Elite Security Team at Ruidoso for All American Races

Ruidoso Downs working with AQHA and NM Racing Commission for enhanced security.

August 31, 2013

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A special events security team of investigators and agents are present at Ruidoso Downs this weekend to enhance the security surrounding horses competing in the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity and the Grade 1, $2.8 million All American Derby, the two richest races in American Quarter Horse racing history.

All the team members are seasoned law enforcement professionals with experience in horse racing.

The All American Derby will be held on Sunday afternoon and the All American Futurity is on Labor Day, closing day of the Ruidoso Downs’ summer racing season.

Many of the members of the special events security team also serve on the teams that work during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the Kentucky Derby. Bringing the elite team to Ruidoso Downs is a joint project between Ruidoso Downs, the American Quarter Horse Association and the New Mexico Racing Commission.

“All the parties involved have joined together to ensure racing’s integrity for our customers, the racing fan,” said Ruidoso Downs General Manager Shaun Hubbard. “Ruidoso Downs and our partners in this effort are determined to push for a safer and healthier horse racing industry. We’re in this for the long haul.

“Working alongside the AQHA and NMRC, Ruidoso Downs has worked at increasing drug testing standards and instituting tougher penalties for those who endanger our jockeys and horses.”

Each of the agents will be assigned a horse or horses entered in the All American Futurity and the All American Derby. Special placards identifying the horse will be placed on each horse’s stall.

First post time on Sunday, All American Derby day, is noon, and first post time on Labor Day, All American Futurity day, is 12:30 p.m.