City Celebrates Opening of Mayan-Themed Lost Kingdom Water Park
Third Water Park Opens to the Public Sunday, June 20
El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso and Destination El Paso are thrilled to announce the opening of the Lost Kingdom at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 20.
The City’s third regional water park, located at 6001 Hughey, will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Mayan-themed park features a leisure pool, lap pool, kiddie pool, slides, water playground, lazy river, and climbing wall. Visitors can enjoy lounge chairs and find rejuvenation in a cabana in the Jade Villas or enjoy a delicious meal from the Tres Milpas Terrace Café at the Pok-A-Tok Plaza. Visitors may plan their trip to the new water park by visiting EPWaterParks.com.
“During the City’s strategic planning process, we challenged ourselves to re-imagine our aquatics program,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “The result is providing amenities our community can describe as exceptional, as evident by sold-out opening weekends for our water parks. Our community has embraced this amenity, which could not have come at a better time with record breaking heat.”
ABOUT LOST KINGDOM AND EL PASO WATER PARKS
Developed through the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Program, Lost Kingdom Water Park is one of four premier regional destinations for residents and visitors. The 5-acre water park, sits adjacent to the baseball field at Ross Middle School, supports the City’s vision to provide exceptional recreational, educational and cultural opportunities for our community.
The new facility is the third of four El Paso Water Park locations to open in the City. The remaining El Paso Water Parks—Chapoteo—will be opening later this month.
For more information, visit EPWaterParks.com.
“Hadari” A male Lion for El Paso Zoo has been located!!!
By Susan Driscoll
President of El Paso Downtown Lions Club
The El Paso Downtown Lions Club has volunteered to sponsor the transportation of the new male lion to the El Paso Zoo. Very apropos, don’t you think?
EPDT Lions Club began this venture in Aug 2020, after we learned the male Lion at the Zoo had passed away. The El Paso Zoo has to meet a tremendous amount of criteria when searching for a new Lion. When the zoo needs an animal or have a loss like this, they will look at the DNA of our females and decide on a viable male to basically “loan” us and which females he should breed with. The cost of the Lion is actually nothing, as he is on permanent loan to the Zoo. He also has a good disposition, has lived in 2 different prides so he is adaptable and he is a very handsome lion!
His name is Hadari, DOB 10-25-17, 3.5 years old! He will be transported from the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado in about one month. The cost of transport has not been determined yet as all the logistics have not been worked out but average is 5K to 10K.
We look forward to a press release and exciting public event after Hadari has been acclimated to the El Paso Zoo and his new lionesses. What a gorgeous animal!!! Look for pictures of Hadari on El Paso Downtown Lions Facebook group page. www.elpasodowntownlions.org.
July 1-3, 2021
Presented By: MainStreet Roswell
400 N. Main St., Roswell, NM 88201
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
We are focusing our endeavors to hosting an event in Downtown Roswell, New Mexico that will support our local merchants and economy while celebrating the mystery around the UFO crash in 1947.
The Festival will be held July 1-3, 2021. We will be holding a costume contest for people and pets, entertainment and a scavenger hunt! Have a great time with the family and support our local merchants!
For more information: www.ufofestivalroswell.com
All events are dependent on the State of New Mexico mandates for COVID-19
On Memorial Day, enjoy freedoms, family, friends & remember those who sacrificed
Memorial Day honors the men and women who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day for Americans to remember and honor the heroes who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms.
We can all join and pay tribute to those who died during military service with the National Moment of Remembrance, a minute of silence, 3:00 p.m. local time.
Further, we can thank and support their surviving loved ones.
This Memorial Day, let’s unite with family and friends and appreciate our freedoms. Let’s reflect on our history, remembering those who gallantly fought and died for each of us. Their courage and sacrifice will always be honored across this great state, nation and in our hearts.
Americans have paid tribute to our fallen service men and women throughout our history. Find more about this day here
To all our Texas veterans, please know you have our gratitude and unwavering support every day of the year.
Texas Veterans Commission Chairwoman &
U.S. Navy Veteran
Memorial Day through the years
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day for Americans to offer tribute and honor to the heroes who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War. In the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities began holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
It was not until after World War I, that the day was expanded to honor those service men and women who died in all American wars.
While visiting American graves at Suresnes American Cemetery in France on Decoration Day May 30, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson stated, “The Americans who went to Europe to die are a unique breed…. (They) crossed the seas to a foreign land to fight for a cause which they did not pretend was peculiarly their own, which they knew was the cause of humanity and mankind. These Americans gave the greatest of all gifts, the gift of life and the gift of spirit.”
Congress recognized Decoration Day as a federal holiday in 1938, and the name “Memorial Day” became more commonplace after World War II.
In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established the holiday name as Memorial Day, its date as the last Monday in May.
A National Moment of Remembrance with a minute of silence, playing taps or other respectful recognition at 3 p.m. local time was first proclaimed in May 2000 for Memorial Day that year. In December 2000, the United States Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act.
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Sun City Stealth’s WEEK 4 game, Saturday May 22
2021 Season – WEEK4
We cordially invite you to attend the Sun City Stealth’s WEEK 4 game as we host visiting from Albuquerque, NM -the Rio Grande Heat! This home game is scheduled for May 22, 2021 with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and game activities starting at 6:30 p.m. at Franklin High School, 900 N Resler Dr, El Paso, TX 79912.
MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO & SHAILA DÚRCAL
Sunday May 23, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Inn of the Mountain Gods
Don’t miss the two-time Grammy award-winning band Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Spanish music star Shaila Dúrcal at Inn of the Mountain Gods!
We’re excited to provide our guests with a fun, safe concert experience. CDC-approved masks will be required and social distancing protocols will be in place. Please visit https://innofthemountaingods.com/concert-best-practices/ for a full list of safety procedures and concert best practices.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
The Los Angeles-based group was formed in 1961 by Natividad “Nati” Cano. He was instrumental in the training and mentoring of a new generation of mariachi musicians in the United States. Nati was a visionary leader who wanted to take mariachi bands from small cantinas to the big stage, so more people could enjoy the music.
Over Nati’s lifetime, Mariachi Los Camperos performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Theater and many more places where mariachi bands had never performed before. In 1969, he opened the first-ever Mariachi Dine and Show at “La Fonda Casa de Los Camperos,” which has become an iconic Los Angeles landmark. Today, mariachi restaurants all over the world are modeled after La Fonda.
Nati died in 2014 and the baton was passed to the group’s longtime musical director, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman. Under his direction, Mariachi Los Camperos released the 2015 Grammy-nominated musical tribute to Nati called Tradición, Arte, y Pasión.
Over the years, Mariachi Los Camperos has continued to preserve the richness and culture of the mariachi traditions and to influence a new generation of mariachi musicians throughout the world.
Spanish singer and songwriter Shaila Dúrcal is the daughter of Rocio Dúrcal and Antonio Morales, both towering figures in Spanish music. From the age of three, it became clear that Shaila had the talent and desire to follow in her parents’ footsteps. She made her television debut signing with Nikka Costa on the program Noches at 12 years old. She studied voice in Madrid until the age of 17 when her mother, Rocio, invited Shaila to accompany her on her tour. At her mother’s side, she traveled all over Latin America, the States and Europe, learning not only her mother’s repertoire but how to read and react to an audience.
Eventually, she struck out on her own as a solo artist and relocated to Mexico to record her debut album. Halfway through production, her mother died unexpectedly. Shalia dedicated her album to her mother in honor of her life as both a person and a musician. Recordando, Shaila’s reworking of Rocio’s more popular repertoire, came out in February of 2007 and was followed in 2008 by Tanto Amor. The singer’s 2009 album, Corazon Ranchero, proved a first as it charted higher in Mexico than it did in Spain and was followed in 2011 by her fifth album, Asi.
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FLAMENCO PROUDLY PRESENTS FESTIVAL FLAMENCO ALBURQUERQUE 34
NEW DATES: JULY 13-17, 2021
The Institute is excited to program an incredible Festival that exemplifies our belief in the power of art and access to excellent flamenco, and honors the 33-year legacy of this incredible event.
Despite current challenges, we plan to be able to bring the Festival and its incredible energy to our community. The Institute prioritizes the safety of artists, staff, and participants, and will make decisions in accordance with public health guidelines and best practices. Institute leadership moved Festival Flamenco Alburquerque dates to July of 2021 after careful consideration of current public health and industry guidelines.
Please stay tuned to our websites and social media as we share more details regarding registration and programming.
Santa Fe artist Erin Currier created this year’s fierce, beautiful Festival Flamenco Alburquerque image.
For more information click here
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL FLAMENCO ALBURQUERQUE 34 ARTIST
Each year, the National Institute of Flamenco seeks out an artist to produce an image that reflects our unique festival and its significant legacy. This year’s festival image was created by Santa Fe-based artist and illustrator, Erin Currier.
Artist’s Bio: “My artistic practice has taken me on a lifelong ‘shoestring’ adventure—packed with action and magic—that has variously found me training in Beijing with Kung Fu masters; tango dancing in Buenos Aires; in riots in Chile; eating dinner on dirt floors with Tibetan exiles in Nepal and at the dinner tables of famed filmmakers in Italy; on the couches of Panthers and Weather Underground; in medicinal ceremonies in the Amazonian jungle; at Tahrir Square with a million Egyptians… I am a humanist artist: unapologetically narrative, and for whom art and the social world are inseparable. I use the proceeds of the sales of my art to witness the world firsthand—i.e.-when I sell a painting, I buy a plane ticket and go!
It all began with a natural integration of my sociopolitical beliefs with a sheer joy of art-making, and has since developed into an artistic praxis by which I integrate the human realm- its individuals, cultures, and struggles- with its refuse, in order to address the issues I feel most passionate about. I have been to more than 50 countries, immersing myself, to the best of my abilities, in the daily life of countries like Nepal and Nicaragua, cities such as Istanbul and Caracas, studying languages, getting around on foot or by bus, sketching, making friends, and collecting disinherited commercial ‘waste.’ Inevitably I return to my studio in Santa Fe, NM, to create series of works that are exhibited and collected internationally.” –
To learn more about Erin and her artwork, visit erincurrierfineart.com
Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club Kickoff 10th Anniversary with New Transportation and Grant
El Paso, Texas — The Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary with new transportation for the team and a $7,500 grant from Together Rising.
After years of not having transportation, the SBFC was able to purchase a passenger van, with assistance from their sponsor Rudolph Honda, equipped with a wheelchair lift and the SBFC logos, designed by local artists Cimi Alavardo and Aron Venegas. The new van will provide assistance to SBCF teammates who need transportation to games, field trips, and support the academic and cultural components of its programs.
The Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club was also awarded $7,500 from Together Rising to expand its programming as it recovers from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. SBCF experienced challenges from COVID-19 that affected low-income families and immigrant communities. The Together Rising grant will provide soccer opportunities for neighborhood youth in its recreational, competitive and college prep programs. The grant will also bring new uniforms, equipment and a budget for activities.
The Segundo Barrio Fútbol Club is grateful for the continued support of its sponsors and families during the pandemic.
About Segundo Barrio Futbol Club (SBFC)
SBFC is a small nonprofit that provides soccer opportunities for low income boys and girls in Segundo Barrio. Programs include both competitive and recreational soccer teams, after school soccer and college prep. For more information go to www.segundobarriofutbolclub.org
About Together Rising
Since March 2020, Together Rising has been focused on addressing urgent needs arising from the pandemic. We are acting as virtual first responders for individuals and families in crisis. Together, we are funding hundreds of individual applications from families who need urgent help. We are supporting some of the most vulnerable groups, including heroic healthcare workers and youth aging out of foster care, by providing vital assistance. As of the end of March 2021, we have given $1,136,587.84 to assist individuals and families and we are continuing that work every day. For more information go to https://togetherrising.org/
Putting on camo paint
CAMP WILLIAMS, UT, UNITED STATES
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Powell
76th Operational Response Command
Army Reserve Spc. Spencer Kasper, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist and native of El Paso, Texas, assigned to the 369th Chemical Company, 455th Chemical Brigade, 76th Operational Response Command, applies camouflage face paint at a land navigation course on Camp Williams, Utah, April 15. Kasper was one of fifteen Army Reserve Soldiers from around the country who recently came to Camp Williams to compete in a Joint Command Best Warrior Competition that challenged the Soldiers with five-days of rigorous physical and mental events ranging from the Army Combat Fitness Test to marksmanship, medical knowledge and warrior skills. (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
UTEP Names Joe Golding Men’s Basketball Head Coach
EL PASO – Joe Golding, who led Abilene Christian to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons and an upset win over third-seed Texas in this year’s March Madness, was appointed the 20th head coach in UTEP men’s basketball history on Tuesday April 13, 2021..
“I’m honored and humbled to be the next head coach at UTEP,” Golding said. “Growing up in Midland and West Texas, I know all about the storied history and tradition of the Miner program – the 1966 national championship, the NCAA Tournament appearances, the conference titles and all the tremendous head coaches who have come through the Sun City, including the legendary Don Haskins. I look forward to putting the Miner program back on top in Conference USA.”
“Joe has the combination of experience, character and grit that will be a good fit at UTEP,” said Heather Wilson, President of UTEP. “We look forward to welcoming Joe and his family to El Paso.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to announce Joe Golding as our new head coach,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “He is well-connected in the Lone Star State with deep ties to West Texas. He has built Abilene Christian University into a successful Division I program in the Southland Conference. Coach Golding is highly thought of by his peers and is a defensive-minded coach. His ACU team’s amazing upset of the Texas Longhorns at the NCAA Tournament less than a month ago caught everyone’s attention. We are excited to launch a thrilling new era of Miner Basketball.”
Golding, 45, performed a remarkable turnaround at ACU after shepherding the Wildcats’ transition from Division II to Division I. He guided the Wildcats to a record of 158-144 in 10 seasons at the helm of the program (2011-2021), including a 71-23 mark over the last three years. ACU chalked up three consecutive 20-win seasons, finishing with a 27-7 mark in 2018-19, the most wins in program history. ACU finished 20-11 overall and 15-5 in league play during the 2019-20 season before the postseason was canceled due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marked just the second time in program history that the team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons including the postseason; the first came during coach Golding’s playing days.
Golding directed ACU to a 24-5 overall record and a 13-2 Southland Conference mark during the 2020-21 campaign. The Wildcats claimed the Southland Conference tournament title, and the first NCAA Tournament win in program history when #14 seed ACU shocked the heavily favored Longhorns, 53-52, in the first round on March 20. Golding was named the NABC District 22 co-Coach of the Year, while Kolton Kohl was selected to the All-District 22 first team. Kohl was also named to the 2020-21 All-Southland Conference first team, while Joe Pleasant earned second team All-League honors and Coryon Mason garnered third team recognition. Damien Daniels, Reggie Miller and Mason were also tabbed to the league All-Defensive team.
Golding, who played point guard at ACU from 1994-98, took over as the head coach at his alma mater in 2011. In his first season, the Wildcats were 12-16 overall and 4-14 in the Lone Star Conference. ACU began competing at the Division I level during the 2013-14 season. Four years later, they reached the postseason (College Insider Tournament) and, the year after that, they were in the Big Dance.
Golding’s teams have also excelled in the classroom with a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) in each of the last four years, and a 3.2 grade point average this season. Every one of his players who exhausted their eligibility graduated from ACU.
Golding’s first coaching job was as a varsity assistant at South Garland High School, where he helped the team to back-to-back Class 5A playoff appearances. He spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at Seminole Junior College before taking the head coaching job at Sachse High School. During the program’s first years at the 5A level, Golding led the team to a 15-14 record in 2002-03 and an 18-10 mark in 2003-04. Golding spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at Collin County Community College, and the next three seasons (2005-08) as the top assistant to head coach Jason Copeland at ACU before joining head coach Steve Shields’ staff at Arkansas Little Rock. His three years at UALR (2008-11) produced a Sun Belt Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Golding was a four-year letterwinner at ACU from 1994-98, playing in all 108 games, and was given the Teague Point Guard Award as a senior. He shot 46 percent from the floor over his four-year career, and averaged 4.2 assists per game. He graduated from ACU with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science in May of 1999.
Golding and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Cason and Chase.
UTEP Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Renewals and New Ticket Deposits Now Live
Right now fans can renew their UTEP Men’s Basketball season tickets online at UTEPMiners.com/tickets, clicking on “My Account” and logging in. Fans can call (915) 747-UTEP to renew over the phone or visit the Eisenberg Family Ticket Office located on the UTEP campus at 201 Glory Road. Fans will be renewing their 2019-20 (pre-COVID) season ticket locations. Additionally, individuals interested in new season tickets can put down a $50 deposit per seat by going online to UTEPMiners.com/tickets, calling (915) 747-UTEP or stopping by the ticket office.
GOLDING COACHING HISTORY
Season School Position
2000-01 South Garland HS Assistant Coach
2001-02 Seminole JC Assistant Coach
2002-04 Sachse HS Head Coach
2004-05 Collin County JC Assistant Coach
2005-08 Abilene Christian Assistant Coach
2008-11 Arkansas-Little Rock Assistant Coach
2011-21 Abilene Christian Head Coach
2021-Pres. UTEP Head Coach
HEAD COACHING RECORD
Season School Overall Conference Postseason
2011-12 Abilene Christian 12-16 4-14
2012-13 Abilene Christian 12-14 6-12
2013-14 Abilene Christian 11-20 2-12
2014-15 Abilene Christian 10-21 4-14
2015-16 Abilene Christian 13-18 8-10
2016-17 Abilene Christian 13-16 7-11
2017-18 Abilene Christian 16-16 8-10 CIT First Round
2018-19 Abilene Christian 27-7 14-4 NCAA First Round
2019-20 Abilene Christian 20-11 15-5 Postseason Canceled
2020-21 Abilene Christian 24-5 13-2 NCAA Second Round
Totals 158-144 71-68
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County Commissioner Iliana Holguin Fights for Vaccine Equity
Like the rest of the country, El Paso County eagerly awaited the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccines began arriving in late December and early January, local entities such as the El Paso Fire Department, University Medical Center and various smaller providers began implementing their plans to effectively and efficiently administer as many vaccines as possible as quickly as possible. As vaccines began being administered, however, it became apparent that certain zip codes within the County were being vaccinated at higher rates than other. As demonstrated by an analysis conducted in February, the percentage of population vaccinated in zip codes in Far East El Paso and in the Mission Valley were considerably lower than zip codes on the Westside of El Paso. This disparity was commonly understood to be the result of lower incomes in Far East El Paso and the Mission Valley, less access to internet for vaccination registration through the various online portals, and challenges related to transportation and mobility as the majority of vaccines were being administered within the city limits of the City of El Paso.
Frequently leading the charge for highlighting these disparities and fighting for equal access to the vaccine was newly elected County Commissioner for Precinct #3, Iliana Holguin, who took office on January 1, 2021 and represents Far East El Paso from Loop 375 to Hueco Tanks and the Mission Valley from the Bel Air area to Tornillo on the El Paso County line. Commissioner Holguin acted quickly to highlight the need to address the disparity in vaccine accessibility and has since worked to ensure equal access to the vaccines throughout El Paso County, especially in the rural and outlying parts of the county. In January, UMC and the County of El Paso unveiled a new mobile medical unit, which quickly began traveling to underserved areas of the county in order to ensure that all residents had access to the vaccine. During virtually every weekly COVID-19 update given to the Commissioners Court by the Office of Emergency Management, Commissioner Holguin pressed OEM officials as to why more wasn’t being done to ensure vaccine equity throughout the county. Commissioner Holguin also collaborated with various community partners in an effort to obtain vaccines for underserved areas in her precinct, which resulted in UMC administering vaccines on a weekly basis from its clinic in Fabens in addition to the mobile unit traveling throughout the county administering vaccines, as well as the Hospitals of Providence administering thousands of vaccines to Far East El Paso seniors at several vaccine clinics at their Far East Campus on Loop 375. The Emergency Services District #2 became an approved vaccine provider in March and began administering the vaccine on a large scale to outlying area of the county. The first ESD #2 vaccination event was held in Tornillo and vaccinated 800 individuals. The second ESD #2 vaccination event was held in Montana Vista on a first-come, first-served basis and vaccinated nearly 1,400 individuals. The third and most recent ESD #2 vaccination event was held in Vinton and vaccinated 2,000 individuals. While the County of El Paso has consistently led the state in vaccinating its population and has now fully vaccinated nearly 26% of its age 16+ population and partially vaccinated nearly 43% of its age 16+ population, there still remain many residents who want to be vaccinated but have not yet been able to obtain a vaccine. Commissioner Holguin has pledged to continue to push for vaccine equity in order to ensure that every resident of the county has access to a vaccine. To speak with Commissioner Holguin regarding vaccination or other concerns, the public is invited to visit with her during the grand opening of the Pct. #3 Fabens Satellite Office on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Roads and Bridges Building, 1331 Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas.
Disney On Ice Headed back to El Paso!
El Paso, Texas (April 1, 2021).- Disney On Ice presents ‘Mickey’s Search Party’ at the El Paso County Coliseum May 5-16, 2021.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale Tuesday, April 6 at 10:00am.
Premiering in 2018, Mickey’s Search Party is a nonstop extravaganza. Consummate hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse welcome some of their closest pals and most talented skaters, acrobats, and performers to this innovative, interactive show. As a spectator, you’ll cross frozen fields, endless seas, and majestic mountains. You’ll journey through the vibrant, skeleton-filled Land of the Dead with Miguel from Disney and Pixar’s film Coco, then travel through Arendelle, the kingdom from Frozen, to witness some jaw-dropping extreme skating.
The Performance will feature Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and many more!
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (915) 533-9899, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
CDC Guidelines and County Public Health Guidelines will be enforced, and seat arrangements are available in pod seating.
For more information:
El Paso County Coliseum – 915-534-4229
RUIDOSO DOWNS HORSE RACING SEASON OPENS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Ruidoso Downs Race Track kicks off its 2021 summer racing season over Memorial Day Weekend when live racing begins on Friday, May 28. The 2021 season spans 15 weeks for a total of 47 days of live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing. Race days are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and include Monday, May 31 and Monday, September 6, 2021.
The $8 million Triple Crown program at Ruidoso Downs will once again be the focal point of the summer racing program. Those signature events include the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity and the $750,000 Ruidoso Derby on June 12-13; the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity, the $500,000 Rainbow Derby and the $350,000 Rainbow Oaks on July 24-25; and the famous $3,000,000 All American Futurity, the $700,000 All American Derby and the $350,000 All American Oaks on September 5-6.
The stakes schedule for quarter horses continues to grow in 2021 with the addition of the $150,000 Mountain Top Derby for 3-year-olds and the $25,000 Jess Burner Stakes for 4-year-olds-and-up. The Thoroughbred racing program continues to offer rich opportunities with the Mountain Top Futurities and a strong schedule of Zia Festival races for New Mexico-breds in late July. The $50,000 First Lady Stakes for fillies and mares will run on July 4th Weekend.
“Running the 2020 season with 10% occupancy was a challenge, and we are eager to welcome fans back to Ruidoso Downs this summer,” said Jeff True, President and General Manager of Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino. “It has been a rough year for everyone, and we are excited to have our horsemen, horses and fans back on the mountain.”
Barns are set to open on April 15, and the track surface will open for training on April 19. Training races for unraced 2-year-olds are currently scheduled to be held May 3-5.
There will be new and familiar faces alike at Ruidoso Downs this summer as 2020 leading Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainers are expected to return including Blane Wood, trainer of 2020 All American Futurity winner and AQHA World Champion Whistle Stop Café, Wes Giles, Michael Joiner, Casey Lambert, and Todd Fincher. In addition, there will be some new faces on the backside as 2019 AQHA champion trainer Chris O’Dell moves his stable from Los Alamitos to Ruidoso Downs along with the stable of Dick “Flaco” Cappellucci.
During the off-season, Ruidoso Downs also invested in its on-track technology by signing a long-term tote services agreement with AmTote International; a product of 1/ST Technology and one of horse racing’s largest and most innovative racing and gaming technology companies. The agreement will provide new technology to the track and enhance the betting experience for patrons.
The new technology includes the V3000e self-serve terminals which offer users a rich graphic interface, and the F3000e teller and self-serve convertible terminal. In addition, mobile betting through AmTote’s MBet platform will also be deployed at Ruidoso. The infield and indoor tote boards will also be upgraded with new LED indication.
Ruidoso Downs Race Track also implemented a new online ticketing system that is designed to make ticket purchasing and seat selection easier for customers. Available season ticket tables are on sale at RaceRuidoso.com or by calling the box office at 575-378-4140. Individual race day tickets go on sale April 19 (with the exception of Labor Day Weekend tickets which will go on sale at a later date).
Ruidoso Downs will once again host the Ruidoso Handicapping Challenge, a qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship, on August 14. The winner of that contest will ultimately be awarded a seat in the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Last year’s contest generated a great deal of interest and drew talented handicappers to Ruidoso Downs even during the pandemic.
Billy the Kid Casino is now open after being closed by state mandate since March 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The casino, the Sports Bar, and the simulcasting operation will be open daily from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
New Mexico still has a mask mandate in place and Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino will continue to enforce that mandate along with encouraging other COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) including social distancing and hand sanitizing. Both entities will be required to follow occupancy guidelines based on New Mexico’s Red to Green Framework.
For more information RaceRuidoso.com