Hooves pound, dirt flies at the 45th annual horse race

Horses begin the race at the 45th Annual Dixie Downs Races, Washington County Fair grounds, Hurricane, Utah, April 19, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

HURRICANE — The running of the finals for the 45th Dixie Downs Races, presented by the St. George Lions Club, was held on Saturday at the Washington County Regional Park in Hurricane. Four horse races were scheduled along with an unofficial schooling race for thoroughbreds.

Volunteers from the St. George Lions Club worked on track preparation, 45th Annual Dixie Downs Races, Washington County Fair grounds, Hurricane, Utah, April 19, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Volunteers from the St. George Lions Club worked on track preparation, 45th Annual Dixie Downs Races, Washington County Fair grounds, Hurricane, Utah, April 19, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

The main event was the 2014 Dixie Downs Quarter Horse Futurity. The purse for the futurity totaled over $22,000 with the winner, Hiko Hellion, ridden by Osvaldo Macias, taking home $10,284.75.

Great weather with mild temperatures and a light breeze brought out a crowd to watch the racehorses compete. Volunteers from the St. George Lions Club worked on track preparation and served cold drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers.

“It is a great way to spend an afternoon,” one of the volunteers said. “Most of the horses are trained and stabled right here at the track.”

Horses gallop down the track at the 45th Annual Dixie Downs Races, Washington County Fair grounds, Hurricane, Utah, April 19, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Horses gallop down the track at the 45th Annual Dixie Downs Races, Washington County Fair grounds, Hurricane, Utah, April 19, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

The trials and qualifying races  for the competitions of the day were held on April 5, at the Dixie Downs Race Track.

From 1968 to 1995, the Dixie Downs Race Track, located just off of Dixie Downs, held the annual Southern Utah horse race. In 1980 the St. George Lions Club took over the event with hundreds of volunteers to update and manage the facility. In 1996 the event moved to Hurricane.

Today, the St. George Lions Club boasts 110 members, making it the largest Lions Club in Utah. The Lions and Lady Lions sponsor the Dixie Roundup Rodeo, Daily Parades, the Rodeo Queen and Princess Contest and will be sponsoring the drag races next weekend at the site of the old St. George Airport.

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Saturday Results:

Race One: Quarter Horse Derby Finals, 350 yards

Win

Her O Beduino

Owner, Cynthia Cruz; Trainer, Cynthia Cruz; Jockey, Able Ramerez

Place

Steffies Classic Dash

Owner, Ron Moosman or Laurie; Trainer, Ron Moosman; Jockey, Uriel Dominguez

Show

Dreams of Winning

Owner, D Utley, R Williams, R Yardley; Trainer, Bret Vickery; Jockey, Jesus Canales

Race Two: Quarter Horse 2-Year-Old Maiden Non-Qualified, 300 yards

Win

Brooks Fly Away

Owner, A&C Racing and Roping; Trainer, Chancey Spencer; Jockey, Tyson Lusk

Place

LLB Camelot

Owner, A&C Racing and Roping; Trainer, Chancey Spencer; Jockey, Dan Carlos

Show

RGR Not Jess Lucky

Owner, David and Ross Hinkins; Trainer, Bret Vickery; Jockey, Osvaldo Macias

Race Three: Quarter Horse 2-Year-Old Maiden, 300 yards

Win

Pass In A Flash

Owner, Antonio Chaviro; Trainer, Jesus Duarte; Jockey, Jesus Canales

Place

RJR Riple N Rise

Owner, David and Ross Hinkins; Trainer, Bret Vickery; Jockey, Osvaldo Macias

Show

Brookstones Queen

Owner, A&C Racing and Roping; Trainer, Chancey Spencer; Jockey, Tyson Lusk

Race Four: Quarter Horse Futurity Final, 300 yards

Win

Hiko Hellion

Owner, Betsy Whipple; Trainer, Bret Vickery; Jockey, Osvaldo Macias

Place

CR Proud Prince

Owner, Layne Sprouse; Trainer, Chancey Spencer; Jockey, Tyson Lusk

Show

Bilingual

Owner, Sassy Farms; Trainer, Ron Moosman; Jockey, Jesus Canales

Race Five: Thoroughbred Maiden Schooling Race, 3-year-old and up, 4 furlongs. Note: The fifth race only had two horses competing.

Win

Run War Lady

Owner, G Barrow and R Windburg; Trainer, Darley Barrow

Place

Winthejackpot

Darly Barrow; Trainer, Gilbert Ben

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