Ruidoso Downs and the track’s supportive horsemen are once again breaking new barriers in quarter horse racing while offering increased opportunities for the quarter horse racing’s premier three-year-olds racing by adding $300,000 in new stakes races for sophomores starting in 2014.
Ruidoso Downs’ owner and prominent horseman R.D. Hubbard made the announcement during the Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby party at the track on Thursday night to an enthusiastic response from the more than 150 horsemen in attendance.
The $100,000 First Down Dash at 440 yards, the $100,000 Corona Cartel over 440 yards and the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry at 400 yards will be added to the stakes calendar.
The First Down Dash will be for three-year-olds who did not qualify for the 440-yard All American Derby.
The Corona Cartel will run for sophomores who did not qualify for the 440-yard Rainbow Derby.
The $100,000 Mr Jess Perry will be for three-year-olds who did not qualify for the 400-yard Ruidoso Derby.
The horses with the fastest times in each Grade 1 derby trial will be preferred in the corresponding stakes race.
“These races really add depth to our stakes program and display our appreciation to the horsemen who so actively support our Grade 1 futurity program,” said general manager Shaun Hubbard.
“The gives the best three-year-old quarter horses, who race at Ruidoso Downs every summer, the additional opportunities they deserve.”
Racing runs on a Friday through Monday schedule at Ruidoso Downs with a 1 p.m. first post time. There is always free parking and free general admission.
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