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Ruidoso Derbies Show Double Diget Increases

Grade 1 events at Ruidoso show major gains.

January 12, 2012

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The 2012 runnings of the six Grade 1 races at Ruidoso Downs are showing gains over a year ago led by stunning double-digit increases for the three grade 1 derbies – the All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso derbies.

The 2012 Ruidoso Derby is showing a 37-percent gain in eligible horses from last year’s running, up to 127 eligible three-year-olds. The 2012 All American Derby is up 30 percent to 219 horses remaining eligible. The 2012 Rainbow Derby is up 28 percent with 159 horses eligible.

This means that the races are on track to reach their projected 2012 purses. The All American Derby is solidly on pace to surpass $2 million with $1,701,828 already on deposit. That would make it the all-time richest race for 3-year-old and older Quarter Horses. The Kentucky Derby for Thoroughbreds carries a $2 million purse.

The Rainbow Derby is on schedule to reach the $900,000 mark and the Ruidoso Derby is on target to surpass the $700,000 level.

The 2012 All American Triple Crown futurities – the All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities – are also ahead in number of eligible horses compared to the 2011 runnings. The 2012 Ruidoso Futurity shows 499 eligible horses, a nine-percent increase. The Rainbow Futurity has 576 eligible horses, up six percent, while the All American Futurity showed an increase to 805 horses, up one percent from last year when there were a record 26 All American Futurity trials.

These three futurities each have capped purses with money above the cap rolled over to the 2014 derbies. The 2012 All American Futurity purse is set for $2,400,000 to make it the richest quarter horse race and have the highest purse for a 2-year-old race in North America, regardless of breed. The Rainbow Futurity is set for $700,000 and the Ruidoso Futurity is pegged at $600,000.

These large increases point towards these six Grade 1 races at Ruidoso Downs having purses totaling and estimated $7,300,000. Add the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus – won if a horse can sweep three futurities – then the total available money in these races this summer at Ruidoso Downs reaches $11,300,000.

The nomination deadline for foals of 2011 for the 2013 All American Triple Crown is January 15. For a nomination blank, go to and click on the link near the bottom of the page.

For further information on these races, call Annelle Reynolds at (575) 378-7224.