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Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino Review

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino, the self-proclaimed home of the world's richest quarter-horse race, has a fabulous mountain vista as the setting for cheering the ponies. On Labor Day the track is the site of the All-American Quarter Horse Futurity, with a total purse of as much as $2.5 million. Twenty percent of revenues from the Billy the Kid Casino, which has some 300 slot machines, funds the races. Casino gambling allowed at horse-racing tracks is credited with reviving the sport in New Mexico by attracting quality horses and competition. The casino is decorated with murals suggesting nearby historic Lincoln, where Billy the Kid once hung out. The facility offers year-round, full-card simulcasting from the nation's largest tracks.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1461 U.S. 70W, Ruidoso Downs, 88346 | Map It
  • Phone: 575/378–4431
  • Cost: Racetrack open seating is free, reserved seating $5 and up; Turf Club $10, higher on special weekends
  • Hours: Racing late May–early Sept., Thurs.–Sun. and Mon. holidays, post time 1 pm. Casino Sat.–Thurs. 11–11, Fri. noon–midnight
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  • Location: Ruidoso

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