RUI Deadline Extended for HP Yearlings

Nomination deadlines extended for Heritage Place graduates.

Press Release

Nominate yearlings purchased at the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale.

The original nomination deadline to all the Grade 1 futurities and derbies at Ruidoso Downs for 2014 foals bought at the 2015 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale on January 22-24 has been extended to January 31.

This includes the 2016 running of the record-breaking All American Futurity. This year, the All American Futurity will have a record purse of $3 million-est., making it the largest purse for any 2-year-old race in the world. The only race in North America with a larger purse is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Kentucky Derby has a $2 million purse.

The cost of nomination for 2014 foals purchased at the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale is $250.
It is highly recommended that if you purchased a foal of 2014 that you call nominations secretary Annelle Reynolds at (575) 378-7224 to determine the yearling’s eligibility. Also, check out the nomination blank for the “2016 Triple Crown Futurity” at for further information.

In addition to the 2016 All American Futurity, for the initial payment of $250, the foal of 2014 gains eligibility to the 2016 runnings of the $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity. The 2014 foal also gains initial eligibility to the 2017 editions of the $2 million (est.) All American Derby, the $900,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby and the $700,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby.

If any horse sweeps the All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the Ruidoso Futurity, the connections of that horse earn the $4 million All American Triple Crown bonus.

Therefore, the total available money from the initial payment of $250 for each 2014 foal is more than $12 million.
The next two payments of $350 (due March 15, 2014) and $400 (due June 15, 2014) also maintain eligibility to all six Grade 1 futurities and derbies. Then, starting with the November 15 payment, owners may chose to remain eligible to any or all of the futurities and their respective derbies.

The 2017 derby purses for foals of 2014 are projected at $700,000 for the Ruidoso Derby, $900,000 for the Rainbow Derby and $2 million for the All American Derby. The All American Derby currently carries a berth in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos for the winner.

In addition to the $3 million-est. All American Futurity purse this summer, the other Triple Crown futurities have shown remarkable growth. The Ruidoso Futurity purse is up 50 percent and the Rainbow Futurity purse has grown 60 percent in the past five years.

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