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Big Event Race Coverage

Online coverage during Ruidoso and Remington's weekend races.

May 24, 2012

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The coming weekend is filled with big events for racing American Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs and Remington Park.

On Friday, Ruidoso will open its summer meet with 25 trials for the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). First post is at 10 a.m. to accommodate the volume of races. On Saturday, the track will host the Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials, featuring the return of champions Ochoa and Feature Mr Bojangles.

More information can be found at www.raceruidoso.com and you can follow the racing action on Twitter at Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox).

Remington Park in Oklahoma City closes its meet on Memorial Day, and the weekend is filled with big races, including the Grade 1 $1 million Heritage Place Futurity and Remington Park Invitational Championship, the Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby and Junos Request Stakes, and the Grade 3 Remington Park Distance Handicap.

Night School, an online handicapping school hosted by Horse Player NOW, will host the “Night School Big Event: AQHA Night at the Races” live chat on Saturday, featuring Remington’s races and is available on its website as well as at those of its affiliates.

The chat begins at 6:30 p.m. EDT and includes on-the-spot analysis of the entire Remington Park race card throughout the evening. The chat will be co-hosted by Jeremy Plonk of Night School, along with Remington Park morning line maker Jerry Shottenkirk and track announcer Dale Day. Fans will be treated with a series of how-to videos between races as part of AQHA’s FAQ :60 fan education series, co-produced by AQHA Racing and Horse Player NOW.

Night School’s 40 syndicated websites that carry the program include most of the major racetracks in the Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse industries, as well as leading websites of top racing organizations. Saturday’s live chat is sponsored by Remington Park, and the track also includes free live streaming video on its website every day of the racing meet. Links to the live streaming video will be included within the Night School chat console throughout the evening.

“Our season-long chat series with Remington Park and its website has been a growing success and I'm looking forward to sharing the big Saturday card with our Night School audience,” said Plonk, the co-founder of Night School. “Dale, Jerry and I keep things pretty loose and upbeat in the Remington chats, and fans have found that casual atmosphere a great way to learn about American Quarter Horse Racing all season long.”

The Heritage Place Futurity will be the featured race in this week’s Q-T Handicapping Challenge, sponsored by AQHA Racing. Free Equibase past performances for the Q-T Challenge races and free contest entries are available at Horseplayernow.com each week. Free past performances and analysis of the Heritage Place Futurity will be posted Thursday evening.

Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, hosts the $29,130 Bitterroot Derby on Saturday. Their live feed is available through Idabet.com. For those who do not or cannot get an account at Idabet, the feed is available via this link.

Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, on Friday night runs the $25,000 Develop A Plan Stakes (G3), featuring champion First Klas Fred and veteran Grade 1 horse WRS Special Shoe, among a field of good horses, as well as the $81,002 Old South Futurity and $52,550 Old South Derby. On Saturday night, they will run the $225,337 Laddie Futurity (RG3), $252,317 Lassie Futurity (RG3) and $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes.

If you are unable to attend the races live, be sure to watch the live video feed at qracingvideo.com.