Ruidoso Set for Big Weekend

New Mexico track ready to host the sport’s two richest races.

August 26, 2012

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The ultimate weekend of racing – headed by American Quarter Horse racing’s two richest races – starts on Friday and runs through the traditional closing day on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

First post time is noon daily.

Friday offers a nine-race card highlighted by full fields that are guaranteed to attract action. After the races, the first of three nights of the Ruidoso Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale is offered in the sales pavilion south of the track behind the Hubbard Museum. Terry Bullard begins a three-night run in Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill.

Saturday’s racing program offers the weekend’s first stakes race, the Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby, and the sale continues at the conclusion of the racing program.

Sunday starts the racing with championship considerations. Champion Ochoa tries to become Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading money earner in the Grade 1, $2,234,539 All American Derby and champion Noconi makes his final career start when he tries for his third-straight win in the Grade 3 All American Gold Cup. The final sale session starts after the racing concludes.

Monday, Labor Day, is the ultimate day on the ultimate weekend. Fastest qualifier and New Mexico-bred PJ Chick In Black tries to push her record to five-for-five and gain her third stakes win in the Grade 1, $2.4-million All American Futurity, the world richest Quarter Horse race and the largest purse for any 2-year-old race, regardless of breed, in North America.

Supporting the All American Futurity on Monday are the Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship and the All American Juvenile (R).