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Ruidoso Releases Stakes Schedule

Ruidoso pushes older horse purses.

Press Release
December 16, 2013

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A $200,000 guaranteed purse for the All American Gold Cup (G3) that should attract Quarter Horse racing’s premier older horses and three new $100,000 stakes for 3-year-olds are just a couple of the innovations in the stakes schedule next summer at Ruidoso Downs.

Each of these improvements in the stakes lineup affirms Ruidoso Downs’ commitment to older horses while enhancing the most prestigious futurity lineup in Quarter Horse racing.

The summer season begins on May 22-23 with two days of trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity. There will also be two days of trials the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (July 3-4) and the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity (August 14-15). This is the first year that each Grade 1 futurity in the Triple Crown series will have the field comprised of horses from two days of trials.

The season’s ultimate weekend is Labor Day weekend with the All American Gold Cup on Saturday (August 30), the Grade 1, $2 million-est. All American Derby on Sunday (August 31) and the All American Futurity on Labor Day (September 1).

Ruidoso Downs is still the only track in North American projecting to annually host two $2 million races on the stakes schedule.

Three-year-olds now have the added opportunity to race in three additional $100,000 guaranteed stakes: the 400-yard Mr Jess Perry (June 7), the 440-yard Corona Cartel (July 19) and the First Down Dash (August 31).

This summer the Zia Festival weekend celebrating New Mexico-bred racing expands to two days (July 26-27). There will be eight stakes races on Saturday and six stakes races on Sunday, all featuring the best New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. The grandstand will be packed with vendors selling southwestern wares. The array of stakes races and the vendors make Zia Festival weekend one of the most popular weekends of the season.

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.
 
2014 RUIDOSO DOWNS’ QUARTER HORSE STAKES SCHEDULE
 
Thursday, May 22 - Ruidoso Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds                                        350 Yards
 
Friday, May 23 - Ruidoso Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds                                        350 Yards
 
Saturday, May 24 - Ruidoso Derby Trials
3-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
 
Saturday, May 24 - Fine Loom Handicap
$30,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                              870 Yards
 
Friday, May 30 - Mountain Top NM-Bred Futurity Trials
Registered New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds                                        350 Yards
 
Saturday, June 7 - Ruidoso Derby (G1)
$800,000 est.
3-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
 
Saturday, June 7 - Mr Jess Perry
$100,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
 
Sunday, June 8 - Ruidoso Futurity (G1)
$700,000
2-Year Olds                                        350 Yards
 
Sunday, June 8 - Ruidoso Juvenile
$50,000-Added
2-Year Olds                                        350 Yards
 
Friday, June 13 - NM Adequan Derby Challenge Trials
3-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
 
Saturday, June 14 - Mountain Top NM Bred Futurity (RG3)
$350,000 est.
2-Year-Olds                                       350 Yards
 
Saturday, June 21 - The Tricky Dust
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                              870 Yards
 
Saturday, June 29 - NM Adequan Derby Challenge
$50,000 est.
3-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
(Eligible to AQHA Challenge)
 
Saturday, June 28 - Higheasterjet Handicap (G3)
$30,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                              350 Yards
 
Thursday, July 3 - Rainbow Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
 
Friday, July 4 - Rainbow Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds                                        400 Yards
 
Saturday, July 5 - Rainbow Derby Trials
3-Year Olds                                            440 Yards
 
Friday, July 11 - Zia Futurity Trials
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds                                         400 Yards
 
Saturday, July 12 - Zia Derby Trials
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds                                           400 Yards
 
Friday, July 18 - John Deere NM Juvenile Challenge Trials
2-Year Olds                                         350 Yards
 
Saturday, July 19 - Rainbow Derby (G1)
$1,000,000 est.
3-Year Olds                                          440 Yards
 
Saturday, July 19 - Corona Cartel
$100,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds                                          440 Yards
 
Sunday, July 20 - Rainbow Futurity (G1)
$900,000
2-Year Olds                                          400 Yards
 
Sunday, July 20 - Rainbow Juvenile
$50,000-added
2-Year Olds                                         400 Yards
 
Saturday, July 26 - The By By JJ
$20,000 Guaranteed
New Mexico Bred
2-Year Olds                                                    400 Yards
 
Saturday, July 26 - Zia 870 Championship
New Mexico Bred
$50,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from NMHBA)
3-Year Olds & Up                                 870 yards
 
Saturday, July 26 - Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                               1000 Yards
 
Saturday, July 26 - Zia Derby (RG2)
New Mexico Bred
$150,000 Est. ($45,000 Added, Includes $30,000 from NMHBA)
3-Year Olds                                           400 Yards
 
Saturday, July 26 - Zia Handicap (RG2)
New Mexico Bred
$50,000 Guaranteed, (Includes $25,000 from NMHBA)
3-Year Old & Up                                  400 Yards
 
Saturday, July 26 - Gwendolyn Eaves
$20,000 Guaranteed
New Mexico Bred
3-Year Olds             Fillies                            400 Yards
 
Sunday, July 27 - Zia Futurity (RG1)
New Mexico Bred
$350,000 est. ($45,000 Added, Includes $30,000 from NMHBA)
2-Year Olds                                             400 Yards
 
Saturday, August 2 - John Deere NM Juvenile Challenge (G3)
$75,000 Est.
2-Year Olds                                          350 Yards
(Eligible to AQHA Challenge)
 
Sunday, August 3 - Mr Jet Moore Handicap
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                                400 Yards
 
Sunday, August 10 - Master Salls Handicap
$30,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                          870 Yards
 
Thursday, August 14 - All American Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds                                   440 Yards
 
Friday, August 15 - All American Futurity Trials
2-Year Olds                                   440 Yards
 
Saturday, August 16 - All American Derby Trials
3-Year Olds                                   440 Yards
 
Sunday, August 17 - Brigand Handicap
$20,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                       550 Yards
 
Saturday, August 30 - All American Gold Cup (G3)
$200,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds & Up                        440 Yards
 
Sunday, August 31 - All American Derby (G1)
$2,300,000 Est.
3-Year Olds                                  440 Yards
 
Sunday, August 31 - First Down Dash
$100,000 Guaranteed
3-Year Olds                                  440 Yards
 
Monday, Sept. 1 - All American Juvenile
$100,000-Added
2-Year Olds                                  440 Yards
 
Monday, Sept. 1 - All American Futurity (G1)
$2,600,000
2-Year Olds                                   440 Yards