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Race Track’s Updated Look Continues With a New Highway Sign, Turf Club and Casino Renovations

Race fans will notice significant changes to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track for the upcoming 2019 season. “Last year we put a new roof on the grandstand which probably wasn’t too noticeable to the public,” President and General Manager Jeff True told the audience listening to KWES Saturday Morning last week. “This year our visitors […]

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First John Andreini Scholarship Announced by AARD Foundation

The first scholarship award in memory of the late John Andreini has been announced for Fall 2019. Applications will be open February 15 and close on April 15 through the All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation  An award total of $6,000 will be distributed to the worthiest candidates from all applications submitted. A written essay is […]

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Ruidoso Downs Race Track Remembers Jerry “Nic” Nicodemus

Jerry “Nic” Nicodemus, considered one of quarter horse racing’s greatest jockeys of all time, died Wednesday at his residence in Ruidoso. He was 73 years old. “He was a great friend to so many people within the racing industry and we are all shocked and saddened by his passing,” Ruidoso Downs President and General Manager […]

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Pegasus World Cup Simulcast Saturday at Ruidoso Downs

Hronis Racing LLC’s potential 2018 Horse of the Year Accelerate heads a deep field in the Grade 1, $9-million Pegasus World Cup at one-and-one-eighth miles from Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Full simulcasting of the stakes-dominated program will be held at Billy’s Race Book adjacent to Ruidoso Downs. The doors open at Billy’s Sports Book at […]

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All American Triple Crown Nominations Due January 15

The original nomination payment of $250 for foals of 2018 to be nominated to the 2020 All American Triple Crown at Ruidoso Downs must be postmarked by January 15. That $250 payment nominates a foal of 2018 to the 2020 All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, and Ruidoso Futurity. If the horses are ultimately paid in […]

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Earlier Opening, New Stakes This Summer at Ruidoso Downs

An earlier opening day on Friday, May 10 and new stakes races added to the iconic stakes schedule welcome fans this summer at Ruidoso Downs. The new stakes races are the $100,000 (est.) Maiden Stakes for three through five-year-old quarter horses and the $45,000 (est.) Rita Danley Distaff for three-year-old and older New Mexico bred […]

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Ruidoso Hall of Fame Class Of 2019 Announced

  The 2019 class to be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame will consist of owner/breeder Harriett Peckham, trainer Leo Wood, jockey Johnny Cox and the thoroughbred Mine That Bird. There will be a special induction ceremony during this summer’s Ruidoso Downs’ racing season. The date has not been determined. The iconic […]

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Ruidoso Downs’ Ownership Wins Community Service Award

The Ruidoso Downs’ ownership was presented with the White Horse Community Service Award during the White Horse Award ceremonies at Churchill Downs during Breeders’ Cup festivities. It was given for work done expanding the chaplaincy with a new chapel The Ruidoso Downs’ ownership, All American Ruidoso Downs (AARD), is comprised of the Estate of John […]

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RAIN DANCE Gala Scheduled to Debut in Summer, 2019

    Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino, America’s preeminent quarter horse race track, in conjunction with Rainmakers Resort and Club and the Spencer Performing Arts Theater, jointly announce the inaugural RAIN DANCE gala event to take place in July of 2019 in the Sacramento Mountains near Ruidoso, New Mexico. RAIN DANCE will be an upscale, […]

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First Season Under New Ownership A Tremendous Success

The first season of racing at Ruidoso Downs under the new ownership of All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC (AARD) has been deemed a tremendous success. “Our first season was gratifying to the extent we made some policy choices and some investments that fans and horsemen responded to favorably,” said True, president and general manager. The […]

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Apocalyptical Jess Wins All American Futurity, Danjer Takes All American Juvenile

RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (September 3, 2018) — Bill Robbins’ Apocalyptical Jess gave trainer Blane Wood his first win in the Grade 1, $3,000,000 All American Futurity and Wood now joins his father Leo as the only father-son pair to win the All American Futurity. Leo Wood won the 1979 All American Futurity with Dan and […]

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