Gold Cup Looking Strong
Nominations for Grade 1 race include numerous top runners.
July 4, 2014
Now it is certain that the $200,000-guaranteed All American Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs is the most important enhancement to American Quarter Horse stakes races in recent memory.
It promises to have a field worthy of its recently awarded Grade 1 status and invitation to the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos to the winner after 12 exceptional proven stakes horses made the early nomination payment by July 1.
The 440-yard All American Gold Cup will be held for 3-year-old and older horses on August 30, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. It is followed by the Grade 1, $2 million (est.) All American Derby (which also has a Champion of Champions invitation) on Sunday and the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on Labor Day.
The All American Gold Cup field will be comprised of the eligible leading money earners in 2013-14.
The hottest older horse at Ruidoso Downs, Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) winner Jody Pops Zoomer, is nominated to the Gold Cup. He pulled away from the Higheasterjet field on June 28 to win by an expanding three quarters of a length over 350 yards. The gelding has proven credentials at 440 yards with a win in last fall’s Grade 1, $394,306 Texas Classic Derby.
The other nominees are Dash For Cash Derby (G1) winner Captain Strawfly, Zia Park Championship (G1) winner Streakn Thru Fire, champion and All American Derby (G1) winner Feature Hero, West Texas Derby (G3) winner I Azoomed You Knew, The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) runner-up Jesscizican, Refrigerator Handicap (G1) winner Joker On Jack, Leo Stakes (G1) winner Llano Cartel, Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) third-place finisher Otoole Hero, All American Derby qualifier The Magic Dash, Sunland Winter Futurity (G2) winner Wasting No Corona and All American Derby qualifier Wonderboy.
The field will only get stronger with two more opportunities for horses to become eligible to compete.
The next opportunity for a horse to gain eligibility is for the connections to pay a late nomination fee of $3,500 by August 1.
The final chance for a horse to compete is for the connections to pay the time-of-entry supplemental fee of $10,000, which includes all fees.
The All American Gold Cup winner receives $100,000. The race pays through 10 places with seventh through 10th places paying $5,000.
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