Q-Racing Aces Coming to Fair Grounds

The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to announce the formation of a new program to promote and educate the public about American Quarter Horse racing at racetracks in North America. The Q-Racing Aces, which made its debut in June 2010, is a group of American Quarter Horse know-it-alls who will actively promote the excitement of “America’s Fastest Athletes” at about 35 major racing events this year.

The Q-Racing Aces are individuals who have been involved in American Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing as handicappers, racing writers and publicists. The group, consisting of Martha Claussen, Jennifer Perkins, Tom Dawson, Denis Blake and others were selected as representatives by AQHA. The major goals of the Q-Racing Aces program are to promote the sport, provide fan education services and help to develop new fan bases.

“The idea of this program originated last November at Hialeah Park,” said AQHA Executive Director of Racing Trey Buck. “We were thrilled with opening day of the American Quarter Horse meet, which attracted 27,000 fans, but realized very quickly that they were more familiar with Thoroughbred racing and did not feel as comfortable handicapping American Quarter Horse racing. Our hope is that this very talented group of ‘aces’ can educate Thoroughbred fans, casual fans that attend the races two or three times a year and create a lasting first impression with first timers.”

Jen Perkins of the Q-Racing Aces will visit Fair Grounds on Saturday, September 18 and Martha Claussen will be on site on Saturday, September 25. Both will share their insights with Jim Mulvihill, Communications & Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager, before each race. Fans will also be able to sign up for Q-Racing Ace t-shirts and receive free racing handouts and tip sheets and $2 betting vouchers.

"Having worked at a racetrack for over a decade, I know how intimidating handicapping horses can be at first,” said Claussen, who is serving as coordinator for the Q-Racing Aces. “But there is nothing more thrilling than teaching someone the basics and watching them cheer on their first winner. Our goal will be to keep it simple, but make sure everyone we interact with understands the unbridled excitement of the sport of American Quarter Horse racing.”.

For more information on the Q-Racing Aces, visit the American Quarter Horse Association website at aqharacing.com or become a friend on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Q-Racing-Aces.