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Ruidoso Downs Forced to Cancel Racing Monday, Decision About Rainbow Derby Trials Pending
Ruidoso Downs has canceled racing on Monday that was going to be used as a make-day for the Rainbow Derby and Oaks trials.

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Ruidoso Downs Forced to Cancel Racing Monday, Decision About Rainbow Derby Trials Pending

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM–JUNE 30, 2024–Due to continued flash flooding from the burn scar areas in the Ruidoso area, Ruidoso Downs has canceled racing on Monday that was going to be used as a make-day for the Rainbow Derby trials.

"Our track crew has done an outstanding job in saving the base of the race track since the flooding began," General Manager Rick Baugh said. "The town experienced additional flooding today which also came down the river and made the track repairs more difficult. We will continue to work on the track and prepare for racing next weekend."

As to what the future holds for the 2024 Rainbow Derby trials, Baugh said a decision will be made as quickly as possible about when or if the trials will eventually be held.

"We need to discuss the future of this year's Rainbow Derby trials with members of the New Mexico Racing Commission and listen to our horsemen that are involved," Baugh said. "We will keep everyone apprised about a final decision about the Rainbow Derby trials as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile, the track crew will continue to repair the race track around the turn in hopes that regular racing continues this Thursday, July 4th. That is the next scheduled racing program with eleven races scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

"We appreciate that everyone has been patent and supportive of our efforts," Baugh said. "We're working with federal, state and local officials to make sure the clean-up of the debris is done properly."

For the most up-to-date information about the racing season, visit www.raceruidoso.com.