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Jessies First Down Leads Ruidoso Raced Champions

Ty Wyant

              Ted Abrams’ homebred Jessies First Down repeated as the world champion and led five horses that raced at Ruidoso Downs last summer named 2017 champions.

            There are 12 championship awards for quarter horses racing in the United States. They are the major awards. Ruidoso Downs raced horses took eight of those titles.

            The champions were announced Wednesday night in Oklahoma City by the American Quarter Horse Association.

            Jessies First Down, also the 2016 world champion, earned his 2017 title with five wins from seven starts. Like 2016, he secured the sport’s top award with an impressive late season surge.

            A gelding sired by Fdd Dynasty, Jessies First Down won the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup by two-and-one-half lengths in his sole Ruidoso Downs start.

            Jessies First Down was also named champion aged horse and champion aged gelding.

            The Jimmy Padgett-trained Jessies First Down is the first horse since Tailor Fit (1999 and 2001) to win multiple world championships and the first horse since SLM Big Daddy (1997-1998) to win consecutive world championships.

            Padgett also trained champion three-year-old Hold Air Hostage, champion three-year-old colt Duponte and champion two-year-old gelding Eagle Jazz. They all raced at Ruidoso Downs.

            Darling Farms’ Hold Air Hostage raced to dominating wins in the Grade 1, $1.15-million Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1, $1.36-million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. The Apollitical Jess-sired gelding won the Rainbow Derby by one-and-three-quarter lengths and the All American Derby by two-and-one-half lengths.

            Hold Air Hostage was also honored as champion three-year-old gelding.

            Owned by Bobby Cox with Homero Parades and Kristen Ashley Parades, Duponte had a consistent summer at Ruidoso Downs racing at the highest level. The son of American Runaway was a troubled third in the All American Derby and fourth in the Rainbow Derby. He won his trials to each of those races.

            Juan Medina’s homebred Eagle Jazz was sensational with a dead heat win in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and a three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity. The strapping son of One Dashing Eagle then dominated his All American Futurity trial by four-and-one-half lengths, however his time was not fast enough to reach the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity.

            By By JJ LLC’s homebred Running Dragon, a New Mexico-bred, took champion three-year-old filly honors. The Juan Gonzalez-trained daughter of Zulu Dragon was second in the $176,000 Zia Derby at Ruidoso Downs.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.

 

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All American Triple Crown Nominations Due January 15

Ty Wyant

           The initial payment of $250 for foals of 2017 to be nominated to the 2019 All American Triple Crown at Ruidoso Downs must be postmarked by January 15.

            That $250 payment nominates the foal of 2017 to the 2019 runnings of the Grade 1, $3-million (est.) All American Futurity, the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (est.), the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity and then the 2020 Grade 1 All American Derby, Grade 1 Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby.

            Thus, the $250 nomination payment for a foal of 2017 starts the eligibility process for six iconic Grade 1 quarter horse races-contingent upon receipt of all sustaining payments.

            If any horse wins all three futurities then the winner’s connections receive the $2-million All American Triple Crown Futurity Bonus.

            The foals of 2017 are also nominated to races for horses that do not make the finals of the Grade 1 futurities: The All American Juvenile, the Rainbow Juvenile and the Ruidoso Juvenile.

            When the foals of 2017 are three-year-olds in 2020 they may become eligible to the Grade 1 derbies – the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby, Grade 1 Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1 All American Derby — if all payments are paid.

            They also may become eligible to the Mr Jess Perry, the Corona Cartel and the First Down Dash. The Mr Jess Perry is for horses that did not qualify for the Ruidoso Derby, the Corona Cartel is for horses that did not qualify for the Rainbow Derby and the First Down Dash is for horses that did not qualify for the All American Derby.

            This year, Ruidoso Downs will inaugurate the ongoing the $1-million All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus for the connections of any horse that sweeps the three derbies.

            To download the nomination form for 2017 foals to gain eligibility, go to https://www.raceruidoso.com/nominationforms/ and then click on 2019 Triple Crown Futurity.

            To nominate, read the form for in-depth information, complete the form and return to: Nominations, Ruidoso Downs, P.O. Box 449, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico 88346.

            There is also a payment due on January 15 for nominated foals of 2016 to remain eligible to this summer’s Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities. The Ruidoso Futurity payment is $700, the Rainbow Futurity payment is $700 and the All American Futurity payment is $800.

            These horses will compete for the $2-million All American Triple Crown Futurity Bonus.

            For additional information, contact nominations secretary Annelle Reynolds at 575.378.7224.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.

 

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$3-Million In Bonuses This Summer In Futurities and Derbies

Ty Wyant

            A monumental step forward for three-year-old quarter horse racing will occur this summer at Ruidoso Downs when the $1-million All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus is offered to the connections of any horse that can win the track’s three Grade 1 derbies.

            Those three Grade 1 derbies are the $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby at 400 yards, the $750,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby at 440 yards and the $1-million (est.) All American Derby at 440 yards.

            Additionally, this summer, Ruidoso Downs will offer a $2-million All American Triple Crown Futurity Bonus for the connections of any horse that can win the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity, The Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1, $3-million (est.) All American Futurity, quarter horse racing’s showcase event. The winner’s share from each race plus the bonus would total $4.3-million.

            “The new Triple Crown bonus program provides yet another incentive for all two- and three-year-olds to join the best horses at Ruidoso Downs each summer. The derby bonus is an effort to keep three-year-olds pointing at the lucrative purses in these iconic stakes,” said Ruidoso Downs president and general manager Jeff True.

            “The Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities and derbies will pay more than $7-million in total purses and this bonus program ups that ante to more than $10-million. We expect to continue this bonus program and hope to pay it to fortunate owners on multiple occasions.”

            World champion Special Effort is the only horse to win each of the futurities. That was before any bonus existed. There have been three horses sweep the three derbies — My Easy Credit (1977), Dash For Speed (1988) and Dm Shicago (2005). My Easy Credit and Dash For Speed won the Kansas Derby, the predecessor of the Ruidoso Derby.

            “These bonuses, along with our relentless effort to enhance the integrity of Ruidoso Downs’ racing, are all integral parts of an unforgettable fan experience,” said True.

            The nomination payment of $250 for the 2019 All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities is due on January 15. That single payment nominates the foal of 2017 to each of the futurities. A foal of 2017 that becomes paid up to run in the 2019 futurities can then continue payments for the 2020 derbies. For further information, call 575-378-7224.

            The futurity and derby bonus programs are pending approval of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.

 

 

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