Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs Opening May 22 With Trials for Ruidoso Futurity

Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico will open its summer meet as scheduled on Friday, May 22, with the trials for the first leg of the Quarter Horse Triple Crown – the Ruidoso Futurity and Derby. The Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity Trials will run on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. There […]

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New Ruidoso Announcer Dimoff Tunes Up In Schooling Races

Mike Dimoff, the new race caller at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, spent his first day in the track’s announcer’s booth on May 6 calling schooling works races as preparations are under way for the opening day of the 2020 meet on May 22. “It feels very comfortable,” Dimoff said, stepping away from the microphone […]

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Horseman, Track Owner R. D. Hubbard, 84, Passes

Influential horseman and racetrack owner R.D. Hubbard, 84, died on Wednesday, at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. Born in Smith Center, Kansas, on June 13, 1935, Randall Dee Hubbard was the youngest of eight children. He worked in his family’s icehouse and attended Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. Upon graduation, he became […]

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Ruidoso Barn Area Opens May 1; Meet To Begin As Scheduled May 22 Without Fans

After weeks of stay at home orders and COVID-19 precautionary measures, officials at Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico announced Tuesday that horses will be admitted to the barn area on Friday, May 1. In addition, live horse racing will begin as scheduled on Friday, May 22, without fans in attendance. Until further notice, […]

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‘Fluid Situation’: Ruidoso Downs Delays Opening Of Stable Area

All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership consisting of Stan Sigman, Johnny Trotter, and Chicho Flores, which operates the track and casino, have decided to postpone until further notice the arrival of horsemen and horses to the Ruidoso Downs barn area. Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico originally planned for an April 15 opening […]

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Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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Attila’s Storm Filly Tops New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale’s Thoroughbred Segment At $82,000

An unnamed yearling daughter of Attila’s Storm sold for $82,000 to top the Thoroughbred portion of the Aug. 16-17 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The filly was purchased by J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, from the A & A Ranch consignment. The filly is out of Ringback, a winning 12-year-old daughter […]

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Gorajec: Some Quarter Horse Trainers Give New Meaning To ‘Take Their Best Shot’

Quarter Horses accounted for less than half of the races in New Mexico in 2017 but 80% of the positive drug tests, writes Joe Gorajec in his InsideRacingRegs blog at the HorseRacingReform.org website published by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Gorajec based the statement on the latest annual report from the […]

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UPDATED: Transfers OK’d For Trey Wood Horses Entered In All American Futurity Trials

The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials […]

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