Report: Sunland Park Management Hired To Run Ruidoso Downs

According to a report in Quarter Horse Track magazine, the owners of Ruidoso Downs racetrack and casino in Ruidoso, N.M., have hired the management team at Sunland Park to run the track best known as being the home of the All American Futurity.

All American Ruidoso Downs Inc., which purchased Ruidoso Downs from R.D. Hubbard in 2017, consisted of four partners: Johnny Trotter, John Andreini, Stan Sigman and Chicho Flores. The dynamics of the ownership team changed after Andreini passed away in 2018 and Sigman died in December 2020.

The change will put Sunland Park general manager Rick Baugh in a similar position at Ruidoso, according to Quarter Horse Track. Sunland, which is owned by the family of the late Stan Fulton, did not race this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeff True, who was hired as president and general manager when All American Ruidoso Downs Inc. bought the track, said he was notified on Thursday of the change and will not be retained in any capacity. During his tenure, among other things, True developed a number of policies designed to increase the integrity of racing at Ruidoso, which had been scarred by numerous drugging scandals prior to his coming onboard.

“I enjoyed my time at Ruidoso,” True told the Paulick Report. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to take care of this special place. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it and I think Ruidoso is set up for success following a tough time because of COVID-19. It will do well.”

Ruidoso Downs is scheduled to open on May 28.

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