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Ruidoso to Be Featured on RFD-TV

Two episodes of “All Around Performance Horse” will have racing content.

September 28, 2012

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Ruidoso Downs and racing at Ruidoso Downs will be featured on two consecutive episodes of “All Around Performance Horse” on RFD-TV with premier airings on October 4 and October 11.

All Around Performance Horse, which has about 500,000 viewers weekly, explores a wide variety of equine disciplines and appeals to all horse lovers, from casual enthusiasts to experienced professionals. Co-hosts Scotty Cobb, John Klam and Sean Koehler spent several days filming and visiting at Ruidoso Downs during this past summer’s racing season.

“What we did is show the face of racing, the frontside (grandstand), that people know about and then we go to the backside (barn area) and introduce viewers to what happens there,” said Cobb.

Featured segments include a special barn visit with 2011 All American Futurity (G1) winner and 2012 All American Derby (G1) winner Ochoa and insight on conformation and racehorse feeding with trainer Mike Robbins, who conditioned world champions Dashs Dream and Sgt Pepper Feature. He also trained world champion and all-time leading sire First Down Dash during his Grade 1 futurity-winning juvenile season.

A tour of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame was filmed along with interviews with announcer Robert Fox, chaplain Darrell Winter, outriders “Mitch” Mitchell and Pete Phipps, and Cliff Lambert, jockey for the first All American Futurity winner Galobar.

Lynn Crawford also talked about The Jockey Club at Ruidoso Downs and Ruidoso as a destination resort.

“I really get excited about the racing at Ruidoso; I’ve bought into it,” said Cobb. “It’s hot here in Texas (during the summer) and to go up there with the weather in the 50s at night and 70s during the day and the mountains and views, it’s great.

“I like the Thoroughbreds, but the Quarter Horses really excite me. Just to see them and hear them thunder down the track,” he said.

Each week’s segment will first air on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Central time and then repeats at 7:30 a.m. Central time on the following Sunday morning. A third showing is at 5:30 a.m. Central time on Wednesday. Check your listings to confirm air times. RFD-TV is channel 231 on Dish Network and channel 345 on DirecTV.