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Ruidoso Racing Integrity Position

Ruidoso Downs affirms position on racing integrity.

Press Release
May 8, 2013

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Ruidoso Downs affirms its position to maintain the strongest standards for integrity in racing with the summer season set to begin on May 24.

No trainers who have been suspended by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), The Jockey Club or any racing jurisdiction will be allowed to compete at Ruidoso Downs.

The list of trainers suspended by AQHA include Anthony Aquilar, John H. Bassett, Lawrence D. Boyd, Charles Lamont, Gonzalo Gonzales, Kyi Lormand, Alonzo Loya, Jorge Miranda, Jeffrey 'Heath' Reed, Carlos Sedillo, Alvin Smith Jr., John Darrell Soileau, Michael 'Heath' Taylor, Joseph Randy Herbert, Alejandro 'Alex' Sanchez, Alfredo Sanchez and Roberto Sanchez. These trainers have certain appeal rights within their racing jurisdictions and Ruidoso Downs will continue to monitor their AQHA status.

“We are absolutely committed to present the public the finest racing product and to protect the jockeys and horses,” said Ruidoso Downs general manager Shaun Hubbard. “There will be no tolerance for anyone who shows disdain for racing’s integrity. They will not be allowed at Ruidoso Downs.”

Ruidoso Downs completed three days of training races on Wednesday for 2-year-olds pointing for the three Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs: the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the $2.6 million All American Futurity.

The largest purse for the season and in the history of Quarter Horse racing will be the $2.8-million All American Derby. The All American Derby is held on September 1 and the All American Futurity will be contested on September 2, Labor Day and closing day of the summer season.

“The New Mexico Racing Commission and AQHA are also working to maintain the highest standards for horse racing and we certainly are appreciative of their efforts. We firmly stand by them and their commitment to racing’s integrity,” said Hubbard. “Ruidoso Downs has been and will continue to be proactive.”