May 4, 2012
The hugely popular Ruidoso Downs training races proved to be a solid indicator of Grade 1 potential last year in their inaugural running and are back for a second running beginning on Monday morning at Ruidoso Downs
A total of 224 juveniles entered the three days of training races, up from 195 entrants a year ago. Of that total, 52 entrants are New Mexico-breds and 30 have already had a start. The training races start at 8:48 a.m. on Monday through Wednesday and they will be held about 18 minutes apart.
Trainer Paul Jones starts the most entrants with 40 hopefuls in the training races. Blane Wood sends out 31 juveniles pointing to the summer season at Ruidoso Downs.
The training races will be held over 300 yards. Races are segregated by open non-starters, open horses with starts, New Mexico-bred non-starters and New Mexico-breds with starts.
A year ago, training race winners went on to earn major futurity wins.
The 2011 champion 2-year-old Ochoa won his training race and then took the Grade 1, $2.4-million All American Futurity and finished third in the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity.
Silver For Me was a training race winner and then won the Ruidoso Futurity.
Tee Cos took his training race and then finished third in the All American Futurity and qualified for the Grade 1, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity.
Also, the top New Mexico-bred Sammy James followed his training race victory with a win in the $286,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Many of the competitors in this year’s training races could return in the trials to the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity. Those trials comprise the opening day program of the summer season on May 25.
For training race entries, go to http://www.raceruidoso.com/horsemens-links-overnights.php.
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