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Eagle Coast Takes Rainbow Derby With Late Surge

Ernesto Palacio’s Eagle Coast surged to win the Grade 1, $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby and end the five-race winning streak of 11-10 favorite Apocalyptical Jess at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. Eagle Coast gave Palacio, trainer Jose Luis Muela and jockey Sergio Becerra Jr. their first Grade 1 wins. Garlyn O. Shelton’s homebred Five Bar Stoli […]

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Hotsempting, Valiant Astica in $1-Million Rainbow Futurity

Hotsempting and Valiant Astica, who raced to the fastest times on each of two days of trials, meet in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the five-fastest times on each day of 13 trials qualified for the finals. The horses with the next five-fastest times on […]

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Fredda Draper Dies After Short Lung Cancer Battle

Respected quarter horse owner and breeder Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico died on July 13 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 77. Draper was married to trainer Carl Draper for 53 years and he trained the horses that she owned. Carl died in December, 2015. The horse that propelled the […]

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Superlative Apocalyptical Jess Leads Rainbow Derby

Bill T. Robbins’ champion and multimillionaire Apocalyptical Jess puts his undefeated 2019 record on the line as the horse to beat in the Grade 1, $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the Rainbow Derby trials compete in the Rainbow Derby. The horses with the next […]

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Zee James Pulls Away To Set Top Time In Zia Derby Trials

Robert Driggers and Ben Lee Ivey’s Zee James professionally pulled away from her rivals and set the fastest-qualifying time to the $190,937 Zia Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the five 400-yard trials return to race in the Zia Derby on July 28. The Zia Derby is […]

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Racehorse Hall of Fame Inductions Held Friday Night at Ruidoso Downs

Left to right: Wade Wood, Blane Wood, Chip Wooley, Lola Allen, Mark Allen, Dr. Leonard Blach, “Little” Harriett Peckham and Johnny Cox.   The induction of Mine That Bird, Harriett Peckham, Leo Wood and Johnny Cox into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame was conducted before an enthusiastic crowd on Friday night at Ruidoso […]

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Mr Riptide Leads Qualifiers To Zia Futurity

Mark and Annette McCloy’s Mister Riptide easily pulled away from his rivals in the last of 11 trials to post the fastest-qualifying time to the $433,129 Zia Futurity for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs on Friday afternoon. The horses with the 10-fastest trial times qualify for the Zia Futurity on July 28. The Zia Futurity […]

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Tickets On Sale For Jake Hooker Concert During Zia Festival

Tickets are on sale for Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, who will perform at Ruidoso Downs Race Track on Saturday evening, July 27th as part of the Zia Festival activities that weekend. There will be general admission seating and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and available at the box office or […]

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Hall of Fame Inductions Friday at Ruidoso Downs

The 2019 class of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame will be inducted on Friday night at Ruidoso Downs. The inductions begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be refreshments in the Hall of Fame and followed by dinner and the induction ceremony in the All American Turf Club. Tickets may be obtained by calling […]

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Longshot Excessive Gambler Barely Sets Rainbow Derby Top Qualifying Time

Daniel Nunez and Ernesto Fierro’s Excessive Gambler scored a 7-1 upset win in the sixth trial to set the fastest-qualifying time to the Grade 1, $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the 10 440-yard trials qualified for the Rainbow Derby and the horses with the […]

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Jess Fire Chick Runs In Zia Derby Trials, Mine That Bird on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs

Mike Abraham and Paul Blanchard’s Jess Fire Chick, a superb New Mexico-bred two-year-old last year, competing in the trials to the $197,725 Zia Derby for New Mexico-breds and a Mine That Bird Celebration combine on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. Dr. Leonard Blach […]

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