Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The 2017 class includes Dutch Masters III and champion Heartswideopen.
January 3, 2017
Prolific owner and breeder Dutch Masters III ‑ headed by Dr. James Streelman – is among the four inductees into the 2017 class of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.
Every year, one owner/breeder, trainer, jockey and horse are inducted into the Racehorse Hall of Fame, making it a very exclusive group. The trainer to be inducted is H.C. “Bubba” Werner, the jockey is James Lackey and the horse is Heartswideopen.
The induction ceremony will be held in June at a date to be announced. The event starts refreshments in the Hall of Fame and then the induction dinner and ceremony in the All American Turf Club. Tickets for the public become available in May and are $150 each.
Dutch Masters III has had multiple configurations, however the one constant has been Streelman. His primary partner has been Denny Boer. They have been best friends since the first grade.
The Streelman-Boer combination in Dutch Masters III was the owner and breeder of three champions – Four Forty Blast, Secret Card and Higher Fire. Four Forty Blast was the 1993 champion three-year-old gelding, Secret Card was the 2000 champion two-year-old filly while Higher Fire was the 2005 champion two-year-old and two-year-old filly.
Boer downsized his racing operation and then teamed up once again with Streelman in Dutch Masters III several years ago. The longtime friends found success with Chazaq, winner of the 2016 $1,070,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1).
Dutch Masters III has won 17 Grade1 stakes, all at Los Alamitos. Their Meteoric finished third in the All American Futurity ‑ beaten by two heads after flipping over in the paddock ‑ over a sloppy track. Doug Benson was also a member of Dutch Masters III on Meteoric.
Trainer Werner won major stakes races with some of the greatest quarter horses. He took the All American Derby and the El Primer Del Ano Derby with Mito Wise Dancer, the Kansas (now Ruidoso) Futurity with Gentlemens Feature and the World’s Championship Classic at Ruidoso Downs with Bar Roula.
The winner of stakes races at seven different tracks, Werner also trained the great Come Six to wins in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, World’s Championship Classic and the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Championship.
James Lackey was a “money rider” who won 13 Grade 1 stakes, highlighted by two victories in the Champion of Champions. He won this prestigious 440-yard classic at Los Alamitos with 1985 world champion Cash Rate and 1987 world champion First Down Dash. They each were named world champion the year that they won the Champion of Champions.
Lackey also won the Los Alamitos Championship with Cash Rate, Los Alamitos Derby with First Down Dash, the Dash For Cash Derby with First Down Dash, the Kansas (Ruidoso) Futurity with Okey Dokey Baby and the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity with Flomont.
One of the true gentlemen in Quarter Horse racing, Lackey is now working with premier trainers at the major tracks, including Ruidoso Downs.
Heartswideopen made her first three starts at Sunland Park and then became a Ruidoso Downs’ legend with her final 10 starts at Ruidoso Downs. After winning her maiden at first asking, she made each of her subsequent outs in Grade 1 futurities or derbies and their respective trials.
Trained by Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame member Carl Draper, Heartswideopen won the 2007 Ruidoso Futurity and the All American Futurity. Draper passed on the Rainbow Futurity with the filly. She came back the following year to win the Ruidoso Derby and the Rainbow Derby. In one of the most thrilling races ever at Ruidoso Downs, Heartswideopen lost her bid to win the derby triple crown when she was second by a neck in the All American Derby behind Noconi.
Heartswideopen was honored as the 2007 champion two-year-old and two-year-old filly and then the 2008 champion three-year-old and champion three-year-old filly.
The powerful daughter of Feature Mr Jess and the Dash For Cash daughter Dashing Phoebe, Heartswideopen was bred by Kirk Goodfellow, raced by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC and is currently in Julianna Hawn Holt’s stellar broodmare band.
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