Ruidoso Downs Race Track Remembers Jerry “Nic” Nicodemus

Jerry “Nic” Nicodemus, considered one of quarter horse racing’s greatest jockeys of all time, died Wednesday at his residence in Ruidoso. He was 73 years old.

“He was a great friend to so many people within the racing industry and we are all shocked and
saddened by his passing,” Ruidoso Downs President and General Manager Jeff True said. “His
accomplishments on the race track are legendary, and the humble way he approached his success will
always be remembered. Truly a Quarter Horse legend.”

Ruidoso and AQHA Hall of Fame jockey Nicodemus won three All American Futurities with Three
Oh’s in 1968, Rocket Wrangler in 1970, and Ronas Ryon in 1986. He won four Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in California; twice with Dash for Cash in 1976 and 1977, Lady Juno in 1980, and Denim N Diamonds in 1981.

In 6,317 career races, Nicodemus won 1,252 for a winning percentage of nearly 20-percent with
lifetime earnings of $18,888,775. He retired in 1993 and worked for many years as a New Mexico racing
steward. He was a member of the All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation Board of Directors, the race
track’s charitable organization that provides scholarships for young people within the racing industry.

Nicodemus and Dash For Cash are historically linked and are commemorated outside the American
Quarter Horse Association headquarters with a life-size bronze sculpture which signifies their status. Dash for Cash won 21 races in 25 lifetime starts with $507,687 in earnings. Dash for Cash was named World Champion twice, and his bloodline is still very prominent in todays’ Quarter Horse runners.

“It is clear that ‘Nic’ had the unique ability to bring out the most in those horses when they were in
competition. He will be known for his special role in the history of our sport, and he will be missed
tremendously by his Ruidoso Downs family.”

The All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation created a memorial fund for contributions in the name
of Jerry Nicodemus. Contributions can be sent to AARDF PO Box 449, Ruidoso Downs, NM, 88346.

Services and memorials are pending at this time.


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