Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Race Results for June 19

What does exciting, sweating and winning, all have in common? If you guessed Eureka Downs, you would be correct. The races were exciting, the horses and trainers were sweating, and the spectators were winning prizes. Not only would you have been able to watch the horse races, a representative from Kansas Lottery was in the Turf Club giving instructions on how to play KENO. Those playing KENO, were able to win an array of prizes provided by the Kansas Lottery.
The first race was won by Lucky Oz, boy was he Lucky, ridden by David Hunt, trained by local Jose Ibarra and owned by JK Running Horses. Lucky Oz actually ran second, by Grand On Affair inferred with him in the stretch and was disqualified. The second race brought excitement from the horses. Extreme Lad was frisky in the saddling paddock, and jockey David Hunt decided not to ride him. After a jockey change, all three horses headed to the track. These were 2 year-old first time starters going 300 yards. Crossing the finish line in front was El Chapulin, ridden by Manual Vasquez, owned and trained by Agustin Aguilera from Wichita. Running second was Saint Lewis, ridden by Chris Melson, owned and trained by Tom Long of Virgil. The winning time on that race was 16.30. Manuel Vasquez also made his way to the winners circle in the third race, riding Royal I Con, owned and trained by Dev Beeson of Parson, KS. Streakin Mr. Red with Gary Wade in the irons race second. Streakin Mr. Red is owned by Tom Blasi and trained by Donald Davidson. Royal I Con race 300 yards in 16.05 seconds. Race four was a field of 3 year-olds running 250 yards. Bid O Win, owned and trained by Debra Boller and ridden to victory by Gary Wade, was greeted in the winners circle. This was Bid O Win's first race of the year. Racing fans should expect to see more of this gray race horse. Bid O Win completed the course in a time of 14.55. Go Mr Smooth Dude with Manuel Vasquez controlling the reins finished second. The last race on the card was going 6 furlongs. Owner/trainer Zack Ashlock, with jockey David Hunt aboard Smashingly Ashley, was able to get their picture taken. Smashingly Ashley completed the course in 1:17.4.
There will be no races on June 26th. The next race day is July 4th. The doors open at 11:30 and the first race will run at 1:00.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 3 of the Season

Eureka Downs completed another day of non-parimutuel racing on June 12th. With the help of horse racing fans, hard working volunteers, and the horseman, everything went very smoothly.

The first two races were thoroughbred races . The first race was going 4 furlongs and was won by Regal Indian. This horse is trained by local Jose Ibarra and owned by JK Running horses. Regal Indian was ridden to victory by David Hunt. The time on this race was 47.1. The next race was also going 4 furlongs, in a time of 47.4. Thundering Saracco was the winning horse, with Trainer Joe Thomas and owner Longton Explorations from Fredonia making their way to the winner circle. Jockey Manual Vasquez was in control of the reins on Thurdering Saracco.

Race 3 was going 330 yards and was won by Snow Kan, owned and trained by Donald Davidson. Jockey Manuel Vaszuez was again taken to the winners circle to have his picture taken. The field of 4 horses completed the course in 17.58 seconds. The remaining order of finish: One High Lady (Hunt/Hunt/Burkhart), Cashews Kid (Wade/Rutland/Lindsey) and MC Wake Up Call (Melson/Davidson,Arguilera). Race 4 on the card was a group of 2 year old maiden horses running 250 yards. The winner was Myas Gale, ridden by Gary Wade, owned and trained by Jake Eck of Goddard, KS. Myas Gale rane the distance in 14.23 seconds. In this race, jockey Manuel Vasquez was unable to hold Sea Hunter in a straight line and the horse was disqualified and placed third. This horse interfered with the racing of Stormy Corona.

Race 5 brought another group of 2 year olds running 250 yards. The winner, My Paparazzi, ridden by David Hunt, and trained by Sue Hunt was victorious. My Paparazzi completed the course in 14.06 seconds.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 19th to attend the horse races. Post time is at 1:00 and the doors open at 11:30.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Come and watch the horses

If you are not sure if you would drive 100 miles to watch the horses run, you need to contact your Senator/Representative. The gaming bill was defeated 19-20 in Topeka when the legislature was in process. I would love to have wagering at Eureka Downs. Currently there is NO where in the state of KS to watch/wager on horse/dog racing. The gaming bill would have provided 5200 jobs to the state, plus $40 million dollars to the state, but legislatures voted to raise taxes. So, come and enjoy an afternoon of a sport that have been around for 138 years AND contact your local Senator and Representative.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Horse racing at Eureka Downs

On May 29th, Eureka Downs will host Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the race meet will be non-parimutuel. No wagering will be allowed, but what will be allowed is: people having fun, spectators enjoying the sun, eating hot dogs and drinking lemonade, and most of all, watching the horse races. Heck, you might be able to bet your neighbor a hot dog or coke. Who knows, you might not have to pay for lunch.
The first race will begin at 1:00 on May 29th. Check out www.eurekadowns for more information. Come out an enjoy the fun.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Visit Us in 2010!

Did the State of Kansas let you down by deciding to raise your taxes instead of passing the new gaming bill that would keep horse and dog tracks open and contributing millions to the State's coffers? Don't worry...Eureka Downs hasn't let you down. You can still get your fill of live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing during 2010. We may not be able to offer pari-mutuel betting but we can still offer all the great family fun that comes with life horse racing. The 2010 season kicks off this Saturday May, 29 and continues June 5, 12, 19, July 3, 4, 17, 24, 25, and 31. Post time is 1:00pm and the gates open at 11:30am so come early and get close parking as the lot has been known to fill up fast.

Experience the anticipation of the race at the paddock as you watch the horses being saddled and the jockeys mounting up. Feel the tension rise as the pony horses parade horse and rider in front of the grandstands. When the bell rings, the starting gates fly back, and the announcers voice booms from the speakers "AND THEY ARE OFF" you better have already picked your spot on the fence at the finish line because viewing from track side gets you so close to the action you can feel the energy as the horses thunder by.

So being track side isn't your style... that's ok too as Eureka Downs offers admission to the smoke free, air conditioned Turf Club with a birds eye view of the entire track for only $20. Great food and drinks are served in both the Turf Club and the concourse below. Live video streams in to the concourse and the Braden Room if you want a break from the outside action, but trust me... when you can be so close to it all there is no other place you will want to be.

Keep up-to-date with the happenings at Eureka Downs at www.eurekadowns.com or better yet, just make plans to spend part of your summer with us in Eureka!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


It is official.....Eureka Downs will have live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred races in 2010! There will be no parimutuel betting but the excitement of live horses racing is still a huge draw. Races will be held on:
  • May 29
  • June 5, 12, 19
  • July 3, 4, 17, 24, 25 and 31

Gates open at 11:30am and post time is 1:00pm.

Admission is $7 for adults, Kids under 14 and Senior Citizens are $5. KQHRA members can get in for $5 by showing their membership card.

10 Day passes can be purchased for $55.

Seating is available in the air conditioned smoke free Turf Club for $20.

Keep your eyes open as more information develops in regards to the 2010 race season. Information will be posted to this blog, the website at www.eurekadowns.com and the Eureka Downs Facebook page.

Thanks for your support over they years. We look forward to seeing you at the track for the 128th consecutive year of LIVE HORSE RACING in Eureka Kansas!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 Kansas Jackpot Futurity

The Kansas Quarter Horse Racing Association (KQHRA), in coordination with Will Rogers Downs and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association (OQHRA), has announced a change in the dates for the running of the 2010 Kansas Jackpot Futurity RG3. Due to a shift of quarter horse racing dates at Will Rogers Downs, trials for the $60,000 added race for two year olds has been moved to September 4. The finals will not be run on September 18, which coincides with opening weekend of a 28 day meet for Quarter horses, Paints, and Appaloosas at the Claremore, Oklahoma track.
"The board members of the OQHRA are to be commended for their willingness to keep the Jackpot program alive," said KQHRA president Robert Rodgers. "We hope our race can add to an already very strong racing schedule for horseman of the mid-west." For more information on remaining payments and penalties, contact Renee Jones, KQHRA secretary at 620-583-7510 or www.kqhra.com.