Ruidoso Barn Area Opening Delayed Until May 1

With New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement Tuesday that the current orders will remain in place through April 30th, May 1st will be the earliest date that horses and horsemen will arrive at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership consisting of Stan Sigman, Johnny Trotter, and Chicho Flores, which […]

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

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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 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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New Mexico Governor Proclaims July 8 ‘Mike E. Smith Day’

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed Sunday, July 8th as “Mike E. Smith Day” throughout New Mexico. That is the day that Triple Crown-winning jockey Smith will be visiting Ruidoso Downs for the Mike Smith Triple Crown Victory Celebration. Smith won this year’s Triple Crown aboard Justify, the 13th Triple Crown winner. The rider […]

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‘Global Celebrity’ Mike Smith To Make Ruidoso Downs Appearance

Triple Crown winning jockey and New Mexico native Mike Smith will make a celebratory appearance at Ruidoso Downs on July 8. “Mike is a global celebrity now and we are honored by his willingness to come to Ruidoso Downs to share his Triple Crown celebration with us,” Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True said. […]

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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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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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Sale Of Ruidoso Downs Finalized

The sale of Ruidoso Downs, the Billy the Kid Casino and the Ruidoso Horse Sale Company closed on October 12 to a group of four accomplished horsemen and businessmen. The buyers are Stan Sigman, John Andreini, Narciso “Chicho” Flores and Johnny Trotter. The new ownership is named All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC (AARD) and All […]

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