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All American Derby Projected to Hit $2.5M in 2013

Purse for next year expected to surpass this year’s record level.

August 12, 2012

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The record purse of $2,234,539 for this year’s Grade 1 All American Derby on September 2 promises to be short-lived with the 2013 running of the All American Derby projecting to have a purse reaching the $2.5-million level.

This year’s All American Derby is Quarter Horse racing’s all-time richest race for 3-year-olds or older runners. The only race with a higher purse is the Grade 1, $2.4-million All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity also boasts the largest purse for any 2-year-old race in North America, regardless of breed.

If the 2012 All American Derby reaches $2.5-million then it would still be the second-richest Quarter Horse race because the 2013 running of the All American Futurity will have a $2.6-million purse.

Also next summer, the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity will offer at $1-million purse for the first time and become the third seven-figure race during the Ruidoso Downs’ season that runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day each summer.

“We want to thank the horsemen for their incredible support of racing here at Ruidoso Downs,” said Ruidoso Downs’ CEO R.D. Hubbard. “We are honored to be stewards of these classic races and will always strive for their continued growth.”