Where Are Quarter Horse Races Held?

Quarter Horse races are held all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia. Here are some of the most prominent races and tracks throughout the year.

Key Resource: This article discusses how Quarter Horse races work if you want learn more about the topic.

Quarter Horse Racing Tracks in the United States

While Quarterhorse racing is not as well-known as Thoroughbred horse racing, it still has a loyal following in the United States. There are hundreds of tracks across the country, from California to Pennsylvania. The tracks below host Grade 1 through Grade 3 Quarter Horse races:

AZArizona Downs, Prescott Valley, ArizonaWayne Brasher Memorial, Adequan Derby Challenge, John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Arizona Downs Quarter Horse Derby, Arizona Downs Quarter Horse Futurity, Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge
AZGreenlee County Fairgrounds, Duncan, Arizona
AZGraham County Fairgrounds, Safford, Arizona
AZRillito Park, Tucson, ArizonaRillito Park Inaugural, The White Tie, Wayne Brasher Memorial Bonus Challenge, Rillito Derby, The Mark Villa Memorial, Rillito Park Championship, Budweiser Pima County Classic
AZSanta Cruz County Fairgrounds, Sonoita, Arizona
AZTurf Paradise, Phoenix, Arizona
CAAlameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California
CACalifornia State Fairgrounds, Sacramento, California
CAFresno District Fairgrounds, Fresno, California
CALos Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CaliforniaChampion of Champions, Golden State Million Futurity, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, Los Alamitos Super Derby, Wild West Futurity
CASan Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton, California
CASan Mateo County Fairgrounds, San Mateo, California
CASolano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California
CASonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California
COArapahoe Park, Auraora, ColoradoMile High Futurity, Rocky Mountain Futurity
IAPrairie Meadows, Altoona, IowaHawkeye Futurity, Cyclone Derby, Prairie Meadows Gold Futurity, Prairie Meadows Gold Derby, Iowa Stallion Derby, PRM Championship Challenge, Iowa Stallion QH Futurity, Valley Junction Futurity, Altoona Derby, Jim Bader Futurity, Polk County Derby, Future of Iowa
IDCassia County Fairgrounds, Burley, Idaho
IDEastern Idaho Fairgrounds, Blackfoot, Idaho
IDGem County Fairgrounds, Emmett, Idaho
IDJerome County Fairgrounds, Jerome, Idaho
IDOneida County Fairgrounds, Malad City, Idaho
IDPocatello Downs, Pocatello, IdahoAdequan Derby Challenge, AQHA Bank Of America Challenge Championship, Bitterroot Futurity, Idaho Cup Futurity, Idaho Cup Derby, John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Merial Distaff Challenge
IDRupert Downs, Rupert, Idaho
IDSandy Downs, Idaho Falls, Idaho
ILFanduel Sportsbook and Racing, Collinsville, Illinois
INHarrah’s Hoosier Park, Anderson, Indiana
INHorseshoe Indiana, Shelbyville, Indiana
LADelta Downs Racetrack, Vinton, Louisiana
LAEvangeline Downs Ractrack, Opelousas, LouisianaEVD Derby, EVD Futurity, LQHBA Breeders Derby, LQHBA Louisiana Million, LQHBA Louisiana Million Invitational, Louisiana Quarter Horse Juvenile, Louisiana Quarter Horse Derby, Louisiana Quarter Horse Classic
LALouisiana Downs, Bossier City, LouisianaMardi Gras Futurity, Mardi Gras Derby, Louisiana Downs Futurity
LAFair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans, Louisiana
MNCanterbury Park, Shakopee, MinnesotaMQHRA Stallion Auction Futurity, Canterbury Championship Challenge, Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby, Minnesota Futurity, Minnesota Derby
MTBrown County Fairgrounds, Miles City, Montana
MTMontana State Fairgrounds, Great Falls, Montana
NDChippewa Downs, Belcourt, North Dakota
NDNorth Dakota Horse Park, Fargo, North Dakota
NEFair Play Park, Hastings, NE
NMAlbuquerque Downs, Albuquerque, New MexicoNew Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity, AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championship, Albuquerque Fall Championship, AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge
NMRuidoso Downs, New MexicoAll-American Futurity (Triple Crown), Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity
NMSunland Park Racetrack & Casino, Sunland Park, New MexicoSunland Derby
NMSunRay Park, Farmington, New Mexico
NMZia Park, Hobbs, New Mexico
NVElko County Fairgrounds, Elko, Nevada
NVWhite Pine Raceway, Ely, Nevada
OHBelterra Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
OKFair Meadows, Tulsa, Oklahoma Speedhorse Derby, Fair Meadows Expo
OKRemington Park, Oklahoma City, OklahomaOklahoma Futurity, Oklahoma Derby, Speedhorse Stakes, Mighty Deck Three, SLM Big Daddy, Oklahoma Juvenile, AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championship, Remington Park Futurity, Remington Park Derby, Remington Park Juvenile, Dee Raper Sooner State Stakes, Heritage Place Futurity, Heritage Place Derby, Heritage Place Juvenile
OKWill Rogers Downs, Claremore, OklahomaMystery Futurity and Derby, AQHA Bank of America Racing Challenge, Black Gold Futurity
ORCrooked River Roundup, Prineville, Oregon
OREastern Oregon Livestock Show, Union, Oregon
ORGrants Pass Downs, Grants Pass, OregonFirecracker Futurity
ORHarney County Fairgrounds, Burns, Oregon
ORTillamook County Fairgrounds, Tillamook, Oregon
PAPenn National Race Course, Grantville, Pennsylvania
SDBrown County Fair, Aberdeen, South Dakota
SDFort Pierre Racetrack, Fort Pierre, South Dakota
TXGillespie County Fairgrounds, Fredericksburg, Texas
TXLone Star Park, Grand Prairie, TexasDash for Cash Futurity, Dash for Cash Derby, Texas Classic Futurity, Texas Classic Derby, Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes, Refrigerator Invitational Championship, Texas Hero Futurity, StallionESearch.com Claimers Cup Middle Ground, StallionESearch.com Claimers Cup Dash, StallionESearch.com Claimers Cup Classic
TXRetama Park, Selma, Texas
TXSam Houston Race Park, Houston, TexasSam Houston Derby, Sam Houston Classic, Sam Houston Futurity, Sam Houston Texas Bred Championship
UTLaurel Brown Racetrack, South Jordan, UtahBeehive Futurity, South Valley Equine Futurity, Eye On Corona Open Derby, Legacy Coin Maturity
UTWeber Downs, Ogden, UtahAdequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge, ARC Weber Downs Distaff Challenge Stakes, Hadley-Giles Futurity, The Iron Horse Maturity
WAEmerald Downs, Auburn, WashingtonAQHA Bank of America Emerald Downs Challenge, John Deere Juvenile Challenge
WASun Downs, Kennewick, Washington
WYEnergy Downs, Gillette, WyomingWyoming Bred QH Futurity, Wyoming Bred QH Derby, AQHA Distance Challenge
WYSweetwater Downs, Rock Springs, Wyoming
WYWyoming Downs, Evanston, Wyoming

Quarter Horse Racing Tracks in Canada

There are racecourses that host Quarter Horse events all over Canada. Some of the more popular tracks include:

ABCentury Mile Racetrack and Casino, Edmonton, AlbertaAlberta Oaks, Alberta Stallion Stakes
ABEvergreen Park, Grande Prairie, Alberta
ABNorthlands Park, Edmonton, Alberta
ABMillarville Race Society, Millarville, Alberta
ABRocky Mountain Turf Club, Lethbridge, Alberta
BCDesert Park Exhibition, Osoyoos, British Columbia
BCHastings Racecourse, Vancouver, British Columbia
MBAssiniboia Downs, Winnipeg, ManitobaManitoba Derby
ONAjax Downs, Ajax, Ontario
ONFort Erie Racetrack, Fort Erie, OntarioFort Erie Challenge
ONMohawk Racetrack, Cambellville, Ontario
SKMarquis Downs, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
SKMelville District Agripark, Melville, Saskatchewan

Quarter Horse Racetracks in Australia

Australia is home to a number of world-class horse racing tracks, and Quarter Horse racing is no exception. Compared to the U.S., most Quarter Horses race on turf tracks Down Under. There are also a number of different types of quarterhorse races, which include sprints, middle-distance races, and long-distance races. Some of the most popular quarterhorse racing tracks in Australia include:

VICFlemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VictoriaMelbourne Cup, Victoria Derby
VICMoonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, VictoriaWilliam Reid Stakes
NSWRandwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South WalesDoncaster Mile, Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Quarter Horse Racing Purses

Quarter Horse purses and payouts are determined by the pari-mutuel system.

Quarter Horse Purses in the United States

In Quarter Horse racing, purses are the total amount of money that is distributed to the owners of the horses that finish in the top three positions. The purse for a Quarter Horse race is usually determined by a percentage of the total amount bet on the race, ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $1 million dollars.

The largest purses are usually offered at Graded Stakes races, where the top horses in the country compete.

The largest Quarter Horse racing purse in history was $6 million at the All American Futurity in 2016. This race is held annually at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and features some of the best two-year-old Quarter Horses in the country.

Quarter Horse Purses in Canada

Quarter Horse races are held throughout the year in Canada, with the majority of events taking place in the spring and summer. The purses for these races can vary significantly, depending on the level of competition and the size of the track.

Quarter Horse racing purses in Canada typically range from $10,000 to $100,000.

The largest Quarter Horse racing purse in Canada is the Canadian Derby, which takes place at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta. The Canadian Derby features a purse of $250,000 and attracts some of the best Quarter Horses from across North America.

Other notable Quarter Horse races in Canada include the Manitoba Derby, which has a purse of $100,000, and the Alberta Oaks, which has a purse of $50,000.

Quarter Horse Racing Purses in Australia

Quarter Horse racing is a popular sport in Australia. The average purse size for a Quarter Horse race in Australia is around $10,000.

Quarter Horse Races Q&A

How fast can a Quarter Horse run?

The American Quarter Horse can achieve a top speed of 55 mph in a full-out sprint. This is the fastest top speed recorded for any horse in the world.

Who was the fastest Quarter Horse ever?

The fastest Quarter Horse in the quarter mile was 4-year-old First Moonflash who ran 20.274 in 2009 at Sunland Park, NM.

The previous record was held by Long Goodbye, who ran the quarter mile in 20.686 seconds, also at Sunland Park, NM in 2005.

Where can I find a list of all the Quarter Horse races?

The AQHA website lists all the Quarter Horse race venues in the U.S and Canada.

How often do Quarter Horses race?

This video gives a good idea of how Quarter Horses train and race: