The American Mule Racing Association (AMRA) was formed to
promote the racing of mules at recognized distances in the sport
of racing. The Association is guided by six directors who are
elected by the membership of the AMRA at their annual meeting.
NEW FOR 2018
Repurposing Retired Race Mules
by Gayle Stegmann, Gem
State Mule Company, Rathdrum, Idaho
Ed Burdock, Professional Trainer, under English saddle is on
‘Idaho Gem’, the world’s first ever equine clone
Chris Holloway, Ears Up Photography
I am often asked what we do with race mules when they are no
longer racing. There is a misconception that racing can have
negative implications to a mule. I learned this first hand. When
I was struggling to locate a mule prospect for the upcoming
racing season in 2017, I put my request out on Facebook to a
group that has some 4000+ members. From the feedback I received,
the one that stood out the most was “Why wreck a good mule by
putting it on the race track, enough with this nonsense?” I was
shocked as I had no idea there was this perception out there.
While this article is not to convince anyone of the good that
comes to these mules from racing, it is merely to educate those
who are not familiar with the mule racing industry and share
with you some pretty awesome stories about what happens to these
mules when they are no longer racing.
To read the full
** 2019 AMRA Annual Convention **
***Due to inclement weather, the Annual
Meeting has been moved from Reno to Sacramento. Pease contact
Kate for more information. The start time of 1:00 p.m. will
remain the same. The meeting will be held in the Board Room of
the CARF offices at 1776 Tribute Road in Sacramento.
Save the date! Join
us for the AMRA Annual Meeting March 2,
2019, at Harrah's Reno. Room rates through AMRA are Friday night $101.61;
Saturday night is $122.18. This charge includes all taxes and
resort fees. Please call or email Kate Phariss
(209) 256-4631) with your reservation. See you
Read the minutes from the 2017 AMRA Annual Meeting,
2018 Year End Results,
No late entry penalty for the AMRA three year old futurity
held in Fresno!
New awards category for your Mules!! SPEED INDEX 86 -
SENORITA MAKES MULE RACING HISTORY
By Don Jacklin: President,
American Mule Racing Association
“Driving, Held determinedly, no mistakes”....these were some
of the words published in the ‘Daily Race Rag’ to describe
Senorita in her previous races leading up to the big race in
Fresno, as she embarked on her quest to finish out a first ever
in the history of mule racing, undefeated championship season.
October 16th, Fresno County Fair marked the final race
of the 2016 racing season and Senorita came out on top,
capturing the World Championship Title and the Fresno AMRA Gold
Cup. This marked her second consecutive year to win the World
Championship title and her 3rd time overall. The challenge
requires superior performance throughout the race year against
former World Champions BJF Red Ticket and BJF Hot Ticket.
In 2013, Senorita suffered chip fractures to both of her
fetlock joints while in a training session. It nearly marked the
end of her racing career. Dr. Bob Schneider, a renowned vet with
McKinley Peters Equine, who specializes in injuries to race
horses and had a long history as a vet at Portland Meadows,
evaluated Senorita in Feb. 2014, as a then 4 year old. It was
recommended that she have surgery, followed by several weeks of
rehabilitation. She then went back into race training in April
2014 and went on to win the Championship that same year and has
only improved and posted faster times since her this surgery.
“We are so fortunate to have of the best lameness specialists
and surgeons on this side of the Rockies, right in our backyard”
said Gayle Stegmann, Gem State Mule Company, Rathdrum, ID. He
saved her racing career which now stands in earnings over
Senorita is a 6 year old dapple grey molly bred
by Roger Downy and owned by Gayle Stegmann and David Wood. She
is trained by Ruby Thomas and was rode to her championship race
in 2016 by jockey Lewis Godoy.
Watch for Senorita on the
California State Racing circuit again in 2017 as she vies for
her 4th World Championship title. Popular mules including Red
Ticket, Cowboy Way, and Cali McGee will be back for what
promises to be another exciting racing season.
AMRA WORKERS' COMPENSATION ASSISTANCE FOR NEW AND
AMRA will pay to member/owner at
the end of the racing year an amount per start that will be
determined by the Board of Diretors. Funding will be from the
General Fund and will be in the approximate amount of $20,000!!
This financial incentive is designed to encourage new owners and
retain current owners and to help in the reduction of costs
incurred as a result of the ever-increasing Workers'
RETIRED MULES, see what life is like after racing,
NEW WORLD RACING CHAMPION
By Don Jacklin: President,
American Mule Racing Association
Senorita, the 2013 3-Year Old World Champion moved rapidly
forward in 2015, becoming the New Open World Champion Racing
The challenge required superior performances throughout
the race year against former World Champions BJF Red Ticket and
BJF Hot Ticket, with a culminating and convincing win in the
Fresno AMRA Gold Cup.
Owned by Gayle Stegmann and Dave
Wood, ridden by Jockey Joe Crispin and trained by Ruby Thomas,
Senorita exploded out of the Fresno gate on October 17,
increasing her lead in the 440 yard race, and winning by 4
lengths. Fresno racing crowds are the largest on the California
Fair Racing circuit with attendance soaring from 5,000 to
All 3 World Champions will again be competing
against each other in 2016, along with the new 2015 3 Year Old
World Champion, “Shu Fly”.
For further information
contact the American Racing Mule Association.
Photos of the 2013 AMRA Awards Banquet held in Reno, NV,
Local Hospice Officials say Thanks for Mule Betting Opportunity
Annual event presented great fundraising opportunity for the
Black Ruby: 2012 Equus Hall of Fame Winner
Photo by: Marcie Lewis
Black Ruby, a nineteen year-old retired racing mule mare, is
this year's Equine Hall of Fame inductee. Credited as the
"winning-est racing mule of all time", she now spends her time
mentoring yearlings and two year-olds at her home in Healdsburg,
here to read more)
From the California Horse Racing Board 2008-09 Annual Report
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For photos from the 2009 Winnemucca Mule Days Race Meet, please
Bar JF Hot Ticket