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Political Attraction Wins Rainbow Derby, Uptown Dynasty Takes Corona Cartel

Rogelio Marquez Jr. and Kathy Robinson’s Political Attraction survived an extended inquiry and rider’s objection to win the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Political Attraction raced the 440 yards in :21.092, the fastest time of the meet, to defeat Hes Limitless by one length. It was another three quarters […]

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Suze Returns Heads Rainbow Futurity on Sunday

Joe Rios’ sensational Suze Returns the third-ranked two-year-old in the weekly American Quarter Horse Association Poll, looks to take a jump up the rankings when she heads the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Also on the program is the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile for horses who did not qualify for […]

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Jess Move You Tries For Second Derby In Rainbow Derby

Ricardo Bernal and Reymundo Resendez’s Jess Move You tries for his second Grade 1 derby win of the Ruidoso Downs’ season when he starts in the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby at 440 yards on Saturday afternoon. Jess Move You won the Grade 1, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby last month and if he can win the […]

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Cd Mamas Boy, Frankie James Fastest In Zia Trials

Daniel Ramirez’s Cd Mamas Boy impressed in the fifth of 11 trials to set the fastest qualifying time to the $409,611 Zia Futurity while Bella Valenzuela’s Frankie James topped the five trials to the $190,937 Zia Futurity on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. All trials were contested over 400 yards for New Mexico-breds […]

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Giles Could Have Big Day in Zia Trials on Saturday

Trainer Wes Giles should be a force when he sends out $345,655 Mountain Top Futurity winner Jess Fire Chick and $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity winner Zee James in the trials to the $410,000 Zia Futurity, and Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity runner-up Bigg Daddy in the trials to the $191,000 Zia Derby […]

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PDJF Big Winner on Blockbuster Ruidoso Weekend

More than $25,000 was raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) through poster sales on Sunday while the handle for last weekend’s three days of trials to the $1 million Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby was up 27 percent at Ruidoso Downs. New Mexico native and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith was at the […]

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Sixes Crystal Tops Rainbow Derby Qualifiers During Mike Smith Day

Victor Diaz’s Sixes Crystal set the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby during Mike Smith Victory Celebration Day at Ruidoso Downs. New Mexico-native Smith, 52 won this year’s Triple Crown aboard Justify and came to Ruidoso Downs to be recognized for the feat. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez declared July 8th […]

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Suze Returns Sensational In Rainbow Futurity Trials

Joe Rios’ Suze Returns blew away her rivals with a sensational effort to set the fastest-qualifying time on the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. The two-year-olds with the five-fastest times from Saturday’s 14 trials join the juveniles with the five-fastest times on […]

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Mike Smith Victory Celebration, Rainbow Derby Trials Sunday at Ruidoso Downs

Jockey Mike Smith’s Triple Crown Victory Celebration and nine trials to the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby combine for an historic Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Triple Crown posters will be on sale for $10 and they go on sale near the hamburger stand in the grandstand at 11 a.m. Smith will be signing posters at […]

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Lethal Lil and One Famous Stone Lead First Day of Rainbow Futurity

Lethal Lil and One Famous Stone, who each have futurity experience, set the top-two qualifying times to the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the five-fastest times from Friday’s 14 400-yard trials meet the top-five fastest qualifiers from Saturday’s 14 trials in the Rainbow Futurity on […]

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Triple Crown Winning Jockey Mike Smith To Visit Ruidoso Downs

Triple Crown winning jockey and New Mexico native Mike Smith will make a celebratory appearance at Ruidoso Downs on July 8. “Mike is a global celebrity now and we are honored by his willingness to come to Ruidoso Downs to share his Triple Crown celebration with us,” Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True […]

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