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Ruidoso Downs Race Track

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This was my first time at a race track and we had fun, the place was clean, people were friendly... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
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Fun to watch

The races are held Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can sit in the stands for free (and bring... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2018
Paulette B
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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Race track that is the home to the world's richest quarter horse race - the All American Futurity. Racing runs most Fridays through Sundays from mid-May through Labor Day.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
217 Rio St, Ruidoso, NM 88345-7401
+1 575-378-4431
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Reviewed 12 February 2019

Stopped in for supper and some slots. The restaurants were closed and the smell of smoke in the casino was beyond what we could withstand. Dropped $5 and left.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank wuensch
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

This was my first time at a race track and we had fun, the place was clean, people were friendly and were there to have a good time. You can see that it is a family place as you see a lot of children. If...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank caligirl0105
Reviewed 11 November 2018

The races are held Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can sit in the stands for free (and bring the kids) or reserve a covered seat/table. There is "game style" food, drinks, adult beverages, and sometimes there are local vendors selling their wares. The best...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paulette B
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Watching the horses run is great, but talking to other i even better. We have a house in Ruidoso and enjoy the races several times during the summer.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank djbutler1952
Reviewed 8 September 2018

This was our first visit to the Ruidoso Race Track. We enjoyed it very much and plan to visit again next year. We had seats down front facing the open air and the track itself. We could have opted for a table in the main...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

Had a great time at the American trials. We were able to get into the Turf Club which had the best views of the finish line. The wait staff there were very attentive and the food was really good. Great chicken nachos and bar drinks!...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carolyn J
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

We took the whole family to watch a few races. We aren’t really betting people, but we finally placed a minimum $2 bet and that made it a lot more exciting to watch. Our horse came in second, but well worth $2. It was very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank corysinklier
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Went to the Aug 17 Futurity Trials... I called ahead and got tickets to the Turf Club. We arrived at 9:30 for the 11 am post time and the Turf Club concierge seated us at a counter in the first row. Great seats. Robert was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Badgelady
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Ruidoso Downs is a unique track that runs thoroughbreds but is built off the best quarter horses in the world. The weather is great and the facilities are workable. With the new ownership I look forward to some great thing to come in the future.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mantle_12
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Beautiful setting, we loved the races. A nice small casino is attached and we enjoyed a live concert in the evening!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Arlyn B
22 July 2018|
Response from pa55p0rttrave1er | Reviewed this property |
Live racing Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Betsy M
27 July 2017|
Response from janetc188 | Reviewed this property |
$20 a person. We did open air box for 4 in the stands for $45 and enjoyed.