Ruidoso Training Races Begin May 6

Ruidoso hosts training races May 6-8.

Press Release
March 15, 2013

Big Daddy Cartel

Big Daddy Cartel won his 2011 training race and went on to be a Grade 1 competitor.

Training races at Ruidoso Downs return for the third year on May 6-8.

The 300-yard races provide owners, trainers and fans an opportunity to get a peek at some of the top 2-year-old prospects pointing to the rich summer futurities at Ruidoso Downs: the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity. Ruidoso Futurity trials are held on opening day of the summer season, May 24.

The training races will be at 8:30 a.m., after the renovation break, and each race will be limited to six horses. Post times will be 18 minutes apart and horses must be saddled before coming to the paddock.

Entries will be taken on or before 11 a.m. on May 2. The entry must include horse’s name, trainer and jockey preference (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice). There will be a $50 entry fee due at time of entry (cash or check only). The horse will not be able to leave the paddock if entry payment is not paid.

Also returning is the popular horsemen’s welcome back barbecue on May 8 after the training races at the backside chapel.