Ted Abrams’ two-time world champion homebred Jessies First Down returns to Ruidoso Downs and leads a deep field in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap over 400 yards on a busy Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission.
There will be an abundance of activity at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. The Chile The Kid Beer and Wine Festival presented by City Bank and the Pink Day at the Races will be offered.
The freshest taste of Hatch green chile occurs on Friday through Sunday when the second annual Chile the Kid Beer and Wine Festival presented by City Bank takes place in a large tent next to Billy the Kid Casino.
About a dozen New Mexico beer and wine vendors will be sampling, pouring and selling their products, alongside chile roasting by Albertson’s Market and a tent filled with vendors.
Friday and Saturday evenings, The Long Run, an Eagles tribute band, will perform starting at 6 p.m. in the tent. Tickets for all events are $15 and available at the box office or at www.raceruidoso.com. Admission includes a souvenir wine or beer glass and the concert.
The eighth annual Pink Day at the Races is a fundraiser to provide mammograms to horsewomen and their families.
The Win-Place-Show Raffle is an addition this year with the help of Adobe Gallery in Ruidoso. The gallery has donated a strand of pearls, a pendant and a trinket box to be raffled.
There will also be tee shirts and novelties sold, as well as a silent auction of donated items.
The jockeys will be wearing pink silks to call attention to Pink Day at the Races and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to recognize this worthy cause.
The afternoon’s equine superstar is undoubtedly Jessies First Down, the 2016 world champion and the 2017 world champion. The eight-year-old has 19 wins and raced to the top-three finishes in 32 of 39 career starts while earning $1,824,002. He boasts nine Grade 1 wins.
“He just had a little breeze the week before last,” trainer Jimmy Padgett said. “We’ll use it (Mr Jet Moore) to build up to the All American Gold Cup or the Fall Championship at Albuquerque.
“We’ll decide after the Mr Jet Moore. He’s eight, so we take it one race at a time.”
Jessies First Down has found success in both the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs and the Grade 1, $300,000 Fall Quarter Horse Championship at Albuquerque Downs. Each race is at 440 yards. The Gold Cup will be run on September 1 and the Fall Championship is on September 22.
The gelding won the 2017 All American Gold Cup and was second in the 2016 All American Gold Cup. In each year that he competed in the All American Gold Cup he was honored as world champion.
Jessies First Down took the Fall Quarter Horse Championship in 2017 and 2018.
In his only 2019 start, the Fdd Dynasty-sired Jessies First Down had a throw-out race in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship. He stumbled at the start with his nose within a few inches from the ground and his chance for a contending effort ended.
“He’s great,” Padgett said. “I thought he was amazing at seven (years old), but he’s still going at eight.”
Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo rides Jessies First Down from the first post position.
Olaya Munoz Duarte’s Rarin rides a three-race winning streak, all in stakes races.
Rarin won the Grade 3 $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap in his latest start by one-and-one-quarter lengths for trainer Rudy Valles.
A seven-year-old gelding by Inseperable, Rarin won in the $50,000 La Plata Stakes at SunRay Park in his previous out.
Last year, Rarin won the $66,000 Mighty Deck Three Stakes at Remington Park and closed out the year with a win in the Grade 2, $50,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes at Zia Park.
Rarin, who veered in from the outside post position in the Higheasterjet, drew the outside post position in the Mr Jet Moore and Martin Felix is the jockey.
Valeriano Racing Stables’ Ld Is Back makes his Ruidoso Downs debut following success at Remington Park and Los Alamitos.
At Remington Park, Ld Is Back won the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes by one-and-one-quarter lengths on May 4.
At Los Alamitos, Ld Is Back was second in last year’s Restricted-Grade 1, $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship behind 2015 world champion Heza Dasha Fire and finished a close fifth the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions.
Jesse Lee Levario rides Ld Is Back from the seventh post position.
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