New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

Missing Reba is Prompt Favorite in Rio Grande Senorita Futurity Trial

Missing Reba, a stakes-winning daughter of the Artax stallion Diabolical, sprinted to a 1 1/4-length victory in the last of four Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Stakes Winners Raider Red, Lux Make Rio Grande Senor Futurity Final

A pair of stakes winners, Raider Red and Lux, will next race in the July 27, $154,380 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Mighty Moonflash Posts Fastest Zia Derby Qualifying Time

Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s Mighty Moonflash won the first of four Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $139,483 final on July 26. Read More...

Jesse James Jr Gelding is Fastest Zia Futurity Qualifier

De Loach, a gelded son of Jesse James Jr racing for Terry and Irene Stennett, is the fastest qualifier to the July 27, $392,253 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Rio Grande Thoroughbred Futurity Trials Set for Saturday

Saturday’s trials for the 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senor (R) and Senorita (R) futurities have attracted 60 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Heza Wild Dragon Returns in Zia Derby Trials

Regal Racing Stables LLC’s Heza Wild Dragon will make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zia Futurity Trials Draw 95 New Mexico-Bred Two-Year-Olds

Stakes winners Winning Merlot and Dungarees Six are among the 95 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zia Park Names New Racing Secretary, Starter

Zia Park has named Robbie Junk to be its racing secretary for its 2014 meet, which opens September 6. Also, the track has named Johnnie Jamison to be its new starter. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Meet to Offer Track-Record Purses

A record stakes schedule, worth more than $1.8 million, will greet horsemen for the 54-day Downs at Albuquerque meet, which opens August 2. Read More...

SunRay Park Posts Record Gains During 2014 Season

Total handle increased a track-record 46 percent during the 39-day SunRay Park Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which ended June 22. Read More...

El Gato Azul Scores First Stakes Victory in NMHA Handicap

A strong late rally helped El Gato Azul score his first career stakes win in the 870-yard, $45,000 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...

Lux Rallies to Win Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Lux, a homebred son of Quinton’s Gold, rallied to win Saturday’s 5-furlong, $155,995 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Penny Snatchin is Prompt Favorite in Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes

Sent to post as the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies, Penny Snatchin responded with a wire-to-wire, half-length win in the $45,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park on Saturday. Read More...

Stakes Winner Raider Red Tops Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Raider Red will be shooting for his second career stakes victory in Saturday’s 5-furlong, $155,995 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

D E Wagons Strawfly is Highweight in NM Horsemens Association Handicap

SunRay Park racing secretary Jim Collins has assigned D E Wagons Strawfly the top weight of 125 pounds for Sunday’s 870-yard, $45,000 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. Read More...

Duke Smith Stakes Draws Nine State-Bred Sophomore Fillies

A field of nine New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies, topped by morning-line favorite Penny Snatchin, has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $45,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park. Read More...

You’ve Been Duped Breaks Maiden in Totah Stakes

Ruby Gonzalez rode You’ve Been Duped to a three-quarter length victory in Tuesday’s $45,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

You’ve Been Duped Breaks Maiden in Totah Stakes

Ruby Gonzalez rode You’ve Been Duped to a three-quarter length victory in Tuesday’s $45,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Totah Stakes Draws Eight New Mexico-Bred Two-Year-Olds

A field of eight New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including three first-time starters, has been entered in Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $45,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Zuccardi Scores in Mountain Top QH Futurity

Sent to post as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, fastest qualifier Zuccardi responded with a three-quarter length win in Saturday’s $340,699 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zuccardi Draws Post 4 for Mountain Top QH Futurity Final

Crowson Racing’s Zuccardi drew post 4 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $340,697 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Ruidoso Racehorse Hall of Fame Induction Set for June 27

New Mexico-bred millionaire Thoroughbred Rocky Gulch, longtime owners and breeders R.C. “Punch” and Suzanne Jones, trainer Carl Draper, and jockey and trainer Cliff Lambert will be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on June 27. Read More...

Missing Reba Wins Kendrick Memorial Stakes

Linda Hunter’s Missing Reba sprinted to her first stakes victory in Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Stakes Winner Miss B R H is Morning-Line Favorite in Kendrick Memorial at SunRay

Miss B R H, a bay daughter of the Summer Squall stallion Squall, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $45,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Liberty Lover Debuts With Win in Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Liberty Lover made his career debut with a 3 1/2-length victory in the second of three Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. Read More...

Report from May 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, May 15. Read More...

Red Raider Returns in Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

A total of 21 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including stakes winner Raider Red, have been entered in Friday’s 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Ageless Miracle Snow Wins Jimmy Drake Stakes

Miracle Snow, a homebred 10-year-old gelding owned by Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, rallied to win Sunday’s 400-yard, $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Sandys Jesse is Morning-Line Choice in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Sandys Jesse, a 4-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr and one of only two mares in the eight-horse field, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 400-yard, $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...

Supplement Zuccardi is Fastest Qualifier to Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity

Crowson Racing’s Zuccardi, the lone $15,000 supplement to the trials, is the fastest qualifier to the June 14, $340,654 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Mountain Top QH Futurity Trials Draw 94 New Mexico-Bred 2-Year-Olds

A total of 94 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including graded stakes winner Winning Merlot, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

D E Lover Wins Dine Stakes

D E Lover was a prompt 19-10 favorite in Tuesday’s $45,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Dine Stakes Draws Seven New Mexico-Bred 3-Year-Olds

A field of seven New Mexico-bred sophomores has been entered in Tuesday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $45,000 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Pretty Woody Jesse Takes $130,000 NM Breeders Futurity

Pretty Woody Jesse, the fastest qualifier and a $7,500 supplemental entry to the trials, parlayed a sharp break from post 6 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 350-yard, $130,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Be My Desert Angel Scores 22-1 Upset Win in Aztec Oaks

Sent to post at odds of 22-1 -- the longest odds in the field of eight -- Dale Taylor’s Be My Desert Angel sprinted to a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $45,000 Aztec Oaks (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Pretty Woody Jesse Draws Post 7 for NM Breeders Futurity Final

Yaneth Cabrera’s Pretty Woody Jesse, the fastest qualifier, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 350-yard, $50,000-added New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...