Ruidoso Opens with 25 Trials, 10 a.m. Post

Ruidoso Futurity, Derby trials highlight opening week at New Mexico track.

May 20, 2012

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Opening day of the Ruidoso Downs summer season will begin with a special 10 a.m. first post time on Friday, May 25, to accommodate the 25 trials to the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Opening weekend racing continues on Saturday through Monday with the usual 1 p.m. first post time.

The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest qualifying times from the 350-yard trials qualify to race on June 9 in the Ruidoso Futurity, the first leg of the All American Triple Crown at Ruidoso Downs.

On Saturday afternoon, the trials will be held for the Ruidoso Derby (G1) and the expected entrants include champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Ochoa, and champion and Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Feature Mr Bojangles. The Ruidoso Derby purse could exceed $800,000 and will be the highest purse in the race’s history.

More information can be found at and you can follow the racing action on Twitter at Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox).