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$200,000 Gold Cup, Three $100,000 Stakes added to Ruidoso 2014 stakes schedule

Amanda Greer

12/16/2013

A $200,000 guaranteed purse for the All American Gold Cup that should attract quarter horse racing’s premier older horses and three new $100,000 stakes for three-year-olds are just a couple of the innovations in the stakes schedule next summer at Ruidoso Downs.

Each of these improvements in the stakes lineup affirms Ruidoso Downs’ commitment to older horses while enhancing the most prestigious futurity lineup in quarter horse racing.

The summer season begins on May 22-23 with two days of trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity. There will also be two days of trials the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (July 3-4) and the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity (August 14-15). This is the first year that each Grade 1 futurity in the Triple Crown series will have the field comprised of horses from two days of trials.

The season’s ultimate weekend is Labor Day weekend with the All American Gold Cup on Saturday (August 30), the Grade 1, $2 million (est.) All American Derby on Sunday (August 31) and the All American Futurity on Labor Day (September 1).

Ruidoso Downs is still the only track in North American projecting to annually host two $2 million races on the stakes schedule.

Three-year-olds now have the added opportunity to race in three additional $100,000 guaranteed stakes: the 400-yard Mr Jess Perry (June 7), the 440-yard Corona Cartel (July 19) and the First Down Dash (August 31).

This summer the Zia Festival weekend celebrating New Mexico-bred racing expands to two days (July 26-27). There will be eight stakes races on Saturday and six stakes races on Sunday, all featuring the best New Mexico-bred thoroughbreds and quarter horses. The grandstand will be packed with vendors selling southwestern wares. The array of stakes races and the vendors make Zia Festival weekend one of the most popular weekends of the season.

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2014 RUIDOSO DOWNS’ QUARTER HORSE STAKES SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 22 - Ruidoso Quarter Horse Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds 350 Yards

Friday, May 23 - Ruidoso Quarter Horse Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds 350 Yards

Saturday, May 24 - Ruidoso Quarter Horse Derby Trials
3-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, May 24 - Fine Loom Handicap
$30,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 870 Yards

Friday, May 30 - Mountain Top NM-Bred Futurity Trials
Registered New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 350 Yards

Saturday, June 7 - Ruidoso Quarter Horse Derby (G1)
$800,000 est.
3-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, June 7 - Mr Jess Perry
$100,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds 400 Yards

Sunday, June 8 - Ruidoso Quarter Horse Futurity (G1)
$700,000
2-Year Olds 350 Yards

Sunday, June 8 - Ruidoso QH Juvenile
$50,000-Added
2-Year Olds 350 Yards

Friday, June 13 - NM Adequan Derby Challenge Trials
3-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, June 14 - Mountain Top NM Bred Futurity (RG3)
$350,000 est.
2-Year-Olds 350 Yards

Saturday, June 21 - The Tricky Dust
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 870 Yards

Saturday, June 29 - NM Adequan Derby Challenge
$50,000 est.
3-Year Olds 400 Yards
(Eligible to AQHA Challenge)

Saturday, June 28 - Higheasterjet Handicap (G3)
$30,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 350 Yards

Thursday, July 3 - Rainbow Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Friday, July 4 - Rainbow Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, July 5 - Rainbow Derby Trials
3-Year Olds 440 Yards

Friday, July 11 - Zia QH Futurity Trials
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, July 12 - Zia QH Derby Trials
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds 400 Yards

Friday, July 18 - John Deere NM Juvenile Challenge Trials
2-Year Olds 350 Yards

Saturday, July 19 - Rainbow Quarter Horse Derby (G1)
$1,000,000 est.
3-Year Olds 440 Yards

Saturday, July 19 - Corona Cartel
$100,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds 440 Yards

Sunday, July 20 - Rainbow Quarter Horse Futurity (G1)
$900,000
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Sunday, July 20 - Rainbow QH Juvenile
$50,000-added
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, July 26 - The By By JJ
$20,000 Guaranteed
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, July 26 - Zia 870 Championship
New Mexico Bred
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from NMHBA)
3-Year Olds & Up 870 yards

Saturday, July 26 - Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 1000 Yards

Saturday, July 26 - Zia QH Derby (RG2)
New Mexico Bred
$150,000 Est. ($45,000 Added, Includes $30,000 from NMHBA)
3-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, July 26 - Zia Handicap (RG2)
New Mexico Bred
$50,000 Guaranteed, (Includes $25,000 from NMHBA)
3-Year Old & Up 400 Yards

Saturday, July 26 - Gwendolyn Eaves
$20,000 Guaranteed
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds Fillies 400 Yards

Sunday, July 27 - Zia QH Futurity (RG1)
New Mexico Bred
$350,000 est. ($45,000 Added, Includes $30,000 from NMHBA)
2-Year Olds 400 Yards

Saturday, August 2 - John Deere NM Juvenile Challenge (G3)
$75,000 Est.
2-Year Olds 350 Yards
(Eligible to AQHA Challenge)

Sunday, August 3 - Mr. Jet Moore Handicap
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 400 Yards

Sunday, August 10 - Master Salls Handicap
$30,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 870 Yards

Thursday, August 14 - All American Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds 440 Yards

Friday, August 15 - All American Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds 440 Yards

Saturday, August 16 - All American Derby Trials
3-Year Olds 440 Yards

Sunday, August 17 - Brigand
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 550 Yards

Saturday, August 30 - All American Gold Cup (G3)
$200,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 440 Yards

Sunday, August 31 - All American Derby (G1)
$2,300,000 Est.
3-Year Olds 440 Yards

Sunday, August 31 - First Down Dash
$100,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds 440 Yards

Monday, Sept. 1 - All American QH Juvenile
$100,000-Added
2-Year Olds 440 Yards

Monday, Sept. 1 - All American Futurity (G1)
$2,600,000
2-Year Olds 440 Yards


2014 RUIDOSO DOWNS’ THOROUGHBRED STAKES SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 25 - First Lady Handicap
$50,000 Guaranteed
Fillies & Mares
3-Year Olds & Up 6 furlongs

Saturday, May 31 - Free Spirit Handicap
$50,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 6 furlongs

Friday, June 6 - Mountain Top NM Bred TB Futurity Trials
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 5 furlongs

Sunday, June 15 - Norgor Thoroughbred Derby
$40,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds 6 furlongs

Saturday, June 21 - Mountain Top NM Bred TB Futurity
New Mexico Bred
$175,000 Est.
2-Year Olds 5 furlongs

Sunday, June 22 - The Zenyatta
$20,000 Guaranteed
Fillies & Mares
3-Year Olds & Up 7 1/2 furlongs

Saturday, July 5 - Mark Villa Memorial
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up 7 1/2 furlongs

Saturday, July 12 - Rio Grande Senõr TB Futurity Trials
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 5 1/2 furlongs
Colts & Geldings

Saturday, July 12 - Rio Grande Senõrita TB Futurity Trials
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 5 1/2 furlongs
Fillies

Saturday, July 26 - Rio Grande Senõrita TB Futurity
$175,000 Est. ($45,000 Added includes $30,000 from NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 5 1/2 furlongs
Fillies

Saturday, July 26 - Sierra Starlet
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 added from NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds 5 1/2 furlongs
Fillies

Sunday, July 27 - Rio Grande Senõr TB Futurity
$175,000 Est. ($45,000 Added includes $30,000 from NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds 5 1/2 furlongs
Colts & Geldings

Sunday, July 27 - Sierra Blanca Handicap
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds & Up 5 1/2 furlongs

Sunday, July 27 - Road Runner Handicap
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 added from NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds 5 1/2 furlongs
Colts & Geldings

Sunday, July 27 - Lincoln Handicap
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 added from NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Old & Up 6 furlongs
Fillies & Mares

Sunday, July 27 - Land of Enchantment Handicap
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 added from NMHBA)
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds & Up 7 1/2 furlongs

Saturday, August 9 - Aspen Cup
$50,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds 6 furlongs
Fillies

Sunday, August 31 - Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby
$50,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds 1 1/16 Miles

Monday, Sept. 1 - Ruidoso Downs TB Championship
$60,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Old & Up 1 1/16 Miles