Preview of Jacky Martin Bronze on Display at Ruidoso Downs

The 40th anniversary of the late rider's first All American Futurity win will be commemorated at the track.

Edited press release

The late Jacky Martin, a two-time AQHA champion jockey and seven-time winner of the All American Futurity, will be honored with a bronze at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack.

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack on Labor Day will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the late Jacky Martin’s first All American Futurity (G1) win.

A wax bust of Jacky Martin will be displayed, and Martin’s achievements will be celebrated. The bust is part of the process used by artist Lisa Perry to create a life-size bronze of Martin that will be displayed at Ruidoso Downs next summer.

Martin won the All American Futurity, American Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race, a record seven times, starting with world champion Moon Lark in 1978. His final All American Futurity victory came aboard Eyesa Special in 2000. All of his All American wins came for trainer Jack Brooks.

At Ruidoso Downs, Martin also won the Rainbow Derby five times and Rainbow Futurity four times. He also won the All American Derby, Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby. After a four-year hiatus from riding, Martin returned in 2010 and was the AQHA champion jockey that year.

In 2011, Martin won the Rainbow Futurity aboard Feature Mr Bojangles before having accident three days before the All American Futurity. He was scheduled to ride eventual winner Ochoa in the All American Futurity. He died from those injuries four years later.

Martin won 2,975 races, 146 stakes and his mounts earned more than $45 million. He is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.

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