Billy The Kid Casino

Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, and the Racebook will remain closed indefinitely. “This is a public health issue. Ruidoso Downs will do what is best for our community and join the fight against the spread of this disease in our resort community. Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty; September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), also known by the pseudonym William H. Bonney, was an American outlaw and gunfighter of the American Old West who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at the age of 21. Hotels near Billy The Kid Casino Current page Hotels near Billy The Kid Casino New Mexico may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19. Find out more Opens in new tab or window Dismiss close travel advisory.

Pat Garrett didn't just kill Billy the Kid, he also became the leading expert on the outlaw's life.

Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico/Wikimedia CommonsSheriff Pat Garrett (second from right) in 1887 in Roswell, New Mexico.

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In a small town in northern New Mexico, a man hid in a bedroom with a loaded pistol. Two men entered, and upon sensing the presence of the man already there, one shouted “Quien es? Quien es?” (“who is it?”) while reaching for his gun.

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The first man beat him to it, drawing his revolver and shooting twice, the echo reverberating into the desert night. The other man fell down dead without a word.

This is the alleged final meeting of Billy the Kid with the man who shot him, detailed by that very man: Pat Garrett.

Born on June 5th, 1850 in Alabama, Pat Garrett was raised on a Louisiana plantation. With the death of his parents in his teens, the debt against his family plantation, and the Civil War forever altering his lifestyle, Garrett fled west to start a new life.

He worked as a buffalo hunter in Texas towards the end of the 1870s but retired when he shot and killed a fellow hunter (his explosive anger and hair-trigger violence would become a motif in his life). Pat Garrett then pulled up stakes for New Mexico, first rancher, then as a bartender in Fort Sumner, then as the sheriff of Lincoln County. It was here that he would first meet Billy the Kid, and where he would meet him for the last time.

Billy the Kid was born William Henry McCarty, Jr., in New York City, nine years after Pat Garrett. Billy’s mother moved the family from Kansas, where they had resettled, to Colorado after the loss of his father. Ultimately, they moved to New Mexico where he and his brother got a taste for the outlaw life.

Billy traveled the American Southwest and northern Mexico, stealing and pillaging with various gangs.

FRANK ABRAMS VIA AP/Wikimedia CommonsA rare photo from 1880 believed to be of Billy the Kid (second from left) and Pat Garrett (far right).

He and Garrett became acquainted while the latter was tending bar, and they formed a fast friendship–even allegedly earning the nicknames “Big Casino” (Pat Garrett) and “Little Casino” (Billy the Kid).

Their drinking buddy relationship didn’t flourish outside the rough-and-tumble oasis of a saloon. In 1880, when Garrett was elected sheriff, his highest priority was to capture the very man he had befriended: Billy the Kid.

Garrett made good in 1881, capturing Billy in a brief skirmish outside Stinking Spring, New Mexico. Before Billy could stand trial, he escaped.

Pat Garrett hunted Billy the Kid down in July of the same year, working with Peter Maxwell, a host of Billy’s who betrayed him to the sheriff in the bedroom scene.

Wikimedia CommonsBilly the Kid (left) playing croquet in New Mexico in 1878.

The stories of the two entwined Wild Westerners don’t end there. Garrett took the unique step of writing Billy’s biography, The Authentic Life of Billy The Kid, effectively becoming the “authority” on the life of the man he killed. Demo slots games. He contended that he wrote it to:

“…dissever “the Kid’s” memory from that of meaner villains, whose deeds have been attributed to him. I will strive to do justice to his character, give him credit for all the virtues he possessed — and he was by no means devoid of virtue — but shall not spare deserved opprobrium for his heinous offenses against humanity and the laws.”

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Pat Garrett lived until 1908, working as a Texas Ranger, a businessman, and a part of the first Roosevelt administration before dying by violence himself. But he would always be best known as the man who killed Billy the Kid.

After learning about Pat Garrett, check out these photos that depict the real Wild West. Then, read about Buford Pusser, the man who got revenge on the people who killed his wife.

Billy The Kid Casino is a slot gaming facility inside Ruidoso Downs, a horseracing track located just off Highway 70 West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

The first race at Ruidoso Downs Race Track was run in 1947. Live racing takes place at Ruidoso Downs Race Track each summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day, with the running of the All American Futurity.


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Simulcast wagering is also available every day at Ruidoso Downs in the Turf Club, located on the third floor of the Grandstand.

In 1999, after New Mexico legalized slot machine casinos at race tracks, Billy the Kid Casino opened its doors.

The casino is open daily and houses over 300 slot machines.In 2004, the casino paid out over $115 million in winnings.

Slot machine games at the casino are in 1¢ to $5 denominations. Games include:

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Ruidoso Downs Record

DistanceHorseTimeDate
220 yardsThree Runs11.827/23/1995
250 yardsRoyal Strawfly12.939/3/2004
300 yardsNegro De Az15.198/26/2004
330 yardsGch Byallmeans Magic16.408/5/2000
350 yardsAb What A Runner17.057/19/2003
400 yardsThewayouwantmetoo19.207/25/2004
440 yardsSnow Big Deal20.948/31/2003
550 yardsHeza Wicked Man26.416/16/2002
870 yardsKeep The Change44.267/13/1986
1000 yardsMake An Effort51.818/5/1989
2 ½ FurlongsCrafty Number27.408/18/2001
4 ½ FurlongsProfessor Jones51.607/15/2005
5 FurlongsTwilight Diamond56.307/17/2004
5 ½Furlongs Rocky Gulch1:02.48/1/2004
6 Furlongs*Jack Wilson1:08.48/16/1992
6 Furlongs*Ninety Nine Jack1:08.47/18/2004
7 ½ FurlongsCaliban1:29.27/19/2003
1 MileSet Records1:37.07/28/1995
1 MileStrong Arm Robbery1:37.09/1/2001
1 1/16Mile Lucky Bluff1:43.29/2/2001
1 1/8Mile Brownburough1:51.26/28/1964
1 ¼ MilePentelitiano2:07.39/1/2003
1 3/8 MileStart Jumping2:24.18/18/1990
1 ½ MileDecidedly Henry C2:37.08/19/1989
1 5/8 MileMore Than Glory2:52.48/15/1992
*Tie

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