Ruidoso Downs Increases Trial Purses

The purses for futurity and derby trials will double to $8,000 for 2018.

Edited press release

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack will increase futurity and derby trial purses to $8,000 next year.

The trial purses for the 2018 Triple Crown series at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack – both futurities and derbies – will be doubled from $4,000 to $8,000.

Ruidoso is also offering a one-time, $1,000 reduction of the supplemental nomination fees as an incentive for the 2018 Triple Crown futurities. Those futurity supplemental nomination fees will be reduced by $1,000, and the nomination deadline will be extended by one month to December 15, 2017.

“The new ownership of Ruidoso Downs wants to invigorate the Triple Crown racing series, and as an incentive for horse owners we are offering a one-time reduction in the supplemental nomination fee,” said Stan Sigman, spokesperson for the four-member ownership group of All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC (AARD). The new ownership completed the purchase of the track on October 12.

The result of the supplemental nomination offer is that any Quarter Horse foal of 2016 not nominated to the 2018 Triple Crown may be nominated to the Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities by submitting payment of $1,500 by December 15. The discounted All American supplemental fee of $2,500 is due by the same date. All three races have sustaining payments due January 15, March 15 and April 15, 2018. There is also a trial entry payment.

“Ruidoso Downs expects an increased number of supplemental entries will be received before the new deadline and that a higher percentage of Triple Crown nominees will make sustaining payments, thereby increasing the total Triple Crown purses,” said AARD president and general manager Jeff True.

The additional $4,000 for the trial purse increase will come from nomination accounts. The New Mexico Horsemen’s Association has approved the changes, pending approval from the New Mexico Racing Commission at its November 16 meeting in Albuquerque.

For more information, contact Ruidoso Downs nominations secretary Annelle Reynolds at (575) 378-7224. Para informacion en Espanol, llamada Julio Delgado at (575) 378-7316.

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