Ruidoso Downs Celebrates Memorial Day

The festivities included patriotic music with full western-style instrumentation.

Edited press release

Ruidoso Downs celebrated Memorial Day on May 28.

Memorial Day at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino was a celebration of America headed by country western star Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunkhouse band.

Steagall and band sang the national anthem a capella with the Holliman Air Force Color Guard presentation of the colors in front of the racetrack grandstand.  Later, Steagall and the band performed three patriotic songs with full western-style instrumentation while more than 70 children from Lincoln and Otero County area sports teams and 4-H clubs unfurled a 60’ X 120’ American flag out on the racetrack.

“It brought a big lump to my throat when we sang the national anthem with the color guard standing there in front of us; it doesn’t get any more American than that," said Steagall.  "And I just loved it with those kids out there participating in something they’ll remember the rest of their lives."

Steagall famously celebrates American patriotism the “cowboy way, where we stand for the flag and we kneel to pray.”

The three songs performed from the infield winner's circle included God Bless America (written by Irving Berlin), Proud to be an American (Lee Greenwood), and Stand for the Flag (Ed Montana).

Ruidoso Downs opened its 47-day season on Friday with the first of two days of trials for the 350-yard, $1-milion Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Sunday's program was dedicated to trials for the 400-yard, $750,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1).
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