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Ruidoso Downs Welcomes “Masked Rider” Emily Brodbeck for Red Raider Weekend

Emily Brodbeck remembers attending Texas Tech football games as a little girl with her family while growing up in Lubbock. “I was six or seven-years-old,” Brodbeck said. “I wasn’t paying as much attention to the football game as I was the mascot.” That makes her new position as the Masked Rider for Texas Tech University […]

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Higheasterjet, Adequan Derby Stakes Doubleheader Saturday

Paragon Farms, LLC’s always dangerous Tough To Bee in the Grade 2, $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap and the hot Valiant Tiberias in the $53,106 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge combine for an enticing stakes doubleheader at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. The 350-yard Higheasterjet Handicap runs as the ninth race while the 400-yard Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge […]

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Danley Sends Out Hollywoodcrown In First Running of Rita Danley Distaff

The Fred Danley-owned, -bred and -trained Hollywoodcrown represents the Danley family in the first running of the $45,000 Rita Danley Distaff at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon. The 400-yard Rita Danley Distaff is for three-year-old and older New Mexico-bred fillies and mares. The race’s namesake Rita Danley, who died in 2014, was a mainstay in […]

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Deck Humor Prevails In Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

B4 Farms, LLC’s Deck Humor and Jimmy and Rebecca Powers’ Shame On Powers, the top-two favorites, battled through the Ruidoso Downs’ stretch before Deck Humor pulled ahead in the final strides to win the $157,005 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon. The Juan Ochoa-ridden Deck Humor raced the five furlongs in […]

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Jockey Rodriguez Credits His Son for Fresh Start

Father’s Day 2019 will be one for the books for jockey Luis Rodriguez. The 27-year-old El Paso native rode Four Star Saint to victory in the $30,000 Ruidoso Sprint Handicap last Sunday by coming from behind in the stretch. “This is such a nice horse—always plenty left in the tank,” Rodriguez said. “That’s our second […]

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Shame On Powers Faces Fincher-Trained Five In Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Jimmy and Rebecca Powers’ Shame On Powers tries for his second stakes win and fourth consecutive victory when he takes on five rivals from the Todd Fincher stable in the $150,005 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time for the 10-race program is 1 p.m. with free parking and […]

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Colby James Narrow Mountain Top Futurity Winner

Rex Wells’ Colby James prevailed in a tight finish over Princess Katelyn to win the Restricted-Grade 3 $404,357 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Colby James covered the 350 yards in :17.796 to get the nose decision over Princess Katelyn. Dark Moon finished another length back for third. The […]

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Four Star Saint Rallies To Win Ruidoso Sprint Handicap

Michael Weatherly’s homebred Four Star Saint made a strong move off the turn to win the $30,000 Ruidoso Sprint Handicap against open horses at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon. The Luis Rodriguez-ridden Four Star Saint covered the five-and-one-half furlongs in 1:04.23 to get the neck decision over Wilmas Irish Rover. Kris Who had the lead […]

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Valiant Tiberias Tops Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Trials

Valiant Tiberias continues to be the pleasant surprise of the Ruidoso Downs season while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the $53,108 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on Friday afternoon. The three-year-olds with the 10-fastest times from the three 400-yard trials qualified to compete in the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on June 29. The winner of the Adequan […]

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Valiant Tiberias Returns Friday In Adequan Derby Trials

Maiden Stakes winner Valiant Tiberias looks for his third win of the Ruidoso Downs season when he starts in the first of three trials to the $60,000 (est.) Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Friday, June 14. First post time is 1 p.m. with the 400-yard trials running as the first three races. Saturday’s program […]

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Trainer Wood Completes Derby-Futurity Double With Fernweh’s Win In Ruidoso Futurity

Trainer Trey Wood became the fifth trainer to win the Ruidoso Derby and the Ruidoso Futurity on the same weekend when Carry “Rusty” Allred’s Fernweh scored a narrow victory in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The Wood-trained Apocalyptical Jess won the Grade 1, $958,766 Ruidoso Derby on Saturday […]

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