Welcome to Ruidoso Downs 2019 Horse Racing Season

The 2019 Ruidoso Downs Race Track season opens Mother’s Day weekend and we’re excited you are here for the races!

You will find some major improvements at the race track this season that include extensive upgrades and renovations. They include a remodeled All American Turf Club top level, a completely remodeled Billy the Kid Casino and a new digital highway sign to welcome our visitors.

This marks the second year of the track’s new ownership group.

“Our initial renovations were more about infrastructure, but this season’s improvements are more about patron amenities and things that people can actually see and feel,” said Jeff True, Ruidoso Downs president and general manager.

The Turf Club renovation will become apparent to guests when they walk off the elevator. They will be greeted by new carpeting, paint, lighting, furniture and new, fresh décor. The renovated bar areas, including the horseshoe bar, have new countertops and bar stools.

Horse racing memorabilia from the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame and racing museum adorn a new display case near the elevator. The case accents the entry and presents a visual connection to great horses and people from racing’s past.

The Billy the Kid Casino improvements will be a direct benefit to players through the improved gaming experience, enhanced atmosphere and improved rewards program. The casino has new carpeting, a new floor layout, and a total of approximately 150 new slot machines in the past year.

Billy’s Rewards Club Members are enjoying new promotions every month. This weekend begins our new promotion: A 2019 Jeep Wrangler will be given away on the Fourth of July. Players are also participating in a drawing Memorial Day weekend to win one of three barbecue grills to be given away.

A newly renovated, state-of-the-art sign greets people approaching Ruidoso Downs with high-resolution video boards showing the latest events and promotions.


New Maiden Stakes Race Highlights Opening Weekend of Racing

New this racing season is the $100,000 Maiden Stakes and the trials will be held on opening day, May 10, of the newly expanded racing season.

The 350-yard finals will be contested on Memorial Day, May 27.

The Maiden Stakes is offered for three-year-olds through five-year-olds who have not won a race as of March 1, 2019. 

Also, joining the stakes schedule this summer is the $45,000 Rita Danley Distaff for three-year-old and older New Mexico-bred quarter horse fillies and mares on June 30. Returning to the Ruidoso Downs’ stakes lineup is the John Deere Juvenile Challenge for two-year-old quarter horses. The 350-yard trials will be held on May 17 with the finals on June 2.


 Mother’s Day Roses, Free Play to be Offered at Billy the Kid Casino

The first 500 mothers to come to Billy the Kid Casino on Sunday, Mother’s Day, will receive a complimentary long-stem rose. 

The roses will be given away outside the casino starting at 10 a.m.

Billy the Kid Casino is offering $20 in free slot play to all mothers who are members of the Rewards Club.


Concert Tickets on Sale now for Los Lonely Boys, Red Raider Weekend

Tickets are on sale now for Los Lonely Boys. The concert will be held Saturday night, June 22, as part of our annual “Fiesta Weekend” celebration. General Admission tickets are $20 and are available at the box office or online. The show will be held under the stars and begins at 7 p.m.

June 21-23 is Red Raider Weekend, and special events are scheduled for Texas Tech Alumni including a “Blue Light Live” concert featuring the Dirty River Boys and Kody West. General admission tickets are $20.


Dr. Pepper Handicapping Challenge Set for Saturday, June 8

Handicappers should mark their calendars for Saturday, June 8 for the first Dr. Pepper Handicapping Challenge that features a $1,000 prize plus a year’s supply of Dr Pepper. Details are available at any mutual window or online.


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