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TRJ InPrint: Early start on training at Utah's Dixie Downs

April 5, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

As you travel along I-15 heading toward or over the red bluffs that bank St. George, Utah, Dixie Downs beckons just off the highway to the east, arrayed neatly on the edge of a wide valley floor. The red-dirt track, abuzz with activity, mirrors the distinctive hues of the mountains and canyons that surround and protect an area known among jealous Intermountain West residents as "Utah's Riviera."

The locals use a more prosaic, historically based nickname. Because the red dirt and moderate climate reminded them of the Deep South, Mormon settlers planted cotton and dubbed the area "Dixie."

That same moderate climate draws contemporary horsemen to Dixie Downs. While owners and trainers not very far to the north and east anxiously watch weather reports ...

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Also in the April issue—

—Five pages of action-oriented news briefs, including information about how to submit proposals for BLM wild horse sanctuary funds, how to receive a copy of guidelines that help former racehorses go from the track to new careers, an outline of the 2011 Code of Standards from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, and much, much more

—Up-to-the-minute 2011 race dates for TRJ—The Racing Journal territory

—A followup to the New York Times expose on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

—Recognition of champions from the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and North Dakota Quarter Horse Racing Association

—Info about big changes at Assiniboia Downs

—And, as always, a stakes roundup from around the region, plus race recaps from tracks including Turf Paradise, Los Alamitos, Rillito Park, and Portland Meadows

Information is the key to success—so grab the April issue of TRJ—The Racing Journal .