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Purse should reach $300,000 for Southwest Juvenile Championship

May 20, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ruidoso Downs, Hobbs, NM (May 19) — Added money for the inaugural Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park has been increased to $250,000 from $200,000. Add a $5,000 entry fee for each 2-year-old entering the 440-yard race and the total purse would reach $300,000 with a full field of 10 runners.

The additional $50,000 in added money is provided by Zia Park and the Black Gold Casino, not from the track’s purse fund.

The 440-yard Southwest Juvenile Championship will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3.

The race’s qualifying format has been upgraded to include the Manor Downs Futurity as a qualifying race. The winners of all qualifying races receive an invitation to compete in the Southwest Juvenile Championship. Okey Dokey Fantasy won the Manor Downs Futurity on April 23 for owner Ariel Campos and trainer Carlos Saldivar.

The addition of the Manor Downs Futurity brings the total to 10 qualifying Grade 1 futurities to the Southwest Juvenile Championship. The other nine qualifying races are the West Texas Futurity, Remington Park Futurity, Heritage Place Futurity, Ruidoso Futurity, Retama Park Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, All American Futurity, Sam Houston Futurity and Dash For Cash Futurity.

If the winner of one of these futurities declines the invitation then the invitation reverts to the second-place finisher in that futurity. If the second-place finisher declines then the invitation goes to the third-place finisher.

If the Southwest Juvenile Championship does not have a field of 10 horses who have won or placed in the 10 Grade 1 futurities, then all open berths will be filled by the horses with the fastest qualifying times from a designated overnight stake or stakes held in early or mid-November at Zia Park. The overnight stake or stakes will give preference to 2-year-olds who have won or placed in any stakes, including the Zia Futurity, New Mexican Spring Futurity and the Hobbs America Futurity.