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Ruidoso Downs Track Opens For Training Friday Morning

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (April 25, 2014) – Horses began training on the Ruidoso Downs track this morning (Friday) in preparation for the summer racing season that begins on Thursday, May 22 with the first of two days of trials to the Grade, 1 $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

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            The summer season is highlighted by a number of important additions to the stakes schedule. A $200,000 guaranteed purse for the All American Gold Cup should attract quarter horse racing’s premier older horses, three new $100,000 stakes for three-year-olds and the Zia Festival expanding to a two-day event are some of the innovations in the stakes schedule.

            In addition to the two days of trials to the 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 horses with the five-fastest times from each day of trials become eligible to the futurity finals.

            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 America 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 (July 26-27) will contest 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.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and obtain the latest news by following the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.

 

 

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

 

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