Ruidoso Downs Race Track

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What is Ruidoso Downs?

Ruidoso Downs is one of the premiere venues for horse racing in New Mexico and is known across the country for a long tradition of racing firsts and record breaking. Starting in the 1930’s, Ruidoso Downs inherited a vibrant history of rodeos and horse racing in the region.
In recent years, the track has gained worldwide recognition as the only horse track in the U.S. and Europe that has both a quarter-horse straightaway and oval thoroughbred tracks, allowing for more variety in racing for visitors to enjoy.

Horse Racing in New Mexico

Ruidoso Downs is home to the world's richest quarter horse races such as the All American Futurity, which serves as the signature event of the race track. 

However, this is far from the only racing event hosted here. Due to the variety of tracks, spectators can enjoy a plethora of racing events such as:

  • Ruidoso Derby
  • All American Derby
  • Rainbow Futurity
  • Futurity Trials
  • Triple Crown Oaks Races
  • And more!

If hearing the thundering hooves of magnificent galloping horses and feeling the exhilarating roar of the crowd is your idea of a great time, check out the Ruidoso Downs race track schedule to see which events coincide with your stay. Ruidoso Downs also streams the races live if you would rather spectate a race from the comfort of your cabin.

To make the most of your day at the races, consider purchasing a day pass at the Ruidoso Jockey Club. The pass offers premium seating, dining, and a list of other amenities.

Music and Festivities

Horse racing is far from the only activity to enjoy at Ruidoso Downs. The race track also hosts special events throughout the year. These can include festivals such as the All American Cowboyfest, which offers live country music and rodeo in a western culture celebration for the whole family.

The track will also periodically host:

Live concerts

Special vendors for unique shopping experiences

Family-friendly events

Horse Sales

Dining Options

Ruidoso Downs has multiple dining options: Concessions can be found at the Grand Stand Facility along with multiple bars. For American pub fare, you can visit the Race Book or Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill. For a fresh, unique dining experience, check out the scratch kitchen at the Jockey Club that creates daily specials to enhance your visit to the races.

Billy the Kid Casino

Ruidoso Downs is also home to a casino for those who wish to try their hand at games of chance. With over 300 slot machines, Billy the Kid Casino is a well kept, Responsible Gaming Facility with friendly staff that serves a great environment for responsible gaming year-round. Other games they offer include:
  • Video poker
  • Blackjack
  • Keno
The casino also has simulcast racing from tracks around the country in Billy’s Sports Book that can allow you to join in on the excitement. Be sure to look for live entertainment and music events hosted at Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill to top off a memorable evening.

Book your Ruidoso Cabin

After an exciting day at the race track, it’s good to be able to rest in a serene, romantic environment with a loved one at one of our elegant lodge cabins. We combine a private, intimate setting with top of the line amenities to grant you a truly unique and refeshing experience.