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Cattle Novice Championship
The American Quarter Horse Association, September 27, 2013 - Exhibitors will be riding, sliding, roping, boxing and fence-turning their way to an inaugural AQHA Novice Championship title come April. The very first Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Show is on the books for April 17-19, 2014, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
With the entry deadline of February 28 not too far around the corner, the Association is taking the burden out of qualifying for this inaugural event. What that means is that any competitor looking to attend the first Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship must be Novice-eligible from January 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014.
All an exhibitor needs to do is be Novice-eligible in the class they wish to enter and be an AQHA member at the time of entry and at the time of the 2014 Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship. Should a competitor graduate out of Novice in the 2013 show season, they’re still invited to enter the event.
Novice eligibility is determined on a class-by-class basis. If exhibitors would like to determine if they are Novice-eligible in a particular class, they are encouraged to visit www.aqha.com/novice to review the guidelines or contact AQHA Customer Service at 806-376-4811 for help in verifying eligibility.
The following classes are on the Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship line-up:
• Working cow horse
• Breakaway roping
• Tie-down roping
• Team penning
• Ranch sorting
• Performance halter mares
• Performance halter geldings
To compete in a performance halter class, the horse-and-rider team must also be entered in a performance class at the Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship. And if a horse and rider compete in performance halter or reining at the Novice Championship in Oklahoma City, they will not be able to compete in either of those classes at any other 2014 Novice Championship. Should a horse and rider compete in reining and performance halter at the 2013 Novice Championships, they will be able to enter the 2014 Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship, provided they are eligible.
“The addition of cattle events to the Novice Championship menu of shows has been greatly anticipated by AQHA competitors,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “For the Novice Championship program to see success, Association staff and the AQHA Executive Committee thought it wise to progress the events in phases, and the addition of the Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship is the latest evolution for the program.”
While the cost to attend the Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship has not yet been solidified, exhibitors will see a flat-fee-style show, like the SmartPak West and Nutrena East AQHA Novice championship shows. Cattle fees will be in addition to the flat fee to attend the show, which includes the cost of one stall, office fees, entry fees for three classes and drug testing. For exhibitors looking to enter more than three classes, additional class fees and cattle charges will be required.
The open qualifying method for the inaugural Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship will only be offered for the 2014 event. Qualifying methods for the 2015 event will be announced in the next few months, so stay tuned to www.aqha.com/novicecattle for those updates, plus the unveiling of the awards, schedule and free Ride the Pattern clinics taught by AQHA Professional Horsemen.
Zoetis is the proud sponsor of the Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Show. AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis cares about the well-being of your horse and understands the serious consequences of disease. In addition to being the official equine and cattle vaccine, Zoetis is pleased to offer the Equine Immunization Support Guarantee. Learn more about the Equine Immunization Guarantee.
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Indiana Downs Quarter Horse Futurity Sets State Record
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; August 28, 2013 – Saturday night’s card at Indiana Downs concluded with two Quarter Horse races amounting to less than forty seconds of racing and a staggering $253,752 in purse monies. The former of the two, the 2013 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity Final, raised the bar as the richest Quarter Horse race in Indiana history with an $180,220 purse.
The 2013 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity Final brought eight of the fastest qualifying two-year-olds together for three hundred and fifty yards in 17.964. Secrets Fly proved too much for the field as the gelding gained ground from a brushed start to win by a neck. The Ron Raper trainee was able to catch the pace of Little James Brown and extend his lifetime earnings to $127,586 with Juan Guerrero in the irons. Secrets Fly, a Cynthia Allen product, is by No Secrets Here and out of Once Upon a Fly, a Strawfly Special mare.
Little James Brown dropped for a second place finish after Secrets Fly’s recovery from behind. With Cesar Carrillo aboard the Randy Smith gelding was able to hold off Fast Prize Man and tack on a cool $34,242. Little James Brown is an Oklahoma-bred by Ivory James and out of Fredas Title, a Title Contender mare.
The duo of trainer Ron Raper and owner Cynthia Allen dominated the futurity with two entries hitting the board. Oscar Delgado was able to keep the two-year-old gelding mid-pack and $16,220 in the money by a length. Fast Prize Man is a Louisiana-bred gelding by Fast Prize Dash and out of Spun With Silk, a Gone to the Man mare.
The 2013 QHRAI Stallion Service Derby Final followed in Race 10 where Sum Fun For Magic and Harold Collins overcame the odds and a less than perfect start for the win in 19.938. Owner Randy Thompson and trainer Thomas Mosley were back at it again as the three-year-old filly eclipsed the $100,000 lifetime earnings mark and her second derby win. Sum Fun For Magic was foaled in Indiana by sire Sum Fun to Bet and dam Air Born Magic, a Born Runner mare.
Tinys First Pepsi and Rodney Prescott gave up the lead late for second by a half length. Coming off of a successful two-year-old season the Ronald Brown gelding did not disappoint in his first derby of 2013. The Indiana-bred’s effort Saturday brought him to $152,669 in lifetime earnings. Tinys First Pepsi is by Tinys First Corona and out of Chics Pepsi, a Lucks Chic Gay mare.
Despite drifting across the field Randy Smith product Success and Luck was able to hold onto third and $6,618 in purse money. With Cesar Carrillo in the irons the three-year-old gelding extended her in the money record to fifty percent. Success and Luck is an Oklahoma-bred by sire Cartel Success and out of Silky Strawfly, a Strawfly Special dam.
Late Closers Take Allowance at Indiana Downs
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; August 6, 2013 – Monday night’s card at Indiana Downs was headlined by an allowance on the turf in race 4. The race saw a field of Indiana bred fillies and mares over three-years-old round the one mile turf course for a $38,000 purse. Early speed was of little importance as the top three finishers came from positions as far back as sixth, eighth, and tenth respectively. To Live Fore finished in the lead with a five wide bid at the quarter pole and led in her fellow late closers.
Coming off of a fourteen length loss at Indiana Downs last month on the dirt, To Live Fore was not expected to hit the board. However, the Thomas Proctor trainee was able to grab another gear on the turf and quickly make up ground from mid-pack for the win. Dylan Davis was in the irons as the three-year-old filly from Swifty Farms made a bold move down the homestretch and doubled her lifetime earnings to over $50,000. Backers of the late closing filly were not disappointed as a $39,316 pool returned $16.60 for her win. To Live Fore is by Pass Rush and out of To Dy Fore, a Dynaformer dam.
Following To Live Fore’s example, Oh Juliet was able to gain on the pace from two wide through the route before leading jockey Malcolm Franklin asked her to break. From five wide at the top of the lane the three-year-old filly was able to close in on the lead pace for a near miss and second place by a head. The Thomas Amoss trainee from Dell Ridge Farms seemed to have a lot left in the tank as she gained ground on To Live Fore. Oh Juliet is of Irish bloodlines, sired by Shakespeare, and out of Sister Crimson.
Wave Land Mabee topped off the trifecta paying $731.40 with the most ground gained of the three. The four-year-old Jerry Greenwell filly got away tenth and was unhurried through most of the course before splitting two horses in the lane and a respectable third place finish. Ramon Vazquez amassed his sixty-sixth start at Indiana Downs and rode in Jerry Greenwell’s tenth entry at the track. Wave Land Mabee is a Mr.Mabee filly out of Silver Eloquence.
Kentucky Futurities on Labor Day weekend will pay tens of thousands of dollars to eligible Quarter Horses
(Lexington, KY) - The 2013 Kentucky Futurities, a Labor Day weekend show (August 31 to September 2) held in Liberty, co-sponsored by the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association (KyQHA) and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Breeder's Association (KQHBA), will offer up to $55,000+ in supplements, bonuses and awards. An estimated $34,500 may be awarded in KyQHA Breeders' Incentive Fund (BIF) supplements to horses verified as BIF-eligible; an estimated $22,000 will go to those horses eligible for the KQHBA Futurity.
In addition to an unprecedented bonus offering, the event will also repeat in 2013 its novel and well-received all-inclusive $250 Exhibitor Entry Packages. This approach not only offers an exceptional value for exhibitors, but also gives them the opportunity to show in as many classes as preferred without having to bear additional expenses for each. The package covers your horse's stall, all fees, and entries for all classes in all show divisions for which individual horses and riders are eligible to compete, with six (6) sets of AQHA points to be awarded over the three-day holiday weekend.
These innovative concepts result from a joining of forces between the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Breeders' Association to seek ways to offer something for everyone on a schedule that works for everyone. Scarlett Barrow, president of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Breeder's Association, said, "I want to invite all Quarter Horse enthusiasts to the show. For several years we have offered this great value to show horse enthusiasts. Between our KQHBA Futurity payouts and the KyQHA BIF supplements, this will be an event no one will want to miss".
Paul Coffey, president of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, said, "We continue to build on our events of previous years. Even though the economy has not fully rebounded, this horse show represents tremendous value for all exhibitors and rich rewards for KQHBA and KyQHA BIF horses. Great numbers, a favorite facility, unlimited classes and divisions, and low price for six sets of points! These benefits we are proud to offer Quarter Horse exhibitors. Plus, most amateurs should not have to miss any work and most youth should not have to miss any school. There's something here for everyone."
The Kentucky Quarter Horse Breeder's Association Futurity, which pays an estimated $22,000 for eligible horses, will offer a schedule dispersed within classes on Saturday, September 1. KyQHA's BIF supplements, generated through registration fees, will be paid to those BIF-verified eligible horses that show and place in the top five of their respective BIF classes based on cumulative placings of three judges.
The Kentucky Futurities show bill can be found on the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's home page at www.kyqha.com, or on the web site of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Breeders' Association at www.kyqhba.com. More information is available from Equine Events LLC by phone at (859) 887-0033 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kentucky Quarter Horse Association is the official affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association for Kentucky, and its missions are to promote and Quarter Horse interests in Kentucky and to raise the standards of the breed.
We Need YOU to Break the World Record!!
We need your help to break the world record for the largest parade of pickup trucks!
This event will happen August 3rd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, gates open at 10 a.m. with the tractor parade beginning at noon and the truck parade beginning at 2 p.m. Those wishing to participate can register at this website. Registration for participants begins at 6 and continues through 9 a.m. WE NEED 275 TRUCKS TO BREAK THIS RECORD.
Be sure to stop by the Indiana Horse Council booth at the event as well!
Indiana Downs to Test New Racing Schedule
Shelbyville Track Seeks to Broaden Market Horizons
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; July 22, 2013 – On Sept. 2, 2013 Indiana Downs will transition from a 6:00 p.m. first post to 1:55 p.m. EST. Racing will follow the existing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday schedule with the exception of an earlier first post. The new schedule will remain in effect until closing day Oct. 19. The schedule change will be implemented in an effort to gather market data and discover Indiana Downs’ optimal position in the national horse racing market.
Race date requests for the 2014 meet are due by Nov. 1 of this year and will establish Indiana Downs’ 2014 meet. Indiana Downs’ officials seek to utilize this short window of time to gather empirical data and compare scheduling options. With the advent of an all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, a continuous 2013 schedule, and the increased interest in Indiana horse racing, Indiana Downs management seeks to establish its evolving racing product in the most advantageous market possible; for fans, horsemen, and athletes alike.
During the seven weeks of afternoon post times Indiana Downs’ performance will be evaluated on many different levels such as: competitiveness of Indiana Downs product, guest feedback, and cohesiveness. The ultimate goal is to cultivate a fair comparison between alternate schedules and market shares in order to deliver the best racing product possible in the coming years. Indiana Downs secured this opportunity as the least invasive time period for gathering information. While many factors have not yet been addressed, it is in Indiana Downs’ interest to promptly secure an optimum performance plan for many years to come.
"We are committed to offering our fans, both locally and nationally, the best and most competitive racing experience possible,” said Jon Schuster Indiana Downs’ vice president and general manager of racing. “In order to accomplish this now and in the future we need to explore various options concerning the times of day and days of the week we race. Currently all live racing in Indiana is conducted at night. The end of meet post time change is a relatively short and proactive approach to gathering important information. Ultimately, our goal is to place ourselves in the best possible position for our fans and the racing industry."
About Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Indiana Grand Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.
Sox For Horses: Pro-Horse, Anti-Microbial
Tallahassee, FL (July 22, 2013) Since the time of ancient mythology, the Rod of Asclepius – a serpent-entwined staff wielded by the Greek god Asclepius – has been an emblem of healing. The snake symbolizes the 'shedding' of illness like old skin while the staff offers protection from 'falling' ill.
Intertwining two powerful forces into one is still a good idea.
Which is why more equine clothing manufacturers are catching up to hospitals and bringing antimicrobial fiber and silver-treated fabrics to the marketplace. Some of these fabrics are treated with wash-in silver treatments. Such products have one thing in common: Silver that eventually washes out.
But when silver is embedded – entwined so to speak -- into fiber, those healthy, antimicrobial benefits are there for the life of the garment.
Raymond Petterson, President of Sox For Horses, Inc. first introduced antimicrobial fiber to horse owners with Summer Whinnys, fly barrier socks for horses, and incorporated that same fiber into Whinny Warmers, providing added warmth and comfort during cold weather to circulation-impaired horses.
“I think I was not only one of the first to bring antimicrobial products to the equine world but was ahead of a lot of hospitals. The environments that a horses encounter support bacteria, dirt, disease, etc. It is one thing to offer a fly barrier for horse legs, but once I knew this fiber was available and functional in such environments, it was common sense to make Sox For Horses yarn using this fiber.”
So what’s the science behind the copper and silver ions embedded in the fibers of Sox For Horses? An ion is an atom or molecule that has unequal numbers of electrons and protons, giving it a positive or negative charge. Silver and copper ions have positive charges, and are attracted to the ion-charged surfaces of microbes. A microbe is a living organism (i.e., bacteria, fungi, mold or mildew), too small to be seen by the human eye.
“Even though you can’t see them,” says Petterson, “you've probably seen how microbes can wreak damage on legs. By combining silver and copper with the fiber, it is enhanced with permanently-embedded antimicrobial action. Copper and silver ions can then naturally attack microbes that may be present on the fiber and disable them.”.
For horses, it means that Summer Whinnys and Whinny Warmers provide clean environments and are useful in the reduction of dirt, debris and bacteria near pre-existing wounds. While they cannot heal a condition, they can help an owner provide clean, anti-microbial protection, allowing a horse's own healthy immune system to do the rest.
Learn more about Summer Whinnys and Whinny Warmers at www.soxforhorses.com. If you have any questions about the socks, call Sox For Horses, Inc. at 850-907-5724.
Kentucky Round-Up to Feature Clinician Craig Cameron
Lexington, KY, July 18, 2013 – Kentucky Round-Up is an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) that celebrates the magic of horses with live demonstrations, hands-on activities, and educational exhibits. Today KHC announces the addition of nationally known Craig Cameron as a featured clinician at Kentucky Round-Up 2014. The event will be held February 15-16, 2014 at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.
Craig Cameron adds a level of excitement to the new two-day event, by raising the bar on the quality of horsemen education and entertainment.
"We are so excited to have Craig Cameron come to Kentucky to share his unique skills and approach to horsemanship," said Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council. "We have committed to building the Kentucky Round-Up into a top-notch event and the presence of Craig Cameron moves us a large step closer to that goal."
Cameron will be offering multiple clinics both on Saturday and Sunday, including some for the whole audience as well as some for individual paid participants.
In addition to Cameron's clinics, other new features will be added to the two-day Kentucky Round-Up, which started in February 2013 as a one-day event.
The Round-Up will continue to focus on youth involvement by offering a new Youth Congress. The Round-Up Youth Congress is open to youth nominated by horse associations, which are members of the Kentucky Horse Council. Each association may send two youth members. The Congress will emphasize leadership and character training, and also feature a lunch talk by Craig Cameron.
Additional information about Kentucky Round-Up will be released as details are confirmed. News about Kentucky Round-Up 2014 can be found at www.kentuckyroundup.com/news/.
ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.
Thoroughbred Charities Of America Awards Over $500,000 in Grants
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today grants totaling $502,058 have been awarded to 72 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA’s mission.
TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred industry related nonprofits including rescue, rehabilitation and adoption organizations as well as education and backstretch programs, therapeutic riding programs and research organizations. Grant applications for the 2014 grant cycle will be available on www.tca.org in early January.
“Thanks to the continued support of our generous donors TCA is once again able to provide financial assistance to many worthy charities,” said TCA President Dan Rosenberg. “TCA believes strongly in being a good steward of the donations entrusted to us and as such we take very seriously our disbursement of grants.”
More than 200 Thoroughbred-related charities have received a grant from TCA since its inception in 1990. TCA grants funds to organizations that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application.
TCA formally affiliated with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) in 2008 and is now the charitable arm of the organization. TCA’s affiliation with TOBA has allowed TCA to further expand its national reach and provides the continuity needed to carry on its mission into the future. TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue and research and by helping the people who work with them.
From 2000-2011, more than 95% of TCA’s expenditures were allocated to program services including direct grants. TCA’s primary fundraiser is its annual Stallion Season Auction held each winter in Lexington, Ky. Donations to TCA are always accepted and can be made in the form of cash donations or as donations in lieu of flowers, birthday gifts or other occasions. To make a donation please visit www.tca.org.
Rich Night of Quarter Horse Racing at Indiana Downs
Over $460,000 in Purses in Nine Race Card
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; July 6, 2013 – Indiana Downs saw an impressive turnout Saturday night as the third of six all Quarter Horse cards kicked off at 6:00 p.m. EST. The night’s action was headlined by four consecutive stake races that began in Race 5 with the Heartland Futurity. The stakes continued into Race 8 as the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, the Blue River Derby Stakes, and the Bob Woodward Memorial Classic capped off the night. The top ten fastest times from Indiana Downs’ June 21 trials remained eligible for each respective stake race and would meet again Saturday with more than $460,000 in available purses.
The $50,000 added Heartland Futurity for two-year-old Quarter Horses kicked off the stakes at approximately 7:40 p.m. Several late scratches, including the top three trials finisher Pyc First Prize Fanny, skewed the competition into Ron Raper trainee Chaos Reigns’ favor. Raper’s third win of the night came just in time to take home another $56,000 in purses. Chaos Reigns, a Dean Miracle gelding of Texas breeder Todd Antonuk, eclipsed the three-hundred-yard wire in 15.674; a notch above his 15.898 trails field. Louisiana-bred Fast Prize Man entered the race with the fastest trails time, but fell short of Chaos Reigns blistering pace for second by one-half length. Sky’s The Limit Racing and Thomas Mosley rounded out the top three with a Brookstone Bay filly Bay Be Brooks. Chaos Reigns brought elated connections to the winner’s circle as jockey Shanley Jackson amassed his fourth win of the night and Ron Raper spoke of his standout gelding. “We are extremely happy with him,” he said. “It concerned us when he was so quiet in the barn, but today he came out wide-eyed and told me he was ready to go.”
Next up was the $50,000 added Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby for three-year-olds. Texas-bred gelding, Diamonds Edge, entered the gate as the one to beat as the fastest of the ten trials qualifiers. However, the field got away awkwardly and the Salvador Rojas trainee would forfeit a second-place pace to disqualification. Despite issues early on, Texas-bred filly Mi Angela and jockey Manuel Gutierrez got away cleanly for a gate-to-wire win in 17.680. The Rolando Almanza trainee, owned by Cesar Rosales, was able to hold the early lead and tack an additional $44,440 to her lifetime earnings of $32,413. Carverson, a Captain Courage colt from Oklahoma was able to carry jockey Harold Collins in for a game second-place-finish. The disqualification pulled Ricardo Martinez’s colt Habit’s Secret into third-place money from finishing one and one-half-lengths off the lead. Mi Angela’s trainer Rolando Almanza was thrilled with his filly’s finish. “There was an inquiry so I wasn’t sure who had won. I came running up to see and realized we had won it,” he said. “I knew we had the lead in the bottom, but wasn’t sure if we had the pace to hold them off.”
Fastest trails qualifier This Lion Roars was of no menace in the Race 7 Blue River Derby Stakes; a four-hundred-yard Indiana-bred dash for $126,100 in purse money. A Randy Thompson and Thomas Mosley entry Sum Fun for Magic owned the field with a two length win in 20.056. Coming off of a fourth-place finish in trials the three-year-old Sum Fun To Bet filly out of Air Born Magic made an impressive showing. Teresa and Mark Meyers’ filly, Sheza Glass of Sass, followed suit with an upset of her own with a second-place finish returning $14.80 to place. Wh Johnnie Boy Red brought home the big money trifecta as perhaps the only expected top finisher. The Paul Martin trainee held tight to the four-hundred-yard pace to finish third by a head.
The last stake race of the night was the Bob Woodward Memorial Classic for older Indiana-bred Quarter Horses. The race was contested over four-hundred-yards and saw a full ten-horse-field vie for $92,300 in purse money. Thomas Mosley was back at it again with his second win of the night, his fourth stakes win of the year, and back to back Bob Woodward wins. He was able to lead Randy Thompson’s five-year-old gelding Air Born Leader to a win in 20.103. Air Born Leader is a multiple-stakes winning horse, sired by Leader of the Class, and out of Air Born Jazz by Born Runner. The fastest of Air Born Leader’s trial was I Is It, and the six-year-old gelding did not disappoint. The Raul Gonzalez trainee, owned by Francisco Ramos, was able to duel the pace to a nose. Sealing off the top three was Michelle Collins’ Dancing With Ducks. The four-year-old gelding from Circle S Ranch was able to give Thomas Mosley another in the money with a third-place-finish by one length. “We just have a really great team,” Mosley said. “A great team, great horses, and we are fortunate to have done so well here tonight.”
Ron Raper would go on to win four races of nine and jockey Shanley Jackson added five more wins to his career. “I have to thank my trainers for my success,” Jackson concluded.
Only the Fastest for Jaguar Rocket Quarter Horse Stakes
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; July 2, 2013 – Indiana Downs hosted an exceptionally long card Saturday night that was brought home by the Jaguar Rocket Quarter Horse Stakes trials in races ten through fourteen. The top finishers from Saturday’s trials will move on to the $100,000 added Jaguar Rocket Quarter Horse Stakes on July 17.
The field for the Jaguar Rocket Stakes will comprise of ten of the fastest trials starters. The stakes will be contested over three hundred yards and will see the fastest two-year-old Indiana-bred Quarter Horses all leave from the same gate.”It is great to follow these horses from trials to stakes,” said Scott Peine Indiana Downs race secretary. “You get to know them through trials and hit their full potential in the stakes.”
As of today the ten fastest trials finishers have secured eligibility into the July 17 stakes action. The fastest time turned in Saturday was from Ron Raper trainee Wh Streakin Pie with a 15.704 in Race 11. With only one previous start in which she broke her maiden, the Greg Morrison product carries high hopes into the Jaguar Rocket. Race 11 Saturday night sent three horses to the top five of the finals. Race 11’s 12-1 shot Moz Achievement tied the second fastest time of the night with Race 12’s 30-1 Rockin Ruben and Six Fols Corona secured fourth eligibility with a time of 15.864.
On July 17, times, dead heats, and past performance will give way to three hundred yards of hotly contested competition. The race will see only one of some of the fastest Quarter Horses in the Hoosier State chase down the wire for a $100,000 purse. With many starters unproven coming into the trials, few of the field who have faced each other, and the pressures of stakes it is hard to know who will prevail on July 17, but the Jaguar Rocket Stakes shows promise to deliver the best in Indiana Quarter Horse racing.
Spring Health Guide for Horse Owners
For Immediate Release
Contact: Denise Derrer, Public Information Director, 317/544-2414
INDIANAPOLIS(15 May 2013)—Warm weather has finally arrived, and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) encourages horse owners to update their animals' vaccinations now for the best protection against disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Vaccinations against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) or "sleeping sickness" and West Nile virus (WNv) are available to protect horses, mules and donkeys. However, both vaccines must initially be administered in two doses 3-4 weeks apart, to become effective. Equids may not achieve disease-resistance until after vaccination because full protection doesn't develop until four to six weeks following the second dose. Annual booster shots are needed to maintain protection.
EEE causes swelling of the brain, staggering, convulsions and fever in horses. EEE can even be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on diseased birds; however, horses do not transmit the disease to humans.
WNV is a neurologic disease that was unheard of in the United States until 1999. Since then, WNV has spread throughout the country. Like other encephalitises, WNV causes swelling of the brain, which can cause staggering, incoordination, weakness of limbs, ataxia, partial paralysis or death. WNV is transmitted by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds, but is not known to be transmitted from man-to-horse or horse-to-man.
Dr. Sandra Norman, BOAH companion animal and equine veterinarian, suggests owners take additional prevention steps by reducing mosquito populations by draining standing water from birdbaths, troughs and other containers. Owners may want to stable their animals overnight to provide added protection. Insect repellents should be used judiciously, and always according to label directions.
Horse owners should also vaccinate now for equine influenza, tetanus and rabies. Many combination vaccinations are available. Horse owners should contact their local equine practitioner to schedule immunizations and ask about options.
Dr. Norman also suggests traveling horses have a recent equine infectious anemia (or Coggins) test, even though it is not required for horses moving within Indiana. Coggins is required in many other states and the time the test is considered current varies from state to state. When traveling, owners should have a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the previous 30 days and check with their destination's office to receive up-to-date rules and regulations for entering.