The Downs at Albuquerque

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The Downs at Albuquerque

The Downs at Albuquerque is a horse-racing track in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. It opened in 1938, at the Louisiana Blvd NE.

History of The Downs at Albuquerque

1938 – Racing at the State Fair was inaugurated on April 13, 1938, the oldest race meet in New Mexico. There were no wagering races run at that time at Albuquerque.

1940s – Pari-Mutual was approved around the mid-forties.

1946 – Albuquerque began wagering.

1990s – Racing was in a downturn in New Mexico and across the country. Hence, New Mexico quickly approved racino-style gaming.

1999 – A New casino opened at Albuquerque Downs on August 01, 1999.

2016 – Albuquerque Downs went through a major renovation before the beginning of the 2016 season. The grandstand and Casino were redone. The glass panels that enclosed the grandstand were removed, giving the second and third-story areas open-air seating. The first level was enclosed, and restaurants and bars were added to the Turf and Jockeys Clubs on the third level. Another major difference was the commencement of night racing on June 25, 2016.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

Main Track

  • The track itself is a one-mile dirt oval or 5280 ft.
  • The distance from the last turn to the finish or length of the homestretch is 1,114 ft.
  • The chute is 7 furlongs and 1 ¼ miles.
  • It is left-handed and flat with typically tight bends.
  • It prefers speed rather than stamina.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Stables
    • The stables can accommodate 1,080 horses.
  • 🐎Areas in the Racetrack
    • The Jockey Club
    • Weekly Specials
    • Bus Parties
  • 🐎Grandstand
    • It is a glass-enclosed grandstand that seats 7,200.
    • The grandstand has 500 television sets installed in different parts of the grandstand.
  • 🐎Crown Room
    • It is located on the third floor of the grandstand.
    • The backdrop view is the surrounding city and the Sandia Mountains.
    • It overviews the racetrack.
    • It features full-service menu items, including hot and cold appetizers, soups, salads, gourmet mains, and pasta.
    • It also offers a wide range of beer, wine, spirits, and other beverages.
    • Guests are required to apply for reservations.
    • Open Hours
      • Thursday to Saturday – opens at 5:00 pm.
  • 🐎Casino
    • It has 310 slots on eight thousand square feet of land.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday to Wednesday – 11:00 am to 2:00 am.
      • Thursday – 11:00 am to 3:00 am.
      • Friday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 4:00 am.
  • 🐎First Turn Lounge
    • It is located inside the Casino at the Downs.
    • It has over 30 screens in the lounge to view simulcasting horseracing action.
    • It has a mutuel teller or a self-serve machine.
    • It also offers local live entertainment.
    • Its patio and special events feature live music and dancing, private party opportunities, daily happy hour, karaoke, and unique events, including their annual “I Want My MTV 80’s Party”.
    • Open Hours
      • Sunday to Thursday – 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight.
      • Friday to Saturday – 11:00 am to 2:00 am.
    • Happy Hour
      • Monday to Saturday – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
      • Sunday – ALL DAY


  • 🐎The Downs Café
    • It offers pizza, deli sandwiches, huevos rancheros, green Chile stew, Downs Green Chile Cheeseburger, breakfast items, and desserts.
    • Open Hours
      • The Dining area opens daily 30 minutes before the casino floor.
      • Sunday to Thursday – 10:30 am to 12:00 midnight.
      • Friday and Saturday – 9:30 am to 2:00 am.
  • 🐎Concession Stands
    • It is located inside on the first floor and at the south end of the second floor.
    • It features various grab-and-go snack items, including ice cream, popcorn, sodas, and chips.
    • Open Hours
      • Open every race day.
  • 🐎Bars
    • The Patio Bar
      • It is located on the north end of the grandstand.
      • It overlooks the paddock with a walk-up service.
    • The Second Floor Bar
      • It is located at the top of the second-floor bleachers that overview the track.
    • First Floor Bar
      • It is located next to the doors on the north end of the first floor, with seating and walk-up service.
    • VIP Bar
      • It offers table service and bar seating.
  • 🐎Turf Club
    • It offers tiered box seating and tables on the upper level. 
    • It offers a good view of the track.
    • The menu offers sandwiches, steaks, appetizers, and the popular Charcuterie Board for two.
    • It is open every live race day.
  • 🐎Jockey Club
    • It overlooks the finish line of the track and a view of the sunset on the Sandia Mountains.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

The Downs at Albuquerque Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • The track features a mixed meet of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each spring and in the fall during the New Mexico State Fair. 
    • They function from August through the fall.
    • During the State Fair in September, the racetrack organizes thoroughbred and quarter horseracing meets each spring and seventeen days of racing.
    • Racing is on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
    • Post Time: 6:05 pm to 1:30 pm

Major Racing Events

      • 🐴Camino Real Futurity
      • 🐴DAA Futurity (QH)
      • 🐴First Moonflash Derby (QH)
      • 🐴New Mexico State Fair Futurity
      • 🐴New Mexico State Quarter Horse Futurity
      • 🐴New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity
      • 🐴Downs at Albuquerque La Fiesta Futurity
      • 🐴The Downs at Albuquerque La Fiesta Derby
      • 🐴New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Derby
      • 🐴Albuquerque Fall Quarter Horse Championship

Major Stakes Races

      • 🐴Manuel Lujan
      • 🐴La Fiesta
      • 🐴Charlie Iles Express Handicap
      • 🐴Chamisa
      • 🐴Top Deck
      • 🐴Albuquerque Spring Quarter Horse Futurity
      • 🐴Spring Thoroughbred Futurity
      • 🐴John Augustine
      • 🐴Charles Taylor Derby
      • 🐴The Downs at Albuquerque Handicap
      • 🐴New Mexico State Fair Juvenile Stakes
      • 🐴Con Jackson Claiming Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is now known more formally as The Downs at Albuquerque,
  • It is situated in the south-east of the city, a straight shot of just a few miles from the downtown area.
  • It is in the heart of Albuquerque on the Expo New Mexico state fairgrounds.
  • General Admission is free, with seating options at the north Patio Bar, apron, second-floor bleachers, and inside on the First Floor.
  • Apron Box Seats are $5 per person, and season box seats are available for purchase.
  • The First Floor VIP Room is $5 per person.
  • Turf Club Daily Admission is $10 per person.
  • Jockey Club Daily Admission is $20 per person.
  • Neat casual attire is required.
  • No sweats, tank tops, cut-off shorts, or abbreviated wear.
  • Gentlemen must wear collared shirts.
  • Management reserves the right to use its discretion to determine appropriate attire.


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