Ruidoso Downs Adjusts Racing Schedule

The track will race on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule through August 31.

Edited press release

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack has adjusted its live racing schedule for the remainder of its 2017 meet.

Expect fuller fields, more competitive racing and increased purses starting this weekend at Ruidoso Downs with a racing schedule adjustment.

Starting on Friday, July 7, Ruidoso Downs will conduuct live racing on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule. This schedule continues until closing weekend, when racing will be held on Friday, September 1-Monday, September 4. The Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) will be held on closing day, offering the largest purse in American Quarter Horse racing.

This weekend features trials to the Rainbow Futurity (G1) on Friday and Saturday and Rainbow Derby (G1) trials on Sunday.

In recent years, smaller “boutique” racing seasons have proven to be very successful at race tracks across America.

“It's a large step forward for enhancing the racing product in New Mexico," said Ruidoso Downs president and general manager Shaun Hubbard. "At other race tracks it has proven that quality over quantity is a winning combination."

This new schedule does not impact the remaining iconic Grade 1 races at Ruidoso Downs. The Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby is on July 22, the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity is on July 23, the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup will be held on September 3, the Grade 1, $1.5 million (est.) All American Derby is on September 4 and, of course, the All American Futurity is on September 4.

There will be eight fewer racing days, but horsemen will be running at larger purses in the everyday, overnight races.

“Ruidoso Downs has an iconic stakes schedule, and this adjustment should lead to higher quality races from our overnight races through our ever-growing stakes schedule,” said Hubbard.

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