Ruidoso Racehorse Hall of Fame inductions

June 19th, 2011

Undefeated Peppers Pride; and (left to right in photo) trainer John Bassett; jockey Jerry Burgess; as well as owner/breeder Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. were inducted into the Racehorse Hall of Fame; and publisher Ben Hudson was honored with the first Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame Special Recognition Award at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico on Friday, June 17.

New Mexico-bred Peppers Pride, owned by Joe Allen and trained by Joel Marr, won each of her 19 starts, including 14 stakes races, to set a modern Thoroughbred record for consecutive wins. Retired in January 2009, with earnings of $1,066,085, the celebrated mare has a 2011 filly by Distorted Humor and is bred to Distorted Humor for 2012.

John Bassett has been a leading Quarter Horse trainer for two decades. His wins include the All American Futurity (two times); the Los Alamitos Million/Two Million (four times); the Rainbow Futurity (three times), the Golden State Futurity (three times); as well as wins in the All American Derby, the Los Alamitos Super Derby and the first running of the Texas Classic Futurity.

Jerry Burgess, currently a racing steward at Lone Star Park and Hialeah Park, is a former Quarter Horse jockey who won the All American Futurity aboard Bugs Alive In 75, the Rainbow Futurity on Mighty Deck Three and two stakes races on world champion Dash For Cash. He also rode Cinder Leo, Mr Hay Bug, Chicory Moon and Alamitos Feature to stakes wins.

Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. has been a force in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. His Walmac Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, home to leading sires such as Nureyev, Alleged and Miswaki, is internationally renowned. He is also co-owner of 2-time AQHA running champion Noconi, as well as AQHA champions Brenda Beautiful and My Dashing Lady, and Champion Of Champions winner The Down Side.

Ben Hudson co-founder and publisher of TRACK Magazine for the past 35 years, was also active in promoting pari-mutuel racing in Texas. In addition to Track, he also publishes the Monday Report.