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Who’s the Diva Now a leading light in Las Vegas Ranch S.

Who’s the Diva Now turned in a front-running romp in her career debut to win the $25,300 Las Vegas Ranch S. for Arizona-bred 2-year-olds at Arizona Downs on Sept. 1. At 17-1, she was the most lightly regarded of a field largely composed of first-time starters, but the Lotsa Mischief filly opened up a commanding lead after setting the pace and had plenty in reserve for a three-length win in :57.84 for five furlongs. Kevin Eikleberry owns and trains the filly, who was bred by the William Matthews Family Trust.

Showstopper Effort, also making her career debut, had no luck at the start but after getting away last of eight, improved throughout to take a clear second from odds-on choice Arizona Sun, who had been a lengthy winner of the Debutante Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in her last outing.

ATBA Fall Yearling and Mixed Sale ~ 2019

The 2019 ATBA Fall Yearling and Mixed Sale will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre. Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre 20464 East Riggs Road Queen Creek AZ 85142

Arizona-bred Yo Y Me star of Arizona Downs opening weekend

After silence since 2010, horse racing returned to the Prescott area on Memorial Day weekend as Arizona Downs – formerly known as Yavapai Downs and acquired in 2018 by J & J Equine Enterprises – opened its 2019 meet. The four-day weekend featured nine Arizona-bred winners, including Yo Y Me, winner of the $20,000 Inaugural […]

Todo Es Toro wins Gene Fleming on busy Breeders’ Day card

Coming from last of a six-horse field, Todo Es Toro swept by his rivals in the Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby to win with authority, cruising away to a two and three-quarter-length victory over race favorite Bold Flame in the defining moment of a stakes-filled card at Turf Paradise on April 20. Highlight of Arizona Breeders’ […]

Loud N Proud takes Arizona Stallion Stakes

Loud N Proud prevailed in the Arizona Stallion Stakes at Turf Paradise on March 30, tracking pacesetter Hit the Deck into the stretch and holding off filly stablemate Let Me Fly to win by a neck. Stretching out to a mile for the first time, Loud N Proud traveled in the distance in 1:40.19. It […]

Yo Y Me over Fortified Effort in ATBA Fall Sales Stakes

When they last met in the Dec. 8 Cactus Wren, 3-year-old Fortified Effort had the measure of his older stablemate Yo Y Me, but the newly inaugurated ATBA Fall Sales Stakes for 3- and 4-year-olds, run at Turf Paradise on Dec. 31, gave 4-year-old Yo Y Me an opportunity to avenge that defeat. Yo Y […]