New Mexico Horse Racing News

Trainer Joel Marr Notches 1,000th Thoroughbred Win on Tuesday

Trainer Joel Marr tallied his 1,000th career Thoroughbred win in Tuesday’s 11th and final race at Zia Park. Marr’s milestone victory came with Sweet Diamond, a 3-year-old Attila’s Storm filly owned by Rodney Brooks and Donnie Reid and ridden by Ken Tohill, in a 1-mile race for New Mexico-bred maiden $6,500 claimers. Read More...

Sunland Park Racetrack Releases $5.6-Million Stakes Schedule

Approximately $5.6 million in stakes purses will be up for grabs during the 2014-15 Sunland Park meet, which opens its 76-day run on Friday, December 5. Read More...

Report from October 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 16. Read More...

Trainer Joel Marr, Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. Dominate New Mexico Cup Races

Trainer Joel Marr and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. each won four races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Races Draw 122 Entries

A total of 122 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. A total of 12 races will be run. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Foxy Moonflash Posts Fastest Qualifying Time to $207,482 New Mexico Cup Derby

Foxy Moonflash, a daughter of champion First Moonflash racing for Bobby Simmons, is the fastest qualifier to the October 26, $207,482 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park. Read More...

Mad About The Moon is Fastest Qualifier to New Mexico Cup Futurity

David G. Valdez’s Mad About The Moon, a $5,000 buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, won the last of six New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Saturday, posting the fastest qualifying time to the $140,000-added final on Sunday, October 26. Read More...

Corona Southern Form Posts Upset Victory in New Mexico QH Breeders Championship

Corona Southern Form outran his odds of nearly 9-1 to win Saturday’s 440-yard, $60,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Grade 1 Winner Too Flash For You Entered in New Mexico Cup Derby Trials

Too Flash For You, the winner of the August 31, $1.9-million All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, will make his next start in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

Mad About The Moon Returns in New Mexico Cup Futurity Trials

Mad About The Moon, a bay gelding by champion First Moonflash racing for David G. Valdez, is one of 60 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

My Big Chief Attempts to Defend Title in New Mexico QH Breeders Championship

Lorenzo Cano’s My Big Chief is one of 10 state-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 440-yard, $60,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Indys Rocket Scores First Stakes Win in UNM Handicap

Indy’s Rocket, a homebred 4-year-old son of Indy Wildcat racing for Pierre and Leslie Amestoy, earned his first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $60,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) for state-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Field of Ten Entered in University of New Mexico Handicap

A field of 10 state-bred Thoroughbreds has been entered in Saturday’s 1-mile, $60,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

NM-Bred Take The Spoon Man Breaks Track Record in Zoom Zoom Zoom Stakes

Take The Spoon Man, a New Mexico-bred 4-year-old gelding racing for Mario R. Dominguez and Christian A. Dominguez-Olivas, broke the 220-yard track record in Sunday’s Tecate Zoom Zoom Zoom Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Punctuate, First Starter From Peppers Pride, Wins Career Debut at Santa Anita

Punctuate, a 2-year-old son of Distorted Humor and the undefeated New Mexico-bred mare Peppers Pride, won his career debut at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. Read More...

Report from September 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, September 25. Read More...

Burning It Lights Up Tote in George Maloof Futurity Win

Sent to post at odds of 52-1, Burning It broke his maiden with a neck victory in Sunday’s $89,441 George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Montauk Keeps Win Streak Alive in NM State Fair Senorita Futurity

Second-fastest qualifier Montauk, a sorrel daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Dashair, extended her win streak to three with a convincing 3 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $118,142 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Downwiththequickness is Morning-Line Choice in NM State Fair Breeders Derby

Fastest qualifier Downwiththequickness, a homebred gelding by Be Real Quick racing for Terry G. Smith, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 400-yard, $76,223 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3), one of three state-bred stakes scheduled for Sunday at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Stakes Tripleheader Set for Saturday at Albuquerque

New Mexico-breds will be on display at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday, as the track presents three state-bred stakes, two for 2-year-old Quarter Horses and one for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Read More...

Downwiththequickness is Fastest NM State Fair Breeders Derby Qualifier

Alonso Rivera rode Downwiththequickness to a convincing 2 3/4-length win in the first of two New Mexico Stare Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

Beau Wizer Rebounds, Wins O.D. McDonald Stakes

Rebounding from a defeat two weeks ago, MCM Racing LLC’s Beau Wizer got back on the winning track with a three-length victory in Sunday’s $60,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Desert Gambler, Hello Texas Make Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity Final

Desert Gambler and Hello Texas, the fourth- and fifth-place finishers, respectively, in the July 26, $198,975 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R), will make their next starts in the $50,000-added Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-y... Read More...

Field Set for George Maloof Futurity

French Lyon and Back Seat Thrills, the winners of the two 6-furlong trials on Saturday, are among the finalists in the September 21, $50,000-added George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Regal First Moon Sprints to Daylight Victory in NM State Fair Senorita Futurity Trials

Regal First Moon, a daughter of champion First Moonflash racing for Diamond Racing Stables LLC, sprinted to an overwhelming 7 1/2-length victory in the third of four New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Fr... Read More...

Jess Bordeaux Posts Fastest NM State Fair Senor Futurity Qualifying Time

Gary L. Thompson’s Jess Bordeaux, a gelded son of Jesse James Jr, won the third of three New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Friday, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $50,000-added final on September 20. Read More...

Tenth Anniversary Season at Zia Park Opens Saturday

Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico, will open its 10th anniversary season with a 12-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Sassy Moonflash Returns in NM State Fair Breeders Derby Trials

Luis Villanueva’s Sassy Moonflash will make his first start in more than three months in Sunday’s New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Nineteen Colts and Geldings Entered in George Maloof Futurity Trials

The five fastest finishers from each trial will return for the $50,000-added George Maloof Futurity final on September 21. Read More...

Desert Gambler, Humarumba Return in Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity Trials

Desert Gambler and Humarumba will make their next start in the second of two Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) trials for New Mexico-bred fillies at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday. Read More...

NM State Fair Senor, Senorita Futurity Trials Draw 63 Entries

A total of 63 state-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday’s 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Senor (RG3) and Senorita (RG3) futurity trials at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

NM-Bred Too Flash For You Wins Grade 1, $1.9-Million All American Derby

Too Flash For You, a New Mexico-bred gelded son of First Moonflash and the seventh-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday’s 440-yard, $1,920,887 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Ageless Miracle Snow Scores in Lineage Quarter Horse Championship

Competing in this stakes for the seventh consecutive season, Miracle Snow was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Sunday’s 400-yard, $63,500 Lineage Quarter Horse Championship (RG3), one of four New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse stakes contested at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Thunder Agard Wins Thrilling Stretch Duel, Takes $60,000 Lineage Classic Stakes

Thunder Agard, a homebred 5-year-old gelding by To Teras racing for Rebecca Anderson of Grants, New Mexico, outdueled odds-on favorite On Down The Road and E Bar Way down the stretch to win the 1 1/16-mile, $60,000 Lineage Classic Stakes (R), one of fo... Read More...

Lineage Weekend Stakes Draw 76 New Mexico-Breds

This weekend’s Lineage stakes races at The Downs at Albuquerque have attracted entries from 76 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. Five stakes for Thoroughbreds -- all black-type races -- will be run on Saturday, followed by four black-type stakes for state-bred Quarter Horses on Sunday. Read More...

NM-Bred Gotta Move Breaks Albuquerque Track Record

Gotta Move, a registered New Mexico-bred son of Ghostly Moves owned by Jose Rivera, broke the 7-furlong track record in a $24,000 allowance-optional claiming ($15,000) race at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 8. Read More...

Memorial Service Set for Rita Danley

A memorial service for longtime New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association trustee Rita J. Danley of Anthony will be held on Thursday, August 21, in the winner’s circle at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. The service will begin at 11 a.m. (MDT) and be followed by a reception in the track’s All American Turf Club. Read More...

Roll Hennessy Roll Colt Sells for $87,000, Tops NM-Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale

An unnamed colt by the Hennessy stallion Roll Hennessy Roll topped the Thoroughbred portion of the August 15-16 New Mexico-Bred Sale at the Ruidoso Downs Sale Pavilion. Consigned by Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch of Anthony, New Mexico, the colt (Hip No. 229) was purchased on Saturday for $87,000 by Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, R.D. Hubbard, Brad King, and Dale Taylor. Read More...

NM-Bred Sophomore Too Flash For You Makes $1.9-million All American Derby Final

Too Flash For You, a graded stakes winning New Mexico-bred son of First Moonflash, is the seventh-fastest qualifier for the Grade 1, $1,920,887 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs on August 31. Read More...

First Moonflash Colt Tops New Mexico-Bred Quarter Horse Yearling Sale

Jess A Satin Flash, a colt by champion and 2013 leading freshman sire First Moonflash, sold for $60,000 to top Friday’s New Mexico-Bred Quarter Horse Yearling Sale at the Ruidoso Downs Sale Pavilion. Read More...

NM-Bred Mad About The Moon Qualifies to $2.6-Million All American Futurity

Mad About The Moon, a registered New Mexico-bred gelding by First Moonflash racing for David G. Valdez, will make his next start in the September 1, $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NM-Bred Handsome Jack Flash Returns in All American Derby Trials

Handsome Jack Flash, a New Mexico-bred son of First Moonflash and last year’s AQHA champion 2-year-old, is one of 96 sophomores entered in Saturday’s 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NM-Bred Handsome Jack Flash Returns in All American Derby Trials

Handsome Jack Flash, a New Mexico-bred son of First Moonflash and last year’s AQHA champion 2-year-old, is one of 96 sophomores entered in Saturday’s 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Twelve New Mexico-Bred 2-Year-Olds Entered in All American Futurity Trials

A total of 12 registered New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including graded stakes winner Girlonthego, have been entered in the August 14-15 All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Sale Draws 274 Consignments

A total of 274 broodmares and New Mexico-bred yearling Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been consigned to this year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, to be held August 15-16 at the Horse Sale Pavilion at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Meet Opens Saturday

The 56-day Downs at Albuquerque meet opens with a nine-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (MDT). The opening-day feature race, the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Budweiser Special Stakes, has drawn a field of nine... Read More...

Report from July 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, July 17. Read More...

Dominguez, Eikleberry Have Big Zia Festival Weekend at Ruidoso

Trainer Henry Dominguez and jockey Ry Eikleberry teamed to win three of the seven Thoroughbred stakes during this year’s Zia Festival races, held Saturday and Sunday at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. All three of the races won by the jockey-trainer combination were homebreds owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas. Read More...

Zia Festival to Showcase the Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses

Many of the best New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be showcased at Ruidoso Downs this weekend, as the track presents its annual Zia Festival races on Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

New Mexico Racing Commission Approves 2014-15 Race Dates

The New Mexico Racing Commission has set 2014-15 race dates for the state’s five tracks. Read More...