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Three All American Futurity Qualifiers Come Out of First Trial on Saturday Afternoon

It was good to be in the first of 13 trials to the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Saturday afternoon when three qualifiers, headed by fastest-qualifier Apollitical J Wild, reached the 440-yard finals. The two-year-olds with the five-fastest times from Saturday’s trials join the five-fastest qualifiers from Friday’s trials in the All American […]

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Dr Pepper Handicapping Challenge At Ruidoso Downs on Sunday

Handicappers take center stage once again on Sunday when Ruidoso Downs Race Track presents the second “Dr Pepper Handicapping Challenge” of the season. First post is 1 p.m. with free parking and general admission. “We had a tremendous response to the first handicapping contest, so we’re going to have another event using the same rules,” […]

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Chile the Kid Beer and Wine Festival Presented by City Bank Brings the First Green Chile of the Season, Food, Music and Fun

The second Chile the Kid Beer and Wine Festival presented by City Bank” opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino. The festival opens at 11 a.m. each day and runs until 8 p.m. Tickets to the festival are $15 and include a commemorative wine or beer glass for sampling. […]

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Two-Time World Champ Jessies First Down Heads Mr Jet Moore on Busy Saturday

Ted Abrams’ two-time world champion homebred Jessies First Down returns to Ruidoso Downs and leads a deep field in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap over 400 yards on a busy Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. There will be an […]

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Mister Riptide Dominates Zia Futurity, Headed To All American Futurity Trials

Mark and Annette McCloy’s Mister Riptide became a prime contender for the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity with a thorough domination of New Mexico-breds in the Restricted-Grade 1 $434,210 Zia Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The Sunday program was the second of two days of Zia Festival racing at Ruidoso Downs. Each […]

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Marcus Medallion Wins Zia Handicap, Gives Owner Back-To Back Zia Wins

Karina Aldavaz’s Marcus Medallion gave his owner back-to-back Zia Festival stakes wins when he held off favored Ryansmanonthemoon to win the $50,000 Zia Handicap on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Aldavaz also won the Bobby Crenshaw Memorial in the race before the Zia Handicap. Marcus Medallion, at 9-1 odds, got a clean start under jockey […]

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Two Largest Zia Festival Purses Offered on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs

The ultimate Zia Festival racing program on Sunday offers fastest-qualifier Mister Riptide in the $433,129 Zia Futurity and top-qualifier Zee James racing in the $197,724 Zia Derby at Ruidoso Downs. They are record purses for each race. The Zia Futurity and the Zia Derby for quarter horse races carry the two largest purses from the […]

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Cavenaugh, Crawford, Smith Sweep Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Juvenile

Owner Cavenaugh Quarter Horses, LLC; trainer Clint Crawford and jockey Cody Rodger Smith dominated Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Their Uncle D easily won the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity after their filly Why fought to a close victory in the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile. Uncle D raced to the lead from the first jump out […]

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Zia Festival Vendors Provide a Wide Range of Unique Shopping For Thousands of Fans Attending the Zia Festival

Many fans of Ruidoso Downs Race Track agree that if you only come to the races one weekend all summer, the Zia Festival has something for everyone. “It’s an exciting weekend for racing and shopping,” Kana Laymon said. She is the vendor sales coordinator for the Zia Festival which now has approximately seventy vendor booths […]

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Zia Festival Racing Begins Saturday

The racing at the annual Zia Festival begins on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs with five stakes races, highlighted by 2017 All American Futurity runner-up Bigg Daddy competing in the $50,000 Zia Handicap over 400 yards. Zia Festival racing resumes on Sunday with the $433,129 Zia Futurity and the $190,937 Derby, offering the two largest purses […]

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Eagle Coast Takes Rainbow Derby With Late Surge

Ernesto Palacio’s Eagle Coast surged to win the Grade 1, $1,008,129 Rainbow Derby and end the five-race winning streak of 11-10 favorite Apocalyptical Jess at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. Eagle Coast gave Palacio, trainer Jose Luis Muela and jockey Sergio Becerra Jr. their first Grade 1 wins. Garlyn O. Shelton’s homebred Five Bar Stoli […]

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