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Celebrating Mom: Brunch is served at Santa Ana Star Casino and The Downs just for her

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A view of the entrance to the Feast Buffet at Santa Ana Star Casino. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

A view of the entrance to the Feast Buffet at Santa Ana Star Casino. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

It’s that time of year again to show Mom how much you love her. There are many ways to celebrate, including eating some good food with some great company.

Take your mom to the Mother’s Day brunch at the Feast Buffet at Santa Ana Star Casino. Your mother will receive a free mimosa to let her know how special she is. The Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy prime rib, leg of lamb, a waffle bar, desserts and more for $19.95.

If you’re craving New Mexican fare, head over to Sadie’s at The Star. All moms will receive a complimentary small guacamole or queso on Sunday.

Don’t forget the “Dazzling Diamonds” promotion on the casino floor, which runs through May 24. Drawings are held at 8 p.m. Saturdays through May 24. Star Rewards Club members receive one entry for every 1,000 points they earn playing their favorite slot machines or one hour of table play. Each week three people will win a chance to come back for the grand-prize drawing where each person has a chance to win his or her share of $40,000 worth of diamonds.

THE DOWNS RACETRACK & CASINO: For a fine-dining experience head to The Crown Room where Mom can enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Breakfast selections include quiche, brioche French toast, French sweet crepes, New England lobster Benedict and more, according to a news release from The Downs. The dinner selection features smoked prime rib, fresh halibut, poached salmon, Cuban-style baked chicken and more. Wash it all down with a spicy or mild Bloody Mary or an effervescent mimosa. Iced tea, coffee and soda also will be available.

The Downs created the menu with value in mind. Menu items range from $15 to $30. The Crown Room is an exquisite dining experience, so dress up for Mom and enjoy the ambiance. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 767-7180.

After a good meal, head to The Downs casino floor and take part in the “Win a Mustang” promotion for your chance to win a 2014 Ford Mustang. Earn entries every day throughout May, with five times the entries every Thursday and 10 times the entries on May 30. The drawing for the Mustang will be at 10 p.m. May 31.

The Downs also will host other promotions including the “$100,000 Rolling for Cash” that will be held each week day in May. Guests can earn points to take part in the promotion to win up to $350 in cash each turn. The promotion is available from noon to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays.

Every Saturday throughout May, The Downs will host “$15,000 Downs Derby Days.” Post times are 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. During the designated post times, a trumpet will sound to announce the start of the game and the Derby will appear on the player’s slot machine if he or she has earned a minimum of 100 base points during the previous two hours. When the game begins, patrons can choose a specific horse to win the race in order to win his or her share of a prize pool for that race, according to the news release.

On Sundays in May, guests can be part of the “$12,000 Triple Slot Tournaments.” Guests can take part in each of the three tournaments that will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then again from 2 to 5 p.m. The last tournament will be between 6 and 9 p.m. Guests who participate in the tournament have a chance to win their share of $3,000 in total weekly prizes. For more information, call 767-7171 or visit abqdowns.com.

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