Ruidoso Hall Inducts Four

Dutch Masters III, James Lackey, Bubba Werner, and Heartswideopen comprise the 2017 class.

Edited press release

From left: Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III, Bubba Werner, James Lackey and Fredda Draper, whose husband, Carl Draper, trained Heartswideopen. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

Owner Dutch Masters III, jockey James Lackey, trainer Bubba Werner and Heartswideopen were inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on Friday.

Every year, one owner/breeder, one jockey, one trainer, and one racehorse are inducted into the Hall.

Dutch Masters III has had multiple configurations, but the one constant has been Streelman. His on-, off- and then on-again 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, and their Meteoric finished third in the 2002 All American Futurity (G1). Doug Benson was also a member of Dutch Masters III on Meteoric.

Boer downsized his racing operation and then teamed up once again with Streelman in Dutch Masters III several years ago. The longtime friends found recent success with Chazaq, winner of last year's $1,070,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Dutch Masters III has won 17 Grade 1 stakes from their 31 graded stakes wins. The partnership is the second all-time leading owner of money earners with nearly $12 million.

Lackey won 13 Grade 1 stakes, including the Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos -- Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestgious race for older horses -- twice, onece with world champion Cash Rate (1985) and First Down Dash ('87). Lacke also won the Los Alamitos Championship with Cash Rate, the Los Alamitos Derby with First Down Dash, the Dash For Cash Derby with First Down Dash, the Kansas (now Ruidoso) Futurity with Okey Dokey Baby, and the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity with Flomont.

Werner has won major Quarter Horse stakes races, including the 1976 All American and El Primero del Ano derbies with Mito Wise Dancer, the '78 Kansas (now Ruidoso) Futurity with Gentlemens Feature and the 1977 World’s Championship Classic at Ruidoso Downs with Bar Roula. The winner of stakes races at seven different tracks, Werner also trained the Come Six to wins in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, World’s Championship Classic and the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Derby.

Heartswideopen was Quarter Horse racing's champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old filly in 2007, and its champion 3-year-old and 3-year-old filly the following year. Trained by Carl Draper, himself a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame, Heartswideopen won the 2007 Ruidoso and All American futurities. The following season, the filly won the Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies.

Heartswideopen is a daughter of Feature Mr Jess and the Dash For Cash mare Dashing Phoebe, and she was bred in Texas by Kirk Goodfellow and raced by Javier and Manny Rodriguez’s La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC. Now 12, she is currently in Julianna Hawn Holt’s broodmare band.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.