The All American Futurity

The World's Richest Quarter Horse Race

The Quarter Horse race that every owner, breeder, trainer and jockey wants to win is Ruidoso Downs’ signature event, the All American Futurity.

Run over 440 yards every Labor Day, the All American Futurity gained its lofty status through unique financial cooperation between the track and horsemen. Ruidoso Downs contributes “added money” to start the race’s purse, and then horse owners make payments to keep their young horses eligible. Many of these payments are made before the horse ever starts in a race.

This system made the All American Futurity the world’s first $1-million race for any breed of horse and enabled the All American to become the first $2-million race in Quarter Horse racing. Now the All American Futurity has a purse of $2.4 million and is the richest race for a two-year-old of any breed in North America.

Two races are considered the forerunners of the All American Futurity and both have their roots in Ruidoso. In 1946, a local watering hole called the Central Bar & Grill was having a marketing problem: How could the owners promote the casino located in the back room of the establishment at a time when casinos weren’t legal in New Mexico? The answer was to create a horse race and name it after the bar. The resulting Central Bar & Grill Futurity was an important race until the early 1950s when it disappeared, but it left a model for a successful event that continued as the Ruidoso Futurity (a different race than the current Ruidoso Futurity). That early version of the Ruidoso Futurity received widespread attention in 1955 when Go Man Go suffered his first defeat in the race.

In 1953, Gene Hensley bought a majority share of Ruidoso Downs and began looking for new ways to promote the track. Offering the richest race in Quarter Horse racing would surely define Ruidoso Downs. Along with Carl Mercer — who had developed a successful futurity in Southern California — and Ruidoso musician and promoter Ray Reed, Hensley created the All American Futurity. When it was inaugurated in 1959 with a purse of $129,686, the All American Futurity was the richest race ever held in Quarter Horse racing. The winner was the filly Galobar, who gave owner Hugh Huntley and trainer Newt Keck the first of their three wins in the first five runnings of the race.

Year Winner time purse jockey / trainer / owner

1959         Galobar                      :20.50        $129,686          Clifford Lambert / Newton Keck / Hugh Huntley

1960         Tonto Bars Hank        :20.20        $130,244           Curtis Perner / Pat Simpson / Milo/C G Whitcomb

1961          Pokey Bar                 :21.20         $202,425          Kenneth Chapman / Newton Keck / Hugh Huntley

1962         Hustling Man             :20.30        $222,850          Clifton Detiege / Elridge Strauss / J B Ferguson

1963         Goetta                       :20.40        $285,000         Charley Smith / Newton Keck / Hugh Huntley

1964         Decketta                    :20.30        $302,060          Boyd Morris / W W Wilson / W W Wilson

1965         Savannah Jr               :20.30        $419,460           Jack Wallace Jr / Ted Wells Jr / Ray E Cates

1966         Go Dick Go                :20.27        $430,600           Buddy Nesmith / Clarence Jay / Joe V Leitner

1967         Laico Bird                  :20.11          $486,600           Bobby Harmon / Jimmie Jones / Floyd H Jones Jr

1968         Three Oh's                 :20.07        $602,000           Jerry Nicodemas / C W Cascio / Donald G Strole

1969         Easy Jet                     :20.49        $600,000           Willie Lovell / Walter Merrick / Walter Merrick

1970         Rocket Wrangler       :20.09        $670,000            Jerry Nicodemus / C W Cascio / John Adams

1971          Mr Kid Charge           :19.65         $753,910             Johnny Cox / James Chapman / Will Whitehead

1972         Possusmjet                :20.04        $786,480            Pete Herrera / Jack Byers / Jack Byers

1973         Timeto Thinkrich       :21.58         $766,000            John Watson / Jerry Fisher / Vessels Stallion Farm

1974         Easy Date                 :21.60        $766,000             Donald Knight / James McArthur / Walter Merrick

1975         Bugs Alive in 75       :21.98        $766,000            Jerry Burgess / J B Montgomery / Ralph W Shebester

1976         Real Wind                 :21.70        $766,000             Gary Sumpter / T A Walker / J D/Elise Kitchens

1977         Hot Idea                    :21.76       $766,000              Terry Lipham / Gene Tefertiller / Floyd W Jackson/Ted Bruce

1978         Moon Lark                :21.85       $1,000,000           Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / Paul/James/Sam Howard

1979         Pie In The Sky          :21.76       $1,000,000            Danny Cardoza / Leo Wood / Dan/Jolene Urshel

1980         Higheasterjet           :22.15       $1,000,000            Billy Hunt / Johnie Goodman / G D Highsmith

1981***      Special Effort           :21.69       $1,200,000            Billy Hunt / Johnie Goodman / Dan/Jolene Urschel

1982         Mr Master Bug         :22.20      $2,000,000           Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / Marvin L Barnes

1983         On A High                :22.04       $2,000,000           Steve Harris / C Dwayne Gilbreath / Rheudasil/Carter/Philips

1984         Eastex                      :21.42        $2,000,000           Bruce Pikenton / James McArthur / Dr and Mrs H D Hall

1985          Mr Truck A Jet        :21.42        $2,000,000           Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / Darrell Kissee (Lessee)

1986         Ronas Ryon              :21.49        $2,000,000           Jerry Nicodemus / Arnold Simmons / B Benham/J Plummer

1987         Elans Special            :20.50       $2,000,000           Alex Baldillez / John Buchanan / L D Burbank

1988         Merganser                :21.69        $2,000,000           Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / Ronald Shalz/Jerry Wells

1989         Strawberry Silk         :21.72         $2,000,000           Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / Jacqueline Spencer

1990         Refrigerator            :19.39         $2,000,000           Kip Didericksen / C Dwayne Gilbreath / James E Helzer

1991          Royal Quick Dash     :21.85         $2,000,000           Jerry Rodriguez / Ben Torres / Delores Contreras

1992         Dash Thru Traffic      :21.44         $1,890,988             Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / TNT Racing

1993         A Classic Dash          :21.51         $1,937,035             Eddie Garcia / Connie Hall / Abigail K Kawananakoa

1994         Noblesse Six            :21.35        $1,589,488             Chris Zamora / Richard Fry / Steve Chavez

1995         Winalota Cash          :21.18         $1,685,360             Billy Peterson / Gregg Sanders / Andra D Meridyth

1996         Streakin Flyer           :21.53         $1,974,892             Larry Layton / Donnie Strickland / Southern Rose Ranch

1997         Corona Cash             :21.55        $1,625,414              Tami Purcell / Donna McArther / Jaramor LTD

1998         Falling In Loveagain    :21.49        $1,971,430              G R Carter / Jack Brooks / David and Susan Mackie

1999         A Delightful Dasher   :21.60       $1,902,425             Jose Badilla Jr / John H Bassett / Gwendolyn Eaves

2000        Eyesa Special            :21.09       $2,205,105            Jacky Martin / Jack Brooks / Terry Bell/Jim Pitts/Homer Hill

2001         Ausual Suspect          :21.54       $1,996,368            Dennis Means / John H Bassett / Charlie and Deborah Therwanger

2002        AB What A Runner     :21.30       $1,896,250            Jay Conklin / Bret Vickery / Dennie and Kris Hill

2003        By By JJ                     :21.10        $1,896,250            James Gonzalez II / Juan Gonzalez / Rosella Anrin Prieto

2004        DM Shicago               :21.00       $1,900,000            Juan Vazquez / Carl Draper / Fredda Draper/Don Moler

2005        Teller Cartel               :21.50       $1,900,000            Cody Jensen / Paul Jones / Butch Wise/Teller Cartel Syndicate

2006        No Secrets Here        :20.88      $1,900,000            Cody Jensen / Paul Jones / Vessels Stallion Farm/Benny Rosset

2007        Heartswideopen         :20.997    $1,900,000           Oscar Hernandez / Carl Draper / Javier Rodriguez

2008        Stolis Winner              :21.178       $1,900,000           G R Carter / M Heath Taylor / Jerry Windham

2009        Running Brook Gal     :21.144       $1,900,000           Ramon Sanchez / Paul Jones / A & C Racing & Roping

2010         Mr Piloto                     :21.55        $1,900,000           Esgar Ramirez / Felipe A Quintero / Tremor Enterprises

2011          Ochoa                        :21.058      $2,400,000           Roy Balidillez / C Dwayne Gilbreath / Cluck/Benson

2012         One Dashing Eagle    :21.23        $2,400,000           Ramon Sanchez / Jose de la Torre / Jose & Gustavo de la Torre/Gregorio Racing Stables

2013         Handsome Jack Flash :21.166      $2,600,000            Jamie Pargo Leos / Juan Gonzalez / Norma & Brenda Alvarez/Debra Laney

2014         JM Miracle                   :21.38       $2,600,000            Ramon Sanchez / Umberto Belloc / J & M Racing LLC

2015         Jess Good Candy        :21.414      $3,000,000            Ivan Carnero / Clinton Crawford / Estate of Carl C Pevehouse

 

*** Triple Crown Winner