Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

The Downs Shifts Schedule.(Final)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Move May Affect Ruidoso Track

The Downs at Albuquerque will run horse races well into the summer next year -- a move that another New Mexico horse track said could unfairly cut into its business.

The state Racing Commission on Wednesday voted to allow the Albuquerque track to move its racing schedule forward by about a month, meaning that 2004 races will begin April 9 and continue through July 5.

The move will take the track out of competition with southern New Mexico's Sunland Park, the state's busiest track, which races from November to early April. But it will create a month-plus overlap between Albuquerque and Ruidoso Downs, the state's smallest track, which races from Memorial Day through Labor Day. …

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