Ruidoso Downs

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Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs is a horse-racing track in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, United States. It opened in 1947, at US-70.

History of Ruidoso Downs

1840’s – Ranchers held Rodeos and Horse Races, entertaining hands and locals alike since the 1840s. Hence, Ruidoso became a part of what has been today termed “The Old West”.

1940’s – an informal race track was constructed on the fields situated at the cool pines of Lincoln County, 7,000 feet in the mountains of central New Mexico, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The track sits 189 miles from the middle of Albuquerque up the I-25, another 136 miles from downtown El Paso and only 70 miles from Roswell.

1947 – The track’s first race occurred, and during that time, the track was still just a little more than a plowed road with volunteers as judges.

1953 – The track had its general manager when it was purchased by an Arizona investor, Eugene Hensley.

1957 – The “All American Futurity” was created by Hensley, Carl Mercer, and cowboy musician Ray Reed then added The Rainbow Futurity in 1964.

1988 – R.D. Hubbard bought the majority of Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

1989Simulcast racing and wagering were added, while Hubbard purchased Allred in 1991. In addition, a sales pavilion and sports theatre were built, where the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale was held. Aside from horse racing, they also run camel and ostrich races and host Toby Keith and Emilio Navaira concerts.

1999 – The Hubbards opened the adjacent casino named Billy the Kid Casino.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Grandstand
    • It is canvas-covered.
  • 🐎Billy the Kid Casino
    • It is a 20,000-square feet casino.
  • 🐎All-American Turf Club
    • It caters to special events.
  • 🐎Gift Shop


  • 🐎440 Smokehouse & Bar
    • Open Hours
      • Friday to Sunday – 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.
  • 🐎Añejo Cantina
    • It offers traditional cuisine with music & entertainment.
    • Open Hours
      • Friday to Sunday – 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.
  • 🐎Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill
    • It is located across from the casino

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Ruidoso Downs Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule

Major Races

  • 🐴Triple Crown Futurity Races
      • 🐴Ruidoso Futurity (Grade 1 stakes race)
      • 🐴Rainbow Futurity
      • 🐴All American Futurity (440 yards)
      • 🐴Triple Crown Derby Races
      • 🐴Triple Crown Oaks Races
      • 🐴$30K John Andreini Memorial Stakes.

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located in southern New Mexico, between Alamogordo and Roswell.
  • Sierra Blanca Regional Airport is also north of Ruidoso on Highway 220 (Airport Road).
  • Parking and general admission are free. However, you can upgrade for reservation of seats in the grandstand or Turf Club seats on the second level with an additional fee.
  • There is no official dress code for the racing season at Ruidoso Downs. Weekend casual is preferable and is often adopted.


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