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 V.19 No.35 | September 2 - 8, 2010 

Feature

Try your luck

When odds are you’re looking to gamble

Personally, I refuse to gamble unless there are short people and horses involved. A jockey friend once told me that it’s a sucker game. Well, with God as my witness, I am that sucker. There is no better day than one spent at a horse track—the fresh air, the beautiful animals, the chain-smoking old men inside playing the simulcast races. Ah, sweet: looking through the program to find the oddly named creature to wager my two dollars on and then yelling as he or she runs the mud track, the trumpet music, the ridiculous jockey uniforms, the old Mexican men and their long-toed boots.

Heaven? Probably.

Horse Tracks

There are, of course, unlicensed horse tracks scattered throughout New Mexico. One only needs an adventurous spirit and the will to find them. Or stick with these horse houses of good repute.

The Downs at Albuquerque

Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds

300 San Pedro NE

266-5555

Live racing runs Aug. 14 through Nov. 14.

There is a casino upstairs in which to drop off the horse haters. Take your $20 outside. It’s the only form of gambling that seems appropriate to take children to because they will like the beautiful horses. abqdowns.com has post times and dates.

Billy the Kid Casino and Ruidoso Downs Race Track

Just off Hwy. 70 west, Ruidoso

(575) 378-4431

Live racing from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day

Check out ruidownsracing.com for post times and dates.

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

1200 Futurity, Sunland Park

(575) 874-5200

Live racing from December to April

Check sunland-park.com for post times and dates.

Sunray Park and Casino

39 Road 5568, Farmington

(505) 566-1200

Live racing from April to July

Post times and dates at sunraygaming.com.

Zia Park and Black Gold Casino

3901 West Millen, Hobbs

(575) 492-7000.

Opening day is Sept. 11. Visit blackgoldcasino.net for post times and dates.

Casinos

If casinos are more your style, there are plenty of them; nearly every pueblo or Indian tribe has one these days. Here are all of them, according to 500nations.com, a good site for finding all things Native American.

Apache Nugget Casino

Jicarilla Apache tribe

Hwy. 550,  Dulce

(505) 759-3777

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

Pueblo of Pojoaque

30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe

(505) 455-5555

buffalothunderresort.com

Camel Rock Casino

Tesuque Pueblo

17486A Hwy. 84/285, Santa Fe

(800) GO-CAMEL, (800) 462-2635

camelrockcasino.com

Casino Apache Travel Center

Mescalero Apache Tribe

25845 Hwy. 70, Mescalero

(800) 545-9011, (505) 464-6100

Cities of Gold Casino

Pueblo of Pojoaque

10-B Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe

(15 miles north of Santa Fe on Hwy. 285)

(800) 455-3313

citiesofgold.com

Dancing Eagle Casino

Pueblo of Laguna

I-40 Exit 108, Casa Blanca

(505) 552-1114

dancingeaglecasino.com

Fire Rock Casino

Navajo Nation

249 Route 118 East, Church Rock

(866) 941-2444

firerocknavajocasino.com

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Albuquerque

Pueblo of Isleta

11000 Broadway SE

(Exit 215 off I-25 south)

(505) 724-3800

hardrockcasinoabq.com

Inn of the Mountain Gods

Mescalero Apache Tribe

287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero

(800) 545-9011, (505) 257-5141

innofthemountaingods.com

Jicarilla Inn and Casino

Jicarilla Apache Tribe

Hwy. 64, Dulce

(505) 759-3777

Ohkay Casino

Pueblo of San Juan

Hwy. 68, San Juan Pueblo

(North of Española)

(800) PLAY-AT-OK, (800) 752-9286

ohkay.com

Route 66 Casino

Pueblo of Laguna

I-40 Exit 140

552-1114

rt66casino.com

San Felipe's Casino Hollywood

San Felipe Pueblo

25 Hagen, San Felipe

(877) 529-2946, (505) 867-6700

sanfelipecasino.com

Sandia Resort & Casino

Pueblo of Sandia

I-25 and Tramway

(800) 526-9366, 897-2173

sandiacasino.com

Santa Ana Star Casino

Santa Ana Pueblo

54 Jemez Canyon Dam, Bernalillo

867-0000

santaanastar.com

Santa Claran Hotel Casino

Santa Clara Pueblo

460 No. Riverside Drive, Española

(505) 367-4500

santaclaran.com

Sky City Casino

Acoma Pueblo

I-40 Exit 102, Acoma

(505) 552-6017

skycity.com

Taos Mountain Casino

Pueblo of Taos

Main Pueblo Road, Taos

(888) 946-8267, (505) 737-0777

taosmountaincasino.com

 

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