Ruidoso Downs Race Track welcomes returning fans for Memorial Day weekend with free entry


Ruidoso Racetrack and Casino has announced that it will no longer require fully vaccinated patrons to wear masks on its property

RUIDOSO, New Mexico (KTSM) — Since the 1950s, fans have filled the stands at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico to watch competitive horse racing.

The tradition continues this Memorial Day weekend as guests can see horses racing at speeds of 40 miles per hour.

Courtesy of the City of Ruidoso

Ruidoso Downs Marketing Director Tim Keithley is excited about the new season saying, “This is a historic race track, this is where the Triple Crown quarter horse races take place.

You can smell the fresh air from the Ruidoso and appreciate the true beauty of racing.

With free entry and parking, visitors can sit their feet up in one of the most thrilling experiences.

Ruidoso Race Track and Casino has announced that it will no longer require fully vaccinated patrons to wear masks on its property, effective Friday, May 14, 2021.

According to Ruidoso Downs, fan interaction completes the on-track experience.

Courtesy of the City of Ruidoso

“What we really missed last year were the fans. There’s no better place to come and enjoy an outdoor activity than horse racing at Ruidoso Downs,” Keithley said with a smile on his face.

A Quarter Horse travels a quarter mile at full speed. Memorial Day weekend at Ruidoso Downs Racecourse features the best two- and three-year-old quarter horses in the world.

It’s a $3 million run that’s the richest quarter horse in the United States, according to Keithley.

For fans who want to get a piece of the action by placing bets.

A pro tip, there is no wrong way to play.

Keithley adds “That’s the part I enjoy the most, everyone has an opinion.”

Beginners can expect to enjoy the atmosphere, it’s great to enjoy a day.

Although you can watch the races online, nothing beats live sports.

“You can’t quite get the same enthusiasm out of it. You’re a few feet, I mean feet from a quarter horse standing on a rail, watching that quarter horse go by, there’s no better thrill,” Keithley said.

To view the race schedule for the Ruidoso Futurity/Derby Trials and the $25K John Andreini Memorial Stakes, visit

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