Ruidoso Downs Increases Purses

The 10-percent overnight purse boost is effective immediately.

Press release

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack has announced a 10-percent purse increase for its overnight races, effective immediately.

Ruidoso Downs will increase overnight purses 10 percent, effective immediately and continuing through the end of the season.

The increase will also be retroactively paid to owners who won overnight races during the first two weeks of the meeting. Trials and stakes will not be affected. 

“The increased purse money is a result of efforts from horsemen, racing fans, and casino players,” said Ruidoso Downs president and general manager Jeff True. “The opening weekend exceeded our expectations, and our goal is to carry that momentum through the summer.

"The purse boost should attract a couple more entries to each race which is important since field size is critical to our success," True added.

Ruidoso Downs 47-day season runs through Labor Day, September 3.

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