09/05/2011 2:40PM

Ruidoso Downs: All American Futurity Conditions


Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico will put on the richest Quarter Horse race ever run later this afternoon, when it closes out its meet with the Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Futurity. It is currently 63 degrees and mostly sunny in Ruidoso, according to conditions posted by Equibase. The track is listed as fast. There are two rider changes for the All American as a result of jockey Jacky Martin being hospitalized due to severe injuries sustained in a spill Friday.

Roy Baldillez will be on Ochoa, the fastest qualifier that Martin had originally been named aboard. Baldillez was to ride Mr Ease 123 in the All American, but now that horse will be ridden by Larry Payne. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath trains both starters and said Saturday that the rider changes were made through the stewards at Ruidoso. Baldillez had ridden Ochoa earlier in the meet, finishing third aboard the horse in the Ruidoso Futurity.

The All American goes as the 10th race on a 12-race program that includes two other stakes, the All American Juvenile, which goes as the eighth, and the Ruidoso Downs Thoroughbred Championship, which goes as the ninth. First post is 12 p.m. Mountain.