Due to the Heritage Place Winter Sale held on January 23-24, the original nomination deadline to all the Grade 1 races at Ruidoso Downs for 2013 foals bought at the 2014 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale has been extended. This includes the record 2015 running of the $2.7 million All American Futurity.
Now 2013 foals purchased at this year’s sale have until January 31, 2014 to be nominated at a cost of $250 each.
It is highly recommended that if you have purchased a foal of 2013 that you call nominations secretary Annelle Reynolds at (575) 378-7224 to determine the yearling’s eligibility.
In addition to the 2015 All American Futurity, for the initial payment of $250, the foal of 2013 gains eligibility to the 2015 runnings of the $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity. The 2013 foal also gains initial eligibility to the 2016 editions of the $2 million (est.) All American Derby, the $900,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby and the $700,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby.
The total estimated purses for these six Grade 1 races exceeds $8 million.
If any horse sweeps the All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the Ruidoso Futurity, the connections of that horse earn the $4 million All American Triple Crown bonus.
Therefore, the total available money from the initial payment of $250 for each 2013 foal is more than $12 million.
The following two payments of $350 (due March 15, 2014) and $400 (due June 15, 2014) also maintain eligibility to all six Grade 1 futurities and derbies. Then, starting with the November 15 payment, owners may chose to remain eligible to any or all of the futurities and their respective derbies.
The futurity program has also shown impressive growth in the number of eligible horses for the 2014 futurities from five years ago. When evaluating comparable figures, the All American Futurity is up 18 percent, the Rainbow Futurity is up 22 percent and the Ruidoso Futurity is up 26 percent.
However, the derbies have shown even higher increases, showing Ruidoso Downs’s continuing emphasis on older-horse stakes.
When comparing the currently eligible horses to the 2014 All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso derbies to similar figures from five years ago, the All American Derby is up 45 percent, the Rainbow Derby is up 42 percent and the Ruidoso Derby shows a 62-percent increase.
The three-year-old program is further enhanced. Starting this summer three new $100,000 stakes are to be held on the same weekend as each of the Grade 1 derbies. The $100,000 Mr Jess Perry at 400 yards will be held on Ruidoso Derby day (June 7), the $100,000 Corona Cartel at 440 yards is set for Rainbow Derby day (July 19) and the $100,000 First Down Dash will be run over 440 yards on All American Derby day (August 31). Preference is given to horses who raced in the trials to their respective derbies.
Additionally, the All American Gold Cup for three-year-old and older horses will have a $200,000 guaranteed purse in 2014. That is up from $40,000 in 2013.
The All American Futurity had a $2.6 million purse in 2013 and will again this Labor Day. It is horseracing’s highest purse for any two-year-old race in North America.
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