Rainbow Futurity Trials to Span Two Days

Five fastest times from each day of trials will advance to the rich final.

June 9, 2013

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For the first time the trials to the record Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity will be held over two days – Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 – instead of a the previous one day of qualifying races.

Last year, there were 23 Rainbow Futurity trials held on one day.

The horses with the five fastest times from each day of trials will qualify to race in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity on July 21.

“We have had a lot of horsemen and fans ask about doing this over the past few years as the number of trials has grown along with our futurities’ record-setting growth,” said Ruidoso Downs General Manager Shaun Hubbard.

When 25 trials to the Ruidoso Futurity were held on May 24, the first race started at 10 a.m. and the last race was off at 7:11 p.m. Now with the trials spread over two days there will be less of a chance of weather impacting the races than when the races were held over a nine-hour span.

“This will also alleviate the pressure of the extended work day on everyone involved with the racehorses: the jockeys, valets, gate crew, etc.,”added Hubbard. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

The trials for the Grade 1, $1 million (est.) Rainbow Derby will now be contested on Saturday, July 6, with the 440-yard Rainbow Derby on July 20.