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Spin to win: Promos abound at The Downs Racetrack & Casino

A view of a portion of the gaming floor at The Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

A view of a portion of the gaming floor at The Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In recognition of the beginning of its live horse racing season, The Downs Racetrack & Casino is celebrating with some exciting promotions.

Each weekday in August, three lucky guests will be automatically selected after they have earned 100 points on their Triple Crown Club card as part of the “$100,000 Spin to Win” promotion. The three chosen guests will be eligible to spin a wheel for their chance to earn a share of $100,000. “Spin to Win” takes place between noon and 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Fridays.

The Downs didn’t forget to plan fun for the weekends. Take part in the “$12,000 Downs Derby Day” virtual racing at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays. At the designated post times, a trumpet will sound to announce the start of the game.

The derby will automatically appear on a guest’s slot machine if he or she has earned at least 100 base points during the previous two hours. When the game starts, guests can select a specific horse to win the race for their share of a prize pool.

Make Sunday your fun day with the “12,000 U-Spin Power Bonus Sundays.” The promotion begins at 2 p.m. and is available on all the casino’s slot machines by using the Power Bonusing feature.

The end of the month will be a lucky time for 40 players. On Aug. 30 and 31, patrons can be part of the “$20,000 Weekend of Winners.” Forty guests will win $500 each. Players can earn entries every day throughout this month with five times the entries every Thursday. For more information, call 767-7171 or visit

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO: This August has had its share of rainy days in New Mexico, but enjoy “Fun in the Sun” every Saturday this month at Santa Ana Star Casino.

Ten guests will be selected each week during the “Fun in the Sun” promotion. Nine will win free play prizes and one lucky patron will have the chance to win up to $250,000. Earn your entries now through Aug. 30 with every 1,000 points earned in slot play or one hour of table game play.

Every Monday it’s “Club 50+” at The Star. Guests ages 50 and older earn five times the points, get $5 off at the Feast Buffet and 50 guests will win $50 in free play. The promotion is valid all day on Mondays this month.

Try something new and play the new electronic Roulette i-Table located in the Party Pit near The Stage. This exciting new feature offers the fun of roulette with an electronic twist. The Party Pit opens at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Don’t miss the action and excitement of Ultimate Fighting Championship 177 in an upscale, fun environment. Head over to Lounge 54 on Aug. 30 for some cool drawings of UFC gear. Check out the bantamweight fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan BarĀ£o. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the viewing party is $10 per person. Guest must be age 21 or older to attend.

The Stage at The Star does it again with lineups for electronic dance music fans, those who enjoy some hot eye candy and those who need a good laugh.

On Thursday, enjoy the comedy of Todd Johnson, Roy Haber and AJ Martinez during Thursday Night Laughs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Admission is $10. International EDM phenomenon R3HAB comes to The Stage on Sept. 5. The Dutch DJ has a “dark sound reminiscent of early psytrance and gabber,” according to the venue’s website. Tickets are $30, plus fees at

The sexy men of Australia’s Thunder From Down Under are not only great to look at, but they are entertaining, too. But who needs talent when you look like these guys? Enjoy the views during this hot show at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Tickets range from $35-$50, plus fees.

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS: Take part in hot-seat drawings being held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays this month as part of the “Catch of a Lifetime” promotion to win some great prizes. Enjoy “Hot August Nights” beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Aug. 31.

Accrue 50 points on your Apache Spirit Club card and earn an entry. On Fridays and Saturdays, earn two times the entries when you play your favorite slots or table games. Drawings will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 31 for guests to win their chance at $50 to $5,000 cash.

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