Ruidoso Downs Releases 2019 Stakes Schedule

The track will open its season on May 10.

Edited press release

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack as released its 2019 stakes schedule.

Ruidoso Downs has released its stakes schedule for its 2019 season, which opens Friday, May 10.

New stakes races have been added to Ruidoso's schedule: the May 27, $100,000-est. Maiden Stakes for Quarter Horses aged 3-5 (trials to be run May 10), and the June 30, $45,000-est. Rita Danley Distaff Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses aged 3 and older. Also, the AQHA Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes for 2-year-old Quarter Horses has returned to the track and will be run June 2 (trials on May 17).

Ruidoso's new stakes join the track's several historic and prestigious Grade 1 Triple Crown stakes: the $3,000,000-est. All American Futurity and $1,000,000-est. All American Derby (September 1-2), the $1,000,000-est. Rainbow Futurity and $750,000-est. Rainbow Derby (July 20-21), and the $1,000,000-est. Ruidoso Futurity and $750,000-est. Ruidoso Derby (June 8-9).

“Our early Mothers’ Day weekend opening has enabled us to add some key stakes races that we think will increase participation this summer,” Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True said. “Our signature Quarter Horse races and several of our Thoroughbred races have shown significant increases in numbers, so we are looking forward to a great racing year.”

Ruidoso Downs will offer a $2-million Triple Crown Futurity Bonus to the owners of a horse who sweeps all three futurities. Three-year-old quarter horses race for the $1-million Triple Crown Derby Bonus for any horse who wins the three Grade 1 derbies.

New Mexico-bred racing will be celebrated during the Zia Festival on July 27-28. The largest purse is offered in the $400,000-est Zia Futurity (RG1) for 2-year-old Quarter Horses. Zia Festival weekend will feature 11 stakes during the two days.

The complete Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred stakes schedule follows:


10 Friday         Ruidoso Maiden Stakes Trials

17 Friday         John Deere Juvenile Trials

24 Friday         Ruidoso QH Futurity Trials

25 Saturday     Ruidoso QH Futurity Trials

26 Sunday       Ruidoso QH Derby Trials

27 Monday       Ruidoso Maiden Stakes Final - $100,000 purse (est.)

31 Friday         Mountain Top NM Bred QH Futurity Trials



 1 Saturday     Dash For Speed F & M Stakes - $25,000 purse

 2 Sunday       John Deere Juvenile Final (G3) - $25,000 purse

 2 Sunday       First Lady Handicap - $30,000 purse

 7 Friday         Mountain Top NM Bred TB Futurity Trials

 8 Saturday     Ruidoso QH Derby Final (G1) $750,000 est. purse

 8 Saturday     Mr Jess Perry - $100,000 purse

 9 Sunday       Ruidoso QH Futurity Final (G1) $1,000,000 est. purse

 9 Sunday       Ruidoso (AQHA) QH Juvenile - $100,000 purse

14 Friday        Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge Trials

15 Saturday    Mountain Top NM Bred QH Futurity Final (RG2) $350,000 est. purse

16 Sunday      Ruidoso Sprint Handicap $30,000 Purse

22 Saturday    Mountain Top NM Bred TB Futurity Final - $175,000 est. purse

29 Saturday    Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge Final - $60,000 est. purse

29 Saturday    Higheasterjet Handicap (G2) - $50,000 purse

30 Sunday      Rita Danley Distaff - $45,000 est. purse


5 Friday         Rainbow QH Futurity Trials

6 Saturday     Rainbow QH Futurity Trials

7 Sunday       Rainbow QH Derby Trials

12 Friday       Zia QH Futurity Trials

13 Saturday   Zia QH Derby Trials

20 Saturday   Rainbow QH Derby Final (G1) $750,000 est. purse

20 Saturday   Corona Cartel - $100,000 purse

21 Sunday      Rainbow QH Futurity Final (G1) $1,000,000 est. purse

21 Sunday      Rainbow QH Juvenile - $100,000 purse

26 Friday        Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge Trials

27 Saturday    By By JJ - $50,000 purse

27 Saturday    Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial - $20,000 purse

27 Saturday    Zia Handicap (RG2) - $50,000 purse

27 Saturday    Sierra Starlet - $50,000 purse

27 Saturday    Sierra Blanca Handicap - $50,000 purse

28 Sunday      Zia 870 Championship - $50,000 purse

28 Sunday      Road Runner Handicap - $50,000 purse

28 Sunday      Zia QH Derby Final (RG2) $150,000 est. purse

28 Sunday      Lincoln Handicap - $50,000 purse

28 Sunday      Land of Enchantment Handicap - $50,000 purse

28 Sunday      Zia QH Futurity Final (RG1) $400,000 est. purse



3 Saturday     Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G2) $50,000 purse

10 Saturday   Rio Grande Señor TB Futurity Trials

10 Saturday   Rio Grande Señorita TB Futurity Trials

10 Saturday   Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge

11 Sunday     Brigand Handicap - $20,000 purse

16 Friday       All American QH Futurity Trials

17 Saturday   All American QH Futurity Trials

18 Sunday     All American QH Derby Trials

31 Saturday   John Andreini Memorial Stakes - $25,000 purse

31 Saturday   Red White and Blue TB Claiming Stakes - $15,000 purse

31 Saturday   Bill Reed Memorial Stake - $20,000 purse


1 Sunday       All American QH Gold Cup (G1) $200,000 purse

1 Sunday       All American QH Derby Final (G1) $1,000,000 est. purse

1 Sunday       First Down Dash - $100,000 purse

1 Sunday       Rio Grande Señorita TB Futurity Final - $175,000 est. purse

1 Sunday       Billy The Kid Handicap - $30,000 purse

2 Monday      Rio Grande Señor TB Futurity Final - $175,000 est. purse

2 Monday      Tribute To The Troops QH Claiming Race - $30,000 purse

2 Monday      Labor Day TB Claiming Stakes - $15,000 purse

2 Monday      Ruidoso NM Bred Claiming Stakes - $15,000 purse

2 Monday      Governors Handicap - $30,000 purse

2 Monday      All American Juvenile - $200,000 purse

2 Monday      All American QH Futurity Final (G1) $3,000,000 est. purse

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