Ruidoso Downs Introduces All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus

The program will pay a $1-million bonus to the connections of a 3-year-old who can sweep all three of its Grade 1 derbies.

Edited press release

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack has introduced an All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus for 3-year-olds.

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack will pay a $1-million All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus to the connections of a 3-year-old who can sweep the track's three Grade 1 derbies.

Those three Grade 1 derbies are the 400-yard, $750,000-est. Ruidoso Derby in June, the 440-yard, $750,000-est. Rainbow Derby in July, and the 440-yard, $1-million All American Derby in September.

Additionally, in 2018, Ruidoso Downs will offer a $2-million All American Triple Crown Futurity Bonus for the connections of any horse that can win the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity, The Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1, $3-million (est.) All American Futurity, Quarter Horse racing’s showcase event. The winner’s share from each race plus the bonus would total $4.3-million.

“The new Triple Crown bonus program provides yet another incentive for all 2- and 3-year-olds to join the best horses at Ruidoso Downs each summer," said Ruidoso Downs president and general manager Jeff True. "The derby bonus is an effort to keep 3-year-olds pointing at the lucrative purses in these iconic stakes.

“The Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities and derbies will pay more than $7-million in total purses, and this bonus program ups that ante to more than $10-million," he added. "We expect to continue this bonus program and hope to pay it to fortunate owners on multiple occasions.”

World champion Special Effort is the only horse to win all of Ruidoso Downs' three major futurities, and he accomplished this feat in 1981, before any bonus existed. There have been three horses sweep the track's three major derbies: My Easy Credit (1977), Dash For Speed ('88) and Dm Shicago (2005).

“These bonuses, along with our relentless effort to enhance the integrity of Ruidoso Downs’ racing, are all integral parts of an unforgettable fan experience,” said True.

The nomination payment of $250 for the 2019 All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities is due on January 15. That single payment nominates the foal of 2017 to all of the futurities. A foal of 2017 that becomes paid up to run in the 2019 futurities can then continue payments for the 2020 derbies.

The futurity and derby bonus programs are pending approval of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

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