Tag: Quarter Horse

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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KVN Corona Arrives at Ruidoso Downs

Keith Nellesen’s undefeated 2017 champion two-year-old colt KVN Corona arrived at Ruidoso Downs from Los Alamitos Race Course and is expected to make his local debut in the trials to the Grade 1, $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby on May 27. The Ruidoso Derby trials follow the two days of trials to the $1 million (est.) […]

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Track Opens As Summer Season Nears

The reality that the Ruidoso Downs summer racing season is approaching was evidenced by horses training over the Ruidoso Downs’ track for the first time this year on Friday morning. The racing begins on May 25 (the Friday before Memorial Day weekend) and concludes on Labor Day (September 3) with the 60th running of the […]

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