New Mexico Horse Racing News

Zia Festival Races Set for Sunday at Ruidoso Downs

New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be in the spotlight during Sunday’s Zia Festival races at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NMHBA Summer 2016

In this issue: Exclusive and complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred races at Sunland Park and SunRay Park; profiles of New Mexico Racing Commission executive director Ismael "Izzy" Trejo and Thoroughbred breeders Doug Lee and James Lee; recaps of the... Read More...

Jess Cruzin On By is Fastest Zia Derby Qualifier

Yaneth Cabrera’s Jess Cruzin On By is the fastest qualifier to the July 31, $163,843 Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Big Spurs Tops Zia Futurity Qualifiers

Big Spurs, a gray son of freshman sire Big Daddy Cartel campaigned by Astorga Racing LLC, won the second of nine Zia Futurity (RG1) trials on Saturday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the $409,110 final for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds on July 31. Read More...

Field Set for Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

The field for this year’s 5-furlong, $173,171 Mountain Top Throughbred Futurity (R) has been set after three trials were contested on a sealed and wet-fast track at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. Read More...

NMHBA Board Seeks Member Input on Proposed Rule Changes

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association board of trustees is requesting member input regarding proposed changes to the association bylaws. Read More...

Report from June 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, June 23. Read More...

Zia Futurity and Derby Trials Set for Saturday

New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses will take over the spotlight at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday, as the track presents nine Zia Futurity (RG1) trials and four Zia Derby (RG2) trials. Read More...

Ignored Returns in Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Ignored, a homebred son of The Way Home racing for Steve Prather and Bessie Prather, is one of 13 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Sale Catalog Available Online

The catalog for this year's New Mexico-Bred Sale is now available online. Read More...

NMHBA Stallion Service Auction Features 10 Stallions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association will conduct a stallion service auction featuring 10 stallions -- five Thoroughbred and five Quarter Horse -- before each day of the New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, August 19-20. Read More...

Citizen Geller Breaks Track Record in OD McDonald Stakes

Citizen Geller outran his 20-1 odds to win the $60,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs on June 25. Read More...

New Mexico Racing Commission Toughens Penalties on Use of Class A Substances

The New Mexico Racing Commission at its June 23 meeting commission unanimously approved emergency rule changes regarding penalties on the use of Clenbuterol and other Class A substances as defined by the Association of Racing Commissioners Internationa... Read More...

Albuquerque Downs Meet Opens with Renovated Grandstand, Night Racing

A new era will begin at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, as the track opens its 60-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program and the first night racing in New Mexico in several decades. Read More...

Running Dragon Stays Perfect After Mountain Top Futurity Score

Fastest qualifier Running Dragon kept her perfect record intact in the June 18, $364,256 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Infinite Bull Wins New Mexico Horsemens Association Stakes

Infinite Bull (TB), a homebred son of King Bull (TB) racing for Gary Balzano’s Tucumcari Thoroughbreds and one of four Throughbreds in the seven-horse field, scored first stakes victory at the distance in the 870-yard, $35,800 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 17. Read More...

Champion Handsome Jack Flash Retired

Handsome Jack Flash, a 5-year-old son of champion First Moonflash and the sport's champion 2-year-old in 2013, has been retired. Read More...

EHV-1 Requirements for Ruidoso Sales

The Ruidoso Horse Sale Company has issued updated requirements for the health certificates of the horses for its 2016 sales, including the New Mexico-Bred Sale, to be held August 19-20 Read More...

Full Field Entered in New Mexico Horsemens Association Stakes

Beau Wizer (TB), a four-time winner at the distance, is one of eight state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $30,000 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Undefeated Running Dragon is Morning-Line Favorite in Mountain Top Futurity

Running Dragon, a gray filly racing for the By By JJ Limited Partnership, will risk her undefeated record in Saturday’s 350-yard, $364,256 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Forger Wins Dine Stakes

A sharp break from his rail post helped R.D. Hubbard’s Forger score a wire-to-wire victory in Monday’s $35,800 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

True Heat is Morning Line Favorite for Dine Stakes

True Heat, a homebred son of Southwestern Heat racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Monday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $30,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Running Dragon Stays Unbeaten in Mountain Top Trials

Running Dragon, a graded stakes winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Zulu Dragon racing for the By By JJ Partnership, remained undefeated with a 1 1/4-length victory in the last of 10 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs on F... Read More...

Report from May 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, May 19. Read More...

Running Dragon Returns in Mountain Top Futurity Trials

Running Dragon, a graded stakes winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Zulu Dragon racing for the By By JJ Limited Partnership, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the last of 10 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. Read More...

Ruidoso Downs Opens 60 Day Meet Friday

Ruidoso Downs will open its 60-day meet with a 15-race program consisting of 350-yard trials for the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity. Post time for the first race is set for 12:30 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Major Moonflash is Morning Line Favorite in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Major Moonflash, a 4-year-old son of champion First Moonflash racing for Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque, is one of six New Mexico-bred sprinters entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $30,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Vocally Speaks Loudly in Kendrick Memorial

Vocally, a homebred daughter of freshman sire Indian Firewater racing for Brad King and Dale Taylor, made her debut with a wire-to-wire victory in the May 16 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

A Super Sonic Boom Breaks Maiden in NM Breeders Futurity

A sharp break from his outside post helped eighth-fastest qualifier A Super Sonic Boom break his maiden in Sunday’s 350-yard, $101,680 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Hard Not To Sing Draws Post 9 for NM Breeders Futurity

Osman Iturralde’s Hard Not To Sing, the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 state-bred juveniles entered back in Sunday’s 350-yard, $101,680 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Carson City Girl Wins New Mexico Breeders Stakes

A late rally from the center of the track helped Carson City Girl score her second career stakes victory in Friday’s $46,200 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

RG Miracle is Morning Line Favorite for New Mexico Breeders Stakes

RG Miracle, a homebred gelding by the Dean Miracle stallion Hearts Miracle racing for Shirley Grisham of Albuquerque, is the 3-1 morning-line choice for Friday’s 400-yard, $40,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Atillas Gift Wins Jack Cole Stakes

Norberto Arroyo Jr. rode Atillas Gift to a one-length win in the 1-mile, $44,800 Jack Cole Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park on Monday. Read More...

Atillas Gift Wins Jack Cole Stakes

Norberto Arroyo Jr. rode Atillas Gift to a one-length win in the 1-mile, $44,800 Jack Cole Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park on Monday. Read More...

Rising Giant Returns in Jack Cole Stakes

Rising Giant, a two-turn stakes winner during the 2015-16 Sunland Park meet, will make his next start in Monday’s 1-mile, $40,000 Jack Cole Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Ignored Breaks Maiden in Copper Top Futurity

Ignored, a homebred son of The Way Home racing for Steve Prather and Bessie Prather, broke his maiden in the May 3, $125,585 Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

My Mirage is the Morning Line Choice for Copper Top Futurity

Trial winners My Mirage and Blooming Heat are among the 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered back in Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $110,000-added Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Hard Hitting Filly Tops New Mexico Breeders Futurity Qualifiers

Osman Iturralde’s Hard Not To Sing, a sorrel filly by the TR Dasher stallion Hard Hitting, is the fastest qualifier to the May 15, $50,000-added New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Stormin Creek Rallies for Foutz Distaff Win

Pacifica West Stables’ Stormin Creek came from off the pace to win Monday’s $44,800 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park. Read More...

Two Dozen State Bred Juveniles Entered in New Mexico Breeders Futurity Trials

A total of 24 state-bred 2-year-olds, including the nicely bred gelding KG Miracle, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...

Out of Competition Testing in Effect in New Mexico

The announcement of enhanced out-of-competition testing was made public by New Mexico Racing Commission chairman, Ray Willis during the April 21 NMRC monthly meeting. Read More...

Running Dragon Wins New Mexican Spring Futurity

Running Dragon remained undefeated following her half-length victory in the April 24, $297,925 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Seven Fillies and Mares Entered in Foutz Distaff

Brian Mundell’s My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 5-year-old daughter of the Elusive Quality stallion Elusive Jazz, is one of seven New Mexico-bred fillies and mares entered in Monday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $40,000-added Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Running Dragon Draws Post 9 for New Mexican Spring Futurity

Running Dragon, the fastest qualifier and 3-1 morning-line favorite, drew post 9 for Sunday’s 300-yard, $297,925 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Field Set for Copper Top Futurity

Blooming Heat and My Mirage made their career debuts with victories in Sunday’s Copper Top Futurity (R) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Copper Top Futurity Trials Draw 16 Juveniles

A total of 16 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including recent winner Cawboybandido, has been entered in Sunday’s 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Tipsy Tea Rallies to Win Enchantress Stakes

Tipsy Tea, a homebred daughter of Seeking The Cat campaigned by brothers Larry Teague and Harry Teague of Hobbs, New Mexico, rallied to win the 1-mile Enchantress Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park on Tuesday. Read More...

Casey Lambert Scores First Win as Trainer

Recently retired jockey Casey Lambert scored his first win as a trainer Wednesday at Sunland Park. Read More...

Six Fillies Entered in Enchantress Stakes

Six New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies, including multiple stakes winner Indian Tiva, have been entered in Tuesday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Zulu Dragon Filly Leads NM Spring Futurity Qualifiers

Running Dragon, a homebred filly by the First Down Dash stallion Zulu Dragon, made her debut with a 1 1/2-length victory in the fifth of seven New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park on Friday. Read More...