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Derby Day Celebrations Set For Ruidoso Downs Saturday

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (April 27, 2014) — It’s the first Saturday in May and that means two things: The Kentucky Derby runs at Churchill Downs and you can share in all the Derby festivities at Ruidoso Downs and Billy The Kid Casino.

            Billy’s Race Book opens at 9 a.m. for breakfast and the All American Turf Club opens for the first time this year at 12 noon with a lunch buffet. Post time for the first race on Saturday at Chuchill Downs is 9:30 a.m. mountain time with the Kentucky Derby is set for 5:24 p.m.

            There will also be complete wagering on Friday for the Kentucky Oaks program with the Kentucky Oaks, a race for three-year-old fillies, set for 4:49 p.m.

            At Ruidoso Downs, the fun runs all-day long with Billy’s Derby Dash For Cash, a Second Chance Kentucky Derby Drawing, a best hat contest and the first leg of Billy’s $500 Bounce Back contest.

            The $500 Billy’s Derby Dash For Cash provides the opportunity to pick the Kentucky Derby winner. Visit the promotions desk outside the casino to receive drawing tickets. Entries close at post time and you must be present to win.

            The Second Chance Kentucky Derby Drawing is another opportunity to win $500. Just simply exchange a losing Kentucky Derby mutual ticket at the drawing desk. The winning ticket will be drawn at the promotions desk and winner paid $500. You must be present to win.

            The Kentucky Derby has a proud tradition of unique women’s hats. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. with the winner receiving $100. Second place is worth $50 the third-place winner receives $25.

            Billy’s $500 Bounce Back contest rewards fans who attend each of the three Triple Crown races — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes (May 17) and the Belmont Stakes (June 7). Just get your coupon stamped while attending each race and become eligible for a $500 prize following the Belmont Stakes.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.