Horse Racing

Hubbard: Success in Business

May 20, 2013

2007 Galbreath Award winner R. D. Hubbard discusses his successes in the horse industry and beyond.

R.D. Hubbard has contributed much to the Quarter Horse racing world, and now you can learn about his success. His career as an entrepreneur, both within the equine industry and in other industries, has been remarkable for its achievements.

During the 2008 Bank of America Challenge Championships in Lafayette, Louisiana, Rich Wilcke, director of University of Louisiana’s Equine Industry Program, spoke with Dee Hubbard about his perspectives on entrepreneurship and his own career.

The Hubbard: Success in Business, Horses and Horse Racing report summarizes the conversation between Rich and Dee.

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September Racing History

September 12, 2012

With a big heart and blistering speed, Easy Jet earned a spot among the legendary figures of the Quarter Horse world, especially with his September 1969 win in the All American Futurity.

Easy Jet

Easy Jet won the All American Futurity on September 1, 1969. The win was the 14th in 18 starts for the sensational colt by Jet Deck. (AQHA file photo)

By Richard Chamberlain for the Q-Racing Journal


September 19 – Leota W and Flit run one-two in the first Oklahoma Futurity at Fair Meadows in Tulsa. Both are fillies by Leo and race for Leo’s owner, Bud Warren of Perry, Oklahoma. Leota W equals the AQRA record of :12.4 at 220 yards, but Flit is disqualified to last for forcing the entire field toward the inside and Stonewall Dick over the rope rail. “The colt just jumped the rail,” recalled Walter Merrick, a steward for the race. “Stonewall Dick had the 1 hole. One of Bud Warren’s fillies bumped him and knocked him over the rail. It didn’t hurt the colt, but we were all so green we didn’t know what to do about it. The colt belonged to a widow lady, so we just refunded her entry fee.”

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August Racing History

August 1, 2012

Back in 1947, 103,000 spectators gather to watch three sprinters run on the same track that humans used for the 1932 and ’84 Olympics.

Special Effort

Winning his seventh and eighth races, the undefeated Special Effort takes his placing trial to the 1981 All American Futurity by 4 1/2 lengths and follows in the time trials with a 1 1/4-length score.

By Richard Chamberlain for the Q-Racing Journal


August 18 – The owners of two Celebrated American Quarter of a Mile Running Horses disagree over the outcome of a race on a quarter path and wind up in court. According to Virginia court records, the brother of a winning owner waved his hat in the face of the other horse, causing the loser to veer “out of the path, and forced him to run on the outside of the [finish] pole.”


August 20 – The gelding Bob Wade clocks a world record :21 1/4 over 440 yards at Butte, Montana.

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It’s About the Horses

July 13, 2012

The start of every horse race is determined by the break.

By C. Reid McLellan

Paying attention to how a horse breaks can mean predicting how the race will be run. Journal photo.

Last month, we talked about characters that we might meet in the grandstands when we go to the races. How many of them did you recognize when you went to the races in June? I think we sometimes get so wrapped up with the people of racing that we overlook the stars of the game. After all, the sport’s called horse racing for a reason.

There are some people who only go to a racetrack because it gives them the opportunity to place a wager. But remember the crowds that showed up at railroad stations when Seabiscuit made his trip across country? More recently, Thoroughbreds like Cigar, Skip Away, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta drew crowds of fans everywhere they raced. Read the rest of this entry »

July Racing History

July 11, 2012

On July 19, 1672, the first race known to be recorded between Celebrated American Quarter-Of A-Mile Running Horses is run in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and winds up in a lawsuit.

On July 2 and 4, 1950, reigning world champion Maddon’s Bright Eyes wins back-to-back races at Ruidoso Downs.

By Richard Chamberlain for the Q-Racing Journal


July 19 – The first race known to be recorded between Celebrated American Quarter-Of A-Mile Running Horses is run in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and winds up in a lawsuit. The race (most likely on the Coan Race Paths) was for a stake of 10 pounds sterling between a Quarter Horse belonging to Mr. John Stone of Rappahannock County and a Quarter Horse of Mr. Yowell of Westmoreland. When Mr. Stone’s horse won, Mr. Yowell at first refused to pay up and was immediately arrested. But according to court records documented by Alexander Mackay-Smith in “The Colonial Quarter Race Horse,” Mr. Yowell “after some further consideration – passed his bill to ye sd. Mr. Stone” for the 10 pounds. Two years later, in August 1674, Stone was successful in his suit to recover the money.

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“Characters Welcome?”

June 6, 2012

On TV? Maybe! At the races? Maybe not.

Quarter Horse Racing

C. Reid McLellan's adventures continue as he describes some common characters at racetracks.

By C. Reid McLellan

Some of my favorite TV shows are on the USA network, which uses “characters welcome” as their slogan. We have characters in racing, too. Some are “welcome” — all AQHA racing regulars appreciate a G. R. Carter back flip off a winning Quarter Horse. Some characters we meet at the racetrack are not as welcome.

All horseplayers can relate to stories about times when they were going to wager on a particular horse, overheard some “talk,” then changed their wager and their original selection won that race. Though I spent most of my early horseplaying days on the apron, I remember spending an occasional afternoon in a suite at Louisiana Downs. I would overhear “big money” players talking about a particular horse and I would bet on that horse. Sometimes the information was solid and I won money, but most often I lost. I soon learned to have confidence in my own selections.

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June Racing History

June 1, 2012

The Journal’s Richard Chamberlain recounts memorable moments in Quarter Horse racing from 1946-2011.

Kaweah Bar

Starting at Bay Meadows in his first career race, on June 11, 1968, Kaweah Bar breaks his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths. (Photo courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame)

By Richard Chamberlain for Q-Racing


June 15 – Woven Web, the 3-year-old King Ranch Thoroughbred known as “Miss Princess” on the Quarter tracks, wins her first race, at Fort Duncan racetrack in Eagle Pass, Texas.


June 27 – New Mexico’s Hollywood Park, which in a few years would change its name to Ruidoso Downs, conducts its first pari-mutuel race for Quarter Horses. The race, a claiming event for 3-year-olds and up going 220 yards for a price of $1,000, is won by Chew, a gelding by My Texas Dandy.

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May Racing History

May 2, 2012

This month in racing history saw some legendary Quarter Horse racehorses create memorable moments on and off the track.


Goetta breaks her maiden on May 8, 1963, in her first start, going 350 yards at Los Alamitos. (Photo courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum)

May 19 – Prissy, Miss Bank, Lucky and reigning world champion Queenie finish first through fourth in the El Paso Sheriff’s Posse Stakes at Rillito Park in Tucson.

May 3 – In one of the most celebrated match races in history, Woven Web defeats Shue Fly by 1 1/2 lengths over the quarter mile at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds in Del Rio, Texas. Bred and owned by the King Ranch, Woven Web is a 4-year-old Thoroughbred by Bold Venture that competes as “Miss Princess” on the Quarter tracks. Charles and Elmer Hepler’s 10-year-old Cowboy mare Shue Fly is a three-time world champion, 1941-42, ’42-43 and ’43-44.

May 2 – On her way to a co-world championship with Maddon’s Bright Eyes, Monita defeats Savannah Gray, Clabbertown G, Drifter, Leota W, Tonta Lad and Clabber’s Lady V in an allowance at Bay Meadows. Bred by J.F. Goodwin, Monita is a 4-year-old Joe Moore mare now racing for Lewis Blackwell of Amarillo, Texas.

May 2, 9 & 23 – Racing at Los Alamitos, Miss Meyers defeats MT Pockets, Barjo and others in an allowance, and returns to outrun Barbara L, Rukin String, Gold Bar, Bardella, Monita, Robin Reed, Question’s Gold, Tonto Bars Gill and Black Easter Bunny in the California Championship. Bred and owned by O.C. Meyer of Staples, Minnesota, the 4-year-old mare by Leo then finishes seventh in Clabbertown G’s Peninsula Championship at Bay Meadows.

May 8 & 15 – Scoring her seventh and eighth victories in what will be a record 14 consecutive wins, Josie’s Bar defeats Black Easter Bunny and Rukin String in the California Championship at Los Alamitos, and then defeats Bardella and Monita in a Bay Meadows allowance. The sophomore Three Bars (TB) filly races for her breeder, Oscar Cox of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Take a walk with The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal’s Richard Chamberlain as he profiles some of the fastest horses in history in AQHA’s Quarter Paths report.

May 7 –Go Man Go beats Dolly’s Ace in the Juvenile Championship at Los Alamitos. J.B. Ferguson’s homebred colt by Top Deck (TB) is undefeated in six races. Bred by C.T. Guseman of Hereford, Texas, Dolly’s Ace is a daughter of Bob-Shade (TB) and would return in 1956 to be champion sophomore filly.

May 5 – Starting his fourth race since becoming the first 2-year-old to win the world championship, Go Man Go finishes first but is disqualified to 10th for interference in the Los Alamitos Championship. Miss Myrna Bar moves up to first, with Bob’s Folly second. Bred and owned by Franklin Cox of Chandler, Arizona, the 5-year-old Three Bars (TB) mare Miss Myrna Bar was the sport’s champion freshman filly in 1953.

May 1 – Fly Chick Fly defeats Mr Bar None by a length in the Juvenile Championship, with Burke’s Bars third. Starting his second race and finishing sixth is Segura Miguel. (A gelding by Be Sure Now (TB) out of the great sprinter Stella Moore, Segura Miguel on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs will win the first running of the Southwestern Futurity, a forerunner of the Grade 1 All American Futurity.) Bred by C.R. Thompson of Devine, Texas, Fly Chick Fly is a colt by Red Chick W.

May 3 – Vanetta Dee defeats reigning world champion Go Man Go by a nose in the Los Alamitos Championship. Vandy’s Flash finishes third. Bred by Dee Garrett of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Vanetta Dee and Vandy’s Flash are full siblings, both by Vandy out of American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Garrett’s Miss Pawhuska, a daughter of Leo.

May 2 – Miss Louton sets a :21.9 track record over the quarter mile while defeating Vandy’s Flash by 1 1/4 lengths in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. The 3-year-old filly by Tonto Bars Gill races for Marion Seward of Wray, Colorado.

May 7 & 21 – Vandy’s Flash wins the Los Alamitos Championship by 1 1/4 lengths over Triple Lady, with Aunt Judy third. The 6-year-old gelding by Vandy then goes to Ruidoso Downs, where he defeats First Call, Breeze Bar and Lena’s Bar (TB) in a 350-yard allowance. Vandy’s Flash races for John Askew of Belleview, Missouri.

May 6 – Pap defeats Breeze Bar by a nose and Tonto Bars Hank by three parts of a side in the Los Alamitos Championship. Last year’s winner, world champion Vandy’s Flash, is eased and finishes last, receives no time and does not return to the races until September 1962. Racing for N.S. Krems and S. Lasher of Los Angeles, Pap is a 7-year-old Papitas gelding trained by Lloyd Walker. In the irons is up-and-coming rider Charley Smith, an Oklahoma native who is winning the first of his three Los Alamitos Championships and after retirement will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

May 3 & 8 – Jet Deck defeats Romabar and Moolah Bar in a Los Alamitos allowance, and then scores over Tiny Charger, Flicka’s Request and Top Moon in the Juvenile Championship. Bred by William Carter of Caldwell, Idaho, the Moon Deck colt races for J.B. Chambers of Littleton, Colorado.

May 5 – Pokey Bar and Alamitos Bar run one-two in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. Both colts are by Three Bars (TB) and race for their breeders, Pokey Bar for Hugh Huntley and Alamitos Bar for Frank Vessels’ Western Stables.

May 19 – Coming off a third in the Los Al Championship, No Butt defeats Fly Straw in the Mr Bar None Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. The 7-year-old mare by Joe Less is bred by Guy Corpe of Sacramento, California, and races for Guy Purinton of Tipton, California.

May 19 & 27 – Hustling Man breaks his maiden on his fifth career start, his first at Ruidoso Downs. J.B. Ferguson’s homebred colt by Go Man Go then returns to win a Ruidoso allowance.

May 4 – Jet Deck wins the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship by 2 1/2 lengths over Straw Flight, with Silent Ariel third and Tiny Charger fourth.

May 8 – Goetta breaks her maiden in her first start, going 350 yards at Los Alamitos. Bred by E.L. Gosselin of Edmond, Oklahoma, the Go Man Go filly is owned by Hugh Huntley of Colfax, California.

May 9 – Anna Dial, Tidy’s Pleasure and Scooper Chick lead the way in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, while Goetta finishes seventh and last. Racing for Stanley and Judy Mickle’s Valley View Ranch at Weatherford, Texas, Anna Dial is a 4-year-old mare by champion Johnny Dial.

May 9 – Decketta finishes second to Nancy’s Gold in her first start, at Grabo Turf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. The filly by Top Deck (TB) is bred, owned and trained by W.W. Wilson of Blanchard, Oklahoma.

In AQHA’s Quarter Paths report, read the colorful tales of Beduino, Dash For Cash, Easy Jet, First Down Dash, Go Man Go, Jet Deck, and Peter McCue.

May 8 – Go Josie Go defeats Anna Dial and Bar Request in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. The 3-year-old product of world champions Go Man Go and Josie’s Bar races for A.O. Phillips of Dallas, Texas.

May 22 & 30 – Racing at La Mesa Park in Raton, New Mexico, Savannah Jr wins his trial by four lengths and the final of the Oklahoma Futurity by a length. The colt by Everett Jr. (TB) is a homebred racing for J.R. and Ray Cates of Oklahoma.

May 7 & 15 – Top Ladybug wins her trial by half a length and the final of the Oklahoma Futurity by one length at La Mesa Park. Bred by Marvin and Lela Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma, the Top Deck (TB) filly is out of the Barnes’ blue hen mare and American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer FL Lady Bug, a 1945 daughter of Sergeant.

May 23 – Bay Meadows racetrack at San Mateo opens the first Quarter Horse meet to be run at night under lights in California.

May 11 & 18 – Easy Jet wins his trial and the final of the Lubbock Downs Futurity at Lubbock, Texas. The Jet Deck colt is bred, owned and trained by Walter Merrick of Sayre, Oklahoma.

May 12 – Racing at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, California, the freshman filly Band Of Angels breaks her maiden on first asking. Charles Woodson’s Hadan Livestock Co., bred Band Of Angels and also world champion Kaweah Bar, both by Alamitos Bar.

May 14 – Charger Bar wins a 350-yard allowance at Bay Meadows. Bred and trained by Wayne Charlton of Utah, the sophomore mare by Tiny Charger races for Dr. Kenneth Wright of California.

May 20 – Mr Kid Charge, Duplicate Bid and Mr Jet Moore run 1-2-3 in their trial for the Ruidoso Derby. The colt by AQHA Supreme Champion Kid Meyers is owned by Will Whitehead, who ranches near San Angelo, Texas.

May 28 – Coming off his trial win, Some Kinda Man wins the Ruidoso Derby, with Alamitos Angel, Mr Jet Moore and Savannah Jet lighting the board and Mr Kid Charge finishing eighth. Bred by the King Ranch of Texas, Some Kinda Man races for B.F. Phillips Jr.

May 4, 17 & 24 – Racing at Bay Meadows, Timeto Thinkrich finishes fifth and second in maiden events, and then seventh in the trials to the Bay Meadows Futurity. The Aforethought (TB) colt is bred by Frank Vessels Jr. and races for Vessels Stallion Farm, adjacent to Vessels’ racetrack at Los Alamitos, California.

May 6 – Starting the fifth race of what will be his world championship year, Truckle Feature wins the Sunland Park Championship. The 3-year-old Truly Truckle colt races for Gordon Howell of El Paso, Texas.

May 19 & 27 — Truckle Feature wins his trial and the final of the Ruidoso Derby, with Fly Laico Bird and Elan Again second and third in the final.

May 9, 19 & 31 – The 2-year-old sensation Tiny’s Gay wins his trial and the final of the Bay Meadows Futurity. The undefeated colt by Tiny Watch then goes to Ruidoso Downs to win the first of his two trials to the Kansas Futurity. Bred by Paul Travis of Oklahoma, the Tiny Watch colt races for John Colville of California.

May 4 – Dash For Cash defeats Watch A Native by three-fourths of a length in the Sun Country Futurity at Sunland Park. Chick Called Sue finishes fifth, with Bugs Alive In 75 ninth. The homebred Rocket Wrangler colt races for B.F. Phillips Jr. of Frisco, Texas.

May 4, 11 & 30 — Making her first start since losing by a nose to Heza Charger in the January 11 El Primero Del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos, Easy Date wins her trial and the final of the Golden State Derby at Bay Meadows. Bred and owned by Walter Merrick, the sophomore filly by Easy Jet then wins her trial to the Los Alamitos Derby.

May 22 & 31 – Bugs Alive In 75 wins both of his trial races to the Kansas Futurity. The homebred colt by Top Moon races for Ralph Shebester of Wynnewood, Okahoma.

May 2, 15 & 28 – Dash For Cash wins an allowance at Sunland Park and then his Kansas Derby trial by daylight at Ruidoso Downs. Failing to qualify for the final, B.F. Phillips Jr.’s 3-year-old Rocket Wrangler colt then goes to the West Coast, where he wins his trial by a nose over Charger Easy to qualify for the Los Alamitos Derby.

May 29 – Starting his 112th race, the 10-year-old Kaweah Bar scores his 38th and final victory, in an allowance test at Los Alamitos.

May 1, 14 & 22 – My Easy Credit wins a Sunland Park allowance, and then goes to Ruidoso Downs to win his trial and the final of the Kansas Derby (G1). The Easy Jet colt is bred and owned by Harold Burford of Milton, Kansas.

May 14 & 28 – Miss Thermolark wins her first stakes, the Blue Ribbon Downs Spring Futurity at Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Bred and owned by Ronny Schliep of Grove, Oklahoma, the freshman filly by Thermos (TB) then goes to Eureka Downs to win her trial to the Northeast Kansas QHA Futurity.

May 18 – Making his first start on an official track, Moon Lark wins his trial to the Kansas Futurity, qualifying to the consolation. The Top Moon colt is bred by Sam Howard of Grapevine, Texas, and is owned by Howard and his uncles Paul and James Howard.

May 26 –Town Policy wins his Los Alamitos Derby trial by 2 1/2 lengths over Kingdom Key. The champion and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame gelding by Reb’s Policy (TB) was recovered 10 weeks ago in a cornfield in Mexico after being stolen in October from his stall in Blane Schvaneveldt’s barn at Fresno, California.

May 26 — Resorts International opens in Atlantic City, where it becomes the United States’ first legal casino outside Nevada.

May 12 & 25 — Moon Lark wins his trial but fails to qualify for the Kansas Derby at Ruidoso Downs. The Top Moon colt then goes to the West Coast to win his trial to the Los Alamitos Derby.

May 4 — Lady Juno defeats Super Sound Charge by a half length in the Peninsula Championship at Bay Meadows. The 4-year-old mare by Master Hand (TB) is owned by Mike Huebsch of Madill, Oklahoma.

May 26 — Super Sound Charge goes to Los Alamitos, where he finishes fourth behind Mi Bay, Kita Pass and Lady Juno in the Shue Fly Handicap. The 4-year-old Roma Charge stallion is owned by Floyd Terrell’s Terrell Quarter Horses Inc. of Plano, Texas.

May 14 & 31 – Special Effort wins his trial and the final of the Kansas Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The Raise Your Glass (TB) colt was bred by Allen Moehrig of Seguin, Texas, who between the trials and final sold him to Dan and Jolene Urschel of Canadian, Texas.

May 22 & 30 – Sgt Pepper Feature wins his trial and the final of the Los Alamitos Derby. The gelding by Truckle Feature races for his breeder, Tom Neff of Andrews, Texas.

May 27 – Dashingly wins her first race, a maiden event at Los Alamitos. Bred by Muriel Hyland of Lake Hughes, California, the Dash For Cash filly races for Windi Grimes of Houston, Texas.

May 14 & 29 – Mr Master Bug wins his trial and the final of the Kansas Futurity, with Call Caleb second in the final. By Master Hand (TB), Mr Master Bug races for his breeder, Marvin Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma.

May 26 – Sgt Pepper Feature finishes third to Arbeka Jet One and Mr Merry Chick in a Los Alamitos allowance.

May 13 & 28 – On A High wins his trial to the Kansas Futurity (G1), but is scratched from the consolation won by On A Stormy Day, a homebred Rocket Wrangler filly racing for Larry Stephenson of Wichita, Kansas.

May 5, 17 & 26 – Dashs Dream defeats Check The Charts in the Town Policy Handicap. Joe Kirk Fulton’s homebred filly by Dash For Cash then finishes second by a neck to Speed Galore in the trials to the Los Alamitos Derby (G1), but in the final scores by a head over Easy Conversation, Rise N High, Speed Galore, Tolltac and others.

May 20 — First Down Dash is foaled on the Stanley Ranch at Madill, Oklahoma. The colt by Dash For Cash out of the winning Gallant Jet mare First Prize Rose was bred by A.F. “Fred” Stanley Jr. and B.F. Phillips Jr.

May 3 – Mr Trucka Jet breaks his maiden in his first start, at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. The Easy Jet colt is bred by Wade Navarre of Lafayette, Louisiana, and is owned by Navarre and the Miami Cattle Co. at Miami, Oklahoma.

May 3 & 18 – Cash Rate defeats Kingdom Jet in the Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3), and Man In The Money in the Shue Fly Handicap (G2). The 5-year-old Dash For Cash gelding races for B.F. Phillips Jr. and Minnie Rhea Wood of Frisco, Texas.

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May 16 – Competing in the first of 24 trials over two days for the Kansas Futurity (G1), Miss Specialqua goes 350 yards in :18.05 to win the first Quarter Horse race over the new twin track at Ruidoso Downs. Comprising separate strips for Quarter Horse and Thoroughbreds, the twin track eliminates the gap and its infamous hump on the 550-yard chute for Quarter Horses. Winning the seventh trial, Shy Gringo clocks the :17.74 fastest qualifying time.

May 13 & 27 – Racing at Los Alamitos, First Down Dash wins his first race, a maiden event, and then his trial to the Kindergarten Futurity (G1). Bred by Fred Stanley Jr. and B.F. Phillips Jr., the Dash For Cash colt races for Millie Vessels’ showplace Vessels Stallion Farm, newly relocated from Los Alamitos to Bonsall, California.

May 7, 16 & 30 – First Down Dash wins his trial and the final of the Los Alamitos Derby (G1), and then scores in the Laddie Handicap (G2).

May 15 & 31 – Elans Special wins her trial and the final of the Kansas Futurity (G1). Dr. Lindsey Burbank’s homebred filly by Special Effort finishes eighth in Shoot Yeah’s final, in which Dash For Speed is second.

May 1 & 20 – Merganser defeats Rime and Okeydokey Baby by half of a length in the Sun Country Futurity (G1) at Sunland Park. Owned by Jerry Wells and Ron Shalz of Purcell, Oklahoma, the undefeated colt by Duck Dance (TB) then goes to Ruidoso Downs to win his trial to the Kansas Futurity (G1).

May 19 – Strawberry Silk wins her trial to the Kansas Futurity (G1). Bred by Mike Thomas and Dr. Robert Kuhne’s T K Partnership of Mexia, Texas, the Beduino (TB) filly is owned by Jackie Spencer of Alto, New Mexico.

May 25 – Remington Park inaugurates pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in Oklahoma City, with a 49-day meet that draws 367,142 in attendance.

May 20 – Refrigerator wins a Remington Park allowance by 1 1/4 lengths. Bred by Sonny Vaughn, a farrier at Wayne, Oklahoma, the 2-year-old Rare Jet gelding is owned by Delton Dean of Coleman, Oklahoma.

May 24 – The Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City opens its first Quarter Horse meet.

May 9 & 26 – Royal Quick Dash finishes second in his trial to the Kansas Futurity (G1), and then fifth in Magic Dozen’s final. The colt by freshman sire First Down Dash is owned by David Morales of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

May 11 – Special Leader finishes fourth behind BCR Fast N Fancy, Ossetra and Super Sounds Easy in the Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs. The 4-year-old stallion by Special Effort races for his breeder, Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas.

May 8 –
Easy Jet dies. Bred and raced by Walter Merrick, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame son of Jet Deck was foaled in 1967 on Merrick’s leased ranch near Quanah, Texas, but spent most of his life on Merrick’s 14 Ranch at Sayre, Oklahoma. Easy Jet won the All American Futurity and 22 of 26 races to be world champion as a 2-year-old in 1969, and took five of 12 races to be champion stallion in 1970. The stallion became the first All American winner to sire an All American winner and the first sire of three winners of Quarter Horse racing’s classic event (Easy Date in 1974, Pie In The Sky in ’79 and Mr Trucka Jet in’85). Altogether, Easy Jet sired 1,382 winners from 2,019 starters, including 145 stakes winners, 9 champions and the earners of $26,237,832.

May 8 & 24 – Racing at Ruidoso Downs, Dash Thru Traffic breaks his maiden on first asking, in the trials to the Kansas Futurity (G1). Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm and owned by Charlie and Deborah Therwanger’s TNT Racing at Lubbock, Texas, the colt by First Down Dash then finishes fourth behind Deceptively, Loose Lips and Mr Eye Opener in the final. Deceptively is a homebred Runaway Winner filly owned by Roger Knight Jr. of Madisonville, Texas.

May 29 – Canterbury Downs closes in bankruptcy in Shakopee, Minnesota, while Utah’s pari-mutuel drive fails in a statewide vote. The first Texas Lottery tickets go on sale.

May 16 & 30 — A Classic Dash wins his trial but finishes second to Jumping Tac Flash in the final of the California Sires Cup Futurity (RG3). Jumping Tac Flash is a Tolltac filly owned by David Payne of Salt Lake City. A colt by First Down Dash, A Classic Dash is owned by Abigail Kawananakoa of Honolulu.

May 15 — Mr Jess Perry wins the Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG3) at Delta Downs. The Streakin La Jolla colt is owned by Cheryl Brasseaux of Vinton, Louisiana.

May 12 & 28 – Winalota Cash wins his trial but finishes second to Real Six Time in the final of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Bred by O.S. Carlton III of Richmond, Texas, the gelding by Light On Cash is owned by Andra Meridyth of Odessa, Texas.

May 20 – Suffering from EPM, Dash For Cash is euthanized at Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. The two-time world champion and American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer from 25 career races scored 21 victories, including nine in stakes, and earned $507,689. Dash For Cash’s first foals were born the year after he retired and they went to the track in 1980, when the stallion was the leading freshman sire. Dash For Cash sired 827 winners from 1,155 starters in 19 crops, including 145 stakes winners (to tie Easy Jet’s record), 16 champions and the earners of a record $39,990,245.

May 20 — Oklahoma approves full-card simulcasting.

May 31 – Starting the sixth race of her career and the third of the year, Dashing Folly wins the Town Policy Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos. The sophomore First Down Dash filly is owned by Arthur McArthur’s Jaramar Ltd. of Houston.

May 11 – SLM Big Daddy defeats former world champion Winalota Cash by a neck in the Remington Gold Cup (G2). The 5-year-old Daddy Hold On gelding is owned by his breeders, Steve and Lindsey Mitchell of Athens, Texas.

May 9 – Racing at Los Alamitos, A Ransom breaks his maiden on first asking. The First Down Dash gelding is bred by Vessels Stallion Farm and John and Kathie Bobenrieth, and is raced by the Bobenrieths, who live in Costa Mesa, California.

May 10 & 31 – World champion SLM Big Daddy defeats Dashing Perfection by a nose in the Remington Gold Cup (G1). The 6-year-old gelding by Daddy Hold On then is beaten a nose by Deposit Cash in the Remington Park Championship (G1). Deposit Cash is a 4-year-old Victory Dash gelding racing for his breeders, Buddy and Patty Newsome of Dade City, Florida.

May 15 & 30 – Falling In Loveagain wins her trial to the Heritage Place Futurity (G1), but finishes sixth in Gol’s final. Falling In Loveagain is a First Down Dash filly owned by David and Susan Mackie of Houston. Gol is a Jody O Toole colt owned by Alberto Omar Solis of Adkins, Texas.

May 15 –  Champion Kool Kue Baby defeats Tailor Fit by a head in the MBNA America Oklahoma Challenge (G2) at Remington Park, with Dashin Is Easy third and SLM Big Daddy fourth. Owned by Ramiro Lopez of Houston, the 7-year-old mare by Gone To The Man, is scoring a Quarter Horse record 24th stakes victory.

May 29 – Tailor Fit, Betty Jane Burlin’s 4-year-old gelding by Strawfly Special, defeats Miss De Great by a nose in the MBNA America East Challenge (G2) at Delta Downs.

May 28 – Going to post at odds of 19-1, A Ransom scores his first stakes victory with a head decision over Drop Your Sox in the Town Policy Handicap (G3).

May 5 – Starting his first race since finishing second to champion Corona Kool in the December 18 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1), champion Separatist defeats champion Artesias Super Chic in the Jet Deck Handicap at Los Alamitos. The Chicks Beduino colt is owned by Rod and Jackie MacPherson of La Junta, Colorado.

May 27 – In the first start of his career, Whosleavingwho breaks his maiden in the trials of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Bred by Gordon Haslam of Essex Junction, Vermont, the Chicks Beduino gelding is owned by Jim Geiler of Prescott, Arizona, and Kim Kessinger of Akron, Colorado.

May 3 & 13 — Former world champion Tailor Fit, now 6, finishes second by a half length to Dashingly Cleat in the trials to the MBNA America Oklahoma Challenge (G1). In the final, the Strawfly Special gelding scores by three parts of a side over Mr Moon Streaker, with Dashingly Cleat sixth.

May 26 – Starting her first race, AB What A Runner breaks her maiden by 4 3/4 lengths at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho. Bred by the Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, the Royal Quick Dash filly races for Dennie and Kris Hill of Blackfoot, Idaho.

May 4 – Oak Tree Special runs second by half of a length to Frostys Money Man in the Heritage Place Derby (G1) at Blue Ribbon Downs. Owned by Raul Rubalcava of Wylie, Texas, Oak Tree Special is a stallion by Special Task. Frostys Money Man is a Jody O Toole gelding racing for Jeff Strange of Greenville, Texas.

May 28 – Making his first career start, DM Shicago finishes third to Tell Em Im Gone and Going Separate Ways in the trials to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The Separatist gelding is bred by Don Moler of Cheyenne, Oklahoma, who races him in partnership with Fredda Draper.

AQHA’s Quarter Paths report gives the reader background on the influential sires of today’s racing American Quarter Horse.

May 5 – Making his first start, the Corona Cartel colt Teller Cartel finishes second to Sonando in a maiden race at Ruidoso Downs.

May 13 – Starting his second race, the First Down Dash colt No Secrets Here breaks his maiden by 1 1/2 lengths at Los Alamitos.

May 19 – Making her first start, Lucky Seven Ranch’s homebred Corona Cartel filly Blues Girl Too blows away eight rivals in a maiden event at Los Alamitos, winning by 2 1/4 lengths under a hand ride.

May 25 – At Remington Park, Heath Taylor becomes the 24th American Quarter Horse trainer to saddle the winners of 1,000 races.

May 10 – Stolis Winner takes his Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial by a nose over Sixy Royal King, with both qualifying to the June 1 final at Remington Park. Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. to the fourth-fastest qualifying time, the Stoli gelding is trained by Heath Taylor for owner/breeder Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas.

May 10 – Apollitical Jess finishes seventh and last in his first career race, a maiden event for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos.

May 22 – Runnning Brook Gal breaks her maiden on first asking, in a trial to the June 7 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Kenny Muntz is riding the Brookstone Bay filly for trainer Paul Jones and owner A & C Racing And Roping.

May 22 – Stray Cat is foaled, becoming the first Quarter Horse foal by the Thoroughbred stallion Storm Cat. Bred and owned by Vessels Stallion Farm and Grammy-winning musician Lyle Lovett, the colt is out of the champion First Down Dash mare Your First Moon.

May 30 – Freaky qualifies to the June 19 Vessels Maturity (G1) with a daylight win in the trials. Bred by Los Alamitos owner Ed Allred, the 4-year-old TR Dasher gelding clocks a track-record :19.170 over 400 yards. Rubio Francisco is in the irons for trainer Adan Farias and owner Armando Aguirre.

May 28 – Going 350 yards on a sloppy track, eventual All American Futurity (G1) winner Mr Piloto finishes ninth and last in his first career race, a trial for the Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

May 8 – Starting his first race since winning the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) on November 28 at Zia Park, Cold Cash 123 opens his world champion campaign at Remington Park, where he finishes ninth in his trial and fails to qualify for the Heritage Place Derby (G2).

May 8 – Going 440 yards in :21.699 under Jacky Martin, former world champion Stolis Winner takes the Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship (G2) to extend his all-time record earnings to $2,221,911. Bred and owned by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, the 5-year-old gelding by champion Stoli is trained by Heath Taylor.

May 27 – Breaking his maiden on first asking, Ochoa defeats Separate Cartel by a neck in their trial to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). With Jacky Martin in the saddle for C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, the gelding by Tres Seis out of the Stoli mare Stolis Fortune races for Johnny T.L. and Brenda Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch at Quanah, Texas, in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Doug and Sharon Benson.

If you witnessed or know of an historic event whose anniversary is next month, please contact the Journal’s Richard Chamberlain at

Attitudes at the Racetrack and Beyond

May 1, 2012

Pick a spot at your favorite racetrack where you can find comfort, solace and a better mindset.

American Quarter Horses race at Hialeah Park.

By C. Reid McLellan

Are you already behind on your resolutions for this year? I am. I can catch up by posting three blogs this month or two this month and two next month. Traveling around the country, I have many interesting experiences and generally learn something new on each trip. On my flight home from a recent trip to Iowa (I started this blog at Chicago O’Hare airport), I became aware of how much I can allow another person to affect my immediate bearing and outlook on my day. My experience also reminded me of how my attitude, tone of voice, words and outlook on life might affect others.

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April Racing History

April 2, 2012

This month in racing history saw some legendary Quarter Horse racehorses create memorable moments on and off the track.

Maddon's Bright Eyes

Racing at Rillito Park n April 1950, Maddon's Bright Eyes scores consecutive wins in the Cele Peterson Handicap, Speed Stakes and Rillito World Championship. (Photo courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum)

Every month, Richard Chamberlain, The American Quarter Horse Journal’s senior writer, recalls racing history on Enjoy this month’s history with legends such as Peter McCue, Dash For Cash and recent American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Indigo Illusion.

April 27 – Peter McCue wins his first start by four lengths. Bred and owned by Sam Watkins of the Little Grove Stock Farm at Petersburg, Illinois, the 2-year-old colt by Dan Tucker goes 3 1/2 furlongs in :42 flat at Forsyth, Indiana (or Illinois; the official record probably is off by a state).

April 7 & 14 – Racing at Rillito Park in Tucson, club-footed Queenie defeats Prissy and Tonta Gal in her first start of the month and Prissy in her second. Bred by Richard Martin of Rayne, Louisiana, and owned by George Orr of Pineville, the 8-year-old mare was last year’s world champion. Queenie is by Flying Bob out of the Old DJ mare Little Sis.

April 30 – Clocking a world-record :22 flat over the quarter mile, the King Ranch Thoroughbred Woven Web (who races as “Miss Princess” on the Quarter tracks) defeats Stella Moore and Lightfoot Dun at Val Verde Downs in Del Rio, Texas. A 5-year-old mare by Bold Venture, Woven Web is out of the Livery mare Bruja, who to the cover of Depth Charge this season foaled the Thoroughbred filly Encantadora.

April – Consolidating the recent mergers with the American Quarter Racing Association and National Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association, the AQHA Racing Division holds its first meeting in Tucson, Arizona. In attendance are representatives of several state racing commissions, track operators and members of AQHA’s executive and racing committees. Rules and regulations are adopted along the lines of the now-defunct AQRA, including provisions for drug testing and electrical timing. AQHA agrees to fund half of the Racing Division budget, with the remaining coming from tracks and sales of The Quarter Running Horse Chart Book.

Whether you are a long-time American Quarter Horse racing enthusiast, or are just beginning to get involved in this multi-million dollar sport, Quarter Paths is chocked-full of racing history that you’ll love. Download your copy today!

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January 30, 2012

If your horse-racing resolution comes with a memorable reminder, like truck tires, fires or lipstick, you’re less likely to forget about it.


This year, set realistic goals, and use a trick from Reid McLellan to help you remember them all year long.

By C. Reid McLellan

What are we going to do this year?

New Year’s resolutions are talked about a lot in December and early January each year. It seems to me that people have gradually begun to disregard this time-honored tradition.

I remember a New Year’s youth party at my home church way back when I was a teenager. We roasted marshmallows and wieners and enjoyed a good time like teenagers will do. Around 11:30 p.m., we gathered around the fire for a devotional from our youth leader. He had us write down something we did the past year that we were not proud of – more than one would be OK, but no more than three.

We folded the paper and wrote NPO (“not proud of”) on the outside. We were the only ones who were going to see those NPO notes, so “be honest with yourself,” the leader advised. He then asked us to write on another piece of paper one main goal we would accomplish in the new year. At 11:55 p.m., we observed a quiet time, a time of silent prayer, reflection or even a brief nap for those who didn’t want to participate.

We were asked to think about what we put on our NPO page. What were the circumstances? What will you do differently next time? At 11:59 p.m., we put that NPO page in the campfire. As we watched the papers go up in smoke, we were told to let it go. At midnight, we shared Happy New Year greetings, somewhat subdued compared to most celebrations, but with smiles, tears and what appeared to be relief on some faces. We were told that “Auld Lang Syne” was about remembering old friends and good times, not NPO events.

Then, as we sang those familiar lyrics, we put our goal page into the fire.

“Giving up on my goals already?” I wondered.

No, I learned that whenever I saw smoke — from a trash fire, a chimney or even a grill — I was reminded of that one goal.

I still remember what I wrote on those slips of paper, yet I can’t remember what goals I set last year.

Yes, this is still a racing blog! The take-home message for 2012 is that each of us can make resolutions, not keep any of them and do it all over again in December. Or, we can reflect on our wagering or other actions we were not proud of in 2011, and resolve to do things differently in 2012.

I encourage you to write down one, two or no more than three things you were not proud of in 2011. Write down each NPO event and below it write a positive, declarative sentence that starts with “In 2012, I will …”

For example:

NPO: Changed wager because a friend gave me inside information about another horse.

STATEMENT: In 2012, I will follow my own handicapping to make wagering decisions. If I choose to use inside information, I will make that as an additional  wager.

After spending quiet time considering your NPO list, destroy it in a way meaningful to you. Most importantly, do not keep your NPO list! Turn it loose and let it go! Write down one major goal that is specific and attainable. “Make a profit every time I go to the race track” is too general. “Make an average profit of $100 per visit to the race track” is more specific and attainable. This will be our playing goal for this blog and, in addition to some training and horse talk, I will blog about wagering plans that can help us attain that goal in 2012. Do something creative so that you will have a daily reminder. You can do the fire and smoke reminder or something that works for you. Some life coaches have clients write down goals on sticky notes and stick them on their bathroom mirror. Some like to place notes on the fridge with a magnet. To be different, write your goal in lipstick. Then when you see a lipstick commercial, an ad in a magazine or pass a lipstick display at a store, you will be reminded of your goal.

Speaking of goals, R.D. Hubbard set — and achieved — countless business goals in the horse-racing industry. Get the FREE Hubbard: Success in Business report today, and learn the secrets to his success.

So, what did I write on my blog goal piece of paper for 2012?

“Submit one blog for each month in 2012.” How will I remember? I rolled over my piece of paper with my truck and put a big tire print on it. Keep track of how many months this blog appears to judge the success of this reminder!

As executive director of The Elite Program, C. Reid McLellan organizes and teaches Groom, Owner and Trainer Elite classes around the country. Find out about the next available class here!

As owner and agent of Purple Power Equine Services, Reid helps people buy and sell race and show prospects and provides guidance and assistance with training, breeding and other equine services.

Thanksgiving and Horseracing

December 8, 2011

When you go to a track for a day at the races, be thankful for the fact that you get to enjoy another day at the track.

Thankful for another opportunity to go to the horse races.

By C. Reid McLellan

“Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

And thus another winning horseplayer expresses appreciation for a winning wager. Is that horseplayer actually saying a prayer of thanksgiving to God (or any other divine being), or just expressing excitement and happiness? Possibly 30 seconds prior to that utterance, that same player may have been prayerfully pleading, “PLEASE! One Time! PLEASE let me win JUST ONE TIME!!”

One reason horseplayers like to play the ponies is the excitement of unknown consequences – reward or loss?

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