New Mexico Horse Racing News

Report from August 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, August 20. Read More...

RG Miracle Wins New Mexico Breeders Futurity

Isaias Cardenas rode RG Miracle to a one-length victory in Sunday’s 350-yard, $102,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

New Mexico Confirms First 2015 Case of West Nile Virus

The first case of Equine West Nile Virus was confirmed on August 20 in a Valencia County, New Mexico, horse that had not been vaccinated against the disease. Read More...

NM Bred Mad About The Moon Qualifies to Grade 1 All American Derby

Mad About The Moon, a registered New Mexico-bred son of champion First Moonflash, is the second-fastest qualifier to the September 6, $2,378,383 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Attilas Storm Colts Tops NM Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale

Expect A Storm, a chestnut colt by Attila’s Storm out of the mutliple stakes placed Premeditation mare Prairie Moonlight, sold for $65,000 to top the New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier WR Jessie Returns in New Mexico Breeders Futurity

WR Jessie, a homebred Jesse James Jr filly, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 350-yard, $102,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Chicks Regard Colt Tops NM Bred QH Yearling Sale

Regards Miracle, a colt by the Chicks Beduino stallion Chicks Regard, sold for $60,000 to top Friday’s New Mexico-Bred Quarter Horse Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Mr. Digger Upsets Totah Stakes

Mr. Digger outran his 10-1 odds to win Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park. Read More...

Shug’s Hope Rallies to Win Kendrick Memorial

Under a well-timed ride by Elvin Gonzalez, Shug’s Hope scored her first career stakes victory in the $50,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park on Tuesday. Read More...

New Mexico Bred 2 Year Olds in Spotlight Tuesday at SunRay Park

A pair of 4 1/2-furlong, $50,000 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old stakes will be featured on SunRay Park’s nine-race program on Tuesday. Post time for the first race is set for 1:30 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

New Mexico Breds to Be Well Represented in All American Futurity and Derby Trials

A dozen New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in this week’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials, to be run Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. Also, six New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds are among the entries in the 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials on Sunday. Read More...

New Mexico Bred Sale Draws 323 Consignments

This year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, to be held August 21-22 at the Ruidoso Downs Sale Pavilion, has drawn 323 consignments. Read More...

Gator Heat Wins Dine Stakes

Gator Heat, a homebred son of Southwestern Heat racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, earned his first career stakes win in Tuesday’s $50,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Dine Stakes Draws Eight State Bred 3 Year Olds

A field of eight New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, led by morning-line favorite Gator Heat, has been entered in Tuesday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Grant The Star Gets First Stakes Win in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Grant The Star, a 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm (TB) owned by Norris Land and Cattle Co. of Lovington, New Mexico, earned his first stakes victory in the $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for state-bred aged runners at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...

Cinco Menudos is Morning Line Choice in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Cinco Menudos, a homebred 5-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding owned by William McCarty, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Jesse James Jr Filly is Fastest New Mexico Breeders Futurity Qualifier

Rose Webb’s WR Jessie, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr, broke her maiden with a one-length victory in the first of four New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) trials at SunRay Park on Friday. Read More...

New Mexico Breeders Futurity Trials Draw 31 State Bred 2 Year Olds

A total of 31 state-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...

Report from July 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Wednesday, July 22. Read More...

Blazin Version Wins New Mexico Breeders Stakes

Blazin Version, a homebred son of Winners Version racing for Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico, earned his first stakes victory in Sunday’s $50,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Regal First Moon Returns in New Mexico Breeders Stakes

Regal First Moon, a brown daughter of champion First Moonflash owned by Regal Racing Stables LLC, is one of seven state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s $50,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

NMHBA Summer 2015 Issue

In this issue: Complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races, including the May 9-10 Lineage weekend races at The Downs at Albuquerque; profiles of trainer Joel Marr. NMHBA registrar Mary Barber, and longtime breeder Sam E. Stevens; tips for ba... Read More...

Im A Moon Quest Upsets Zia Futurity

Im A Moon Quest, a $42,000 buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, paid dividends to his connections with his upset victory in Sunday’s $379,896 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Carson City Girl is Morning Line Choice for Rich Zia Futurity

Carson City Girl, a homebred daughter of Woodbridge and the fastest qualifier, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $379,896 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs, one of 12 state-bred stakes to be run at Ruidoso this weekend. The races are part of the track’s annual Zia Festival, which celebrates all things New Mexico, including New Mexico-made products and arts and crafts. Read More...

Field Set for Rio Grande Senorita Futurity

Rapping Mary, a stakes-winning daughter of the Monarchos stallion Rapper S S racing for Bennie Vanacek, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies who will make their next starts in the July 25, $165,771 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso... Read More...

Stakes Winners Diabolical King, Naevussquall Make Senor Futurity Final

Diabolical King and Naevussquall, a pair of New Mexico-bred stakes winners this year, will race next in the July 26, $194,672 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Desert Jack Wins Jack Cole Handicap

Desert Jack, an 8-year-old chestnut son of Desert God and a $6,250 claimer during the 2014 Zia Park meet, scored a half-length victory in the 1-mile, $45,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) at SunRay Park on Saturday. Read More...

Astica Returns to Races With Fast Zia Derby Trial Win

Just nine weeks after her track-record performance at The Downs at Albuquerque, Astica sprinted to a 1 3/4-length victory in the third of three Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Woodbridge Filly is Fastest Zia Futurity Qualifier

Carson City Girl, a sorrel daughter of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge, is the fastest qualifier to the July 26, $380,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Rapping Mary Returns in Rio Grande Senorita Futurity Trials

Rapping Mary, a chestnut filly by the Monarchos stallion Rapper SS racing for Bennie Vanacek, is one of 23 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies entered in three 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Rio Grande Senor Futurity Trials Draw 30 Entries

A total of 30 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings has been entered in Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

EP Who, Thunder Agard Face Off in Jack Cole Handicap

EP Who and Thunder Agard are among the eight New Mexico-breds entered in Saturday’s 1-mile, $45,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Thirty NM-Bred Sophomores Entered in Zia Derby Trials

A total of 30 state-bred 3-year-olds has been entered in Saturday’s Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Marilyn Wins Returns in Zia Futurity Trials

Marilyn Wins, a graded stakes placed daughter of Winners Version racing for Namgis Quarter Horses LLC, is one of 93 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Diabolical Dame Extends Win Streak to Three in Foutz Distaff

Diabolical Dame ran her win streak to three races with a convincing 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $45,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park. Read More...

Diabolical Dame Draws Post 9 for Foutz Distaff

Diabolical Dame, a 3-year-old daughter of Diabolical who has not finished worse than second in any of her nine starts, drew post 9 for Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $45,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Zia Park Releases 2015 Stakes Schedule

Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack has released its stakes schedule for its 11th season of live racing, which begins September 12. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Sale Catalog Available Online

The catalog for this year’s New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Sale is now available online from Robin Glenn Pedigrees. Read More...

Report from June 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

New Mexico Commission Sets Race Dates for 2015-16 Season

The New Mexico Racing Commission has set the 2015-16 race dates for the state’s five tracks. Read More...

SunRay Park Releases 2015 Stakes Schedule

SunRay Park in Farmington, New Mexico, has released its stakes schedule for its 36-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens July 3. Read More...

Diabolical King Breaks Maiden in $146,572 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Diabolical King, a homebred son of Diabolical racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, broke his maiden with a 7 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $146,572 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Naevussquall Draws Post 3 for Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Naevussquall, a stakes winner during the Sunland Park meet, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 5-furlong, $175,000 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

That’s Who Scores in UNM Handicap

That’s Who, a homebred 6-year-old gelding racing for Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, scored his second stakes victory of the meet in the 7-furlong, $60,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

Lilly Is First Scores in Mountain Top QH Futurity

Lilly Is First, the fastest qualifier and 8-5 second choice, scored her first stakes victory in Saturday’s $337,186 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Lilly Is First Draws Post 6 for Rich Mountain Top QH Futurity

Lilly Is First, a daughter of First Moonflash and the fastest qualifier, drew post 6 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $350,000 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Field Set for June 20 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Naevussquall, a stakes-winning son of the Summer Squall stallion Squall, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds who have qualified to the June 20, $175,000-est. Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Report from May 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, May 9. Read More...

Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials Draw 17 NM-Bred 2-Year-Olds

A total of 17 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including a dozen first-time starters, have been entered in Friday’s 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NM-Bred Mad About The Moon Wins Albuquerque’s Conquistador Stakes

Making his first start in six months, Mad About The Moon sprinted to a convincing 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s $55,000 Conquistador Stakes for 3-year-old Quarter Horses at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...