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Flooding Damages Race Track at Ruidoso Downs, Last Two Races Cancelled as Repair Begins
The damage occurred from debris carried down the Rio Ruidoso into the Ruidoso Downs. Track officials are clearing mud and debris from the river underneath the turn leading into the backstretch.

Ruidoso Downs Race Track
Flooding Damages Race Track at Ruidoso Downs, Last Two Races Cancelled as Repair Begins

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM–JUNE 29, 2024–Flash flooding from the recent burn scars damaged the race track Saturday afternoon during trials for the $1 million Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

The damage occurred from debris that was carried down the Rio Ruidoso into the Ruidoso Downs community from flooding that occurred in midtown Ruidoso and other areas. Track officials are clearing mud and debris from the river that runs underneath the turn that leads into the backstretch.

All but two of the trials were completed before the flooding occurred on the race track. According to the nomination rules for the Rainbow Futurity, horses that were entered in the two cancelled races will receive a refund on their entry fees and will remain eligible for the Rainbow Derby as three-year-olds.

"Our track crew is working to protect the integrity of the track," General Manager Rick Baugh said. "That is our priority right now. Every effort will be made to conduct racing on Sunday for the Rainbow Derby trials."

Fdd Dreams and jockey Luis Martinez was the top qualifying horses today, winning the seventh trial race in a time of 19.356 seconds for 400 yards (see related story). Other qualified horses include Hezgotthelook Z, Candy Going Viral, Just Dulce and Highly Regarded V. The finals for the Rainbow Futurity will be held on Sunday, July 14.

Racing is scheduled to resume on Sunday with thirteen trials for the $800,000 Rainbow Derby for three-year-old quarter horses at 400-yards. First post time is schedule at 12:30 p.m. pending approval of track conditions by the New Mexico Racing Commission. Further information about Sunday’s races can be found at www.raceruidoso.com.