Lane and Sons Cattle Company’s Watah Flash competing in the $25,000 John Andreini Memorial Stakes at 440 yards and Karina Aldavaz’s Midevil Hero racing in the $20,000 Bill Reed Memorial Stakes over 870 yards on Saturday afternoon starts the stakes action during an incomparable Labor Day weekend at Ruidoso Downs.
Racing runs on Friday through Monday, Labor Day, with a noon post time each day. It is closing weekend of the Ruidoso Downs season.
Sunday’s program is led by the Grade 1, $1,550,855 All American Derby, paying the largest derby purse in quarter horse racing. Also treating the fans are the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup, the $123,165 Senorita Rio Grande Futurity, the $100,000 First Down Dash — for horses who did not qualify for the All American Derby — and the $30,000 Billy The Kid Handicap.
Monday’s Labor Day card presents an iconic afternoon of racing. The program is built around the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity, offering the largest purse in quarter horse racing. Fans will also experience the $200,000 All American Juvenile, the $143,091 Rio Grande Senor Futurity and the $30,000 Governor’s Handicap.
Watah Flash brings top form and class into the John Andreini.
The son of First Moonflash had an excellent campaign at Remington Park this spring. He was second to 2018 All American Futurity winner Apocalyptical Jess in the $319,974 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby and then won the $72,000 FL Ladybug Stakes.
This summer at Ruidoso Downs, Watah Flash won his Rainbow Derby trial as the favorite and then was third in his All American Derby trial.
Trainer John Stinebaugh has named James Flores to ride Watah Flash from the inside post position
Watah Flash’s competition includes Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship third-place runner Kowboy Jim and $26,928 ARC Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge runner-up Ym Valentine.
The thoroughbred Midevil Hero looks for her second consecutive win over quarter horses when she starts in the Bill Reed. In her most recent start, Midevil Hero made a late run to get up and win the $20,000 Bobby Dan Crenshaw by a head over 1,000 yards.
Two starts ago, Midevil Hero dominated a five-and-one-half furlong allowance race by six-and-one-half lengths for trainer Jaime Aldavaz, Sr.
Casey Chavez rides Midevil Hero with the third post position.
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