Ruidoso Downs will employ the most up-to-date tests to search for previously undetectable substances in addition to the stringent security measures previously announced by Ruidoso Downs for the upcoming summer season.
The 2015 Ruidoso Downs season starts on May 22 with two days of trials to the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity and concludes on Labor Day with the running of the Grade 1, $2.7 million All American Futurity. All measures will be in effect for the 2015 racing season
“We are staying on top of this issue with wide-ranging tests to detect known and unknown illegal substances,” said Ruidoso Downs’ general manager Shaun Hubbard. “This combination of tests will be at the forefront of protecting and building racing’s integrity.”
Ruidoso Downs will employ “super testing” for all of the six Grade 1 Triple Crown Races, which have combined purses in excess of $8.5 million.
All horses must be on the grounds in the Ruidoso barn area 10 days before running in the trials of each of the Ruidoso Triple Crown futurities and derbies, and qualifiers must remain on the grounds through the finals. Total estimated purses for the six Grade 1 futurities and derbies is more than $8.5 million.
The most extensive surveillance system ever installed for quarter horse racing will be active in the barn area, all Triple Crown qualifiers will be subject to pre-race testing and will be randomly tested between the trials and finals, and the New Mexico Racing Commission will work with the New Mexico State Police to ensure year-round off-site test.
“We are constantly learning about new tests. I want to commend all the efforts throughout racing who share our dedication to this issue,” said Hubbard.
“All of our measures come in cooperation with the New Mexico Racing Commission and the American Quarter Horse Association. We are positive that this cooperation will lead to a more level playing field for our horses, horsemen and our patrons,” said Hubbard.
“We must be persistent to eliminate unwanted participants in horseracing,” said Hubbard.