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 Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity.
There are six other Grade 1 races on the stakes calendar that includes more than $13.6 million in stakes purses and bonuses over 47 racing days.
The season starts with the first of two consecutive days of trials for the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity. Trials to the Grade 1, $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby follow on Sunday, May 27.
The Ruidoso Derby final is on June 9. The 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity final is on June 10.
The other Grade 1 races this summer are the $750,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby (July 21), $1-million Rainbow Futurity (est.) (July 22), $200,000 (est.) All American Gold Cup (September 2) and the $1-million (est.) All American Derby (September 2).
Ruidoso Downs offers a $2-million Triple Crown Futurity Bonus to the connections of a horse which sweeps all three futurities. New for 2018 is a $1-million Triple Crown Derby Bonus for any horse that wins the three Grade 1 derbies.
Entertainment returns to Ruidoso Downs this summer. The concert series includes Red Steagall (May 27), Flatland Calvary (June 2) and AB Quintanilla Elektro Kumbia (June 23).
Tickets to the Steagall benefit concert start at $75 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Reserved seats for this show are $150. The concert benefits the newly formed All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation.
Advance tickets to the Flatland Cavalry and AB Quintanilla Elektro Kumbia concerts are $20 and are available by telephone at 575-378-4140. All seats are general admission, and tickets will be $25 the night of the concert at the box office.
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