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15 Facts About the All American Futurity

Attending the All American Futurity is a bucket-list item for every Quarter Horse racing fan.

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By Denis Blake for Quarter Racing Journal

For six decades, horse-racing fans have flocked to the mountain town of Ruidoso, New Mexico, to take in the most exciting – and lucrative – 20 seconds in horse racing.  The 2019 edition of the All American Futurity is set for Labor Day, which is on Monday, September 2.

Here’s what you need to know about Quarter Horse racing’s most famous race:

  1. The All American Futurity is the richest race in American Quarter Horse racing.
  2. Not just that: It’s the richest race for any breed of 2-year-old racehorse in North America.
  3. The race offers a purse of $3 million.
  4. $1.5 million goes to the winner.
  5. The race is over in 440 yards.
  6. The All American Futurity is worth nearly $7,000 per yard.
  7. For comparison, the Kentucky Derby also offered a $3 million purse this year.
  8. The All American Futurity was first run in 1959.
  9. The quarter-mile dash is all over in about 21 seconds, but the winner lives on forever in Quarter Horse racing history.
  10. Greats like Easy Jet, Special Effort and Refrigerator have won the race.
  11. The race is hosted every Labor Day Weekend, together with the All American Derby for 3-year-olds and All American Gold Cup for older horses.
  12. The atmosphere is electric.
  13. Quarter Horses soar by at speeds of nearly 55 mph.
  14. Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino play home to the spectacle. Few racetracks are blessed with a backdrop quite as beautiful.
  15. There are about 22,000 people in all of Lincoln County (where the track is located), and on Labor Day, Ruidoso Downs Race Track often plays host to 25,000.