Horse race fans flock to Hualapai Downs

The Hualapai Downs took place this weekend and will continue next weekend. Here, Saturday’s first race of the day takes off from the gate. From left to right are Sheezexotic (jockey Sherry Kirk), Dazzling Marjorie (Alejandro Ortega), Tapnmachine (Fernando Gamez), Regaletta (Daniel Gutierrez) and Wanted Man (Tyrone Gray). Not pictured is Persian Revenge (Steve Karr). Dazzling Marjorie won this race. JC AMBERLYN/Miner

The Hualapai Downs took place this weekend and will continue next weekend. Here, Saturday’s first race of the day takes off from the gate. From left to right are Sheezexotic (jockey Sherry Kirk), Dazzling Marjorie (Alejandro Ortega), Tapnmachine (Fernando Gamez), Regaletta (Daniel Gutierrez) and Wanted Man (Tyrone Gray). Not pictured is Persian Revenge (Steve Karr). Dazzling Marjorie won this race. JC AMBERLYN/Miner

KINGMAN - More than a hundred horse racing enthusiasts, otherwise known as gamblers, came out Saturday for the opening of the 41st Annual Hualapai Downs Races at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

Jockey Anna Barrio took to the Hualapai Downs for the 12th time in her career. Barrio, who competes in races throughout the state, said she enjoys the races and the public support.

"I come every year," Barrio said. "It's fun. I like the people."

Ira Price is entering his second year as chairman of the event, though he has been involved with the races for more than 12 years.

"I jumped in there (the chairman position) two years ago," Price said. "I worked all the time to get it bigger and better."

Price said that the number of participating horses is the largest it has been in the past four to five years. It could be due to the increase in purses, which should yield around $7,000.

More races will be run next Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. There is expected to be eight races each day.

Admission is $3 for visitors 12 and older, $2 for children 7 to 11, and free for children 6 and younger. Betting is allowed and encouraged at the track for individuals 21 and older.

For more information about the races, call 753-2636.