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Ruidoso Racehorse Hall of Fame Induction Set for June 27
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New Mexico-bred millionaire Thoroughbred Rocky Gulch, longtime owners and breeders R.C. “Punch” and Suzanne Jones, trainer Carl Draper, and jockey and trainer Cliff Lambert will be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on June 27.

A homebred gelding by Dry Gulch racing for Larry Teague of Hobbs, New Mexico, Rocky Gulch earned $1,151,725 during his career, more than any other New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred. He won 18 of 38 starts, including 14 stakes, and his racing career included a third-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile, $500,000 WinStar Derby -- the forerunner to the Sunland Derby (G3) -- in 2004.

Rocky Gulch was undefeated in five outs at Ruidoso Downs, and his record at the track featured victories in the 2003 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) and ’04 Road Runner Handicap (R), and back-to-back allowance wins in 2006. The now 13-year-old gelding was also noted for carrying imposts, as during his 4-year-old campaign, he won four stakes at Sunland Park toting 123, 124, 127, and 128 pounds.

Rocky Gulch was trained by Terry Walker, and he is currently living out his retirement years under the care of Walker’s wife, Barbara Brown.

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