rdownsimages-4-300x133(1)Ruidoso Downs Race Track

Ruidoso Downs has been the home of the World’s Richest Quarter Horse Race® since the All American Futurity was first contested on Labor Day in 1959 with a $129,000 purse. This past summer the Rainbow Futurity and the Rainbow Derby were on track to become $1,000,000 races.

The Ruidoso Futurity and the Ruidoso Derby were each expected to have $750,000 purses.

The very popular Zia Festival boasts more than $1 million in purses for New Mexico-bred thoroughbreds and quarter horses. It is a New Mexico celebration with the grandstand filled with vendors selling their New Mexico arts, crafts and wares.

The summer racing season starts in May (the Friday before Memorial Day) rdowns3download (2)and runs through Labor Day. The weekly racing schedule is Friday through Monday with a 1:00 PM first post time. There will be Thursday cards on the Fourth of July and All American Futurity trials ( in August). Futurity trial days will have an earlier post time.

DSC_0589a (956x1280)Don’t miss — Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Race Book and Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill, located adjacent to the race track and open year round. The Billy the Kid Casino offers the most popular slot games, and there is always simulcast wagering action in Billy’s Race Book from tracks coast to coast.

During the second full weekend in October, Ruidoso Downs turns into the nation’s premier western festival — the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. You will be amazed by the best traditional country music performers, the authentic chuckwagons and too-much-fun western swing dancing. For information, go to www.cowboysymposium.com.

Catch all the action at Ruidoso Downs and Billy the Kid Casino, located on Highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs.

Visit www.raceruidoso.com or call 575.378.4431.