The Athletes

A Team Effort


Together, American Quarter Horses and their jockeys are the world's fastest athletes. These horses compete for millions of dollars in purse money throughout North America. Make no mistake, these horses are competitors in the truest sense. Lean, tough jockeys ensure that they meet their full potential. Working in harmony together, the combined athletic skills of a talented horse and rider flying down the track at over 50 mph offers fans a rare glimpse at both poetry in motion and pure blazing power. The American Quarter Horse is capable of such an incredibly powerful takeoff when it shoots out of the gate, that jockeys embrace the adrenaline rush like nothing else in the world can provide. Many match the excitement and force of the horse, and yell like Mel Gibson in "Braveheart." Next time you watch the American Quarter Horse, go out on the track apron. Get close to the fence, as close to the starting gate as you can get. Listen to the pounding hooves and jockeys yelling. The excitement is intoxicating. There are no other sounds in American sport that can match that of a jockey and an American Quarter Horse.  
 

The American Quarter Horse


Known as "America's Horse" but loved worldwide and for plenty of good reasons! Originally bred by colonists for short match racing down narrow streets or unplowed fields, the American Quarter Horse has the distinction of being the first breed native to the United States. 

As America moved westward, so did the American Quarter Horse, and he proved to be a valuable and adaptable partner as he became the horse of choice because of his speed, durability, adaptability, inherent cow sense, gentle disposition and alertness. 

Bred to be athletes, these powerful athletes are bred specifically for their jobs and undergo intensive training much like human runners. 

Today's American Quarter Horse racing is conducted at more than 100 racetracks throughout North America, but the premier place to race in the sport today is at Remington Park from March through May. 

These powerful, beautiful sprinters can go from zero to 55 miles per hour in less than three seconds. That's faster than a Porsche! 
 

Speed Record


Remington Park is truly the home of the World's Fastest Athletes. Records are made to be broken and during the Remington Park Quarter Horse Meet, spectators are often a part of history changing wins and record breaking performances. During the 2011 season, new track records were established at SIX different distances: 100 yards, 250 yards, 330 yards, 400 yards, 440 yards and 550 yards! In 2012, one additional record was established at 350 yards and in 2013, a new 440 yard record was set as well as a new AQHA Stakes Record at 350 yards! Many of the previous records had stood since the last millennium, proving the World's Fastest Athlete has become... SuperHorse!