May 7, 2018 - Curry Downs Media Release

Introducing the Clovis New Mexico Race Track & Casino

Curry Downs will be a multi-faceted experience for fans of horse racing, casino gaming, great food and live entertainment.

L&M Entertainment, a joint venture between Laguna Development Corporation and Miller Companies of Hinsdale, Illinois was formed to build and operate a state-of-the-art racetrack and casino. The concepts and descriptions contained here reflect preliminary ideas for a horse racing, casino gaming, restaurant and entertainment facility to benefit the City of Clovis, Curry County and the State of New Mexico with a project everyone can be proud of.

Our Vision

L&M Entertainment has access to the resources, experience and expertise of one of New Mexico’s leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment companies and to widely acclaimed experts in the sport of horse racing. As a result, L&M brings an operating acumen that is unparalleled in the ability to deliver a winning racetrack experience at its proposed Curry Downs Racetrack and Casino. The L&M Entertainment team is committed to offering its customers the very best in racing, gaming, and entertainment.

The Curry Downs Racetrack and Casino will have the look and feel of the Clovis area while providing an energetic, exciting and a multi-faceted experience for fans of horse racing, casino gaming, great food and live entertainment.

Curry Downs represents growth and diversification for the Clovis community. New Mexico has faced a tough economy in recent years but L&M Entertainment’s vision will help the community and the state to inject new life into the local economy by generating tax revenue, new jobs and a first class attraction for residents and visitors.

If selected as the successful bidder by the state of New Mexico, L&M Entertainment brings the financial resources, business expertise and New Mexico sensibilities to build and operate a racetrack and casino that Clovis and Curry County will be proud of.

The Facility

The racetrack and casino will be located just east from downtown Clovis on highway 60, between Clovis and the Texas border. Highways 84 and 60 are major feeder routes from Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas where a large portion of potential patrons are located. The facility will feature 600 slot machines. Food and beverage options will include a fine dining steakhouse, casual dining establishment, and full service bar. The racino will operate up to six weeks of live racing per year in accordance with the rules and regulations of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

The casino will feature:

  • Clean, bright and safe experience
  • All-new casino with state-of-the-art slot products
  • Off-track-betting (OTB) facilities
  • High quality, high value food and beverage venues, including a multi-purpose steakhouse & cantina restaurant and a snack bar.

The racetrack will include:

  • One-mile track oval
  • A grandstand and clubhouse with 1,200 seats
  • VIP Lounge and meeting space
  • A well-equipped outdoor venue for live entertainment and special events

Advantages

By New Mexicans for New Mexicans

L&M Entertainment is firmly rooted in New Mexico. Our homes, friends and families are all here in the Land of Enchantment. We live and work alongside our guests, our business partners and our employees.

We Do Our Homework

In 2015 a telephone survey was conducted in Curry County to gauge the level of support or opposition of local residents for a racetrack and casino. 60% of those surveyed support the building of a racetrack and casino in Clovis. 63% say they would definitely visit the facility. Casino slot machines, live entertainment and horse racing are the top three reasons people would visit Curry Downs. Residents also think that the tax revenue and new jobs the racetrack and casino would bring to the area are the most important reasons to build the facility in Clovis.

Great Food

Curry Downs Racetrack and Casino will feature a robust array of food and beverage options for both racing and gaming guests. With access to the stellar expertise and reputation built by Laguna Development Corporation, L&M Entertainment will construct a food and beverage infrastructure that is well-suited to operating and performing on a foundation of quality service and value.

L&M Entertainment’s leadership and management teams have created and operated several businesses in New Mexico including Route 66 Casino Hotel, Dancing Eagle Casino and the World Famous Laguna Burger. These businesses are widely recognized as providing the best food offerings in the New Mexico gaming industry. Award winning restaurants like the Thunder Road Steakhouse & Cantina at the Route 66 Casino Hotel, Dancing Eagle Casino’s Great American Diner, the new Laguna Burger Restaurant in Albuquerque, and the World Famous Laguna Burger Pit Stop locations, all represent the quality, service and value that is a part of everything guests can expect at Curry Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Entertainment

L&M Entertainment will make live entertainment an important part of its products and services at Curry Downs. L&M Entertainment is fortunate to have access to more than three decades of Laguna Development Corporation’s thoroughly professional entertainment industry experience to shape and present high quality live entertainment at Curry Downs for memorable guest experiences. At Route 66 Casino the 2800-seat Legends Theatre has hosted performances by world famous superstars like Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Steely Dan, Tony Bennett and Matchbox 20 to name just a few. L&M Entertainment considers live entertainment an integral part of the menu of products and services necessary to create a successful business model. From honky tonk dance bands to headliners under the Clovis sky, live entertainment will be a prominent feature of what visitors can expect when they come to Curry Downs. Professional part of creating a memorable guest experience

Community Involvement

L&M Entertainment believes strongly in the viability of Clovis and Curry County as the right location for this new exciting business opportunity. L&M along with LDC have been and continue to be totally immersed in New Mexico by being a part of a variety of groups and organizations throughout New Mexico. For example, LDC is one of the largest corporate sponsors of educational and athletic programs at both the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. LDC also supports the New Mexico Athletic Association. L&M Entertainment is currently active in numerous business and philanthropic organizations including the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation.

About

L&M Entertainment, LLC
L&M Entertainment, LLC is a limited liability company formed by Curry Downs, LLC and MC New Mexico, LLC. All three businesses are formed under the laws of the state of New Mexico. L&M Entertainment’s principal place of business is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Laguna Development Corporation of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Miller Companies of Hillsdale, Illinois formed a joint venture and established L&M Entertainment, LLC for the purpose of submitting a proposal to obtain the state’s 6th and final racino license.

Laguna Development Corporation (LDC)
LDC has a remarkable history of successful business ventures since its inception in 1998. It has a solid management team in place, proven financial strength, a stable business environment and a strong entrepreneurial aptitude for developing growth strategies. LDC’s involvement with L&M Entertainment has prepared the company to achieve elevated levels of success.

Miller Companies, LLC (MC)
Miller Companies manages a diverse portfolio of operations, investment and technology companies in the regulated gaming, hospitality, technology and aviation industries. Miller Companies possesses significant experience in casino and hotel development, gaming operations and finance with a 20+ year track record of successful gaming investments and operations.

14500 Central Ave. SW, I-40, Exit 140 Albuquerque, NM 87121
505-352-7866 // 866-352-RT66 (7866) // info@currydowns.com