Albuquerque Downs Kicks off their 2016 Live Racing Season on June 25

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June 25th, 2016

Live racing resumes at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, June 25 as the track opens its 60-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program and the first night racing in New Mexico in several decades. Opening night post time is 6:05 pm

Similar to Sunland Park, the Downs will feature several Quarter Horse races each day followed by  Thoroughbreds.  Horsemen to watch include Wes Giles, Trey Wood, Adam Tapia and Donna McArthur. The jockey colony includes Esgar Ramirez, Jaime Leos,  Jose Ortiz and Jorge Bourdieu. The track’s stakes schedule will offer approximately $2.3 million in purses with 20 stakes throughout the season; eight for Quarter Horses.

Quarter Horse jockey Esgar Ramirez will ride in the upcoming Albuquerque Downs meet.

Patrons visiting Albuquerque Downs will immediately notice a lot of changes to the facility, including a completely renovated open-air grandstand with sparkling and unobstructed views of the Sandia Mountains. All five sets of restrooms have been upgraded, as have all food and beverage stands throughout the facility. The top floor features a Turf Club with full bar and menu service (admission, $10 per person) and Jockey Club with a full bar and upscale menu service (admission by membership only).

Albuquerque Downs’ paddock area on the north end of the facility has also been renovated and features a patio area with tables and a grassy terraced viewing area.

Albuquerque Downs will offer live racing Saturday-through-Monday during its opening weekend. Post time for the first race is 1:30 on Sunday and 6:05 on Monday. For more information om racing and special events,  visit www.abqdowns.com