Ruidoso Downs Cancels Races Due To Severe Thunderstorm
Ruidoso Downs officials were forced to cancel Friday's remaining card after the fourth race due to a severe thunderstorm that struck the area.

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Ruidoso Downs Cancels Races Due To Severe Thunderstorm

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 9, 2019—Ruidoso Downs races were canceled after the fourth race on Friday afternoon when a severe thunderstorm struck the area.

"We cancelled the races to ensure the safety of the jockeys and horses competing today," Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True said. "The conditions were unsuitable to continue."

Racing resumes at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first post time.

On Saturday’s program is the $26,928 ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge, trials to the $143,091 Rio Grande Senor Futurity and trials to the the $123,165 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity.

Also the inaugural Battle of the Bases will be held. The competition brings together teams representing Holloman, Kirtland and Cannon Air Force bases to compete in a variety of competitions, culminating with a tug-of-war to determine the overall winner.

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