Q-Racing Blog: Memorable Summer

Q-Racing Blog: Memorable Summer

Even if you’re at home, you can enjoy racing and support the industry.

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By Ty Wyant

Get ready for a memorable summer, although maybe not exactly like we’d imagined the way it would be at year’s start. But this year has been one that we will forever remember, and don’t expect that to change this summer in American Quarter Horse racing.

Horse racing is a sport, and it is entering a summer of uncharted decisions. These decisions include whether to race at all. If a track does race, then management will have to decide if and how the track can have guests at the races.

We are virtually assured that other sports trying to start up will be playing in front of seats without fans in those seats.

The National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League are looking at playing all of their games at one facility for NBA games and another for NHL contests. Major League Baseball is in negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association concerning starting the season – perhaps in July – with salaries a major discussion point.

Don’t look for fans in seats at any major-league game, at least at the start.

Those major leagues have lucrative television contracts that are an important revenue source for the teams and television networks, while racing has the advantage of off-site pari-mutuel wagering. That off-track wagering has kept tracks able to accommodate horsemen while the grandstands are devoid of fans.

The horseplayer can stay at home and wager on racing.

If you are not already signed up for Q-Racing Video, go to www.aqha.com/racing and join. It is highly recommended.

Then you need past performances (PPs), which you can for any track at Equibase or Daily Racing Form

I’m partial to the Daily Racing Form PPs, probably because of decades of familiarity, as I was their national Quarter Horse columnist for 18 years; old habits are hard to break. Either way, the PPs are not expensive and are required to make any kind of insightful wager. I save them for future reference.

Some racetracks, like Ruidoso Downs, offer free programs on their website that contain PPs for their races.

Most premier handicappers look at previous races of horses entered in a race. You can see them on Q-Racing Video.

Let’s go to the races at Ruidoso for the upcoming Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 6 and the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on June 7. Of course, you can choose any track that is available on Q-Racing Video and has PPs available from Equibase or Daily Racing Form.

Let’s take a quick look at the top qualifiers for each of those races to get your handicapping started.

In the Ruidoso Derby trials, Miguel Gallegos and Maurico Gallegos’ Hotsempting demolished the field with a perfect race and the top qualifying mark of :19.945 for the 400 yards, winning by 1 ¼ lengths. 

In the Ruidoso Futurity trials, the La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC homebred Elmer started on the outside and raced with the leaders until pulling out to a three-quarter-length win in the top qualifying time of :17.799 for 350 yards, the best time on Friday and the best overall time of the 10 qualifiers.  

If you don’t wager from home, yet, give it a try. 

If you don’t bet or your state doesn’t allow you to bet from home, still take the opportunity to sign on and take in the action. It’s your best option during this memorable summer.

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