RUI Nominations Due Jan. 15
Nominations for Ruidoso's triple crown races are due next week.
January 8, 2015
Original nominations for the 2016 All American Triple Crown races (for foals of 2014) are due by January 15 at Ruidoso Downs.
The All American Triple Crown races are the All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the Ruidoso Futurity.
Also due on January 15 are sustaining payments to the 2015 world-record $3 million All American Futurity, the 2015 $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the 2015 $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity.
The 2015 All American Futurity offers the largest purse of any two-year-old race in the world.
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 $2.3 million (est.) All American Derby, the $1 million (est.) Rainbow Derby and the $800,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby.
The total estimated purses for these six Grade 1 races exceeds $8.8 million.
If any horse sweeps the All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities, 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 $12.8 million.
Following payments of $350 (due March 15, 2015) and $400 (due June 15, 2015) the 2014 foal continues to 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.
All of the Grade 1 futurities and derbies at Ruidoso Downs have shown an astonishing growth in participation over the past five years through the most recent payment for the 2015 runnings. While the All American Futurity has reached a world-record level, the derbies have also posted impressive purses. This summer, the All American Derby projects to have $2.3 million purse and the winner receives a Champion of Champions invitation. Ruidoso Downs is the only track to offer two races worth at least $2 million (est.) on the same weekend.
The 3-year-old program is further enhanced with the three $100,000 stakes held on the same weekend as each of the Grade 1 derbies. The $100,000 Mr Jess Perry at 400 yards will be held in conjunction with the Ruidoso Derby, the $100,000 Corona Cartel at 440 yards is set for Rainbow Derby day and the $100,000 First Down Dash will be run over 440 yards on All American Derby day. Preference is given to horses who raced in the trials to their respective derbies.
The futurity program has also shown impressive growth in the number of eligible horses for the 2015 futurities from five years ago. When evaluating comparable figures, the All American Futurity is up 16.5 percent, the Rainbow Futurity is up 17.4 percent and the Ruidoso Futurity is up 27.9 percent.
Additionally, the All American Gold Cup for three-year-old and older horses will have a $200,000 guaranteed purse in 2015. That is up from $40,000 in 2013. The 440-yard All American Gold Cup also offers a berth in the Champion of Champions.
Ruidoso Downs is the only track to offer two stakes races with Champion of Champions invitations on the same weekend.
To download the nomination form for 2014 foals to gain eligibility, go to http://www.raceruidoso.com/horsemens-links-nominations-forms.php and then click on 2016 Triple Crown Nomination Form. Read nomination form for in-depth information.
For additional information, contact nominations secretary Annelle Reynolds at 575.378.7224.
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