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Ruidoso Downs up in attendance and handle

Amanda Greer


The 60-day Ruidoso Downs summer season concluded with a 8.3 percent increase in total handle and a 3.4 percent boost in attendance.

The handle increase included a 9.8 percent boost in live handle and a 8.3 percent increase in handle at Ruidoso Downs from other sites.

The attendance increase came with a record-setting closing weekend, highlighted by the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity and the Grade 1, $2.8 million All American Derby.

On Sunday, All American Derby day, 21,857 fans attended Ruidoso Downs for the all-time largest crowd on a non-All American Futurity Day.

On Labor Day, All American Futurity day, 24,558 patrons came to Ruidoso Downs for the highest attendance in the track’s history.

The total attendance over the four racing days on Labor Day weekend reached 57,236, breaking the previous record of 54,992 set in 2012.