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Inaugural Foal In Utero Sale at Ruidoso Downs Set For August

Ty Wyant

           A unique and innovative Select Foal In Utero Sale at Ruidoso Downs has been unveiled and will have its inaugural offering on August 19.

            It will be held on the Saturday night during the same weekend as the trials to the Grade 1 All American Futurity and the Grade 1 All American Derby.

            The Select Foal In Utero Sale will offer only the highest quality, hand-selected embryos. The finest breeding in quarter horse racing will be represented in this limited number of embryos.

            “We will select only the embryos from the premier blue-hen mares by the leading sires and offer them in a select sale format,” said sale manager Lowell Neumayer. “The established success of embryo transfers in quarter horse racing points to the need to introduce this exciting new sale concept. It offers our sellers and buyers an additional option for success in their breeding and racing operations. It’s a win-win situation.”

            Further details will follow and entry blanks will be available in late March. The entry deadline is May 15.

            Requests for consignment contracts should be directed to the Ruidoso Horse Sale Company at 575.378.4474. If you have questions, call Neumayer at 575.937.4904 or Walt Wiggins at 575.808.3567.



Seven of 10 2016 Champs Raced at Ruidoso Downs

Ty Wyant

           Ted Abrams’ homebred 2016 world champion Jessies First Down heads seven 2016 champions that raced at Ruidoso Downs last summer.

            The 10 2016 champions were announced on January 18 in Oklahoma City.

            Jessies First Down also earned the champion aged horse and champion aged gelding titles.

            The two other divisional champions also raced at Ruidoso Downs. They are champion three-year-old and champion three-year-old colt Ec Jet One along with champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old gelding Imperial Eagle. He was also the only other horse, besides Jessies First Down, to receive votes for world champion.

            The remaining 2016 champions that raced at Ruidoso Downs are champion two-year-old colt A Revenant, champion two-year-old filly Coronas First Diva, champion three-year-old filly Volcom Bay and champion distance horse Coronas Boy.

            Jessies First Down, trained by 2016 champion trainer Judd Kearl, was a stunning winner of a Ruidoso Downs’ allowance race in preparation for the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup. He finished second in the Gold Cup and then won three-consecutive Grade 1 stakes to secure his world championship.

            “Jessie has made racing fun for us again,” said Abrams. “He had trouble in the gates and in the 2015 Hialeah Maturity he figured it out. That was his turning point.”

            Enrique Carrion’s homebred Ec Jet One was five-for-five in 2016 under Kearl’s care. He concluded his career and earned his championships with a one-half length win in the Grade 1 $2.4-million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs.

            Charles Robinson’s Imperial Eagle won quarter horse racing’s iconic event — the Grade 1, $3-million American Futurity — by a neck as the 3-1 favorite. The Tony Sedillo-trained gelding won his trials to the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities at Ruidoso Downs.

            Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and “Butch” Southway, A Revenant made only four starts for trainer Mike Joiner, however he made the most of his opportunities. He won the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity and was second by a head in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity, his only 2016 defeat.

            Sara Morgan’s Coronas First Diva made two starts at Ruidoso Downs for trainer Charles Shults. She confidently won her All American Futurity trial and then finished third in the All American Futurity after holding the early lead.

            Bennie and Terri Jeter’s Volcom Bay won her trials to both the Ruidoso Derby and the All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. The Kearl-trained filly finished second in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Derby and was fourth in the All American Derby.

            Victor Diaz’s Coronas Boy started in the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship, his only out at Ruidoso Downs. The Martin Orona Jr.-trained gelding finished first, however was disqualified and placed eighth for interference.

            Horsemen who compete at Ruidoso Downs fared well in the championship balloting.

            Kearl was took the Blane Schvaneveldt champion trainer title. He won the All American Derby with Ec Jet One and the $1.2-million Rainbow Derby with Valiant Rogue. He qualified horses for each of the three Grade 1 derbies at Ruidoso Downs and saddled four horses in the classic All American Derby.

            Esgar Ramirez won the champion jockey title. He became just the fourth rider to take the All American Futurity-All American Derby double.

            Ruidoso regular Bobby Cox won the champion breeder title. The Cox-bred Duponte started in the All American Futurity trials. Cox is also part owner of the Josue Ponce-trained colt.

            Trainers Denny Ekins and Russell Harris, who each recently retired, both won an AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award. They each competed at Ruidoso Downs.

            The AQHA champion selection committee elected to grant special recognition breeders awards to Fredda Draper and Weetona Stanley. Draper, who lives a few miles from Ruidoso Downs, is the breeder of Imperial Eagle. Stanley bred Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity winner Apolltical Chad.

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



Dutch Masters III Among Ruidoso Hall Of Fame Class

Ty Wyant

            Prolific owner and breeder Dutch Masters III ‑ headed by Dr. James Streelman – is among the four inductees into the 2017 class of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.

            Every year, one owner/breeder, trainer, jockey and horse are inducted into the Racehorse Hall of Fame, making it a very exclusive group.

            The trainer to be inducted is H.C. “Bubba” Werner, the jockey is James Lackey and the horse is Heartswideopen.

            The induction ceremony will be held in June at a date to be announced. The event starts refreshments in the Hall of Fame and then the induction dinner and ceremony in the All American Turf Club. Tickets for the public become available in May and are $150 each.

            Dutch Masters III has had multiple configurations, however the one constant has been Streelman. His primary partner has been Denny Boer. They have been best friends since the first grade.

            The Streelman-Boer combination in Dutch Masters III was the owner and breeder of three champions – Four Forty Blast, Secret Card and Higher Fire. Four Forty Blast was the 1993 champion three-year-old gelding, Secret Card was the 2000 champion two-year-old filly while Higher Fire was the 2005 champion two-year-old and two-year-old filly.

            Boer downsized his racing operation and then teamed up once again with Streelman in Dutch Masters III several years ago. The longtime friends found success with Chazaq, winner of the 2016 $1,070,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1).

            Dutch Masters III has won 17 Grade1 stakes, all at Los Alamitos. Their Meteoric finished third in the All American Futurity ‑ beaten by two heads after flipping over in the paddock ‑ over a sloppy track. Doug Benson was also a member of Dutch Masters III on Meteoric.

            Trainer Werner won major stakes races with some of the greatest quarter horses. He took the All American Derby and the El Primer Del Ano Derby with Mito Wise Dancer, the Kansas (now Ruidoso) Futurity with Gentlemens Feature and the World’s Championship Classic at Ruidoso Downs with Bar Roula.

            The winner of stakes races at seven different tracks, Werner also trained the great Come Six to wins in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, World’s Championship Classic and the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Championship.

            James Lackey was a “money rider” who won 13 Grade 1 stakes, highlighted by two victories in the Champion of Champions. He won this prestigious 440-yard classic at Los Alamitos with 1985 world champion Cash Rate and 1987 world champion First Down Dash. They each were named world champion the year that they won the Champion of Champions.

            Lackey also won the Los Alamitos Championship with Cash Rate, Los Alamitos Derby with First Down Dash, the Dash For Cash Derby with First Down Dash, the Kansas (Ruidoso) Futurity with Okey Dokey Baby and the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity with Flomont.

            One of the true gentlemen in quarter horse racing, Lackey is now working with premier trainers at the major tracks, including Ruidoso Downs.

            Heartswideopen made her first three starts at Sunland Park and then became a Ruidoso Downs’ legend with her final 10 starts at Ruidoso Downs. After winning her maiden at first asking, she made each of her subsequent outs in Grade 1 futurities or derbies and their respective trials.

            Trained by Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame member Carl Draper, Heartswideopen won the 2007 Ruidoso Futurity and the All American Futurity. Draper passed on the Rainbow Futurity with the filly. She came back the following year to win the Ruidoso Derby and the Rainbow Derby. In one of the most thrilling races ever at Ruidoso Downs, Heartswideopen lost her bid to win the derby triple crown when she was second by a neck in the All American Derby behind Noconi.

            Heartswideopen was honored as the 2007 champion two-year-old and two-year-old filly and then the 2008 champion three-year-old and champion three-year-old filly.

            The powerful daughter of Feature Mr Jess and the Dash For Cash daughter Dashing Phoebe, Heartswideopen was bred by Kirk Goodfellow, raced by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC and is currently in Julianna Hawn Holt’s stellar broodmare band.

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