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Road to All American Starts Friday

Ruidoso Downs opens meet with 25 trials to Grade 1 futurity.

May 19, 2013

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The top-two finishers in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity, WR Golden Eagle and Anna Delovely, lead the 245 2-year-old hopefuls in the 25 trials to the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity when the road to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity starts on opening day, Friday, of the Ruidoso Downs summer season.

There will be a special 10:00 a.m. first post time to accommodate the record-equaling number of trials. There were also 25 trials last year. Racing then continues on opening weekend through Monday with the usual 1 p.m. first post time.

The $750,000 purse for the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity is an all-time record and the purse records will continue to fall throughout the summer. The Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby, with trials to be contested on Saturday afternoon, may have an $800,000 purse. The Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity will have a $1 million purse, and the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby is on track to also become a $1 million race.

The largest purses will be offered on the final two days of the Ruidoso meet. On September 1, the All American Derby could reach $2.8 million and that would be the richest race in American Quarter Horse racing history. Then on Labor Day, the All American Futurity will provide a record $2.6 million purse, the largest purse for any 2-year-old race in North America.

If any horse wins the Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity, then the horse’s connections will take the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus.

“We are very thankful to the horsemen for supporting these races and Ruidoso Downs,” said General Manager Shaun Hubbard. “While many tracks are showing declines, we are running full fields with a record number of trials.”

Of the 25 trials, 20 have full 10-horse fields and the other five trials have nine entrants.

“The incredible support for these races and the track is also a tremendous positive impact on our community and we certainly appreciate that this helps our friends and neighbors,” Hubbard added.

The first step toward the lofty prizes in those iconic races begins on Friday when the horses with the 10 fastest times qualify to race in the Ruidoso Futurity on June 9.

Webb Rose’s West Texas Futurity winner WR Golden Eagle and Barbra Chase’s and Vantessa Bartoo’s West Texas Futurity runner-up Anna Delovely were each supplemented at a cost of $20,000 each to enter the Ruidoso Futurity trials. The other supplemental nominee is West Texas Futurity fifth-place runner Dashin Little Guy.

WR Golden Eagle and Anna Delovely, each trained by John Stinebaugh, finished just a head apart in the 300-yard West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park on April 14. The One Famous Eagle filly WR Golden Eagle was timed in :14.86 while Anna Delovely, sired by Furyofthewind, received a :14.88 time.

Each of the fillies stepped up in the West Texas Futurity after finishing second in their trials while making their career debuts.

WR Golden Eagle drew into the 15th trial with the eighth post position and Esgar Ramirez aboard.

Anna Delovely starts from the fifth post position with the services of Bonifacio Perez.

Julian Aragon’s Dashin Little Guy won his West Texas Futurity trial by one length and set the second-fastest qualifying time of :14.919. He is trained by Lillian Silva and starts from the 10th post position in the second trial.

Johnny Trotter’s homebred Strategic Weapon, a son of First Down Dash and One Famous Lady, raced to the fastest time from three days of schooling races at Ruidoso Downs and makes his career debut in the ninth trial under Ricky Ramirez. He won his schooling race with a :15.49 mark for 300 yards.

For complete Ruidoso Downs information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and obtain the latest news by following the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter. The top-three finishers in each trial and their times will be tweeted within minutes after each race and before the charts are posted.