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Nominations Open for TRAO Board of Directors Election
By October 2, 2018 Read More →

Nominations Open for TRAO Board of Directors Election

The nomination process has opened up for the upcoming election for Owner and Breeder 2019-2021 term for the TRAO Board of Directors. If you have anyone that you would like to nominate that is in good standing and a member of the TRAO, you can contact the Election Committee below. Click here for general guidelines […]

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Services Set for Iconic Oklahoma Breeder and Owner John Smicklas
By October 2, 2018 Read More →

Services Set for Iconic Oklahoma Breeder and Owner John Smicklas

Prominent Oklahoma breeder/owner and an icon in horse racing in this state in the formative years of pari-mutuel racing, John Smicklas, will be remembered at memorial services Sunday, Oct. 7 in Midwest City, Okla. Smicklas was born on the Fourth of July 1937 in Chicago and passed away at 81 at his home in Norman, […]

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Oklahoma-bred Welder Defeats Shippers to Take $165,000 David Vance Stakes
By October 1, 2018 Read More →

Oklahoma-bred Welder Defeats Shippers to Take $165,000 David Vance Stakes

When Welder was a weanling, Clayton Rash and his trainer Teri Luneack fell in love with him at Mighty Acres Farm in Pryor, Okla. He was a punk and a rascal, according to Luneack but now he is wonderful to his owners, trainer and jockey… just mean to his competition. On Sunday, Welder left his […]

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Lone Star Sailor Wins Three-Horse Photo in Closest Finish in History of Oklahoma Derby
By September 30, 2018 Read More →

Lone Star Sailor Wins Three-Horse Photo in Closest Finish in History of Oklahoma Derby

When the three top finishers hit the wire together in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday, you couldn’t have squeezed a couple of sheets of paper between their three noses it was so tight; not even the jockey of the winner, Lone Sailor, knew who won. “I had no idea […]

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Longtime Oklahoma Horseman John Smicklas Passes Away
By September 30, 2018 Read More →

Longtime Oklahoma Horseman John Smicklas Passes Away

John Earl “Smick” Smicklas of Norman, Oklahoma, peacefully passed away at his home on September 23 at the age of 81. John was born July 4, 1937 in Chicago, IL to John and Frances Smicklas. John was survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara; 3 sons: Dale and his wife Joanne, Brad and his […]

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Special Rate Relocated to River Oaks Farms
By September 25, 2018 Read More →

Special Rate Relocated to River Oaks Farms

Special Rate, a stakes-winning and graded stakes-siring son of Pulpit, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Lori and Francisco Bravo’s River Oaks Farms in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Special Rate’s leading runner is Texas-bred Patrona Margarita, winner of last year’s Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. During her 3-year-old campaign this year, Patrona Margarita […]

Posted in: OKLAHOMA, TEXAS
DNA Analysis of Seabiscuit May Yield Insights Into His Prowess
By September 20, 2018 Read More →

DNA Analysis of Seabiscuit May Yield Insights Into His Prowess

Seabiscuit was not an impressive looking horse and was considered to be quite lazy, preferring eating and sleeping to exercise. The horse had been written off by most of the racing industry after losing his first 17 races, however, he eventually became one of the greatest Thoroughbred champions of all time. A grandson of Man […]

Posted in: INDIANA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS
Big Crowd Turns Out for Carter Sale, Mighty Acres Tops Consignors
By September 5, 2018 Read More →

Big Crowd Turns Out for Carter Sale, Mighty Acres Tops Consignors

The Carter Sales Co.’s OKC September Sale saw a slight decline in average for the first time at the Labor Day weekend sale. A total of 50 yearlings sold for an average of $7,228, a 21 percent drop from the 2017 average of $9,137. Graduates from the sale won three maiden special weight races and […]

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Read the Footnotes Relocates from Oklahoma to New Mexico
By August 20, 2018 Read More →

Read the Footnotes Relocates from Oklahoma to New Mexico

Read the Footnotes, a graded stakes-winning and -siring stallion, has been relocated from Oklahoma to stand at Creekside Farm near Tularosa, New Mexico. He will stand as property of Bryan and Megan Petty as their new farm. Megan Petty is a longtime TTA member and practicing veterinarian who is also involved in the TTA’s Paddock […]

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Latest Issue of American Racehorse Featuring Articles on Citation’s Triple Crown and Alphabet Soup’s Cancer Fight Now Online

Latest Issue of American Racehorse Featuring Articles on Citation’s Triple Crown and Alphabet Soup’s Cancer Fight Now Online

The Summer 2018 issue of American Racehorse magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine features articles about the mysterious fate of General Custer’s war horse Victory, a profile of Endeavor Farm, a look at what Thoroughbreds can do on the polo field and much more. It also includes […]

Remington Park Racing Club Open for 2018 Memberships

Remington Park Racing Club Open for 2018 Memberships

Remington Park is now accepting memberships for the 2018 RP Racing Club. This year’s club horse will compete during the upcoming Thoroughbred Season that begins Aug. 24. The RP Racing Club offers a racehorse ownership experience for an extremely reasonable, one-time fee. The cost of a single membership into the 2018 RP Racing Club is […]

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When Will We See Another Triple Crown Winner?

When Will We See Another Triple Crown Winner?

It wasn’t that long ago that sports betting fans were wondering if they’d ever see another Triple Crown winner. After all, many horse racing fans weren’t even alive the last time it happened back in 1978, when Affirmed won the Triple Crown by taking the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico […]

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What to remember when betting on horses

What to remember when betting on horses

Betting on horses can be as much enjoyable and rewarding experience, as it is not too easy to perform, especially on some higher than recreational level. There are quite a few things to have in mind when exploring this idea. Perhaps even more to learn along the way, if you are serious about it, or […]

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Can We Compare Recent Triple Crown Winners?

Can We Compare Recent Triple Crown Winners?

2015 saw American Pharoah bring the end of a long 37-year wait for a new Triple Crown winner. The wait for our next winner was much shorter; it’s 2018 and we already have another winner in Justify. Both American Pharoah and Justify have been trained by Bob Baffert, who hasn’t shied away from comparisons; “It’s […]

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Carter Sales Co.’s OKC Sale Set for September

Carter Sales Co.’s OKC Sale Set for September

The Carter Sales Co. OKC Summer Sale with select yearlings and a mixed session is set for Sunday, September 2, at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena. Horses can be viewed on the Friday and Saturday before the sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A light lunch will be served and a live band will […]

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Special Owners’ Groom Elite Workshop Set for Lexington, Trainers’ Exam Prep for Oklahoma

Special Owners’ Groom Elite Workshop Set for Lexington, Trainers’ Exam Prep for Oklahoma

Registration is now open for a Special Owners’ Groom Elite Workshop in Lexington, KY on July 29-August 1 and the 5th annual Remington Park Trainers’ Exam Prep class on August 13-15 in Oklahoma City. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up early at www.purplepowerracing.com or www.groomelite.com as spots are limited to 8 and 12 participants respectively. Both classes will […]

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Graded Oklahoma Derby, Remington Park Oaks Highlight 2018 Stakes Schedule at Remington Park

Graded Oklahoma Derby, Remington Park Oaks Highlight 2018 Stakes Schedule at Remington Park

Remington Park’s 2018 Thoroughbred season will feature multiple graded stakes events for the first time in track history this fall. The stakes schedule for the season is headlined by numerous race cards stacked with big-money stakes opportunities. The 2018 Thoroughbred Season begins Friday, Aug. 24 and completes a 67-date run on Sunday, Dec. 16. The […]

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Will Rogers Downs Concludes Successful Thoroughbred Meet

Will Rogers Downs Concludes Successful Thoroughbred Meet

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs’ spring Thoroughbred meet has come to a close. Racing officials crowned the season champions and look to 2019 with anticipation. The spring Thoroughbred meet in Claremore has now been in operation for 12 years. The 30-day meet ran from March 12 through May 19. Each race day offered more than […]

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Justify Looking Good for the Belmont Stakes

Justify Looking Good for the Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes take place this weekend on Long Island, it’s 150th anniversary, and this could be a very special race for one horse in particular. Justify is aiming to become only the second horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, with American Pharoah the last horse to do so back in 2015. Justify […]

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Epsom Derby Day Betting Guide

Epsom Derby Day Betting Guide

There’s a handful of horse races that are seen as being vastly superior to all others. This includes the Grand National, the Kentucky Derby and the many versions of the Gold Cup, which appear in all of the top horse racing festivals. Epsom Derby is another run which is estimated highly in the minds of […]

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