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Arizona’s 2015 champions to be honored at Awards Dinner

The ATBA congratulates Arizona’s champions of 2015, which will be honored at the upcoming ATBA Annual Membership Meeting
& Awards Dinner, to be held on April 22 at Turf Paradise.

2015 Champion Arizona-Bred Two Year Old Filly &
2014 ATBA Sale Arizona-Bred Leading Filly Earner
Heidi’s In Charge
Breeder: Tosch & Cheryl Keshian
Owner: Mark D. Breen
Trainer: Dan L. McFarlane

2015 Champion Arizona-bred Two Year Old Colt/Gelding
Breeder: Dennis E. Weir
Owner: Don Schnell & Barry Arnason
Trainer: Don Schnell

2014 ATBA Sale Arizona-Bred Leading Two Year Old Colt/Gelding
Autumn Blitz
Breeder: H & E Ranch
Owner: Curt & Lila Lanning
Trainer: Ed Moger Jr.

2015 Champion Arizona-Bred Three Year Old Filly
Worthy Grapes
Breeder: Eric Kruljac, Spac Enterprises and Doug Krudenier
Owner/Trainer: Kenneth A. Person

2015 Champion Arizona-Bred Three Year Old Colt/Gelding
Prospector’s Blues
Breeder: Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC
Owner: Michael Feigenbaum
Trainer: Robert A. Hazel

2015 Champion Arizona-Bred Older Female
Tribal Gal
Breeder/Owner: John Pendergast
Trainer: R. Kory Owens

2015 Champion Arizona-Bred Older Male
Red Zeus
Breeder/Owner: Dick & Peggy Hopwood
Trainer: Dan McFarlane

2015 Stallion of the Year
Top Hit
Owner: Triple AAA Ranch

2015 Broodmare of the Year
Famous Gal
Owner: John Pendergast

2015 Breeder of the Year
Triple AAA Ranch


French General, McKenzie Honey take Sales Stakes Trials

Two trials for the upcoming Arizona Spring Sales Stake were contested at Turf Paradise on April 19, with French General winning the first and McKenzie Honey taking the second. The final times for the two events were virtually identical, as French General, a gelded son of To Honor and Serve, won his event in 52:50 […]

Hey Ez Money prevails in tight Arizona Stallion Stakes finish

The seven and a half-furlong Arizona Stallion Stakes was decided in the final strides as Hey Ez Money edged past favored Lieutenant Margie to win by a neck in 1:31.20 over a firm turf course. The top two overtook pacesetting Sondrio and Heber in upper stretch and opened up on the field, eventually finishing two […]

Arizona-breds shine on Gold Cup Day

Veteran Arizona-bred Jamaican Memories, last seen finishing fourth behind Absolutely Cool in the Hank Mills Sr. Handicap last month, turned the tables in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup on Feb. 13. Sitting well back off a blazing early pace, Jamaican Memories ran on late to edge out Storm Power in the last inches of the […]

New ATBA officers, board member

New ATBA Board of Directors officers have been elected: •Marvin Fleming, President •Jan Osborn, Vice President •Wende Macumber, Secretary/Treasurer The Board also welcomes its newest member, Michael Barro.

‘Unusual’ finish in Cotton Fitzsimmons

The $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, run on Jan. 16, came down to inches at the wire when California invader Somethings Unusual ran down locally based Az Ridge in the final yards to win by a head in 1:37.01 over firm turf. Perfectly Majestic, the only horse behind Somethings Unusual in the early stages of the […]

Turf Paradise celebrates 60 years

The ATBA wishes a happy 60th anniversary to Turf Paradise, which ran its first race on Jan. 7, 1956, and has operated a racing meet at the present location every year since.

ATBA Fall Yearling & Mixed Sale to be held November 19

The ATBA Fall Yearling & Mixed Sale is to be held at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre on Thursday, Nov. 19, with a 2 pm start time. The sale is heading to Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre for the 2015 event. The facility is located at 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. Horses are available […]