Ruidoso Downs is set to open two weeks early this year, on May 10th.

Lonestar 99.5 had the opportunity to talk with Jeff True, Ruidoso Downs President and General Manager, about the early opening, their major renovations and exciting summer plans.

"The Turf Club has been completely renovated. It's a 700-seat restaurant overlooking the racetrack, carpet, ceiling, paint, furniture, counter top, sound system, it's going to be really cool." True said. "We put a lot of money into the casino floor as well. We have a 300-slot casino right next to the racetrack. We put new carpet, new machines in there, all new decor."

Get ready for some tremendous giveaways as well. "We're giving away a jeep on 4th of July weekend, and a pickup on Labor Day Weekend. This is all part of our annual weekly promotional series," he explained.

Ruidoso Red Raider Weekend is coming up June 29th, with the Dirty River Boys and Cody West set to perform outdoors. True also shared that Red Steagall will be performing opening weekend, and ladies get roses on Mother's Day.

Additionally, we took the Kentucky Derby Charity Challenge, and any winnings will be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

A great big thank you to Jeff True for stopping by to visit with us. Congratulations on all of their news.

We look forward to a big exciting summer! You can follow this link for more Ruidoso Downs Racetrack information.