 6.

 

Mary Kirby’s Second Painted Sign (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Stylish Sign by Vital Sign) comes off a pair of stakes wins and tries for his fourth-consecutive win. Two starts ago, Second Painted Sign defeated Oklahoma-breds by three quarters of a length in the $90,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby on June 30 at Fair Meadows and then he earned his trip to the Challenge Championships with a win in the Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge on September 30. The Jackie Kirby-trained colt pulled away to a 2-length win as the 4-5 favorite while covering the 400 yards in :19.746.

 

Michael Amburn and trainer Guy Hopkins have two in the race, with Jess A Comment (First Comment-Jess Quick Fun by Mr Jess Perry) and A Game Dame (First N Kool-Miss Game Tee by Game Patriot). Jess A Comment won the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge on August 11 for his second-consecutive win and has been rested since that effort. The Guy Hopkins-trained gelding has qualified for the Texas Classic Futurity (G1), TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2), John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3). A Game Dame won the May 19 Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge. Last year, she won the TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) and has earnings of $88,320. 

 

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

 

Painted Lies, Cody Smith, 8-1,

Huckleberry Mojito, Juan Vazquez, 6-1,

Fols Jessie, J.L. Cruz, 4-1

Attack The Cartel, Ramon Sanchez, 8-1,

Ultimate Wave, Esgar Ramirez, 5-1,

Special Awards, Cody McDaniel, 20-1,

A Game Dame, Stormy Smith, 12-1,

Jess A Comment, Cody Jensen, 6-1,

Second Painted Sign, G.R. Carter Jr., 10-1,

Mr Taka B, Freddie Martinez, 12-1,

Exciting The Planet, Mark Luark, 20-1.

 

John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2)

The Horton Racing LLC homebred Heroes Heart will have home track advantage in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) and is the morning-line favorite. The race brings together top 2-year-olds over 350 yards. 

 

Heroes Heart (Valiant Hero-Sweethearts Quicksix by Sixarun) made two starts here this year – the trials and finals to the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Championship – and won both. She has never been worse than third in four career starts. Charley Hunt will send out the daughter of Valiant Hero, whose half sister Snow Burn won the 2008 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1).

 

Rockin J Running Horses and Jack Manning’s Rockin Disco (Rock Solid Jess-Check This Disco by Check Him Out) put together a promising summer at Ruidoso Downs when he won his trial and final of the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and then his All American Futurity (G1) trial in successive starts. The Mike Wakefield-trained gelding surprised at 9-1 odds in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge when he got up at the wire to defeat Llano Cartel by a head.

 

Alan and Tawn Perkins’ Sheaintcrynrealtears (Jet Cartel-Tear Drop Six by Sixarun) has been a close second in her latest three outs against solid company. After finishing just a neck behind Adoring Jess as the 3-2 favorite in the August 11 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge, she was second by a neck in her Dash For Cash Futurity trial and then second by a head in the September 29 Dash For Cash Juvenile (R) at Lone Star Park.

 

Ronald Martin and Randal Dees’ All Out Arrogant (FDD Dynasty-Oh So Arrogant by Chicks Beduino) made the trip from Los Alamitos in Southern California after finishing second in the August 28 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. The Cody Joiner-trained gelding won back-to-back races at Los Alamitos before the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.

 

Noel Prieto’s Brace For Bernal (Furyofthewind-Zoom Bracer by Shazoom) and Cynthia Gonzalez’s Jess Like Stoli (Stoli-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) both come off regional victories. Brace For Bernal won the September 30 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge by a half length at 30-1 odds while Jess Like Stoli won the October 14 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge by a scant nose at nearly 3-1 odds.

 

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

 

Brace For Bernal, Paul Nieto, 15-1,

Jess Like Stoli, Esgar Ramirez, 8-1,

All Out Arrogant, G.R. Carter Jr., 5-1,

Rockin Disco, Russel Hadley, 9-2,

Heroes Heart, Stormy Smith, 4-1,

Rogue County, Doug Frink, 20-1,

RG Tres Effort, Mark Luark, 12-1

Ms Eaves, Alfonso Lujan, 8-1,

Sheaintcrynrealtears, Juan Vazquez, 6-1,

RC Had To Be My Day, Cody Jensen, 10-1,

Rightamountofwrong, Ramon Sanchez, 15-1.

 

Fans can watch all of the Bank of America Challenge Championship races live and free of charge on Q-Racing Video, a service of AQHA Racing and the Q-Racing Journal. Q-Racing Video offers horsemen and handicappers unparalleled access to American Quarter Horse racing. Users have unlimited access to the live simulcast signals of almost every American Quarter Horse racetrack in the United States and Canada. Q-Racing Video also provides unlimited access to race replays, which are available immediately following each race. The archive of past races goes back several years for most tracks. Fans can register at www.qracingvideo.com.


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CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY NIGHT

Q-Racing Journal, October 24, 2012The Bank of America Challenge Championships take center stage on October 27 at Prairie Meadows. On Saturday, the Altoona, Iowa, racetrack plays host to a full card of 11 Challenge races. These include the six headlining championship events, as well as five undercard races, with purses for the evening totaling more than $1.1 million. First post is at 7 p.m. The races can be watched live at www.qracingvideo.com, with complete coverage at www.aqharacing.com.

AQHA will release previews of the John Deere Juvenile, Adequan Derby and Bank of America Championship races tomorrow, October 25.

 

Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1)

Robert Gentry’s classy homebred Fredaville looms as a dangerous threat in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1). The morning line favorite will break from the outside post. She is looking for vindication this year, as the mare was second in last year’s running of the race. The Merial Distaff Challenge at 400 yards is the spotlight race for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares on the Bank of America Challenge Championship program.

 

The well-traveled Fredaville (Mr Jess Perry-Fearless Freda by Dash For Cash) has the highest earnings in the field, with $266,571 from 34 career starts. The six-time stakes winner this year has made six starts and never been worse than third. They include wins in the Merial Remington Park Distaff Challenge and Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge. She was second in the Junos Request Stakes (G2) and third in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2), Hialeah Invitational and most recently the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1). She represents four generations of Gentry breeding – Robert and his brother, Bruce, bought the mare’s fourth dam, Cute Kiss, back in 1971. Fredaville is trained by Cody Joiner and will have champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. aboard. 

 

Fredaville isn’t the only representative of a long-term breeding program. Believers Gathering, too, is a fourth-generation homebred racing for AQHA Past President Walter Fletcher and his wife, Pat. The Fletchers bought this mare’s fourth dam, Sweet Mooner, as a 2-year-old in 1975. Believers Gathering is out of Prairie Meadows star None As Easy ($265,132), who won five stakes at the Iowa track. Believers Gathering is by Agouti, and has won or placed in 24 of her 44 career starts while earning $177,539. Believers Gathering is a three-time stakes winner, including two at the Iowa racetrack, and in 2010, was second in the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Fair Grounds. 

 

Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett’s Painted Sable (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Sables Dash by Dash Thru Traffic) has the advantage of coming into the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship off a win over the Prairie Meadows track. The Ed Hardy-trained Painted Sable responded with a half-length win as the 6-5 favorite in the Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge on September 15. Painted Sable also won the July 8 Hill Country Stakes at the Gillespie County Fair in Texas and was third in the Merial Sam Houston Distaff Challenge earlier this year.

 

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

 

L Bar D Snow Princes, J.L. Cruz, 12-1,

RTM Say Your Prayers, Allen Corson, 8-1,

Im A Feature Girl, Agustin Silva, 15-1,

Painted Sable, Stormy Smith, 6-1,

Believers Gathering, Cody Smith, 10-1,

Bertha Venation, Esgar Ramirez, 5-1,

Surprise Ending, Juan Vazquez, 15-1,

Leanintoit, Cody Jensen, 7-2, 

Corona For You, Alejandro Luna, 12-1,

Fredaville, G.R. Carter Jr., 3-1

 

Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1)

Eight horses are set to run in the competitive $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), set as the sixth race and first championship race. The race is 870 yards. 

 

The super-hot runner All About Larry (Heza Motor Scooter-Come Hell Or Hiwater by Shoot Yeah) has been installed as the early favorite and was given Post 4. The gelding, who races for Diane Heath and is trained by John Stinebaugh, has won five of seven starts this year and is in dominating form. Two starts ago, he won the August 12 Master Salls Handicap at Ruidoso Downs by 9 3/4 lengths and then demolished the September 28 Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge field by 9 lengths while setting a track record.

 

Rene Laatsch’s Yin Your Eyes returns to defend his title in the race, as the Bill Hoburg-trained gelding won the race at Los Alamitos last year. The Eye Yin You gelding, whom Hoburg also bred in partnership, has won or placed in 18 of his 30 career starts and earned $125,994.

 

The winner of the 2010 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship, De Passem Okey (Okey Dokey Dale-Impassable Gal (TB) by Sir Richard Lewis) has been the sport’s champion distance horse both of the past two years and has won six of his latest seven starts dating back nearly a year. The gelding was unbeatable this spring at Remington Park when he went four-for four, won three graded stakes and was the overwhelming favorite in each start. He took the April 1 Pauls Valley Handicap (G3), the May 6 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) and the May 28 Remington Park Distance Handicap (G3).

 

Trainer Rodney Reed prepared De Passem Okey for the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship by easily winning a $20,680 allowance race over 870 yards at Will Rogers Downs on September 15. De Passem Okey has won two of three starts at Prairie Meadows and has proven victorious in 16 of 30 outs over 870 yards.

 

Horton Racing’s homebred Call Her Hero (Valiant Hero-Shady Caller (TB) by Caller I.D.) brings a four-race winning streak, including those three wins over Yin Your Eyes, into the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship. Following an 8-length romp in a July 6 Fair Meadows maiden race, she came to Prairie Meadows and rattled off wins in her Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge trial, the September 15 Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge final and the October 6 Covered Bridges Stakes (G3). She was the odds-on favorite for her latest two wins.

 

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

 

De Passem Okey, G.R. Carter Jr., 4-1

Call Her Hero, Stormy Smith, 5-1

Bok Man, Jeff Jermain, 20-1

All About Larry, Salvador Martinez, 2-1

Hes A Real Stone, Cody Smith, 8-1

JW A Royal Flirt, Esgar Ramirez, 6-1

Yin Your Eyes, Mark Luark, 12-1

Emperor Valerian, Cody Jensen, 6-1

 

Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship

Aint Eye Kool has been installed as the early favorite in the evenly matched $75,000 Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship. The 350-yard Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship is dedicated to the working-class claiming horses who comprise the majority of horses racing throughout the United States. Each of the horses in the Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship will be competing for the largest purse of their careers.

 

The 4-year-old gelding (First N Kool-Aint I An Eyeopener by Mr Eye Opener) races for David Alaniz of Odessa, Texas, and enters the race off a season that includes three wins and one second in four starts. In his two most recent starts, he won the Pfizer SunRay Starter Allowance Challenge by a length, then took a SunRay starter allowance by nearly 2 lengths. The winner of six of 24 starts, Aint Eye Kool has won $53,882 in his career. He is trained by John Stinebaugh. 

 

Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Oklahoma, owns two of the starters in the race, including Pfizer Prairie Meadows Starter Allowance Challenge winner Zoomfection, as well as Pfizer Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge winner JA Sundance. Both are trained by Brian Muse.

 

Zoomfection (Shazoom-Dashs Perfection by Dash For Cash) has competed from the $5,000 to the $15,000 claiming level this year. He was second for a $15,000 tag two starts ago and then won the September 15 Pfizer Prairie Meadows Starter Allowance Challenge for his second win from four starts over the track. JA Sundance (Gol-JA Sofisticated Lady by First Down Dash) won a $10,000 claiming race at Will Rogers Downs and scored by a length in the September 30 Pfizer Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge.

 

Miguel Banuelos’ Senor Fish (Fishers Dash-First Place Affair by First Place Dash) is in sharp form. The gelding was third in the $21,000 Fair Meadows Maturity on July 7 and then won two $10,000 starter allowances at Prairie Meadows, both by a half length, one at 220 yards and the other at 250 yards.

 

The Jose Antonio Moreno-owned and -trained Moonin The Chicks (Looking For Chicks-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) makes his first start away from Los Alamitos. The gelding has won five of seven starts this year and took a $30,000 claiming race in a quick :15.30 for the 300 yards on September 28 before shipping to Prairie Meadows.

 

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

 

Zoomfection, Stormy Smith, 6-1

First Time Ta Town, Cody Jensen, 10-1

Summit Bid, G.R. Carter Jr., 8-1

Eyes Movin, Juan Vazquez, 15-1

Aint Eye Kool, Esgar Ramirez, 4-1

Moonin The Chicks, Gaspar Garcia, 9-2

JA Sundance, Josh Romero, 8-1

Oh My Gol Sis, Oscar Delgado, 10-1

Senor Fish, Jose Montoya, 5-1

Dear Henry, Freddie Martinez, 12-1

 

Fans can watch all of the Challenge Championship races live and free of charge on Q-Racing Video, a service of AQHA Racing and the Q-Racing Journal. Q-Racing Video offers horsemen and handicappers unparalleled access to American Quarter Horse racing. Users have unlimited access to the live simulcast signals of almost every American Quarter Horse racetrack in the United States and Canada. Q-Racing Video also provides unlimited access to race replays, which are available immediately following each race. The archive of past races goes back several years for most tracks. Fans can register at www.qracingvideo.com.
 

AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journalor America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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RONNIE JAMES MAKES BIG MOVE IN POLL
Texas Classic Futurity top qualifier Ronnie James moves up in the racing poll.

Q-Racing Journal, October 24, 2012The big mover in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings was 2-year-old Ronnie James, who on Saturday posted the fastest qualifying time for the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1), which is set for November 10. The Heath Taylor trainee moved from No. 10 to No. 6 nationally among the juvenile rankings, which continue to be led by unanimous No. 1 One Dashing Eagle, who on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time for the $1 million Golden State Million Futurity (G1), which is set to run November 4.

The disappointment from the Texas Classic Futurity trials was the fourth-place effort by BP Cartels Alibi, who dropped from No. 3 last week to No. 4 in his first start since the All American Futurity (G1). The top five this week behind One Dashing Eagle also includes PJ Chick In Black, Carters Cookie and Sudden Thoughts.

 

As for the older horses, Cold Cash 123 reigns supreme as the unanimous No. 1 once again this week. There were no major changes to those rankings this week, which see Ochoa, El Aguila Real, Llano Teller and Executive Brass completing the top five. Major changes may be in store, though, as No. 1- and No. 3-ranked runners Cold Cash 123 and El Aguila Real are set to contest the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship on Sunday. On Saturday, No. 4-ranked Llano Teller is set to run in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). Additionally, all-time leading money earner Ochoa and the No. 2 older horse in the country on Friday posted the second-fastest qualifying time for the $400,000 Texas Classic Derby (G1) on November 10. Also qualifying for the race was No. 10-ranked A Toss Up.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (86)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (71)

4.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (70)

5.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (40)

6.   RONNIE JAMES (39)

7.   LOTA PYC (38)

8.   EL DUERO (27)

7.   A DREAM TO REMEMBER (26)

10. ONE HANDSOME MAN (17)

 

Aha Moment (12), Stel My Corona (6), Dash For Coronas (6), Krash Cartel (5), Blackberry Czech (4), Sassmaster (3)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)

2.   OCHOA (90)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (79)

4.   LLANO TELLER (52)

5.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (47)

6.   FLAME N FLASH (46)

7.   JLS MR BIGTIME (34)

8.   CHARAL KID (28)

9.   PRICELESS FEATURE (23)

10. A TOSS UP (18)

 

Jess Featureme Quick (8), Hez Our Secret (5), Ima Chickie Two (4), Senor Toby (4), Rylees Boy (4), Check My Thoughts (3), Terrific Synergy (1), Ethics Aside (18), BPS Jumpin Frisco (1) Mr Truly Uno (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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UNANIMOUS NO. 1's CONTINUE TO LEAD POLLS

Cold Cash 123, One Dashing Eagle continue to dominate their divisions.

Q-Racing Journal, October 18, 2012 – There were no changes to the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings this week for either the 2-year-old or the older horses. Pollsters remained firm with their No. 1 selections once again as One Dashing Eagle was tabbed the unanimous top choice among the juveniles, and Cold Cash 123 the unanimous top-ranked horse aged 3 and older.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (85)
3.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (76)
3.   CARTERS COOKIE (65)
5.   LOTA PYC (51)
6.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (47)
7.   A DREAM TO REMEMBER (28)
8.   EL DUERO (23)
9.   ONE HANDSOME MAN (22)
10. RONNIE JAMES (16)

Aha Moment (12), Stel My Corona (7), Dash For Coronas (6), Krash Cartel (5), Blackberry Czech (4), Sassmaster (3)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)
2.   OCHOA (89)
3.   EL AGUILA REAL (80)
4.   LLANO TELLER (55)
5.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (50)
6.   FLAME N FLASH (40)
7.   CHARAL KID (32)
8.   JLS MR BIGTIME (30)
9.   PRICELESS FEATURE (18)
10. A TOSS UP (15)
 
Rylees Boy (8), Senor Toby (7), Jess Featureme Quick (7), Hez Our Secret (5), Terrific Synergy (4), Ima Chickie Two (4), Check My Thoughts (3), BPS Jumpin Frisco (1), Ethics Aside (1), Mr Truly Uno (1)
 
The 10 voters are:
 
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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Futurity, Derby Doubleheader at Prairie Meadows and the Last Chance to Qualify for the Challenge Championships

John Hudson’s fastest-qualifier Ride My Wagon goes for his third-straight win in the $211,750 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) and John Lawless’ Eufaula Me is in a similar position in the $84,950 Altoona Derby (G3) to provide an inviting stakes doubleheader at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night.

Supporting the Futurity and Derby on the card is the $45,000 Two River Stakes (G3) at 440 yards, featuring Hollywood Trickster and Jess A Runner.

Ride My Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Shawne Kate by Shawne Bug) makes her stakes debut after winning three of five career starts. She showed she is ready for the class jump to the graded stakes level when she overcame a rough start to win her Valley Junction trial by three-quarters of a length, with a time of :17.682 for 350 yards, the quickest mark from four trials.

The Stacy Hill-Charette-trained Ride My Wagon broke her maiden in her second start and then, two starts ago, took a nonwinners-of-two allowance by three-quarters of a length.

Leo Buitell and Mike Schau’s Hada Certain Charm (Hadtobenuts-LK Classy Perk by Dash For Perks) should vie for the favorite’s role with his stakes credentials and four wins from six starts. The gelding won the June 24 Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity (R) at Canterbury Park and then was second in the September 2 Iowa QHRA Sale Futurity (R) over the Prairie Meadows straightaway.

Hada Certain Charm, from the Ed Hardy barn, impressed in his Valley Junction trial when he drew away to a 1 1/4-length win in :17.721, the second-fastest time.

Trainer Brent Clay is dangerous in the Altoona Derby with fastest-qualifier Eufaula Me and second-fastest qualifier Cruzin The Wagon.

Like Ride My Wagon, Eufaula Me (Okey Dokey Dale-Yawls Spreadn Rumors by Serious Rumors) has won his two previous starts, but has a stakes win two starts ago. The gelding was the 1-5 favorite in the September 2 Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) and had to rally to get the neck win in :20.005 for 400 yards.

Eufaula Me came back at 1-2 odds in his September 29 Altoona Derby trial and scored an easier half-length win in :19.702 for 400 yards, the top time from the two trials.

Like Hada Certain Charm, Terry and Mary Louise Pursel’s Cruzin The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Penelope Cruzin by Okey Dokey Dale) is not the fastest qualifier but certainly could be the favorite. She has been on a roll since winning last year’s Northlands Futurity (G3) and Valley Junction Futurity (G3). Including those victories, she has won six of eight starts, this year with wins in the March 17 Oklahoma Derby, May 20 Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) and August 18 Keokuk Stakes (G3), and a second in the $246,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R) on April 14. Cruzin The Wagon is an earner of $296,629 with 10 wins and a pair of seconds from 13 starts and is the second-fastest qualifier with a time of :19.756.

In the Two Rivers, Christine Hovey’s Hollywood Trickster (Favorite Trick (TB)-Hollywood A List by Heza Fast Man) rides a three-race winning streak, including the May 28 Skip Zimmerman Stakes and the July 3 Great Lake Stakes at Canterbury in his two latest outs. The Hardy-trained gelding also was third in the 2011 Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge.

JK Running Horses LLC’s Jess A Runner (Jess Louisiana Blue-Katiebug Driver by My Designated Driver) makes his second start off a seven-month layoff and figures to step forward. Before the layoff, the Kenny Laymon-trained gelding won the $75,000 Hialeah Invitational Championship on February 19. He was third in the 2011 running of the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Fillemup Phil Tops Hoosier Classic

Brian Gunder’s Fillemup Phil, no worse than third in every out this year, looks for his fifth 2012 win in his eighth start when he heads the $100,000 Hoosier Park Classic on Saturday.

Also on the card is the $100,000 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old Indiana-breds.

Fillemup Phil (Brookstone Bay-Miss Reminence by Premiership (TB)) has been very hot this year after a winless 2011 and now is after his first stakes win of the year. His best stakes effort was a second in the $109,000 Woodard Stakes on June 30 at Indiana Downs.

Fillemup Phil, trained by Danny Lang, won the first of two trials by a nose over second-fastest qualifier Lovemelikethat (Likenothinyoueversaw-First Smart Stride by First Smart Money). Fillemup Phil was timed in :20.122 for 400 yards while Lovemelikethat was given a :20.129 mark.

That was the third-consecutive second-place finish for Daniel Cooter’s Lovemelikethat; in each race, she was the favorite and narrowly beaten, the largest margin being a neck. Lovemenlikethat won last year’s Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) and the QHRA of Indiana Derby.

In this year’s Sterlie Bertram Stakes, Alberto Valadez’s Heza Door Prize (First Prize Perry-Rectitude by Heza Fast Man) is an interesting prospect. He is making just his third career start and only his second out this year. He was overlooked at 11-1 in his trial and responded with a half-length win for trainer Jorge Gonzalez in :17.911 for 350 yards, the fastest time from three trials. In his sole 2011 out, Heza Door Prize was fourth in a Hoosier Park allowance race.

Conversely, the Randy Smith-owned and -trained Dezenzo (Ivory James-Hooked On Leveaux by First Down Leveaux) and Randy Thompson’s Successful Dash (Cartel Success-Rita Anns Dash by Dash For Cash) both come into the Sterlie Bertram off winning streaks.

Dezenzo took an August 18 allowance by 1 1/2 lengths and then was the second-fastest qualifier at :17.952, with a neck score in the September 29 trials.

The Thomas Mosley Jr.-trained Successful Dash has won his latest three starts, including the August 18 QHRA of Indiana Stallion Service Derby (R). He won his September 29 trial by a half length at 3-10 odds, with the third-fastest time of :17.964.

Flying Fish Ready for Herman Jefferson

Flyin Fish, fourth in last year’s Herman Jefferson Stakes, should be ready to move up off an allowance win when he starts in the $55,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes over 870 yards at Zia Park on Saturday afternoon.

Owned and trained by Tony Sedillo, Flyin Fish (Fishers Dash-Jazzing Cheree by Jazzing Hi) fought for the lead for the entire 870 yards in that September 18 $42,681 allowance race before prevailing by a nose over Im Royal Quick, who also returns for the Jefferson.

Flyin Fish qualified for last year’s All American Derby (G1) and comes off a troubled fifth-place finish in the September 2 All American Gold Cup (G3) when he lost his path. The Gold Cup was won by champion Prospect To The Top, while two-time champion Noconi finished second.

David Barrett and Sue May’s Pakea Bay (Brookstone Bay-Pakea Kai by Mr Eye Opener) is a New Mexico-bred who will be racing against open horses. The New Mexico Cup Distance Championship is just a few weeks away with a higher purse, so trainer Fred Danley could run him in both races or skip one of the 870-yard stakes.

Pakea Bay bested state-breds in his latest effort when he won the $50,000 John Augustine Stakes (R) on August 26 at The Downs at Albuquerque. This summer at Ruidoso Downs, he finished first in a $12,500 claiming race on June 24, but was disqualified to last for a positive lab report for clenbuterol, and then returned to score a $19,000 allowance race on July 8 before finishing fourth in the July 29 Zia 870 Championship (R).

Ted Abrams Jr.’s Cat Five Storm (Panther Mountain-She Wants Cash by Send Cash) makes her Zia Park debut after winning the $30,000 Faubourg St John Stakes on August 25 at Fair Grounds. In that 870-yard stakes, she rallied from second to win by a length. On May 27 at Ruidoso, she was second in the Fine Loom Handicap.

Final try for Challenge Championships

Horses in three divisions have their final opportunity to earn berths in the Bank of America Challenge Championships when they race in the $60,000 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge (G2), the $20,000 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge and the $17,000 Red Cell Turf Paradise Challenge on Sunday at Turf Paradise.

The winners of each of those races earn the final berths to their respective races during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

The Felix Gonzalez-owned and -trained Pot Ocash (Mr Eye Opener-Corona Cash by First Down Dash) chases his fourth-consecutive win in the Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge and comes off a successful Turf Paradise debut in his September 28 trial. The gelding got off to a slow start in his trial and battled back into contention to win by a neck with the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.603.

Prior to coming to Turf Paradise, Pot Ocash won back-to-back races at Los Alamitos, where the 5-year-old gelding took a conditioned allowance race by a half length on April 15 and then prevailed by a neck to win the $25,000 Independence Day Handicap on July 1.

Nadia Zavala’s Whiskey (Mr Corona Cash-Been Bad N Bac by Splash Bac) raced to his third win from four starts when he stood out with a 3 1/2-length win in the second of three trials on September 28. His time of :21.554 was the fast-qualifying mark.

Trained by Leonard Espinoza, Whiskey took his trial after a nearly five-month layoff after finishing sixth in the May 4 allowance at SunRay Park. In 2011, he won his November 25 maiden trial and came back to win the December 10 final at Turf Paradise.

The Cynthia Gonzalez-owned and -trained Jess Like Stoli (Stoli-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) scored a narrow head win in the second of two September 28 trials to establish the fastest-qualifying time to the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge. He was timed in :17.891 for the 350 yards.

Jess Like Stoli broke his maiden with the trial victory, but he has stakes credentials. On June 17 at SunRay, the gelding was a close third-place finisher in the $129,000 Four Corners Futurity (G3) when he was beaten by only a neck.

The Armando Castellanos-owned and -trained Black Storm Regard (Chicks Regard-Miss Quick Houston by Mr Houston) also has a trial win and a stakes resume. She won her trial by a half length, with a :17.905 time. In her previous start, the May 4 Desert Classic Futurity (R), she was placed third through a disqualification.

The Gerardo Ochoa-Pena-owned and -trained Prince Bac (Splash Bac-Queen Creek Queen by Bunny Bid) is in sharp form for the Red Cell Turf Paradise Distance Challenge at 870 yards. The veteran 8-year-old gelding comes off a win in the August 19 Special Hank Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque and was third in the April 1 Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3).

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PAIR OF “SEVENS” ENTERS NATIONAL POLLS

Q-Racing Journal, October 10, 2012Pollsters tabbed two newcomers to this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings, and both A Dream To Remember and Charal Kid landed at No. 7 in their respective polls. A Dream To Remember was the week’s only fresh face in the national 2-year-old rankings, while Charal Kid debuted among the older horses.

A Dream To Remember is a daughter of renowned Louisiana-bred Thoroughbred Hallowed Dreams, who won her first 16 career starts to tie the modern-day consecutive win record. A Dream To Remember captured Sunday’s $299,843 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia Park for trainer Paul Jones, her third win in seven starts. The top of this week’s juvenile rankings saw no changes, as All American Futurity (G1) winner One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1 among pollsters.

 

As for the older horses, Cold Cash 123 also remains the unanimous No. 1 atop the rankings. But Charal Kid made it back into the discussion this week following Saturday’s 16-1 upset win in the Refrigerator Handicap G1) at Lone Star Park. The 13-time stakes winner earned a berth into the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos via the score in the Refrigerator Handicap, which included defeating champion JLS Mr Bigtime, who slipped to No. 8 after his fourth-place run in Texas.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (85)

3.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (76)

4.   CARTERS COOKIE (65)

5.   LOTA PYC (51)

6.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (47)

7.   A DREAM TO REMEMBER (28)

8.   EL DUERO (23)

9.   ONE HANDSOME MAN (22)

10. RONNIE JAMES (16)

 

Aha Moment (12), Stel My Corona (7), Dash For Coronas (6), Krash Cartel (5), Blackberry Czech (4), Sassmaster (3)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)

2.   OCHOA (89)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (80)

4.   LLANO TELLER (55)

5.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (50)

6.   FLAME N FLASH (40)

7.   CHARAL KID (32)

8.   JLS MR BIGTIME (30)

9.   PRICELESS FEATURE (18)

10. A TOSS UP (15)

 

Rylees Boy (8), Senor Toby (7), Jess Featureme Quick (7), Hez Our Secret (5), Terrific Synergy (4), Ima Chickie Two (4), Check My Thoughts (3), BPS Jumpn Frisco (1), Ethics Aside (1), Mr Truly Uno (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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TRAINERS SUSPENDED FOLLOWING MEDICATION RULINGS

Q-Racing Journal, October 9, 2012The American Quarter Horse Association today has announced that it is taking action regarding 11 trainers who were recently suspended by the Louisiana Racing Commission and the Zia Park Board of Stewards (New Mexico) as a result of horses testing positive for Class I drugs.  

The 11 trainers include Alvin Smith, Jr., John D. Soileau, Lamont Charles, Alonzo Loya, Kyi Lormand, Heath Taylor, Anthony Agilar, Gonzalo Gonzales, John Henry Bassett, Jeffery Heath Reed and Carlos Sedillo.

 

Effective immediately, AQHA has suspended any AQHA memberships issued to the above trainers pending final outcome of their cases with the Louisiana or New Mexico Racing Commissions.  Furthermore, effective October 19, 2012, horses in which the above trainers are listed as an owner or trainer shall be ineligible to receive AQHA racing points or AQHA honors/awards including AQHA year-end Champion or AQHA Regional High Point recognition.  Finally, effective October 19, 2012, horses in which the above trainers are listed as an owner or trainer shall be ineligible to enter any AQHA Challenge regional, bonus or maiden races including the upcoming 2012 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships to be held October 27th at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino in Altoona, IA.

 

AQHA’s action stems from the following penalties issued by the Louisiana Racing Commission and New Mexico Board of Stewards:

 

Louisiana Racing Commission penalties:

 

Alvin Smith, Jr.; 10 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $20,000

John Soileau; 10 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $20,000

Lamont Charles;  3 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $2,500

Alonzo Loya; 5 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $10,000

Kyi Lormand; 3 year suspension beginning July 4, 2012; fined $2,500

Heath Taylor; 5 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $10,000

Anthony Agilar; 3 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $5,000

Gonzalo Gonzales; 3 year suspension beginning October 29, 2012; fined $2,500

 

The 8 suspensions above include denial of access to all racetracks, off track wagering facilities and recognized training tracks under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Racing Commission.

 

Zia Park Board of Stewards penalties:

 

John Henry Bassett; 10 year suspension beginning October 12, 2012; fined $10,000

Jeffrey Heath Reed; 21 year suspension beginning October 19, 2012; fined $23,000

Carlos Sedillo; 10 year suspension beginning October 20, 2012; fined $10,000

 

The 3 suspensions above include exclusion of the trainers from all areas of the grounds under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission and stipulation that all horses owned, trained or under the care of such trainers are ineligible to be entered or start in any race under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

 

These 11 trainers have certain appeal rights governed by the racing jurisdictions who issued the disciplinary actions.  AQHA will continue to monitor the cases and has taken its action pending the final outcome of the cases.  

 

Over the next several weeks there will be important racing industry meetings that will bring together the national associations to discuss ways to further strengthen rules, policies and plans to move forward with reformed racing rules.  AQHA also will continue to work with all racing jurisdictions that participate in American Quarter Horse racing to develop a database for our Members to have access and to communicate about rulings and where AQHA might be able to offer assistance.

 

 “The vast majority of our Members love and enjoy spending time with their horses.  They want the drug issue cleaned up, and AQHA is dedicated to using the resources we have available to make sure this happens.  The statements made over the last several months by tracks such as Los Alamitos, Ruidoso Downs, Remington Park and actions taken by racing jurisdictions such as California, New Mexico and Louisiana show that progress is being made.  We applaud them and others for their efforts in addressing these issues, and encourage all racing jurisdictions to reciprocate and recognize rulings from other jurisdictions” said Don Treadway, AQHA Executive Vice President.
 

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PCQHRA BREEDERS FUTURITY AT LOS AL

Lone Star and Zia Park also hosting graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal, October 4, 2012 – Tom Atwood and Vessels Stallion Farms’ Far Niente has the opportunity to prove he belongs in the top tier of the Los Alamitos juvenile division when he starts as the fastest qualifier in $392,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2) on Saturday night at the Southern California track. 

Far Niente (FDD Dynasty-Shahayla by Chicks Beduino) has won three of four starts, with his only defeat a troubled seventh-place finish in his Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) trial. Trainer John Wells then brought him back in a non-winners-of-two allowance race, and he responded with a half-length win in a crisp :15.425 for the 300 yards.

 

Wells gave the colt another shot in the trials to a graded futurity in the Breeders Futurity trials, and Far Niente responded in the second of nine trials with a three-quarters length win with the top time of :17.407 for 350 yards.

 

Far Niente faces the stakes-tested Blackberry Czech, winner of the Kindergarten Futurity (G2), and Grade 1-placed Joy Roses Eagle SA.

 

S-Quarter K LLC’s Ima Chickie Two, winner of last year’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2), shoots for the futurity-derby double when she brings the second-fastest qualifying time into the $170,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3) on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

 

The second of three trials to the Breeders Derby was the key trial with the top three qualifiers coming out of that 400-yard heat. Fastest qualifier Separate Thoughts finished a head in front of Ima Chickie Two, while Feature Jessie Gail grabbed the third-fastest qualifying time finishing a length behind the top two qualifiers.

 

Ima Chickie Two (Chicks Beduino-First Down Dream by First Down Dash) won last year’s Breeders Futurity by a half length and turned heads with an excellent :17.193 time for the 350 yards. She has maintained her stakes class this year with a second behind the highly regarded Terrific Synergy in the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2).

 

Trained by Guillermo Morales, Ima Chickie Two raced to a :19.847 time for the second-fastest qualifying mark.

 

Theresa and Edward DeNike’s homebred Separate Thoughts (Separatist-A Lil’ Alimony (TB) by Mr. Procrastinator) edged Ima Chickie Two in their trial and on the qualifiers’ list with her :19.834 time. The filly has been improving for trainer Patricia Visscher with a head win in the La Pacifica Handicap in her start before the Breeders Derby trials.

 

TEXAS

 

Legendary trainer C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath keeps JLS Mr Bigtime’s races well spaced, and the gelding makes his third 2012 start of a successful season in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

 

A homebred from JLS-Speed Horse Ranch, JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist by Osceola Warrior) made his first start in nearly nine months when he made his 2012 debut in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) in May. He ran a strong race to finish second to stablemate and reigning world champion Cold Cash 123.

 

JLS Mr Bigtime came back against Louisiana-breds in his latest race –the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2)– on July 14 as the 1-2 favorite and scored a head win while setting a Delta Downs track record of :21.303 for the 440 yards.

 

Joel Tavarez’s 2011 champion 3-year-old colt Prospect To The Top (Coronas Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed) had a strong summer at Ruidoso Downs after standing to his first book of mares this spring. He was second by a head in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) and then spoiled champion Noconi’s swan song race when he defeated the veteran in the All American Gold Cup (G3) by three-quarters of a length.

 

Prospect To The Top earned his championship with wins in the Hobbs America Derby (G2) and West Texas Derby (G3) and a second in the All American Derby (G1) for trainer Ralph Muniz.

 

IOWA

 

Horton Racing’s homebred Call Her Hero tries to continue her climb in the 870-yard ranks when she starts in the $25,000 Covered Bridges Stakes on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

 

Call Her Hero (Valiant Hero-Shady Caller (TB) by Caller I.D.) has won each of her three starts at 870 yards, and they have been her three latest races. She won her maiden in her 870-yard debut when she pulled away to score by 8 lengths. She then came back in a trial to the Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge and surprised at nearly 10-1 odds while winning by 1 3/4 lengths.

 

That win convinced the fans of the Charlton Hunt-trained filly’s ability, and she was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge. She proved her supporters correct with a one-half length win and a starting spot in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship on October 27.

 

NEW MEXICO

 

Fastest qualifier Sashay Hot tries for her first stakes win in the $300,000-est. Hobbs America Futurity (G2), and champion Feature Mr Bojangles chases his first stakes win since taking last year’s Hobbs America Futurity when he races in the $200,000-est. Hobbs America Derby (G3) on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

 

R.D. Hubbard’s Sashay Hot (Walk Thru Fire-Salty Shay by Mr Eye Opener) raced to her best career performance when she won her Hobbs America Futurity trial by an expanding half length. Her time of :19.327 for the 400 yards was the quickest clocking from eight trials.

 

Feature Mr Bojangles, the 2011 champion 2-year-old colt, had a sensational 2011 season with three futurity wins, concluded by his half-length win in the Hobbs America Futurity as the 2-5 favorite. That win capped a seven-race winning streak that included the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and the Four Coroners Futurity.

 

This summer, he qualified for the Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies.

 

Feature Mr Bojangles was second in his Hobbs America Derby trial in his first start for trainer Paul Jones.

 

Also on the program is the running of the $55,000 Lubbock Stakes for fillies and mares that was cancelled last Saturday when racing was cancelled due to track conditions.

 

Sally and Dave Kidd’s homebred KR Dragonfly makes her second start off a layoff when she defends her title in the Lubbock Stakes (G3).

 

KR Dragonfly (Separatist-Dreamers Wild Child by Sixarun) has not won since taking last year’s Lubbock Stakes by one-half length. After her Lubbock win, she shipped to Los Alamitos and raced to a third-place finish in the Las Damas Handicap (G3) and then was fifth in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2), defeated by Dash Back Perry in each race.

 

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TWO NEWCOMERS IN POLL
Two new faces emerge in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com Poll.

Q-Racing Journal, October 3, 2012 – Two fresh faces emerged in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top-10 rankings, one in the juvenile poll and one for the older horses. But life at the top remained firm for national leaders One Dashing Eagle and Cold Cash 123, once again unanimous No. 1 choices in their respective divisions.

The newcomer to the 2-year-old poll is One Handsome Man at No. 8 this week. He registered a popular victory at 8-5 odds in Saturday’s Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park, but did so via the disqualification of Prince Valleyant. The remainder of the juvenile rankings remained intact as Aha Moment was dropped from the Top 10.

 

Among the older horses, the 3-year-old filly Flame N Flash debuted at No. 7 this week following her win against elders in the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The win qualifies the Walk Thru Fire filly for the Champion of Champions (G1) at season’s end. Creston Goer fell from the rankings this week to make room for Flame N Flash.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (85)

3.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (71)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (70)

5.   LOTA PYC (51)

6.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (47)

7.   EL DUERO (35)

8.   ONE HANDSOME MAN (20)

9.   RONNIE JAMES (18)

10. BLACKBERRY CZECH (14)

 

Aha Moment (13), Native Tea Rose (7), Sassmaster (6), Krash Cartel (5), Dash For Coronas (5), Ms Jingles (2)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)

2.   OCHOA (89)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (80)

4.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (51)

5.   LLANO TELLER (47)

6.   JLS MR BIGTIME (39)

7.   FLAME N FLASH (36)

8.   PRICELESS FEATURE (26)

9.   SENOR TOBY (25)

10. A TOSS UP (12)

 

Creston Goer (11), Terrific Synergy (9), Rylees Boy (6), Hez Our Secret (5), Jess Feature Me Quick (4), BPs Jumpn Frisco (3), Check My Thoughts (2), Ethics Aside (2), New Look (1), Chicks Smart Money (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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PRINCE VALLEYANT FASTEST TO DASH FOR CASH FUTURITY

Q-Racing Journal, September 28, 2012 – The Russell Harris-owned and -trained Prince Valleyant won his maiden at a fortuitous time in the trials and now should be dangerous in the $473,300 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Also on the impressive card is the $174,000 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) and the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge.

 

Prince Valleyant (Valiant Hero-Itsmybag (TB) by Bag) topped the 14 trials to the 400-yard Dash For Cash Futurity when he won the final trial by 2 lengths. His time of :19.506 placed him atop the qualifiers’ list.

 

Harris started the gelding three times this summer at Ruidoso Downs and he showed promise, with third-place efforts in his Ruidoso and Rainbow futurity trials. He then reared at the start of his All American Futurity trial and was never in contention.

 

Flying Hooves RC’s One Handsome Man (One Famous Eagle-Helens First Choice by First Down Dash) could be dangerous in this contentious field after winning his latest two races, each futurity trials to Grade 1 races. The colt won his All American Futurity trial by a neck in :21.469 for 440 yards as the 19-10 favorite and then made a late run to take his Dash For Cash Futurity trial by 1 1/4 lengths, with the second-fastest time of :19.511.

 

Gabriel Guiterrez’s First Down Shazoom (Shazoom-Nonanon by First Down Dash) gained stakes experience this spring at Remington Park and, after taking the summer off, appears ready to compete at the Grade 1 level. The Guillermo Valdivia-trained gelding raced to a second-place finish in the Lady Bugs Moon Stakes (R) in his first start and was fourth in the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) in his third effort. He was rested after winning a futurity trial at Fair Meadows and surfaced to win his Dash For Cash Futurity trial by a length, with the third-fastest time of :19.575.

 

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Send A Candy Guy (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Send The Guys Candy by Disco Jerry (TB)) also has minor stakes success with a win in the Bugs Alive In 75 Stakes and a close second in the Fair Meadows Juvenile. The Clinton Crawford-trained colt has the sixth-fastest time of :19.624.

 

Samuel Valerino’s Jess Lips has been close in major Grade 1 stakes and now may by positioned for his first stakes win as the fastest qualifier to the $174,000 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

 

Jess Lips (Mr Jess Perry-Loose Lips by First Down Dash) nearly won the Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos last fall and impressed with a close third-place finish in the Rainbow Derby (G1) this past summer at Ruidoso Downs. Champion Ochoa surged to get the win and Jess Lips was just a neck back for third in the tight finish.

 

After finishing second in his All American Derby trial, Jess Lips overwhelmed the second of six Dash For Cash Derby trials to win by 1 1/2 lengths as the 1-2 favorite. He raced to the fastest-qualifying time of :21.215 for the 440 yards.

 

Dan Adams, P.K. Thomas and Gene White’s Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal by Chicks Beduino) raced to a fifth-place finish in last year’s All American Futurity (G1) and then was defeated by only a nose in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) in his final 2011 start. The Trey Wood-trained gelding scored his first 2012 win when he won his Dash For Cash Derby trial by 1 1/2 lengths, with the second-fastest time of :21.367.

 

Joe Kirk Fulton’s homebred Sweet Oblivion (Mr Jess Perry-Daring Difference by Victory Dash) has put together a consistent record for trainer Mike Robbins this year. The filly was second in the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge as the 4-5 favorite after she won her trial by more than 3 lengths, with the fastest-qualifying time. After a close second in her All American Derby trial, she won her Dash For Cash Derby trial, with the third-fastest time of :21.369.

 

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COLD CASH FIRM AT NO. 1
World champion regains unanimous status at top of national poll.

Q-Racing Journal, September 27, 2012 – Top-ranked Cold Cash 123 coasted to a handy score Sunday in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos and was made the unanimous choice as the No. 1 older horse in the land in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top-10 rankings. Top-ranked all season, Cold Cash 123 had held a narrow 96-94 lead for the No. 1 spot in the balloting over All American Derby (G1) winner Ochoa heading into last week’s Go Man Go.

The national poll saw quite a bit of shifting this week in addition to the separation at the top spot. Go Man Go runner-up Creston Goer parlayed his second-place finish into a No. 10 spot in the rankings, while Rylees Boy dropped out of the poll after a last-place finish at Los Alamitos. Senor Toby, third in the Go Man Go, returned to the Top 10 this week after an absence and landed at No. 8.

 

As for the 2-year-olds this week, All American Futurity (G1) champ One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1 in the balloting. Pollsters made a minor shift just below him, however, swapping BP Cartels Alibi and Carters Cookie at No. 3 and No. 4.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (85)

3.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (72)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (71)

5.   LOTA PYC (51)

6.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (48)

7.   EL DUERO (37)

8.   RONNIE JAMES (18)

9.   BLACKBERRY CZECH (17)

10. AHA MOMENT (16)

 

Sassmaster (11), Native Tea Rose (12), Ms Jingles (6), Dash For Coronas (5), Krash Cartel (5), Sum Better Stuff (1)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)

2.   OCHOA (89)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (80)

4.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (51)

5.   LLANO TELLER (50)

6.   JLS MR BIGTIME (44)

7.   PRICELESS FEATURE (31)

8.   SENOR TOBY (24)

9.   A TOSS UP (17)

10. CRESTON GOER (16)

 

Terrific Synergy (13), Rylees Boy (10), Check My Thoughts (6), Hez Our Secret (6), Jess Featureme Quick (5), BPS Jumpn Frisco (4), Ethics Aside (2), New Look (1), Sparky E Boy (1)

 

The 10 voters are:
 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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POLL RACE FOR NO. 1 TIGHTENS
Voting for the top older horse tightens at the top.

Q-Racing Journal, September 20, 2012There were no significant changes to the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings this week, but the gap between No. 1 Cold Cash 123 and No. 2 Ochoa closed by a point in balloting and now stands at 96-94 in favor of the reigning world champion. The entire Top 10 among the older horses remained the same this week.

It is likely to have big moves this weekend, as the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos is promising to be a memorable event. Among the horses nominated are world champion Cold Cash 123, No. 3 contender El Aguila Real, No. 7 Rylees Boy and No. 8 Terrific Synergy.

 

Among the 2-year-old rankings, top-ranked One Dashing Eagle remained a unanimous choice among balloters this week. The poll’s only newcomer was an interesting mover, as Dash For Coronas returned to the races last Saturday at Lone Star Park and returned to the rankings at No. 10. The winner of March’s Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park and away from the races since May, Dash For Coronas finished a troubled seventh as the even-money favorite in his Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) trial this past weekend.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)

2.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (85)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (74)

4.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (70)

5.   LOTA PYC (48)

6.   SUDDEN THOUGHTS (45)

7.   EL DUERO (37)

8.   BLACKBERRY CZECH (23)

9.   RONNIE JAMES (21)

10. DASH FOR CORONAS (14)

 

Aha Moment (13) Sassmaster (11), Native Tea Rose (9), Krash Cartel (5), Ms Jingles (4), Sum Better Stuff (1)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (96)

2.   OCHOA (94)

3.   EL AGUILA REAL (77)

4.   LLANO TELLER (64)

5.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (48)

6.   JLS MR BIGTIME (44)

7.   RYLEES BOY (35)

8.   TERRIFIC SYNERGY (28)

9.   PRICELESS FEATURE (21)

10. A TOSS UP (15)

 

Hez Our Secret (6), Check My Thoughts (5), BPS Jumpin Frisco (5), Jess Featureme Quick (4), Prospect To The Top (2), Ethics Aside (2), Senor Toby (2), De Passem Okey (1), Jess Lips (1), PK Fire (1), New Look (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
 

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AJAX STAKES TEST WIN STREAKS
Will Rogers, Los Al also hosting multiple stakes.

Q-Racing Journal, September 7, 2012 – Fastest-qualifier Lil Fishy tries to push her record this year to five-for-five in the $105,000 Alex Picov Memorial Championship, and Zoomin After Six also tries for his fifth-straight win in the $75,000 All Canadian Derby at Ajax Downs on Tuesday afternoon.

Dream Chaser Farm’s Lil Fishy (Fishers Dash-Corona Lil by Corona Cartel) has won each of her 2012 starts, each at Ajax Downs, and has been the favorite in her latest three races. The Bridgette Cheetham-trained mare was the even-money choice in her Picov trial and responded with a length win in :22.070 for the 440 yards in the first of two trials.

 

In the All Canadian Derby, Steve Hunter’s homebred Zoomin After Six (Zoomin For Bux-Silk At Six by Sixavike) started his winning streak with a 1 1/4-length win in the $57,361 Maple Leaf Derby. The Janet Grice-trained gelding then took two allowance races before winning the third of three trials to the All Canadian Derby (R). He won by 1 3/4 lengths, with a :19.860 mark for 400 yards.

 

OKLAHOMA

 

Fastest-qualifier JB James shoots for his fourth win from five starts in the $100,000 Black Gold Division II Futurity during a stakes tripleheader at Will Rogers Downs on Saturday.

 

Also on the card, the only racing date this week, is the $65,388 Kansas Jackpot Futurity and the $20,000 Don Steele Stakes.

 

Bella Vista Farms’ JB James (Ivory James-Deans Dusty Bunny by Dean Miracle) should gain favoritism with his sole career defeat a fifth-place finish in the $75,000 Heritage Place Juvenile (R). He had a two-month freshening after that defeat and came back to win his Black Gold trial by an easy 1 1/4 lengths, with a :16.647 time for the 330 yards, the fastest time from 11 trials.

 

In the Kansas Jackpot Futurity, David Richardson’s Breathless Moment (Designated Driver-EJ Ms Vital Lady by Vital Sign) could be a filly with a future after setting the fastest qualifying time in her career debut. The Jake Eck-trained filly won her trial by a nose in :18.066.

 

In The Don Steele Memorial for 3-year-olds, James Sills and Gerald Swindell’s PYC Cash (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Wallstreet Darlin by Bully Bullion) boasts the stakes credentials to thrive at this level. He comes off a third-place run in the Speedhorse Derby (G3) and was a troubled third in the Mr Master Bug Handicap (R) earlier this year at Remington Park.

 

At 2, the gelding qualified for the $1,029,950 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the $426,624 Black Gold Championship (RG3).

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Buy Buy and Rosario Jimenez’s Mama Mia Bella, each winners on California Breeders Championship night, meet over 350 yards in the $25,000 Pat Hyland Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

 

Buy Buy (Stel Corona-Aquisitive by Separatist) was claimed for $10,000 by Ledgerwood out of a winning effort at the non-winners-of-two level on June 30. Trainer Roberto Dominguez brought Buy Buy back in the California Breeders Fillies Stakes (R) and she came through, with a three-quarter-length win as the 9-5 favorite.

 

Mama Mia Belle (Royaltys Choice-Fed X Dash by A Classic Dash), fourth in the Kindergarten Futurity (G2), won her maiden in her fourth start in June by 1 1/4 lengths and then came back to take the California Breeders Freshman Stakes (R). She battled to a nose win as the 22-10 favorite.

 

On Sunday, EG High Desert Farms’ homebred Letty Bail Regis Out, who raced for a $2,500 tag three starts ago, is after her fourth-straight win and second consecutive stakes win when she starts in the $25,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap.

 

Letty Bail Regis Out (Bail Me Out Baby-Artesias Merridoc by Merridoc) scored her first stakes win when she won the California Breeders Debutante Stakes (R) on July 28 at 5-2 odds. She pulled away from her 3-year-old filly rivals to win by a half length. The Francisco Vallejo-trained Letty Bail Regis Out won her maiden over a year ago for a $4,000 claiming tag and then was away from the races until May of this year. She won two claiming races before taking the California Breeders Debutante Stakes.

 

Fans can watch all of these races live and free of charge on Q-Racing Video, a service of AQHA Racing and the Q-Racing Journal. Q-Racing Video offers horsemen and handicappers unparalleled access to American Quarter Horse racing. Users have unlimited access to the live simulcast signals of almost every American Quarter Horse racetrack in the United States and Canada. Q-Racing Video also provides unlimited access to race replays, which are available immediately following each race. The archive of past races goes back several years for most tracks. Fans can register at www.qracingvideo.com.
 

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OCHOA SETS EARNINGS RECORD IN ALL AMERICAN DERBY
Gelding completes All American sweep with another impressive performance at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal, September 2, 2012 – American Quarter Horse racing has a new leader on top of the all-time earnings list after Ochoa scored a dominating victory in the $2,234,540 All American Derby (G1) on Sunday in front of a crowd of 20,932 at Ruidoso Downs. It’s only fitting that Ochoa broke the record in the 440-yard race that sets its own record for the richest Quarter Horse purse for any race for 3-year-olds or older.

Breaking from the outside Post 9 after the scratch of A Toss Up, Ochoa and jockey Roy Baldillez battled for the early lead and then drew clear to win by 1 ¼ lengths with a clocking of :21.272 over a fast track with no wind. The first-place check for $938,507 increased Ochoa’s earnings to $2,584,243. Bred in Texas out of the Stoli mare Stolis Fortune by John Jones Jr. Interests Ltd., Ochoa runs for Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch LLC, Monte and Katsy Cluck and Douglas Benson.

 

“He broke good,” said Baldillez. “The inside horse (Testing The Ice) had us beat by about a neck in the first 50 yards. After 50 yards, Ochoa turned it on and from then on he did it by himself. The farther he goes, the better he gets. He’s an awesome horse.”

 

“It feels great,” said trainer C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath. “He’s just a great horse and he’s the richest earning horse as a 3-year-old. We’d like to run him some more and increase the record. I was just concerned that he might get into trouble, but once I saw he had a place to run I wasn’t worried.

 

“I've trained two of the best horses I've ever had in my career the last two years,” added Gilbreath about Ochoa and reigning world champion Cold Cash 123. “I hate to see them hook up together. They probably will one of these days, but I'd rather it be later.”

 

Gilbreath said Ochoa would likely be pointed to the Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star. This victory also earned him a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course in California.

 

“Everyone always wants to come by and see the horse,” said Jed Vane, Gilbreath’s assistant. “Sleepy’s been keeping them away this week. He said come by the day after the race and you can come look at him all you want. Everyone wants to go up to the stall and play with him, and (Ochoa) loves it. He comes to the front of the stall and they will pet him and he’ll play with them. But when they leave, he goes back in his stall and he’s all business.”

 

Last year’s champion 2-year-old gelding and champion 2-year-old, Ochoa finished third in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) before cruising to a 1 ½-length win in the All American Futurity (G1). He took the rest of the year off after that effort and returned to compete in the Ruidoso Derby (G1), where he finished a troubled ninth and missed hitting the board for the first time in his career. He got back on track with wins in his trial and the final of the Rainbow Derby (G1), and then he scored by 2 lengths in his All American Derby trial to set up his chance to make history.

 

“I thought when he was clear he was going to win,” said Jones. “He's just an awesome horse, and we're very fortunate to own him. We're very fortunate to have bred him, and we're very fortunate that the Lord blessed us with him.

 

“I've gotta give all the credit to (trainer) Sleepy (Gilbreath),” he added. “I didn't sleep with him, but Sleepy did.”

 

World champion Stolis Winner, just recently officially retired, is now second on the all-time earnings list at $2,235,161.

 

“I’m not a bit disappointed that Ochoa broke the record,” said Jerry Windham, the breeder and owner of Stolis Winner. “Great horses are meant to break records.”

 

Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret, a First Down Dash colt bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, got up to take second with Ricky Ramirez riding for trainer Blane Wood. The California-bred more than tripled his bankroll to $577,985.

 

“We broke decent; not super sharp but decent,” said Ramirez. “About 100 yards out, (Testing The Ice) hazed me out. He didn’t hit me but kind of hazed me out. Coming to the wire I was in the middle between (Testing The Ice and Jess Featureme Quick), and I nosed them out. I never saw Ochoa until the wire. I was going to run second to him regardless. He’s an awesome horse – fast, impressively fast.”

 

Jess Featureme Quick took third in his stakes debut for breeder/owner Melissa Ann Miller and trainer Paul Jones. Ramon Sanchez rode the Feature Mr Jess gelding.

 

“Everybody wants to win it, but third-place for the horse who was picked to finish last, we couldn't be any more excited,” said Miller.

 

Testing The Ice finished fourth, followed by Bills Last, Linda Tee Fire, Eyein This Feature, Lotta Love For Robyn and BPs Jumpin Frisco. A Toss Up was scratched.


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ALL AMERICAN PROFILES

Meet the qualifiers for the All American Derby and Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal, August 31, 2012 – The 2012 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.4 million-est. race will be contested September 3 by 10 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. Meet two of the finalists:

 

One Dashing Eagle

 

One of two horses in the All American Futurity field to have already won a million-dollar race, One Dashing Eagle (One Famous Eagle-One Sweet Dash by First Down Dash) came from California to earn a spot in the All American Futurity with the sixth-fastest time. 

 

The colt has already won the $1 million Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) and has won three of four lifetime starts. Bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members the Allred Bros., who also bred 2002 All American Futurity winner AB What A Runner, One Dashing Eagle was purchased at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $43,000 by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre and San Gregorio Racing Stable Inc. of Norco, California.

 

Jose De La Torre is not only one of the horse’s owners but is also the trainer. 

 

Native Tea Rose

 

One of two fillies in the All American Futurity, Native Tea Rose (First Down Dash-St Pats Tea by Mr Jess Perry) earned the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the seventh trial, surging clear by a length. 

 

Native Tea Rose was bred by Bob and Jerry Gaston of Seguin, Texas, and was purchased for $330,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale by Abigail Kawananakoa. Hawaii-native Kawananakoa, who maintains the breeding facility Lakeview Quarter Horse Farm at Nuevo, California, won the 1993 All American Futurity with champion A Classic Dash. The son and assistant trainer of leading trainer Mike Joiner and a successful trainer in his own right, trainer Cody Joiner since 2000 has conditioned the earners of more than $1.15 million. 

 

ALL AMERICAN DERBY (G1)

 

This year, the $2.2 million-est. All American Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds is September 2. The race will set a record for the richest purse ever offered for racing American Quarter Horses aged 3 and up. Meet two of the finalists:

 

A Toss Up

 

Finishing in a dead heat to earn the co-third fastest time, A Toss Up (Sweet First Down-Shake Cartel by Corona Cartel) has already had a good season.  

 

Racing for breeder James Sills, who owns the horse in partnership with Abel Flores, A Toss Up earlier this year won the Sooner State Stakes (RG1) and Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R). Most recently he was second in the Higheasterjet Stakes (G3) and was also fifth in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1).  

 

A Toss Up is one of two horses qualified by trainer Eddie Willis, the other being fastest qualifier BPs Jumpin Frisco. 

 

Hez Our Secret

 

Highly regarded as a 2-year-old, Hez Our Secret (First Down Dash-Secret Separation by Separatist) has had an uphill battle during his career. He qualified for the Rainbow Futurity (G1) but was scratched after emergency colic surgery. After he recovered, the colt returned to the races to finish fourth in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) after a rough trip. Given a break over the winter, he returned on June 9 to finish third in a Ruidoso allowance behind fellow All American Derby qualifier Testing The Ice, then was fourth in Ochoa’s Rainbow Derby (G1) trial. In his All American Derby trial, Hez Our Secret finished in a dead heat victory with A Toss Up. 

 

Bred by the sport’s No. 2 all-time leading breeder, Vessels Stallion Farm of Bonsall, California, Hez Our Secret is owned by AQHA Second Vice President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas. Trainer Blane Wood has since 1975 sent out the earners of more than $10.9 million, including champions Leading Spirit and Haulin Pass. 

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing).AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journalor America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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TOP JUVIES CLASH IN ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY
Top juveniles to meet in $2.4 million All American Futurity on September 3.

Q-Racing Journal, August 31, 2012 – The $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) is the world’s richest Quarter Horse race and the richest for any 2-year-old race, regardless of breed, in North America. On September 3 at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a group of top horses will compete for a record winner’s share check of $1.2 million.

 

Among them is AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top-10 poll leader and Grade 1 winner PJ Chick In Black, as well as million-dollar futurity winners One Dashing Eagle and BP Cartels Alibi. That’s a recipe for one of the most anticipated Quarter Horse races in recent years.

 

PJ Chick In Black (Desirio-Eddie Jym by Corona Cocktail) is a New Mexico-bred who in her undefeated career has won the $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) and $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). She has so far this year earned $428,339. PJ Chick In Black races for farrier Denny Bowen, pony person Susan Taylor and Susan’s parents, who race as Jack Smith Farms, and is trained by John Stinebaugh. After her nearly 6-length victory in the All American trial, she was placed first in the national rankings. 

 

California invader One Dashing Eagle (One Famous Eagle-One Sweet Dash by First Down Dash) won the $1,041,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) in only his third career start, and for most of the summer was ranked No. 1 in the weekly poll. The colt, who has earned $426,205, earned a trip to “the mountain” to race in the All American Futurity trials for trainer Jose De La Torre, who owns the horse in partnership with Gustavo De La Torre and San Gregorio Racing Stables. 

 

From Oklahoma comes Raymundo Villarreal Jr.’s BP Cartels Alibi (Corona Cartel-My Ladys Alibi by Chicks Beduino). The gray won the $1,048,560 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) by a nose over Grade 1 winner El Duero. Trained by Blane Wood, BP Cartels Alibi has earned $452,335 in four career starts.

 

Other All American Futurity qualifiers include Jess A Zoomin, Ruidoso Futurity runner up Krash Cartel, Just Wanna Corona, Native Tea Rose, Aha Moment, Mr Perry Cartel and Sudden Thoughts.

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing).AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journalor America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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ALL AMERICAN DERBY SHATTERS RECORD
All American Derby sports biggest purse ever, Ochoa goes for all-time earnings record.

Q-Racing Journal, August 30, 2012 – It’s all about champion Ochoa and money in the September 2 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico. 

 

The All American Derby purse of $2,234,539 demolishes the previous record purse for a 3-year-old or older Quarter Horse race, which was the $1,548,685 offered in the 2010 All American Derby. The winner’s share of $938,506 is also a record for 3-year-old and older horses.

 

And there’s one more piece of history on the line – if Ochoa (Tres Seis-Stolis Fortune by Stoli) takes that first-place check, he would leapfrog to the top of the all-time-leading money-earning American Quarter Horse rankings.

 

The winner of last year’s All American Futurity (G1), Ochoa has earned $1,645,736 and with a win in this race, he would skyrocket his earnings to $2,584,242. The current earnings record is $2,235,161, held by former world champion and 2008 All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner. Ochoa also won the Rainbow Derby (G1) and last year was the sport’s champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding.

 

Co-owned by breeder Johnny T.L. Jones Jr.’s J Bar 7 Ranch at Quanah, Texas, with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Douglas Benson, Ochoa put himself in position to get the earnings record with wins in last year’s All American Futurity and this year’s Rainbow Derby (G1). As a yearling, Ochoa was repurchased by his breeder for $25,000. 

 

To earn the record, Ochoa must line up against a field of proven stakes horses.

 

Among them are Bill Price’s homebred fastest-qualifier BPs Jumpin Frisco (Jumpn-Frisco Fling by Dash For Cash), who put together a respectable stakes run at Remington Park this spring, with a close second in the March 18 Mr Jet Moore Stakes and then third-place finishes in the April 14 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R) and the May 26 Heritage Place Derby (G2).

 

James Sills and Abel Flores’ A Toss Up (Sweet First Down-Shake Cartel by Corona Cartel) is another Oklahoma invader. The gelding impressed when he won the Remington Derby and then stepped up and beat older Oklahoma-breds in the April 28 Sooner State Stakes (RG1). He continued his success against older horses at Ruidoso Downs when he was a close second behind JD Baccarat in the July 1 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3). A $50,000 supplemental nominee to enter the All American Derby trials, A Toss Up finished in a dead heat with Hez Our Secret (First Down Dash-Secret Separation by Separatist), and they share the third-fastest time.

 

Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret became ill after qualifying for last year’s Rainbow Futurity (G1) but then was able to return last winter and race to a fourth-place finish in the $2,236,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). The Blane Wood-trained colt scored his first win from three starts this summer at Ruidoso Downs when he finished on even terms with A Toss Up in their trial.

 

Other qualifiers include Linda Tee Fire, Bills Last, Eyein This Feature, Testing The Ice, Lotta Love For Robyn and Jess Featureme Quick.

 

The All American Derby winner receives an invitation to the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December at Los Alamitos.

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at
www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing).AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journalor America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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ALL AMERICAN PROFILES
Meet the qualifiers for the All American Derby and Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal, August 30, 2012 – The 2012 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.4 million-est. race will be contested September 3 by 10 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. Meet two of the finalists:

 

Aha Moment

 

Tying for the seventh-fastest qualifying time was the bay colt Aha Moment (No Secrets Here-Thrill And Grace by Mr Jess Perry). In Trial 21, Aha Moment finished in a dead heat with BP Cartels Alibi. The son of All American Futurity stakes record holder No Secrets Here, Aha Moment was purchased by Jimmy and Marilyn Harrel of Weatherford, Oklahoma, for $29,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. 
 

Aha Moment was bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas, and is trained by all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer Paul Jones, who won the All American Futurity with champion Teller Cartel (2005), No Secrets Here (2006) and champion Runnning Brook Gal (2009). 

 

BP Cartels Alibi

 

Already a veteran of winning seven-figure races, BP Cartels Alibi (Corona Cartel-My Ladys Alibi by Chicks Beduino) is looking to earn his second Grade 1 win after dead-heating with Aha Moment to earn the seventh-fastest time. 

 

BP Cartels Alibi in May won the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1). 

 

Bred by Thackerville, Oklahoma, resident Bill Price, BP Cartels Alibi is owned by Mission, Texas, resident Raymundo Villarreal Jr. Training Quarter Horses since 1975, Blane Wood has trained great horses that include champions Leading Spirit and Haulin Pass, and last year conditioned three qualifiers in the All American Futurity, with Jess Send Me finishing second, Lethal Volt fifth and Denver Pass seventh.

 

ALL AMERICAN DERBY (G1)

 

This year, the $2.2 million-est. All American Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds is September 2. The race will set a record for the richest purse ever offered for racing American Quarter Horses aged 3 and up. Meet three of the finalists:

 

Eyein This Feature

 

The colt Eyein This Feature (Feature Mr Jess-This Girl Is Special by Special Effort) will make his stakes debut in the All American Derby. One of three horses to qualify once the Ruidoso surface was inundated with rain, Eyein This Feature won the seventh trial by 1 1/2 lengths at 13-1 odds over Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner Executive Brass. 
 

Bred by the Jumonville family of Ventress, Louisiana, Eyein This Feature is owned by Robert Sanchez of Alcalde, New Mexico. The colt is trained by Juan Gonzalez, who in 2003 sent out All American Futurity winner By By JJ.
 

Ochoa

 

Champion Ochoa (Tres Seis-Stolis Fortune by Stoli) will bid for history in the All American Derby, as a win in the race would make him the sport’s all-time leading money earner. The gelding last year won the All American Futurity and this summer won the Rainbow Derby (G1), and currently has earnings of $1,645,736. He chases all-time leading earner Stolis Winner, who has earnings of $2,235,161. 
 

Breeder and racing icon John T.L. Jones Jr. of Quanah, Texas, got his start in Quarter Horse racing before moving into Thoroughbred racing. Jones owned and managed Walmac International Stud. Ochoa was a $25,000 repurchase from the Ruidoso Select Sale, and Jones partnered with friends Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson on the horse. 
 

“He’s a special horse, and we’re pretty fortunate to ever have one like him,” Jones said. “They sure don’t come in trailer loads.” 

Trainer Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, a member of the Ruidoso Hall of Fame, has trained the earners of more than $25.1 million. They include All American Derby winners Six Popper (’86) and Snow Big Deal (’03).

 

Bills Last

 

The ultra-consistent Bills Last (Shazoom-Crystalinas by Beduino (TB)) qualifies for his fourth Grade 1 race in two years. He also competed in the All American Futurity (G1) and Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies. 
 

The horse’s name is a nod to a tiny bit of AQHA history. Bills Last, who was bred by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, was the final horse registered with AQHA while the Association was overseen by AQHA Executive Vice President and recent American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Bill Brewer. 

 

Owner Paul Blanchard of Albuquerque, New Mexico, bought Bills Last from the 2010 All American Select Sale. 
 

“He’s just a solid war horse,” Blanchard said of his horse. “He just goes about his business and always performs well. He always gives it what he’s got, and that’s all you can ask of him.” 
 

All-time leading trainer Paul Jones took over training duties of Bills Last about a month before the All American trials. The reigning champion trainer for the past decade, Jones won the All American Derby in 2008 with Noconi and in 2009 with Inseperable.

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing).AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journal or America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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ALL AMERICAN PROFILES

Meet the qualifiers for the All American Derby and Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal, August 29, 2012 – The 2012 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.4 million-est. race will be contested September 3 by 10 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. Meet two of the finalists:

Sudden Thoughts

 

Tenth-fastest qualifier Sudden Thoughts (Wave Carver-Cee Cee Otoole by Corona Cartel) finished second to Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) winner One Dashing Eagle in the 26th and final All American Futurity trial. Sudden Thoughts had been scratched from the July 22 Rainbow Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R).
 

Sudden Thoughts races for Anwar Elias-Ortiz’s 21 Partnership of El Paso, Texas, which also has in its stable Grade 2 winner Zulu Dragon ($130,509). Sudden Thoughts was purchased for $14,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Since 2009, trainer Eduardo Gonzalez has conditioned the winners of 23 of 168 starts, with his starters earning more than $393,000. In 2010, Gonzalez sent out Shy Ann Jess to score in the Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

 

Sudden Thoughts was bred by Burkburnett, Texas, resident Jim D. Pitts, who in his own name since 1989 has bred 218 Quarter Horses, of which 136 have started races and 67 have come back as winners, including seven stakes winner. Altogether, they have earned more than $1.88 million, led by West Texas Futurity (G1) winners No Dice Special ($162,61) and Valiant War Hero ($127,012), and graded stakes winner and Grade 1 qualifier Myster Quick Fix ($109,896). Pitts also has been involved in numerous partnerships, notably with Terry Bell and Homer Hill, who won the Grade 1 All American and Texas Classic futurities with champion Eyesa Special.



Mr Perry Cartel
 

Ninth-fastest qualifier Mr Perry Cartel (Carters Cartel-Miss Lena Perry by Mr Jess Perry) is the most inexperienced of the All American finalists with only two starts to date. He broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the 20th trial that included Grade 1-placed Blaze Carver.
 

Breeder Javier, Hermelinda and Manuel Rodriguez’s La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC at North Las Vegas, Nevada, has bred four winners from 18 starters. The Rodriguezes raced champion and All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen ($1,885,283). The gelding was purchased at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $17,000 by Javier and Elsa Marquez, who base their J & M Racing & Farm at Monahans, Texas.
 

Since 1991, trainer Alejandro Sanchez has conditioned 80 winners and the earners of more than $666,000 from 760 starts. Sanchez sent out Fury Of The Storm to win the July 29 Zia Derby (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.

 

This year, the $2.2 million-est. All American Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds is September 2. The race will set a record for the richest purse ever offered for racing American Quarter Horses aged 3 and up. Meet three of the finalists:

 

Jess Featureme Quick

 

The gelding Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash) is from the small breeding program of Melissa Ann Miller of Belton, Texas. He surprised in the All American Derby trials, winning over a field that included champion Feature Mr Bojangles and earned the 10th-fastest time. The gelding will make his stakes debut in the All American Derby. 

 

Trainer Paul Jones’ horses have won more than $66.1 million. The reigning champion trainer for the past decade, Jones won the All American Derby in 2008 with Noconi and in 2009 with Inseperable. Jones also qualified Bills Last to the race.



Lotta Love For Robyn

 

The filly Lotta Love For Robyn (First Down Dash-Love Ya Miss Jess by Mr Jess Perry) last year finished fourth in the All American Futurity and was this year’s Derby’s ninth-fastest qualifier. Bred by Kim Kessinger and Jim Geiler, Lotta Love For Robyn is owned by Wayne Barton. A cotton farmer at O’Donnell, Texas, Barton and friend Brad Williams purchased Lotta Love For Robyn for $80,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The filly went through the sale ring under the name Lotta Love, and the new owners added the ‘For Robyn’ in honor of Williams’ wife, Robyn, who died of cancer in January 2011. 
 

Lotta Love For Robyn is trained by John Bassett, who has won the All American Futurity with A Delightful Dasher (’99) and Ausual Suspect (’01).

 

Testing The Ice

 

The gelding Testing The Ice (Stoli-Streakin La Tac by Streakin La Jolla) defeated Grade 1 winner The Long Knife by three-quarters of a length to earn the eighth-fastest time in the ninth of 10 trials. In February, Testing The Ice contested Kobe’s Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). He also won the 2011 Markel Stakes at Los Alamitos. 
 

Bred by Cindy Knox’s Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Corner K Quarter Horses, Testing The Ice is owned by the Fresno, California-based partnership of Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas. Testing The Ice is trained by Ralph Muniz, whose trainees include champion Prospect To The Top, as well as Grade 1 winners Varsity Girl and Little Bit Of Ah Ha.
 

Fans can watch the All American Derby and Futurity – and many other races – free of charge at www.qracingvideo.com. Q-Racing Video provides unlimited access to live and replay simulcast race video of most American Quarter Horse tracks in the United States and Canada. For complete coverage of All American week at Ruidoso Downs, visit www.aqharacing.com. Read the September issue of the Q-Racing Journal, the digital publication covering American Quarter Horse racing, for full post-race analysis, at www.aqharacing.com, and find us on Facebook (Q-Racing) or Twitter (@AQHARacing).
 

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GOLDEN STATE DERBY TOPS SO-CAL CARD
Los Al, Ajax also running Juvie Challenge qualifyers.

Q-Racing Journal, August 24, 2012 – The Henry Brown-bred, Jose and Gustavo De La Torre-owned and Eloy Navarro-trained pair of Zoomdasher and Do You Do Corona won the two trials with the top-two times to head the $236,000 Golden State Derby (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos

Zoomdasher (Azoom-Dashing Little Reba by First Down Dash) won the first trial by three-quarters of a length while scoring the mild 8-1 upset. She was timed in :19.732 for the 400 yards to gain the fastest mark. The winner of three of 10 starts, the filly would gain her first stakes win in the Golden State Derby after posting a third-place effort in the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3).

 

Do You Do Corona (Corona Cartel-MLA Do You Love Me by On The Dash) rides a four-race winning streak into the Derby, which started with her maiden win back in June 2011. She has steadily moved up the class ladder and won her trial by a nose over New Look (Walk Thru Fire-Make Over by Separatist) with the second-fastest time of :19.819.

   

Fastest-qualifier Joy Roses Eagle SA figures to have a strong chance to gain her first stakes win when she starts in the $25,000 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge at the Southern California track on Saturday evening.

 

Owned by the estate of the late Gianni Franco Samaja, Joy Roses Eagle SA (One Famous Eagle-Gather The Roses by Mr Eye Opener) won her trial as the 2-5 favorite when she pulled out to an easy neck win in :17.678, the fastest time from three trials. The Paul Jones-trained Joy Roses Eagle SA earned her strong favoritism in her trial after finishing third behind One Dashing Eagle in the $1,014,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). One Dashing Eagle went on to qualify for the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

 

ONTARIO

 

Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch and Racing’s Rogue County has found a good spot for a stakes win when he starts as the fastest qualifier in the $30,000 John Deere Ajax Downs Juvenile Challenge on Tuesday at the Canadian track.

 

The winner of the John Deere Ajax Downs Juvenile Challenge qualifies for the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

 

Rogue County (Kipas Special-Royal Stakes Quick by Royal Quick Dash) topped the two trials and led the top-three qualifiers into the finals with a neck win over second-fastest qualifier Hi N Dry (Royal Shake Em-Its A Dry Heat (TB) by Dixieland Heat) and third-fastest qualifier CR Cartin The Cash (Carters Cartel-Air Traffic Controlr by Dash Thru Traffic) was another three-quarters of a length back in third. The Cedric Hayden-trained Rogue County broke his maiden in his fifth out when he took the second of two trials in :18.030 for the 350 yards. Rogue County had qualified for the Pot O Gold Futurity at Sun Downs in Washington and the Firecracker Futurity at Grants Pass Downs in Oregon.

 

LOUISIANA

 

The Rachael Stephens-leased Doyles Dashing Star looks to score her third win of the year and second-consecutive stakes win when she starts in the $30,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes over 870 yards at Fair Grounds on Saturday afternoon.

 

Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) posted her two 870 wins at Delta Downs this spring when she took an allowance race and then won the Virgil Bond Stakes through a disqualification. A 6-year-old mare from the Gene Stephens barn, Doyles Dashing Star dominated the 870-yard allowance race when she went from gate-to-wire on the lead to win by 3 1/2 lengths. She returned in the Virgil Bond Stakes to finish second behind Leading Patriot, who was disqualified from the win and that moved Doyles Dashing Star up to first place.

 

TEXAS

 

Luis Castellanos’ fastest-qualifier Cougar Hill and Old South Futurity winner RDD Dashin Effort meet over 350 yards in the $120,400 Gillespie County Fair Futurity on Sunday at the Texas track.

 

Cougar Hill (Panther Mountain-Lovers Dash by Sir Cashanova) has finished first in three of five starts, but was disqualified from the win in her first start. She then won her Delta Downs Lassie Futurity (RG2) trial and qualified for the finals, finishing seventh. The Judy Beavin-trained Cougar Hill stepped up in her Gillespie Futurity trial to win by three-quarters of a length and her time of :17.611 for the 350 yards led the qualifiers from seven trials.

 

Owned by Santiago Castillo and Julio Rodriguez, RDD Dashin Effort (Dashin Bye-Miss Native Effort by Streakin Effort) has already made seven starts and responded with four wins, highlighted by his head score in the $81,000 Old South Futurity. The gelding easily won his Gillespie Futurity trial by 1 3/4 lengths with the second-fastest time of :17.680.

 

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NEW NO. 1 EMERGES FROM ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY TRIALS

Q-Racing Journal, August 22, 2012 – PJ Chick In Black is the red-hot name after her fastest-qualifying performance last week in trials for the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. So much so, pollsters in this week’s latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top-10 Poll for 2-year-olds moved her up two spots to become the division’s new No. 1. 

 

With a smashing 5¾-length victory her trial race, PJ Chick In Black clocked in at :21.081, which bested all 253 All American trials aspirants. Last week’s No. 1-rated juvenile, One Dashing Eagle, also qualified for the All American final as the sixth-fastest contender and sits at No. 2 in this week’s poll.

 

Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner BP Cartels Alibi, ranked at No. 4 this week in the 2-year-old rankings, also earned an All American Futurity finals berth as the eighth-fastest qualifier. That means that the current No. 1-, No. 2- and No. 4-ranked juveniles are set for a Labor Day showdown in the lucrative final at Ruidoso. 

 

As for the older horses, Cold Cash 123 remains the unanimous No. 1 this week, but Rainbow Derby (G1) winner Ochoa moved up one spot to No. 3 following his All American Derby trial performance last week. He is the only active member of the Top 10 qualified to the $2.2 million All American Derby (G1) final. Meanwhile, Sunday’s Golden State Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos figures to have some impact on the poll next week for the 3-year-olds and older.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

 

1.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (96)

2.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (88)

3.   CARTERS COOKIE (76)

4.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (73)

5.   LOTA PYC (51)

6.   EL DUERO (50)

8.   BLACKBERRY CZECH (30)

7.   RONNIE JAMES (25)

9.   DASH FOR CORONAS (19)

10. MS JINGLES (11)

 

Krash Cartel (9), Sassmaster (9), Native Tea Rose (6), Sum Better Stuff (3), Vancouver Moon (1), Secretly Hot (1), Gonna Cha Cha (1), Just Wanna Cartel (1)

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

 

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)

2.   EL AGUILA REAL (85)

3.   OCHOA (78)

4.   LLANO TELLER (68)

5.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (47)

6.   RYLEES BOY (32)

8.   PRICELESS FEATURE (31)

9.   TERRIFIC SYNERGY (26)

10. SENOR TOBY (12)

 

A Toss Up (9), BPS Jumpin Frisco (7), PK Fire (4), De Passem Okey (4), Kobe (1), Jess Lips (1), New Look (1)

 

The 10 voters are:

 

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)

Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)

Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)

Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)

Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)

Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)

Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)

Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)

Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)

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CHALLENGE RUNS AT RETAMA
Plus Evergreen Hosts Challenge While Ruidoso Serves Master Salls.

Q-Racing Journal, August 9, 2012 – Fastest qualifier Sheaintcrynrealtears, searching for her first stakes win in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge, and five finalists from the Steven Kearl barn racing in the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge combine for a Challenge doubleheader at Retama Park on Saturday night.

 

Tawn and Allen Perkins’ John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge headliner Sheaintcrynrealtears (Jet Cartel-Tear Drop Six by Sixarun) made her first start at Retama Park and her first start for trainer Jesse Yoakum in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge trials. She responded with a neck win as the 5-2 favorite, and her time of :17.748 for 350 yards was the quickest mark from five trials.

 

While Kearl has the numbers in the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge, top-qualifier honors went to the Guy Hopkins-trained Jess A Comment (First Comment-Jess Quick Fun by Mr Jess Perry). He scored a game trial win by a head over Jess Tee Off (Tres Seis-Jess Linda Tee by Mr Jess Perry). Jess A Comment was timed in :19.816, while Jess Tee Off earned a :19.854 time.

 

Michael Amburn’s Jess A Comment brings a stakes resume into the Adequan Retama  Derby Challenge. The gelding has qualified for the Texas Classic Futurity (G1), TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2), John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3).

 

CANADA

 

Gary Chumbley’s homebred EZ Gamer and Dean Frey’s Just Cant Hide It are set for a rematch in the Merial Evergreen Distaff Challenge after they finished just a nose apart while setting the two-fastest qualifying times in their trial at Evergreen Park.

 

EZ Gamer (Game Patriot-Easy Verna by Georgias Easy) raced to the narrow win in :20.010, while Just Cant Hide It (Make It Anywhere-Petite Azure by Band Of Azure) was given a :20.020 time for the 400 yards.

   

Barry and Janice Sather’s Bond Is Back makes his first appearance in a year when he defends his title in the $32,000 Bank of America Evergreen Challenge at Evergreen Park on Sunday afternoon.

 

Bond Is Back (A Regal Choice-Lady Lucchese by Spanish Boot) won last year’s running by 1 1/4 lengths as the 3-2 favorite for trainer Janice Sather. He won three of four starts last year with his only setback a disqualification from a first-place finish. His first two 2011 wins came in Los Alamitos claiming races.

 

NEW MEXICO

 

Steve Holt’s two-time defending distance champion De Passem Okey shoots for his sixth-straight win and his fifth win this year when he carries high weight of 128 pounds in the $30,000 Master Salls Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.

            

De Passem Okey (Okey Dokey Dale-Impassable Gal (TB) by Sir Richard Lewis) won five of eight starts last year to take his second-straight champion distance horse award. He looks like he is still in sensational form. After starting his current winning streak in his final 2011 start, the King Rick Rack Stakes, he has gone four-for-four this year, including three Grade 3 races.

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NATIONAL POLL REMAINS FIRM
One Dashing Eagle, Cold Cash 123 remain atop polls.

Q-Racing Journal, August 9, 2012 – There were no changes in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top-10 rankings for either the 2-year-olds or the 3-year-olds and older divisions. Pollsters once again filed unanimous choices in the top spots as One Dashing Eagle garnered all 100 points in the juvenile rankings and Cold Cash 123 swept the 100 points of the older horse balloting. It’s the second consecutive week with a pair of unanimous No. 1-ranked horses.

Top-ranked Cold Cash 123 arrived at Los Alamitos late last week and will embark on a West Coast run now under the tutelage of trainer Denny Ekins. The Champion of Champions (G1) qualifier could reappear in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap on September 23 and/or the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship on October 28.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1.   ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2.   CARTERS COOKIE (87)
3.   PJ CHICK IN BLACK (82)
4.   BP CARTELS ALIBI (62)
5.   EL DUERO (57)
6.   LOTA PYC (55)
7.   RONNIE JAMES (39)
8.   BLACKBERRY CZECH (28)
9.   MS JINGLES (13)
10. DASH FOR CORONAS (12)

Sassmaster (7), Secretly Hot (6), Sum Better Stuff (4), Gonna Cha Cha (4), Krash Cartel (3), Cash Flow Cartel (3), PYC Kant Katch Me (2), Vancouver Moon (1), SS Poker Face Dream (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1.   COLD CASH 123 (100)
2.   EL AGUILA REAL (86)
3.   LLANO TELLER (73)
4.   OCHOA (67)
5.   EXECUTIVE BRASS (47)
6.   RYLEES BOY (37)
8.   JLS MR BIGTIME (36)
8.   PRICELESS FEATURE (34)
9.   TERRIFIC SYNERGY (27)
10. SENOR TOBY (15)

A Toss Up (14), De Passem Okey (5), PK Fire (4), Jess Lips (2), New Look (2), Twelve Stepper (2) Noconi (1), Kobe (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journalor America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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PDJF

Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Mount Earnings
1.   Javier Castellano $18,497,639
2.   Joel Rosario $14,886,154
3.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. $13,030,855
4.   John Velazquez $11,525,253
5.   Jose L. Ortiz $10,351,107
6.   Mike Smith $9,923,628
7.   Rosie Napravnik $8,538,349
8.   Victor Espinoza* $8,407,117
9.   Jose Lezcano $8,204,767
10.   Rajiv Maragh $8,149,748
As of 09/01/14
*non-Member
 
 
Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Wins
1.   Javier Castellano 242
2.   Russell Baze 238
3.   Antonio Gallardo 207
4.   Paco Lopez 205
5.   Edgard Zayas 198
6.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. 193
7.   Richard Eramia 193
8.   Trevor McCarthy* 175
9.   Ronnie Allen, Jr.* 167
10.   Rafael Manuel Hernandez 166
As of 09/02/14
*non-Member
 
 
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Mount Earnings
1.   G. R. Carter $2,039,356
2.   Cody Jensen $1,916,989
3.   Jimmy Dean Brooks $1,568,338
4.   Omar Reyes $1,512,397
5.   John Hamilton $1,290,301
6.   Larry Gamez* $1,288,792
7.   David A. Alvarez* $1,274,264
8.   Cruz Mendez $1,253,021
9.   Esgar Ramirez $1,204,350
10.   Ricky Ramirez $1,203,624
As of 08/26/14
*non-Member
 
 
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Wins
1.   G.R. Carter 103
2.   John Hamilton 91
3.   Cruz Mendez 89
4.   David Alvarez* 80
5.   Cesar DeAlba 78
6.   Omar Reyes 68
7.   Alfonso Lujan 66
8.   Agustin Silva 64
9.   Esgar Ramirez 63
10.   Luis L. Vivanco 63
As of 08/26/14
*non-Member
 
 

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