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Thunderstorm forces cancellation of horse racing at Ruidoso

August 9, 2019

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Officials at a horse racing track in southern New Mexico say a severe storm has forced them to cancel races for the afternoon.

Ruidoso Downs’ president and general manager Jeff True said Friday that the races were called off to ensure the safety of the jockeys and horses. He says the conditions were such that activities couldn’t continue.

Racing is expected to resume Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say chances are increasing for more widespread rainfall through Sunday as the monsoon season continues in New Mexico.

The moisture has been spotty, meaning abnormally dry conditions are still hanging in parts of southern New Mexico. The latest drought map also shows much of the state’s northwest corner is still dealing with moderate drought.

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