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Winning drive: The Downs giving away a new Ford F-150 in July

The Downs Racetrack & Casino is giving you a chance to drive away in a new Ford F-150 this July.

Triple Crown Players Club members can accrue entries now through July 27. Patrons who want to increase their probability of winning can earn five times the entries each Tuesday through July 24 and 10 times the entries on July 26 and 27. The big drawing for the Ford F-150 happens at 10 p.m. July 27.

Play your way to some big cash during The Downs’ “$125,000 Summer Madness” promotion. Drawings will be held at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Three winners will be selected during each drawing. Winners will win up to $500 cash by playing a Plinko-style game.

On Saturdays and Sundays, patrons can be part of the “$27,000 Downs Derby Weekends” promotion. Five virtual races will take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Win, place, show and fourth place will share $600 in free play during each race. There will be $3,000 in free play given away each promotion day.

The Downs continues its “Instant Hit” drawings on Wednesdays. Earn 25 base points within the 30 minutes before each drawing to be eligible. All prizes are free play and must be used within 48 hours of a win. There will be 60 winners each day. Get to The Downs early on Thursdays for the “Early Bird” promotion. Guests qualify for the promotion when they earn 50 base points. A bonus wheel will appear on their game for a chance to win between $5 and $500 in free play. The promotion ends when a total of $500 is awarded.

Guests seeking live racing action should head to The Downs Racetrack now through Sept. 23. Post times are 6:06 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays. The Downs patrons can also check out live racing from the patio of the First Turn Lounge.

The First Turn Lounge keeps the party going nightly beginning on Thursdays for Ladies’ Night. Enjoy drink specials and dance the night away with Severo y Grupo Fuego on Thursday, July 5, Tequila Rain on July 12, Westwind Band on July 19 and Northern Revolution on July 26. Continue the fun on Fridays and Saturdays with live music by Gonzalo on July 6 and 7, Black Pearl on July 13 and 14, Fat City on July 20 and 21, and DJ Mister E on July 27.

Dress up in your awesome, tubular gear, for the lounge’s fifth annual ’80s Party. The best costumes will win cash prizes. The best ’80s music, news, and videos will be played on a 20 foot HDTV on the patio and 30 screens. Food and drink specials also will be part of the event.

For more information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

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