Ruidoso Boosts Trial Purses

Trial purses raised to $6,000.

Press Release
June 28, 2013

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Beginning with the two days of trials to the record $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1) this upcoming Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, all trial races will have a 71 percent increase, up to $6,000 from the current $3,500 purses.

The purses for the trials on Saturday, July 6, to the record-setting $1 million -est. Rainbow Derby (G1) will also be boosted to $6,000.

This increase in all trials includes all Thoroughbred trials and all New Mexico-bred trials – every trial race at Ruidoso Downs.

“The horsemen support our races and build these races to record levels,” said general manager Shaun Hubbard. “This is another way for us to show our appreciation to these horsemen who support our races year-in and year-out.”

After the Rainbow Futurity and Derby trials, the upcoming trial races are the Zia Futurity trials, Zia Derby trials, Rio Grande Senorita Futurity trials, Rio Grande Senor Futurity trials, John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge trials, All American Futurity trials and All American Derby trials. All these trials will carry $6,000 purses.

The Grade 1 All American Futurity will have a record purse of $2.6 million while the Grade 1 All American Derby is heading towards an estimated $2.8 million purse. The All American Futurity has the largest purse of any 2-year-old race in North America and the All American Derby promises to be the all-time richest quarter horse race.

There will be a special racing schedule over Fourth of July weekend with racing on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. The normal Friday through Monday schedule returns the following week. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs.

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