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New Mexico’s Mike Smith Rides Five Horses in Breeders’ Cup This Weekend, Watch and Wager on Races at Ruidoso Downs Race Track

New Mexico’s Mike Smith will ride five horses this weekend in the Breeder’s Cup World Championships to be held Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Race Course. Ruidoso Downs Race Track will conduct simulcast wagering on the races each day. Wagers may be made on Friday for Saturday’s races. Free seating is available in the […]

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Live Entertainment Every Weekend at Billy’s Sports Bar

Live music at Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. NO COVER. Grab a green chile cheeseburger for $6.95 on Fridays or our prime rib or ribeye steak special for $14.95 on Saturday night. Upcoming acts Nov 1   SK Band Nov 2  Unleashed Nov 8  SK Band Nov 9  […]

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Ruidoso Downs Race Track Hosts Breeders’ Cup Simulcast on Friday and Saturday

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships with $30 million in purses will be simulcast on Friday and Saturday in Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill. Ruidoso Downs provides seating in the regular simulcast venue along with special seating available inside Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill. Advance wagering on Saturday’s card begins on Friday. There special doubles will […]

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30th Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Begins on October 10

The 30th annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Lincoln County’s hugely popular western swing and cowboy music festival, comes to Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino on October 10-13 with an entertaining array of western-themed activities. Daytime general admission tickets to the Cowboy Symposium are $20 and general admission to the evening concerts are $60. They […]

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New Mexico State Chili Championship and “Show and Shine” Part of Aspenfest Weekend on Oct 5 at Ruidoso Downs

The 40th annual New Mexico State Open Chili Championship returns to Ruidoso Downs Race Track October 5. The public is invited to sample and participate in the “People’s Choice Award” for the best-tasting chili from approximately 40 teams of chili cooks attempting to become the state championship team that represents New Mexico in national competition […]

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Ruidoso Downs Race Track Welcomes 50th Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally

Ruidoso Downs Race Track welcomes thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts for the 50th annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally starting on Wednesday, September 18 and running through Sunday, September 22. The annual motorcycle rally is considered one of the largest in the region. It features top national motorcycle vendors including, Barnett Harley Davidson of El Paso, Texas; […]

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Nominating, Sustaining Payments Due

Original nominations to six New Mexico-bred stakes and sustaining payments to the three Grade 1 derbies run at Ruidoso Downs are due on October 1. The six New Mexico-bred stakes races are the $375,000 (est.) Zia Futurity, $350,000 (est.) Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity and $175,000 (est.) Zia Derby for quarter horses and the $150,000 […]

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Mr Jess Jenkins Rallies to Win All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs

Jose Guzman and Rito Sosa’s Mr Jess Jenkins, a 13-1 longshot, spoiled owner R.D. Hubbard’s bid for his first All American Futurity victory when he rallied to get the neck win in the Grade 1, $3-million classic on Monday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The Labor Day program featuring the All American Futurity is the traditional […]

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Final Ruidoso Select Sale Total and Final Offering Finish with Increases

The final offering of the three-night Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale on Sunday night produced the sale’s top-three sellers, led by the $400,000 purchase of Oro Crystal by Stan Sigman and Johnny Trotter. The total sale finished on up 6.5 percent over last year’s offering with an average per horse sold of $49,585, compared to $46,580 […]

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Rustys Miracle Takes All American Derby, Cds Wine N Dine Wins All American Gold Cup

J & SM, Inc. Rustys Miracle showed her gameness with a gritty win in the Grade 1, $1,550,855 All American Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The All American Derby offers the largest purse for three-year-olds in quarter horse racing. The winner receives an invitation to compete in the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of […]

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Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Remains Up With Strong Second Session Results

The second session of the three-night Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale continued its strong showing with a second night of a 7.5-percent increase and 15 yearlings changing hands for $100,000 or more. All results are for per horse sold final. There were two yearlings that sold for more than $200,000. Fly The Coup topped the offering […]

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