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

1947

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

1694

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.”

1890

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

1672

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

1946

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.

1947

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

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)

1946
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.

1947
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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 aqha.com/racing. 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.

1897
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).

1946
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.

1948
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.

1950
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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Resolutions

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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