All American Oaks
Ruidoso adds filly-only race for 2020.
August 23, 2018
The All American Derby will include an optional race restricted to fillies in addition to an open race for 3-year-olds of both sexes beginning in 2020.
The new race division will be named the All American Oaks.
The new format for foals of 2017 will cap the All American Derby open division at a $1,000,000 purse. Both divisions will remain at 440 yards.
The Oaks will carry a first-year purse estimated at $300,000. Three-year-old fillies may be entered in either the open Derby or the Oaks.
“This new format will create a premier race for 3-year-old fillies that currently does not exist, will increase the total number of nominations and will increase the earnings potential for quarter horse fillies,” said Jeff True, Ruidoso Downs president and general manager.
On the date of entry for the 2020 time trials, the trainer must designate whether an eligible filly will enter the Oaks or the open Derby division. Time trials will be contested for each division of the race with the All American Derby offering the $100,000 First Down Dash Stakes for non-qualifiers to the Derby.
Nomination and sustaining payment schedules to the All American Derby and Oaks will stay the same. A foal of 2017 must complete all payments through the All American Futurity cycle to be eligible to the 2020 derby. Alternatively, the supplement for horses not fully paid to the 2019 All American Futurity will remain at $30,000 in February 2020 or $50,000 at trial entry. Supplemental nominations at time of entry will be $30,000 for the Oaks and $50,000 for the Derby.
All foals of 2017 in the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale next weekend will be eligible to enter this 2020 Derby and Oaks.
In 2018, the All American Derby purse is $1,238,000 and 107 head, including 27 fillies, entered the time trials contested on August 19. This year’s final contains two fillies will be contested on Sunday, September 2, at Ruidoso Downs. The last filly to win the All American Derby was I Hear a Symphony in 1994. Champion Heartswideopen came within a nose of winning the 2008 All American Derby.
“The partners at All American Ruidoso Downs LLC are committed to creating the best racing program in the industry and that includes finding ways to create value for a broad group of racehorse owners,” said AARD partner Stan Sigman. “AARD added the filly-restricted $25,000 Dash For Speed stakes this year and the All American Oaks concept is something we are very excited about.”
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