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Mustang dreamin’: The Downs gives players a chance to win a sports car and a share of $125,000

Another month is ending but what you do the last few days of April might payoff in May with a brand-new Mustang from 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)

Play your favorite machines at The Downs and rack up the entries during the “$125,000 and a Mustang” promotion that wraps up on May 1. One lucky patron will drive away with a Ford Mustang when his or her name is drawn on May 1.

There is still plenty of time to accumulate plenty of entries. On Tuesday, earn five times the entries, and really make it worth your while on Thursday, April 30, when players earn 10 times the entries.

If you’re not the lucky winner of the awesome Mustang, there is still more fun to be had with the ponies. The Downs recently kicked off its live racing, which runs through June 18. Post times run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:42 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and May 25; and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, June 11 and June 18. After a short break, the live racing will start up again in the fall beginning Sept. 11 and running through Sept. 27.

In addition to the live racing, The Downs offers simulcast horse racing and wagering year round in the grandstands as well as inside its First Turn Lounge. The Downs will be simulcasting some heavy hitters from around the world for spectators to watch and wager on.

On May 2, The Downs will simulcast the Kentucky Derby on a giant LED TV outdoors, on all televisions in the grandstands as well as the First Turn Lounge. It also will simulcast the Preakness on May 16 and the Belmont on June 6.

The Downs will up the ante on June 13 for “The Downs at Albuquerque Handicap” with a guaranteed purse of $150,000.

All that racing can stir up your appetite and The Downs has you covered. Enjoy Bella Vista All-You-Can Eat Dining tonight, from 4-8 p.m., with a fried chicken or fish dinner for $8.99. On Saturday, from 4-9 p.m., take in a $12.99 prime rib dinner or $8.99 rotisserie chicken dinner. Sunday features a Mediterranean menu starting at 3 p.m. for $8.99. Savor your choice of chicken Parmesan with spaghetti or beef kabobs with rice pilaf.

If you’re looking for just a plentiful bite at a good price, take advantage of this month’s special of carne adovada, Spanish rice, refried beans, tortillas and a beverage for $5.50 at The Downs Cafe beginning at 9:30 a.m.

There are plenty more promotions that await next month on the gaming floor and the dining floor, including Mother’s Day dining offers in the fine dining Crown Room and the more casual Bella Vista. For more information, call 767-7171 or visit

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO: Santa Ana wants you to sparkle this spring with some bling as part of its “Dazzling Diamonds” promotion that runs through May 23. Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. every Saturday during the promotion period.

Star Rewards Club members receive one entry for every 500 points they accrue while playing their favorite Santa Ana Star Casino games. Every week, three guests will have their chance to play and win cash and free play prizes. One of these three lucky players also will get his or her chance to come back for the grand prize drawing on May 23. During the grand prize drawing, each person will win his or her share of bright dazzling diamonds.

End the month with some extra cash. On Saturday and Sunday, get your final chance to be part of April “Hop” Seats. The promotion will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Two winners will be selected each hour and each winner will receive $100.

On Saturday, also enjoy some Ultimate Fighting Championship action. Head over to Lounge 54 and watch UFC 186 featuring Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. And, it’s your chance to win some cool UFC gear. Doors open at 5 p.m. and there is a $10 cover. Guests must be age 21 or older to attend.

For more information on Santa Ana Star Casino events and promotions, visit