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The Downs Racetrack & Casino offers chance to win a Mustang

The Downs Racetrack & Casino is offering chances at big bucks and a new Mustang this March. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack &Amp; Casino)

The Downs Racetrack & Casino is offering chances at big bucks and a new Mustang this March. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack &Amp; Casino)

The Downs Racetrack & Casino is revving things up this March with a new Mustang giveaway.

Start earning your electronic entries daily to win the Mustang or one of nine cash prizes during the drawing, to be held at 10 p.m. March 31. Increase your chances by earning five times bonus entries on Tuesdays this month, and earn 10 times bonus entries on March 30 and 31. Players can redeem 50 points for 10 entries into the drawing.

It’s “$125,000 Roll to Win” Mondays through Fridays this March. Drawings will be held at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. for a chance to roll the dice and win up to $10,000 in cash. Three winners will be selected per drawing.

On Saturdays and Sundays, get in on the “$36,000 Weekend Cash” promotion. Drawings will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. There will be four winners per drawing. One winner will receive $200, one winner will get $100 and two winners will win $50 each.

The Downs continues its Random Slot Tournaments and its Downs Derby this March. Random $125 slot tournaments will award free-play prizes to the top 12 scores. The virtual Downs Derby will give win, place and show finishes a shared prize of $100 in free play.

Also continuing this month are “Instant Hit” drawings on Wednesdays and the “Early Bird” promotion on Thursdays. There will be 15 “Instant Hit” drawings every Wednesday. To qualify, players must earn 25 base points within the 30 minutes before each drawing. Prizes awarded are for free play and must be used within 48 hours of winning. There will be 60 winners each Wednesday.

Early risers who get to The Downs on Thursdays can take part in the “Early Bird” promotion. Patrons qualify when they earn 75 base points. At that time, 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.

The Downs is gifting its guests with a logo baseball cap and T-shirt on March 30. Earn 50 base points and receive your gift. There is a limit of two per patron.

The Downs’ Food Court and Downs Cafe have some tasty food options for patrons with an appetite this month. At the Food Court, enjoy a shaved roast beef sandwich with fries and a beverage for $5.99 daily. Street tacos and combos start at $2.50, or enjoy this month’s hot dog, the Carolina Dog, featuring Texas chili, coleslaw and onions, for $4.99. On Thursdays, enjoy half-price breakfast burritos from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The Downs Cafe is offering a bottomless soup and salad bar as well as a 10-ounce rib-eye for $12.99 and a visit to the prime rib carving station for $12.95 from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more of a fine dining experience, The Crown Room opens at 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Reserve your table by calling 767-7180 or visit opentable.com.

Head to the First Turn Lounge for St. Patrick’s Day fun, an Elton John party and other live entertainment. Imbibe on drink specials all night on March 17. Elton John fans can sip on the “Candle in the Wind” martini special on March 22. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are Karaoke and Service Industry nights. Show your valid New Mexico certification and enjoy happy hour all night and $1 off select drinks.

Tonight and Saturday, March 4, dance to the music of Black Pearl. Fat City turns things up on March 10-11 and March 17-18. Gonzalo heats up the stage March 24-25 and March 31 and April 1.

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

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