The Downs at Albuquerque

The Downs at Albuquerque is a horse racing track in Albuquerque, New Mexico that features thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The Downs at Albuquerque features live horseracing each spring, plus 17 days of racing during the State Fair in September. The Downs also offers simulcast racing from tracks around the world.

The Downs at Albuquerque is actually part of the New Mexico State Fair Grounds. It also has an 8,000 square foot casino that features 310 slots.

The Downs at Albuquerque hosts several important stakes events each year. Among them are:

  • Manuel Lujan
  • La Fiesta
  • Charlie Iles Express Handicap
  • Chamisa
  • Top Deck
  • Albuquerque Spring Quarter Horse Futurity
  • Spring Thoroughbred Futurity
  • John Augustine
  • Charles Taylor Derby
  • The Downs at Albuquerque Handicap

The Downs at Albuquerque Track Facts

  • One mile, oval
  • Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,117 feet

The Downs at Albuquerque History


  The New Mexico State Fair Futurity was dedicated with a special marker at The Downs in September. The New Mexico State Fair Futurity is the oldest continuously run American Quarter Horse stakes race. This contest between New Mexico-bred American Quarter Horses has been run at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds track since 1946. It was split into divisions and renamed the New Mexico State Fair Señor Futurity and the Señorita Futurity in 1991.
2003   Early in the year, the Fair Commission scrapped a plan to put the operation of the Downs at Albuquerque out to competitive bid. Later that year, the state governor vetoed language in a bill that would have allowed the Fair Commission to enter into a lease for up to 25 years with the operator of the Downs.
2004   The Downs undertook the rebuilding the horse barn at the Fairgrounds.

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