Adjacent to Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Billy The Kid Casino offers over 300 slots and is open daily starting at 10:00 am until midnight weekdays & open late, until 1:00 am on the weekends. The casino offers rotating jackpots, membership rewards, a gift shop, a restaurant, and live music.
Zia FestivalThe Ruidoso Futurity and the Ruidoso Derby were each expected to have $750,000 purses. The very popular Zia Festival boasts more than $1 million in purses for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and quarter horses. During this celebration, the grandstand has vendors with arts, crafts, and other wares for sale.
SummerThe summer racing season starts in May (the Friday before Memorial Day) and runs through Labor Day. The weekly racing schedule is Friday through Monday with a 1:00 PM first post time. There will be Thursday cards on the Fourth of July and All American Futurity trials ( in August). Futurity trial days will have an earlier post time.
FallDuring the second full weekend in October, Ruidoso Downs turns into the nation’s premier western festival -- the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. The festival features the best traditional country music performers, authentic chuckwagons, and too-much-fun western swing dancing. For information, go to www.cowboysymposium.com.
Wedged conveniently between the grandstands of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill features 10 televisions, nightly specials, and occasional live music. Most noteworthy is their signature 5-inch Rueben. Recommended: chicken fried steak. Hours: Daily 11am-9pm
Ruidoso Downs Race Track is one of the premier quarter horse racing tracks in the nation. The track hosts thoroughbred races, too, but the notable All American Futurity is the richest race in quarter horse racing in the world, with a purse that eclipses $30 million. (That’s more than the Kentucky Derby’s purse, for those […]