Ruidoso Futurity Payments Due

Payments due for 2013 All American triple crown futurities.

March 12, 2012

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A supplemental and sustaining payment to the 2013 runnings of the All American Triple Crown races, and a sustaining payment to this year’s futurities is due on March 15. The All American Triple Crown is comprised of the Grade 1 All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and Ruidoso Futurity.

Foals of 2011 may be supplemented to the 2013 All American Triple Crown for a payment of $1,600 by March 15. Yearlings who are already eligible retain their eligibility with a $300 sustaining payment due on March 15.

The 2013 All American Futurity will be the all-time richest quarter horse race with a total purse of $2,675,000. The 2013 Rainbow Futurity becomes a million-dollar race with a $1 million purse and the purse of the 2013 Ruidoso Futurity will be $750,000. Those will be records for all three races.

There are sustaining payments due for this year’s All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities on March 15. The All American Futurity sustaining payment is $600, the Rainbow Futurity sustaining payment is $550 and the Ruidoso Futurity sustaining payment is $500.

For further information, call Annelle Reynolds at (575) 378-7224.

In related news, this summer’s futurities and derbies at Ruidoso Downs are showing impressive increases through the February 1 sustaining payments and supplemental nominations.

They are topped by the All American Derby (G1), which is poised to reach a record $2.3 million purse, a 75-percent purse increase from last year's $1,317,015 purse.

It has 190 eligible horses, including a pair of supplemental nominees. A year ago, there were 148 eligible horses.

The 2012 All American Derby will be the all-time richest race for 3-year-old Quarter Horses as well as 3-year-old and older Quarter Horses.

This year’s Grade 1 Rainbow Derby could have an 11-percent purse increase over last year. It is projected to reach the $1 million level with 138 eligible sophomores (one supplement), compared to last year when there were 119 eligible horses and the purse nearly reached $900,000.

The June running of the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby should have a 14-percent purse increase over 2011. It could hit the $800,000 mark after having a $702,896 purse last year. There are 103 eligible horses (one supplement) compared to 89 horses last year.

Futurities and derbies for New Mexico-breds are also showing increases. The Zia Derby for Quarter Horses could be up 24 percent over last year. It is on pace to reach $150,000 with 69 horses (10 supplements) eligible to this year’s running. This compares to 53 eligible horses (four supplements) last year when the purse was $121,219.

The summer racing season at Ruidoso Downs begins on May 25 and runs through Labor Day. The basic weekly racing schedule is Friday through Monday with exceptions for the Four of July and All American Futurity trials. For information, go to www.raceruidoso.com.