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Track, Grandstand Improvements Ready For Opening Day

Ty Wyant

            Improvements to both the grandstand and the track will be ready for the opening of Ruidoso Downs on May 26.

            Opening day features the first of two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity and the season concludes on Labor Day with the traditional running of the Grade 1, $3-million (est.) All American Futurity.

            Grandstand improvements include new box seats on the lower level along with painting in the box seat area and the All American Turf Club.

            “We’re always looking for ways to improve the Ruidoso Downs’ experience,” said vice president of operations Leonard Turano. “These improvements will be well received by our patrons.”

            Additional material has been added to the Ruidoso Downs racing surface and the rail between the quarter horse track and the thoroughbred tracks has been replaced.

            “Safety for the jockeys and horses is always the highest of priorities at Ruidoso Downs,” said vice president of for the race track and maintenance Les Nichols. “These upgrades speak to the dedication of everybody at Ruidoso Downs for safe racing.”

            The schedule of events before the season starts:

            April 17           Barn area open for stall setup

            April 22           Job Fair

            April 24           Barn area open for horses

            April 28           Track open

            May 1              Quarter horse gates set

            May 1              Entries for training races

            May 5-6          Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby simulcasts

            May 8-10        Training races

            May 15            Thoroughbred gate set

            May 19            Entries for Ruidoso Futurity trials

            May 20            Preakness Stakes simulcast

            May 21            Entries for Ruidoso Derby

            For a complete list of important dates at Ruidoso Downs, go to

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