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Jockey Mike Smith’s Family Has Pride In His Accomplishments

Gloria and Carlos Vallejos came to Ruidoso Downs from Dexter last Saturday afternoon to purchase a win ticket on their nephew, Mike Smith, and Justify in the Preakness Stakes. “We remember when Mike was a child, he would gallop around the living room acting like he was a race horse,” Gloria said. “He would eat […]

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Get Ready For Great Summer at Ruidoso Downs

It’s going to be a summer to remember at Ruidoso Downs. From opening day on May 25 until the close on Labor Day the fans will be number one with the best racing, incredible promotions and foot-stomping concerts. Just consider the opening on Memorial Day weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the top two-year-old prospects race […]

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Justify Heads Preakness, Play at Billy’s On Friday and Saturday

The undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify will be the solid favorite to take the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, and complete wagering will be offered at Billy’s Race Book in the Billy the Kid Casino at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. If Justify can win the Preakness and then the Belmont Stakes […]

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Ruidoso Downs Installs New Gate Alignment System

Courtesy of BEN HUDSON TRACK Magazine Owner/Editor If you have ever owned or bred a horse that just missed qualifying for a major race by a blink of the eye, you might be interested in what has happened at Ruidoso Downs. The men who purchased Ruidoso last year have been involved in racing for decades. […]

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Ruidoso Downs Race Track Announces Concerts for Upcoming Racing Season

  Race Track Welcomes Red Steagall, Flatland Cavalry, AB Quintanilla Electro Kumbia (Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico) Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino will stage a series of concerts at the track facility during the 2018 racing season that opens on May 25. Legendary performer Red Steagall will perform Sunday evening, May 27, at the Ruidoso […]

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Training Races Monday Thru Wednesday

More than 250 horses were entered in 42 training races spread over Monday through Wednesday (May 7-9) at Ruidoso Downs. The 300-yard training races have a first post time of 8:30 a.m. daily. These unofficial, non-betting races are designed to prepare two-year-olds for the trials to the Grade 1, $1 million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity on […]

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Kentucky Oaks and Derby Simulcast This Week at Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino will host the annual Kentucky Derby Party with a deep Kentucky Derby simulcast on Saturday and offer the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. The Kentucky Derby is for three-year-old thoroughbreds while the Kentucky Oaks is for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. The All American Turf Club opens at noon and Billy’s Race […]

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KVN Corona Arrives at Ruidoso Downs

Keith Nellesen’s undefeated 2017 champion two-year-old colt KVN Corona arrived at Ruidoso Downs from Los Alamitos Race Course and is expected to make his local debut in the trials to the Grade 1, $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby on May 27. The Ruidoso Derby trials follow the two days of trials to the $1 million (est.) […]

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Track Opens As Summer Season Nears

The reality that the Ruidoso Downs summer racing season is approaching was evidenced by horses training over the Ruidoso Downs’ track for the first time this year on Friday morning. The racing begins on May 25 (the Friday before Memorial Day weekend) and concludes on Labor Day (September 3) with the 60th running of the […]

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New Digital Improvements Deployed at Ruidoso Downs

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM (April 20, 2018) — Billy The Kid Casino will install 100 new slot machines by opening day May 25th and a newly developed website debuts today. The new slot machines will offer the latest technology from Aristocrat, Ainsworth, IGT, Bally’s and Konami. The renovation upgrades one-third of the entire casino floor to […]

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