SANTA FE DOWNS RACECOURSE

The New Mexico racetrack of Santa Fe first hosted racing in 1971, offering both thoroughbred and quarter-horse races. It was a one mile oval track which held its inaugural meeting in June 1971 when over 11,000 people attended. The track was a splendid affair, but cost a great deal of money, muck of its borrowed, to build. As a consequence, when crowd sizes decreased the track started running at a loss and the racing administrators filed for bankruptcy in December 1975.
By 1976 the track was operational again and renamed Santa Fe Downs. The track was run by a consortium of local businessmen, led by Ken Newton, and attracted some of the best horses in the country. These included Real Quiet which captured 2 of the 3 legs of the Triple Crown. The track was successful until 1995.

In the 1996 season the track was sold to Pojoaque Pueblo who injected almost $7 million to improve track facilities. However, within a year the track had closed and today the ground on which the former track stood is used for local events like concerts and markets.
If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net