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Ruidoso Downs Announces Trial Purse Increases And Supplemental Nomination Incentive

Ty Wyant

             The trial purses for the 2018 Triple Crown series – both futurities and derbies – will be doubled from $4,000 to $8,000.

            Ruidoso is also offering a one-time, $1,000 reduction of the supplemental nomination fees as an incentive for the 2018 Triple Crown futurities. Those futurity supplemental nomination fees will be reduced by $1,000 and the nomination deadline extended by one month to December 15, 2017.

            “The new ownership of Ruidoso Downs wants to invigorate the Triple Crown racing series and as an incentive for horse owners, we are offering a one-time reduction in the supplemental nomination fee,” said Stan Sigman, spokesperson for the four-member ownership group of All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, (AARD). The new ownership completed the acquisition on October 12, 2017.

            The result of the supplemental nomination offer is that any quarter horse foal of 2016 not nominated to the 2018 Triple Crown may be nominated to the Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities by submitting payment of $1,500 by December 15. The discounted All American supplemental fee of $2,500 is due by the same date. Each of the three races has sustaining payments due January 15, March 15 and April 15, 2018. There is also a trial entry payment.

            “Ruidoso Downs expects an increased number of supplemental entries will be received before the new deadline and that a higher percentage of Triple Crown nominees will make sustaining payments, thereby increasing the total Triple Crown purses,” said AARD President/GM Jeff True.

            The additional $4,000 for the trial purse increase is sourced from the nomination accounts. The New Mexico Horsemen’s Association has approved the changes.  Pending NMRC approval at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

            For further information, call Annelle Reynolds 575.378.7224. Para Espanol, llamada Julio Delgado at 575.378.7316




Sale of Ruidoso Downs, Casino, Horse Sale Finalized

Ty Wyant

             The sale of Ruidoso Downs, the Billy the Kid Casino and the Ruidoso Horse Sale Company closed on October 12 to a group of four accomplished horsemen and businessmen.

            The buyers are Stan Sigman, John Andreini, Narciso “Chicho” Flores and Johnny Trotter. The new ownership is named All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC (AARD) and All American Ruidoso Horse Sales, LLC (AARHS). The four men comprise the board of directors for both entities with Sigman selected as the chairman.

            The new ownership group are each racehorse owners and breeders with extensive business experience inside and outside the horse industry.

            “I’m just a spokesperson for the board of directors. We all have an equal share in the ownership,” said Sigman.

            Ensuring the integrity of Ruidoso Downs’ racing is AARD’s top priority and creating a level playing field for all horses, trainers and owners will remain a continuous mission. This includes — but is not limited to — state-of-the-art testing for illegal substances, both in and out of competition, and enhanced security measures designed to deter and defend against cheating. This will be achieved with the continued cooperation and leadership of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

            The result will be a universally trusted racing enterprise for horsemen, a confident

betting product for horseplayers and a safer competitive landscape for jockeys and horses.

            “Our goal is to make Ruidoso Downs a model for the horse racing industry,” said newly hired general manager Jeff True. “It is imperative that Ruidoso Downs raise our standards of racing above reproach. If someone wants to break the rules, Ruidoso is not for them. We will use every resource in our control to execute this continuous effort.”

            Further improvements planned for Ruidoso Downs will create a more enticing experience for Ruidoso Downs’ guests. The Billy The Kid Casino will be renovated with new gaming machines and décor. Other improvements include basic infrastructure improvements in the barn area, grandstand and track property. Additional special events are also being planned for the summer season.

            R.D. Hubbard, 82, was the sole owner at the time of the sale and purchased the track in a partnership in 1988. He will continue to own and race horses at Ruidoso Downs.

            “I want to thank R.D. Hubbard for everything he has done for racing,” said Sigman. “He has been a true innovator and entrepreneur.

            “We know that Ruidoso Downs is an integral part of the Ruidoso community. We will move forward not only for our benefit and racing’s advancement, but also to help our neighbors succeed.

            “We look forward to being part of the Ruidoso community and making sure that our guests are family. I know employees call our guests ‘our summer family.’ That’s what we want to build upon.”




Hold Air Hostage Runs Away From All American Derby Field

Ty Wyant

             Darling Farms’ Hold Air Hostage showed why he is the number-one-ranked older quarter horse in the nation with a total domination of his rivals in the Grade 1, $1,365,908 All American Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            Supporting the All American Derby was the $100,000 First Down Dash for horses that did not qualify for the All American Derby.

            The win with Hold Air Hostage gave trainer James Padgett II and jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo their second Grade I wins of the afternoon. Two races earlier on the program, Padgett and Vallejo combined to win the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold with Jessies First Down.

            Hold Air Hostage scrambled from the starting gate and within several strides the 440-yard sprint was, essentially, over. He just powered away from the field to win by an easy two-and-one-quarter lengths in :21.231.

            “I don’t want to sound too confident or like I’m bragging, but as soon as he broke in front, it was over,” said Padgett. “I mean, the horse is a monster. He’s the fastest horse I’ve ever seen. Once he left like that, all that was left was the screaming.”

            Johnny Trotter’s One Sweet Racy finished second by a neck over Duponte, owned by breeder Bobby Cox with Homero and Kristen Paredes.

            Hold Air Hostage raced to his fifth consecutive victory and he has two Grade 1 wins during this winning streak. He moved to the number-one position after his one-and-three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby on July 22. He started the winning streak by taking the Grade 2, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby on June 3.

            “We’re going to wait until tomorrow, at least, before we decide what to do next with the horse,” said Padgett. “I’d like to take him to the Champion Of Champions (in December at Los Alamitos) but we’ll have to see.

            “This is special. I’ve had a lot of people along that way that put me in this position. My mentor and old boss, Judd Kearl, helped me along the way and put me in the position where we could do our job and perform.”

            The Trey Wood-trained One Sweet Racy gained a valuable Grade 1 stakes placing that enhances her status when she becomes a broodmare. The well-bred daughter of One Sweet Jess raced in the Rainbow Juvenile last year.

            Raul Ramirez Jr. rode One Sweet Racy.

            Third-place finisher Duponte has been a force in the Grade 1 ranks since his two-year-old season. Last year, he won the Grade 1, $1-million Heritage Place Futurity.

            Also from the Padgett barn, Duponte was ridden by Jose Amador Alvarez.

            In the 440-yard First Down Dash, Paragon Farms, LLC’s Ruidoso Derby winner Tough To Bee held off a furious rush from All American Futurity winner Imperial Eagle to win by a diminishing neck.

            The Ricky Ramirez-ridden Tough To Bee was timed in :21.421.

            Tough To Bee, in the second post position, got the jump on Imperial Eagle, coming out of the third post position. Imperial Eagle, with Esgar Ramirez up, was bumped at the start and then shifted gears into his long, extending stride midway through the race. He was closing, however was unable to get past the game Tough To Bee.

            Eyesa Texan was one-and-a-quarter lengths back in third.

            Tough To Bee has had an impressive summer at Ruidoso Downs for trainer Trey Wood. He finished on even terms with Magical Jess in the Grade 1, $800,000 Ruidoso Derby and won his All American Derby trial by one length as the odds-on favorite. He won the $62,000 Mr Master Bug Handicap at Remington Park this spring.

            A gelding by Apollitical Jess, Tough To Bee was third in last year’s Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and third in the Grade 1, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity.

            Christina and the Estate of Charles Robinson’s Imperial Eagle, the 4-5 favorite, does his best work on Labor Day weekend. He won last year’s Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity by a neck over The Marfa Lights.

            The gelding by One Famous Eagle went on to guarantee the 2016 champion two-year-old title with wins in the Grade 1, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship and the $200,000 Sunland Winter Juvenile.

            Garlyn Shelton’s homebred Eyesa Texan was never in contention for the win, but picked up third place at 18-1 odds. The John Stinebaugh-trained gelding was third in the $100,000 Corona Cartel.

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