Ruidoso Handle Up

Rainbow trials boosts handle at Ruidoso.

Press Release
July 15, 2013

Ruidoso Downs Race Track Logo

The two days of trials for the Rainbow Futurity (G1), split for the first time this year, proved to be an overwhelming success in wagering with the average handle on each trial increasing 42 percent.

In 2012, with one day of 23 trials, the average handle on each trial was $40,989. This year, with 26 trials spread over two days, the handle surged to $58,272 per trial. This impressive average increase occurred in spite of adding three more trial races.

The trials to the All American Futurity (G1) are set to be run over two days, August 15-16. The trials to the All American Derby (G1) are now set for August 17.

“These numbers are just another reason that the two days of trials were so successful,” said general manger Shaun Hubbard. “It was a winning situation for everyone. This shows that the fans really liked two-day format.”

All aspects of the handle are showing increases halfway through the 60-day racing season at Ruidoso Downs. The total handle is up 4.5 percent with the on-track handle up nine percent and the off-track handle showing a two-percent increase.

“Our fans always support us and we truly appreciate them,” said Hubbard. “We’re really like a family here with our faithful fans, our horsemen supporting our races and the employees. That makes for an important part of the Ruidoso Downs’ experience.”

One of the highlights of the summer season is this upcoming weekend with the running of the $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) on Saturday and the $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1) on Sunday. These are record purses for each of the major stakes races.

The All American Futurity and Derby, on Labor Day weekend, are also setting records. The $2.6 million All American Futurity is the richest race in North America for 2-year-olds, regardless of breed. The All American Derby could hit the $2.8 million mark and have the largest purse in Quarter Horse racing history.

For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and obtain the latest news by following the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter. For Rainbow Futurity/Derby and All American Futurity/Derby insights, check out