Riding a wave of innovation through the first month of the racing season, Ruidoso Downs builds on that success by announcing that the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity will have a $1 million purse in 2016.
The Ruidoso Futurity’s purse has grown 100 percent in just the last five years from $500,000 to the $1 million.
“We’re having a great year with the support of owners and trainers,” general manager Shaun Hubbard said. “This is another iconic step in the history of Ruidoso Downs with each of the All American Triple Crown Futurities offering purses of $1 million to $3 million.”
If any horse wins all three futurities, then that horse’s owners take the $4 million All American Triple Crown bonus. The $4 million bonus combined with the winner’s share of each futurity pays an astronomical $6,340,000.
The 2016 Rainbow Futurity will also have a $1 million purse and the All American Futurity will distribute a $3 million purse for the second consecutive year in 2016. The All American Futurity offers the largest purse of any two-year-old race in the world.
The beginning of the 2015 season at Ruidoso Downs has been a rush of success with stringent security measures that have proven to be very successful and well received. Also, overall handle was up more than 50 percent during the first three days of racing that featured Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby trials. This emphasizes the fans’ support and the out-of-town owners’ support for these special racing programs.
The cutting-edge security measures at Ruidoso Downs included that each Grade 1 futurity or derby horse be one the grounds 10 days before the trials. Then the finalists for each of those races has to remain on the grounds and is constantly monitored by cameras and recorded. The horses will also be subjected to spot checking.
Ruidoso Downs’ officials and the New Mexico Racing Commission know where every horse entered in the trials to any Grade 1 race is located and they are constantly checked.
Each horse that qualified for the finals of the Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby, as well as the qualifiers for the $50,000 Ruidoso Juvenile and the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry, were drug tested with enhanced super testing. This will continue for the upcoming Grade 1 races and the races for horses who did not qualify for the finals.
“This is all part of a continual process at Ruidoso Downs,” Hubbard said. “We have the support of the horsemen and the fans. We are dedicated to the integrity of horseracing will continue to move forward. The $1 million Ruidoso Futurity is an historic part of this process.”