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FILE - In this May 2, 2009 file photo, Calvin Borel rides Mine That Bird to a victory in the 135th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. These are great days for Louisville sports fans. The Cardinals gave the state its second straight NCAA basketball title while the women finished runner-up. Coach Rick Pitino was elected to the Hall of Fame. The football team won the Sugar Bowl. And the ride's not over. Next up: the Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
Jess Fire Chick Runs In Zia Derby Trials, Mine That Bird on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs

Mike Abraham and Paul Blanchard’s Jess Fire Chick, a superb New Mexico-bred two-year-old last year, competing in the trials to the $197,725 Zia Derby for New Mexico-breds and a Mine That Bird Celebration combine on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. Dr. Leonard Blach […]

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Valiant Astica Leads Second Day Of Rainbow Futurity Trials

J & SM Inc. and Jimmy Childs’ Valiant Astica won the second of 13 trials during the second day of qualifying trials to the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity and her time of :19.692 for 400 yards held up through the afternoon as the top-qualifying mark at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. The horses with […]

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Zia Futurity Trials, Hall of Fame Inductions Set For Friday

Mountain Top Futurity winner Colby James racing in the trials to the $432,129 Zia Futurity for New Mexico-breds and inductions into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame will held on Friday at Ruidoso Downs. It is the largest purse in 29 runnings of the Zia Futurity. The Racehorse Hall of Fame inductions will be […]

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Hotsempting Tops Qualifiers On First Rainbow Futurity Trial Day

Miguel Gallegos and Mauricio Gallegos’ Hotsempting dominated the fourth of 13 trials and established the fastest-qualifying time to the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity during the first of two days of trials on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the top-five times from Friday’s trials qualified to compete against the top-five qualifiers from […]

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Jessies First Down Arrives at Ruidoso Downs

Ted Abrams’ two-time world champion homebred Jessies First Down arrived at Ruidoso Downs on Wednesday night and will probably point at the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup at 440 yards on September 1 at Ruidoso Downs. Jessies First Down won the 2017 All American Gold Cup and was second in the 2016 All […]

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Apocalyptical Jess Leads Champs In Rainbow Derby Trials

Bill T. Robbins’ champion, multimillionaire and All American Futurity winner Apocalyptical Jess looks for his fifth win from five 2019 races when he starts in the 440-yard trials to the $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Apocalyptical Jess was honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old gelding. Joining him in the fifth trial is […]

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Mamacita Cartel Wins First Rita Danley

David Bloomer’s homebred Mamacita Cartel showed her class with a professional win in the first running of the $45,000 Rita Danley Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon. The Rita Danley was contested for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares. The five-year-old Mamacita Cartel, the 17-10 favorite, started well and then encountered a slight bump. She […]

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Rarin, Valiant Tiberias Win Stakes During Doubleheader

Rarin had an eventful trip on his way to winning the Grade 2, $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap while Valiant Tiberias dominated the $53,108 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge for his fourth consecutive win on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Rarin Partnership’s Rarin started from the outside ninth post position and was clear of his rivals when he […]

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Jesses Dashair and Uncle D In Trials to $1-million Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs

  Heritage Place Futurity top qualifier Jesses Dashair and Heritage Place Futurity runner-up Uncle D are among the contenders in two days of contentious 400-yard trials to the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity on Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the five fastest times from the 13 trials on Friday join the […]

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Ruidoso Downs Race Track Re-Creates “Blue Light Live” for Red Raider Weekend

Everyone that has been to Lubbock, Texas and loves west Texas- style music most likely knows all about Blue Light. “We’re a music venue that primarily features new artists,” Parker Morrow said. He books the bands for Blue Light and selected The Dirty River Boys and Kody West to appear at “Blue Light Live” this […]

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