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Indiana Owner Receives Surprise Message at Indiana Grand

Indiana Owner Receives Surprise Message at Indiana Grand

Nebraska native and former newspaper journalist Jeff Apel has a love of horses, and his passion brought him to Indiana Grand when he relocated to Central Indiana. He secured a job as an electronic games attendant in the casino and soon found his way to fellow Nebraska native Marvin Johnson’s barn. Today, he owns horses […]

Posted in: INDIANA
Makin the Dough Gets the Cash in Will Rogers Handicap

Makin the Dough Gets the Cash in Will Rogers Handicap

Three Oklahoma-bred battled to the wire in Tuesday’s $55,000 Will Rogers Handicap at Will Rogers Downs, and it was Rick Engel’s Makin the Dough who prevailed by a neck under jockey Bryan McNeil. The Roger Engel trainee clocked a mile and 70 yards in 1:43.17 in the race for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Bred by […]

Posted in: OKLAHOMA
Welder Remains Red-Hot with Another Stakes Win at Will Rogers

Welder Remains Red-Hot with Another Stakes Win at Will Rogers

For the second year in a row, Welder scored a victory in the $55,000 TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes on Tuesday at Will Rogers Downs. With Travis Cunningham up for trainer Theresa Luneack, the 4-year-old gelding by Mighty Acres stallion The Visualiser was never seriously threatened and prevailed by four lengths in 1:09 flat for six […]

Posted in: OKLAHOMA
Canterbury Park’s Horse Racing Season Begins May 5

Canterbury Park’s Horse Racing Season Begins May 5

Canterbury Park will begin its 67-day horse racing season Friday, May 5, two weeks earlier than it has for the past eight years. Post time for the first race will be 4:00 p.m. Racing will also be held Saturday, May 6, coinciding with the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, a day that traditionally attracts more […]

Posted in: MINNESOTA
Oaklawn Closes 2017 Meet with Gains in Total Handle

Oaklawn Closes 2017 Meet with Gains in Total Handle

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

Posted in: ARKANSAS
Hailstorm Slew Takes Great Lady M. Stakes at Will Rogers

Hailstorm Slew Takes Great Lady M. Stakes at Will Rogers

Odds-on favorite Hailstorm Slew rolled to a decisive victory in Tuesday’s $55,000 Great Lady M. Stakes at Will Rogers Downs for older Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares. Bred, owned and trained by C.R. Trout, the 4-year-old filly by Munnings sprinted six furlongs in 1:09.34 with Luis Quinonez aboard. Hailstorm Slew now has a record of 12-5-2-1 […]

Posted in: OKLAHOMA
Trainer Scott Young Sweeps Cinema Handicap Exacta at Will Rogers with JS Pearljam, Hey Baby

Trainer Scott Young Sweeps Cinema Handicap Exacta at Will Rogers with JS Pearljam, Hey Baby

The $55,000 Cinema Handicap for 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies on Tuesday at Will Rogers Downs came down to a photo finish, but there was no doubt the winner was from the Scott Young barn as his two runners finished more than 10 lengths clear of the rest of the field. At the wire it was Shirley […]

Posted in: OKLAHOMA
Lady Fog Horn Honored as Indiana Horse of the Year for the Second Time

Lady Fog Horn Honored as Indiana Horse of the Year for the Second Time

The Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on Sunday held its annual awards banquet at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, in conjunction with the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Advisory Committee. The evening’s special guest speaker was retired jockey Otto Thorwarth, who won more than 1,500 races and also played Ron Turcotte in the Disney movie […]

Posted in: INDIANA
Zippit E Strikes Again in Wayne Hanks Memorial at Lone Star

Zippit E Strikes Again in Wayne Hanks Memorial at Lone Star

Favorite Zippit E, trained by Bret Calhoun, sped her way to her fifth straight victory in Sundays $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares at Lone Star Park. The 4-year-old filly by Valor Farm stallion My Golden Song went straight to the lead on the outside, racing in the three path through […]

Posted in: TEXAS
Supermason Repeats in Premiere Stakes to Open Lone Star Meet

Supermason Repeats in Premiere Stakes to Open Lone Star Meet

This year’s Lone Star Park meet started just as last year’s did, with a victory by Supermason in the $50,000 Premiere Stakes for Texas-breds. With Lindey Wade up for trainer Bret Calhoun, the 5-year-old gelding by Valor Farm stallion Grasshopper scored by three-quarters of a length over Bravura with another 8 ¼ lengths back to […]

Posted in: TEXAS