THE HOME TO THE RICHEST QUARTER HORSE RACE IN THE WORLD – JUST GOT A FACELIFT THE RUIDOSO DOWNS HISTORIC RACETRACK AND CASINO HAS NEW OWNERS — AND IT JUST GOT A BIG EXPANSION IN HOPES OF DRAWING MORE PEOPLE, TO HORSE RACING. NEWS 13 )S ELENA MENDOZA HAS THE STORY FROM RUIDOSO. Elena Mendoza/KRQE News 13 “Racing season is just days away… and those here at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino are excited to show off their multi-million dollar renovations made under a switch in ownership.” Tim Keithley/Director of Marketing “In the first year, the did a lot of infrastructure improvements, but this year, the fans are really going to see what has been done.” THIS HISTORIC TRACK WAS IN A DEFINITE NEED OF A FACELIFT. THESE UPGRADES DID A LOT MORE THAN THAT. THE BILLY THE KID CASINO EXPANDED TO ADD MORE GAMES AND THE RACETRACK TOOK A HUGE TECHNILOGICAL LEAP FORWARD. ALL THE CHANGES ARE TAILORED TO ENHANCE THE TOURISTS ) GAMING EXPERIENCE – SPECIFICALLY TEXANS, WHO MAKE UP ABOUT SIXTY PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE RACES nats of Tim showing me around casino Tim Keithley/Director of Marketing “They )re here to play, we )re the playground for Lubbock, Midland and Odessa and Amarillo so we have to really shine our boots up to welcome the Texans.” BUILT IN 1947… THEY SAY MANY OF THE RENOVATIONS TO STATE )S OLDEST RACETRACK AND CASINO WERE OVERDUE Tim Keithley/Director of Marketing “We want so desperately to keep this lured track, this track with so much history alive and well and I don )t think there )s any question this new ownership has really stepped up to make Ruidoso Downs the top racetrack in the southwest.” Elena Mendoza/KRQE News 13 “Other upgrades include a new state of the art street sign with LED screens, horse barn, a freshly paved 80,000 square foot parking lot. In Ruidoso Downs, Elena Mendoza, KRQE News 13. THE RACING SEASON STARTS MAY 10TH. THE RICHEST QUARTER HORSE RACE IN THE WORLD IS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. AND THE QUALIFYING RACES FOR THE ALL-AMERICAN FUTURITY HAPPEN ALL SUMMER.