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Four Inducted into Ruidoso Hall of Fame

Cox, McArthur, Brooks and Corona Cartel comprise 2013 class of inductees.

June 29, 2013

Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame

The 2013 class inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame. From left, owner Celina Molina and trainer Jaime Gomez representing Corona Cartel, owner and breeder Bobby Cox, jockey Roy Brooks and trainer James McArthur. * Ruidoso Downs photo

Owner/breeder Bobby Cox, trainer James McArthur, jockey Roy Brooks and leading sire Corona Cartel comprised the 2013 class inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on Friday night in the track’s All American Turf Club.

The non-profit Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame is located on the track’s second floor and admission is free. It is open during racing hours.

Cox is a two-time champion owner and has campaigned many of his top horses at Ruidoso Downs. In 2004, he had a tremendous summer at Ruidoso Downs when he won the All American Derby (G1) and the Rainbow Derby (G1) with Brimmerton and took the Rainbow Futurity (G1) with Zoomin with Ease. Then, in 2009, he took the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) with Zoomin With Ease’s son All About Ease.

McArthur has been a nationally important trainer for four decades. In 1974, he won the All American Futurity with Walter Merrick’s homebred Easy Date and then took her to California the next year to win the Champion of Champions (G1). She was the first horse to win American Quarter Horse racing’s two most prestigious races and is still one of only two horses to pull off the remarkable feat. McArthur also trained Eastex to win the 1984 All American Futurity and he retired as the sport’s all-time leading money earner with over $1.8 million and is still ranked in the top-10 all-time leading money earners.

McArthur maintains a racing stable on the New Mexico circuit.

Brooks, 71, is an amazing story of longevity. He started riding in 1966 and is still winning major stakes races. Last year, he won the won the Heritage Place Derby (G2) for the second-straight year. Last summer at Ruidoso Downs, he rode Priceless Feature in the Grade 1, $823,000 Rainbow Derby and had the lead until getting caught in the last stride by champion Ochoa and finishing second by a head.

Corona Cartel has been highly successful as both a racehorse and a sire. As a 2-year-old, he won the Grade 1 Kindergarten and the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million Futurity. Then he became a breeding phenomenon. He is one of only three stallions to sire the earners of more than $41 million and the other two stallions, First Down Dash and Mr Jess Perry, are members of the Racehorse Hall of Fame.

A son of champion racehorse and champion broodmare Corona Chick, Corona Cartel joins his dam in the Hall of Fame and they are the only mother-son inductees.

“It was a fun and celebratory evening for everyone and, once again, the Hall of Fame inductions are a highlight of the Ruidoso summer,” said Hall of Fame curator Ty Wyant. “This class is comprised of tremendous representatives of our sport. They are all so deserving.”