Ruidoso Downs unveils multi-million dollar renovations ahead of racing season

New Mexico News

The home to the richest quarter horse race in the world just got a facelift. With racing season now just days away, those at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino are excited to show off their multi-million dollar renovations made after a switch in ownership.

“In the first year they did a lot of infrastructure improvements, but this year, the fans are really going to see what has been done,” said Tim Keithley, Director of Marketing. 

Built in 1947, Keithley says many of the renovations to state’s oldest racetrack and casino were way overdue, adding major upgrades to its All-American Turf Club and Billy the Kid Casino.

The casino switched up its layout to add brand new games, and the racetrack took a huge technological leap forward. All of the changes are tailored to enhance the tourists’ gaming experience, specifically Texans, who make up about 60% of the people who come to the races.

“They’re here to play. We’re the playground for Lubbock, Midland and Odessa and Amarillo, so we have to really shine our boots up to welcome the Texans,” said Keithley. “We want so desperately to keep this lurid track…this track with so much history alive, and well…I don’t think there’s any question this new ownership has really stepped up to make Ruidoso Downs the top racetrack in the southwest.”

Other upgrades include a new horse barn, state-of-the-art street sign with LED screens and a freshly paved 80,000 square-foot parking lot. The racing season starts May 10.

The richest quarter horse race in the world is Labor Day weekend, and the qualifying races for the All-American Futurity happen all summer.

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