Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A total of 245 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday's Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs, as the southern New Mexico track opens its 60-day meet.
Post time for the first of the 25 350-yard trials is scheduled for 10 a.m. (MDT). The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity final on Sunday, June 9.
Several nationally prominent 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday's trials, including Rose Webb's WR Golden Eagle. A homebred daughter of champion One Famous Eagle trained by John Stinebaugh, WR Golden Eagle broke her maiden with a head victory in the 300-yard, $284,461 West Texas Futurity (G1) at Sunland Park on April 14.
Esgar Ramirez will ride WR Golden Eagle from post 8 in the 15th trial on Friday.
West Texas Futurity runner-up Anna Delovely drew post 5 in the 24th Ruidoso Futurity trial. Also trained by Stinebaugh, the sorrel filly by Furyofthewind has earned $52,088 from two starts for owners Barbara Chase and Vanessa Bartoo.
The Ruidoso Futurity is the first leg of Ruidoso Downs' All American Triple Crown, which pays a $4-million bonus to the connections of a 2-year-old who can win the Ruidoso Futurity,, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) in July, and $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1).
Scheduled to be run on closing day, September 2, the 440-yard All American Futurity is one of Quarter Horse racing's most prestigious races and has been the centerpiece of Ruidoso Downs' meet since its inception in 1959.
“We are very thankful to the horsemen for supporting these races and Ruidoso Downs,” said track general manager Shaun Hubbard. “While many tracks are showing declines, we are running full fields with a record number of trials.
“The incredible support for these races and the track also has a tremendous positive impact on our community,” he added. “We certainly appreciate that this helps our friends and neighbors.”
In addition to the lucrative futurities, Ruidoso Downs' will also run three Grade 1 derbies with rich histories – the 400-yard, $800,000-est. Ruidoso Derby on June 8, the 440-yard, $1-million-est. Rainbow Derby (G1) on July xx, and the 440-yard, $2.8-million-est. All American Derby (G1) on September 1.
A total of 74 3-year-olds have been entered in Saturday's Ruidoso Derby trials. PJ Chick In Black, a New Mexico-bred filly by Desirio and last year's AQHA champion 2-year-old filly, drew post 6 in the second of eight trial heats.
Another highlight of the Ruidoso Downs meet, the Zia Festival, is scheduled for Sunday, July 28. The festival features 11 stakes races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, topped by the 400-yard, $350,000-est. Zia Futurity (RG1) for state-bred Quarter Horses.
For more information on the Ruidoso Downs meet, visit the track's website at www.raceruidoso.com.