Ruidoso Downs

Inaugural John Andreini Memorial Scholarship Announced For Fall 2019

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 (www.aardfoundation.org). An award total of $6,000 will be distributed to the worthiest candidates from all applications submitted. A written essay […]

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New Stakes, Early Start Highlight Ruidoso Downs Meet

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 quarter horse […]

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‘Equine Philanthropist’ Mine That Bird Named To Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall Of Fame

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 Peckham […]

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Ruidoso Downs Drug-Sniffing Dog Has Made Roughly A Dozen Busts

Ruidoso Downs President and General Manager Jeff True revealed this week that the track has begun a new method of hunting for prohibited drugs during its Quarter Horse meet: a dog. True outlined the program at the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing earlier this week. The track owns one dog, a Belgian Malinois […]

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Ruidoso Downs Chaplaincy Earns White Horse 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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Apocalyptical Jess Gives Trainer Blaine Wood First All American Futurity Triumph

Bill Robbins’ Apocalyptical Jess gave trainer Blane Wood his first win in the Grade 1, $3,000,000 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, 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 Jolene Urschel’s […]

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Ruidoso Downs Bans Trainer After Four-Win Day In All American Derby Trials

On Sunday at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, trainer Josue Ponce sent out four runners in trial races for the rich All American Quarter Horse Derby. All four starters won, with three of the winners among the 10 fastest times, qualifying them for the Sept. 2 finals of the Grade 1, $1,237,604 fixture run over […]

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Drug Tests From Trials Lead To Purses From Rainbow Derby, Futurity To Be Held

Purses are being held in two recent Grade1 Quarter Horse races at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico: for the winner and second-place finisher of the $801,564 Rainbow Derby on July 21 and for the runner-up in the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity on July 22. Drug tests flagged as positive from samples taken for those horses after their […]

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Andreini, Partner In Ruidoso Downs, Dies At 90

John Andreini, of San Mateo, California, died following a brain aneurysm on Friday morning. He was 90. Andreini was one of four partners in All American Ruidoso Downs Racing, LLC (AARD) and All American Ruidoso Horse Sales, LLC (AARHS). These companies operate Ruidoso Downs Race Track, the Billy the Kid Casino, and the Ruidoso Horse Sale Company. They […]

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Mike Smith Helps Raise $25,000 For PDJF With Justify Posters At Ruidoso Downs

More than $25,000 was raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) through poster sales on Sunday while the handle for last weekend’s three days of trials to the $1 million Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby was up 27 percent at Ruidoso Downs. New Mexico native and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith was at the track for […]

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