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Horses Back on Track at Ruidoso Downs


August 1, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Horses take to the track after its opening for training this morning for the first time since July 26
(photo by Ruidoso Downs)
Ruidoso Downs is back in action, racing on Saturday afternoon with nine 10-horse fields and nine horses competing in the Grade 3, $40,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap.

Ruidoso Downs cancelled last Sunday's racing program when more than seven inches of rain fell on the Ruidoso area causing one death, damage to an estimated 500 structures and an early estimate of $20 million in damage. The Rio Ruidoso overflowed its banks passing through Ruidoso Downs, damaging the racing surface and the jockey's quarters. There was no flooding in the grandstand and the 1,400 horses on the grounds remained dry in their stalls.

The Thursday (July 31) and Friday (August 1) racing programs were also cancelled for work on the Ruidoso Downs track and jockey quarters. Training on the Ruidoso Downs' track resumes on Friday morning.

First post time on Saturday is 1 p.m. for the all-quarter horse card.

On Sunday, four quarter horse stakes will be carded and Thoroughbred racing is expected to return. Three of those stakes—Zia Futurity, Zia Derby and Zia Quarter Horse Championship—were scheduled to run during last Sunday's cancelled program as part of the Zia Festival program. The fourth quarter horse stakes—the Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge—has always been scheduled for Sunday.