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Winning wheels: Downs Racetrack and Casino giving away a 2017 Mustang

You could be the lucky patron to zoom off in a 2017 Mustang later this month at The Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Earn entries all month for a chance at the sports car or nine cash prizes. Earn five times the entries every Tuesday and 10 times the entries on Sept. 28 and 29. The big drawing will be held at 10 p.m. Sept. 29. Immediately after the Sept. 29 car giveaway, The Downs will hold “$3,000 Midnight Cash.” There will be two winners per drawing. One wins $500, and the other wins $250 in cash. Drawings will be held at 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight and 12:30 a.m. Sept. 29.

Later this September, it’s time for “$10,000 Progressive Payouts” from Sept. 18 through Sept. 30. The promotion will feature a daily progressive prize pool, weekly progressive prize pool and three progressives of about $1,000 each.

New this month, The Downs is having its “$125,000 Cash in the Cards” promotion. There will be three winners selected during drawings at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Winners can win up to $800 in cash just by flipping cards. There will not be a 10 p.m. drawing on Sept. 29 due to the Mustang giveaway that day.

Accrue five times the points on Wednesdays and be a part of the “Instant Hit” promotion. Fifteen “Instant Hit” drawings will be held every Wednesday. There will be 60 winners each Wednesday. To be eligible, earn 25 base points within the 30 minutes before each drawing. All prizes are free play and must be used within 48 hours of a win.

The Downs is continuing its “Early Bird” promotion on Thursdays, its “$10,000 Take a Saturday Spin,” and “$12,000 Virtual Downs Derby Sundays.” On Thursdays, guests qualify for the “Early Bird” promo by earning 75 base points playing their favorite game. A bonus wheel will pop up on their game for a chance to win between $5 and $500 in free play. The promotion ends when a total of $500 has been awarded. On Saturdays, three winners will be chosen during each drawing to spin the wheel for a chance to win $75 to $250 in cash. Drawings will be held every two hours from 2 to 10 p.m. On Sundays, be part of the virtual race. Race times are 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Each race awards a total pool of $600 in free play to win, place, show and fourth-place finishes. To qualify, earn 75 points in the two hours before the race.

Live horse racing is down to the final weeks including daily racing through Sept. 17. The final race day is Sept. 24. There will be $1.25 million purses the closing two days.

Shake off the week’s stress at the First Turn Lounge with live music, drink specials and dancing Thursday through Saturday. Severo Y Grupo Fuego perform Thursday, Sept. 14, Gonzalo on Sept. 21 and Blu Sol on Sept. 28. Enjoy live music by Black Pearl tonight and Saturday, Sept. 9, Fat City on Sept. 15-16, Black Pearl on Sept. 22-23, and Gonzalo on Sept. 29-30. For more information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit abqdowns.com.

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