Purse for 2016 Ruidoso Futurity: $1 million

The purse for the first leg of Ruidoso Downs' All American Triple Crown will reach the seven-figure mark for the first time next year.

Press release

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack management has announced that the purse of the 2016 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) -- the first leg of its All American Triple Crown -- will reach $1 million.

The purse of the race has grown 100 percent, from $500,000 to $1 million, in just the last five years.

“We’re having a great year with the support of owners and trainers,” said general manager Shaun Hubbard. “This is another iconic step in the history of Ruidoso Downs with each of the All American Triple crown futurities offering purses of $1 million-$3 million.”

If any horse wins all three futurities, its connections will earn a $4-million All American Triple Crown bonus. The bonus, combined with the winner’s share of the purse from all three futurities, means that the winner will bank $6,340,000.

The beginning of the 2015 season at Ruidoso Downs has seen the introduction of more stringent security measures that have proven to be very successful and well-received. Also, overall handle was up more than 50 percent during the first three days of racing that featured Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby trials.

The security measures at Ruidoso Downs required that every Grade 1 futurity or derby horse be on the grounds 10 days before the trials. Subsequently, the finalists for all of those races has to stay on the grounds and is constantly monitored by cameras and recorded. The horses are also be subjected to spot checking.

Also, every horse who qualified for the finals of the Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby (G1), as well as the qualifiers for the $50,000 Ruidoso Juvenile and the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry, were tested with enhanced “super testing.” This will continue for the upcoming Grade 1 races and the races for horses who did not qualify for the finals.

“This is all part of a continual process at Ruidoso Downs,” Hubbard said. “We have the support of the horsemen and the fans. We are dedicated to the integrity of horseracing will continue to move forward. The $1-million Ruidoso Futurity is an historic part of this process.”

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