Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Acquires Trained K-9 Officer To Help Sweep The Track For Equine PEDs

Texas based non-profit K9s4COPs has donated one trained K-9 police officer to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The dual-purpose narcotics and tracking dog will be certified and partnered with a handler from the Ruidoso Police Department. K9s4COPs will work closely with the 14-month-old Belgian Malinois “K-9 Csini” as […]

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Ruidoso Trainer Cooper, Son Killed In Plane Crash Thursday

Ruidoso Downs trainer John M. Cooper and his son Gavyn were killed when their Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Midland International Airport on Thursday evening. They were the only people on board. Reports state that the plane crashed at 7:20 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. Unofficial reports […]

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New Mexico Judge Upholds Ruidoso Downs Exclusion Of Leading Trainer Padgett

A lawsuit filed by James Padgett and Race Horses by Diamond G Ranch, Inc. (Plaintiff) against All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC (Defendant) was dismissed by the Lincoln County 12th Judicial District Court on May 21. The lawsuit claimed that Padgett’s denial of stalls and exclusion from racing for the upcoming summer racing season was unreasonable. […]

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Ruidoso Downs Enlisting K9 Units To Sniff Out Illegal Substances

Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico is teaming up with the Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs Police Departments and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office to use K9 units at the track. These three law enforcement agencies will use experienced K9 units to periodically inspect incoming trucks and trailers, as well as tack rooms and feed […]

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Ruidoso Downs To Add $1,000 To Trifecta Pool Each Saturday

Ruidoso Downs Race Track will add $1,000 to the fifth race trifecta pool every Saturday during the upcoming horse racing season that begins on May 25. The fifth race post time is usually 2:40 pm MTD (4:40 EST). “Adding $1,000 to the pool is likely to increase the payout by 20-30 percent over the average from last […]

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Quarter Horse Trainers Trey Wood, Fernando Carrete Summarily Suspended At Remington Park

Quarter horse trainers Trey Wood and Fernando Carrete have been summarily suspended, pending a hearing, by stewards at Remington Park after each had a horse test positive for what Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission steward Mike Corey said was an unnamed “class B” drug. Nine horses entered by Wood and Carrete were scratched by the stewards […]

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Ruidoso Releases Concert Schedule For Upcoming Racing Season

Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino will stage a series of concerts at the track facility during the 2018 racing season that opens on May 25. Legendary performer Red Steagall will perform Sunday evening, May 27, at the Ruidoso Downs Horse Sale Auditorium at 7 p.m. (cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6 p.m.).  The […]

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Digital Improvements At Ruidoso Include HD Video As Well As New Slots, Website

At Ruidoso Downs, Billy The Kid Casino will install 100 new slot machines by opening day May 25th, and the track also deployed a newly developed website. The new slot machines will offer the latest technology from Aristocrat, Ainsworth, IGT, Bally’s and Konami. The renovation upgrades one-third of the entire casino floor to give patrons some of […]

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Ruidoso Downs Bans All American Futurity-Winning Trainer

James Padgett II saddled the winner of last year’s All American Futurity – Quarter horse racing’s richest and most famous event held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs – but the American Quarter Horse Association’s leading trainer by money won in 2017 has been told he will not be allowed to participate at the New […]

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Ruidoso Downs: Admiral Beverage, Sierra Blanca Motors Among Corporate Sponsors For 2018 Season

Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino has announced its major corporate sponsorships for the 2018 horse racing season. City Bank joins Sierra Blanca Motors and Admiral Beverage Corporation as a primary track sponsor. “City Bank has become a vital business operations partner to Ruidoso Downs and we are energized by their decision to join us […]

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