New Mexico Horse Racing News

Big Daddy Cartel Colt Tops New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity Qualifiers

Edilberto Estrada’s Bug Daddy Cartel, a homebred bay son of Big Daddy Cartel, won the last of four New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park on Friday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the May 14, $100,000-est. final. Read More...

Report from April 2017 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, April 13. Read More...

Jans Cartel Returns in New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity Trials

Jans Cartel, a homebred daughter of Big Daddy Cartel racing for Denny Crozier of Hobbs, New Mexico, will make her next start in Friday’s 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...

Woodacouldadid is Prompt Favorite in Foutz Distaff Handicap

Breaking sharply from post 4 under jockey Tracy Hebert, Woodacouldadid sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Monday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $40,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Woodacouldadid is Morning-Line Choice for Foutz Distaff

Woodacouldadid, an upset stakes winner in her most recent out, is one of seven New Mexico-bred fillies and mares entered in Monday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $40,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

SunRay Park Meet Opens Friday

SunRay Park in Farmington, New Mexico, will open its 36-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 3 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

On The Low Down Scores in Copper Top Futurity

On The Low Down, a chestnut son of Dome racing for Dale Taylor, Bobby McQueen and Suzanne Kirby, broke his maiden with a 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday’s $147,196 Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Flash Moonfire is Morning-Line Favorite for New Mexican Spring Futurity

Flash Moonfire, a gelded son of champion First Moonflash owned by David G. Valdez, is the 3-1 morning-line choice for Saturday’s 300-yard, $362,965 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Legislative Update: HB 229

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday signed HB 229, which amends the state's Horse Racing Act to, among other things, clarify exceptions to conduct that requires denial or revocation of an occupational license, as well as define the time period ... Read More...

Report from March 2017 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

Running Dragon is Morning-Line Choice for Sunburst Stakes

Running Dragon, last year’s champion New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horse, is one of a dozen state-bred sophomores entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Releases Record $2.5-Million Stakes Schedule

The Downs at Albuquerque has released its track-record 20-race, $2.5-million stakes schedule for its 2017 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens June 24. Read More...

NMHBA 2017 Spring Issue

In this issue: Complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes and open stakes won by New Mexico-breds; profiles of NMHBA trustee Dr. Kevin Blach, former jockey-turned-trainer Nancy Summers, and all 2016 New Mexico-bred champion Thoroughbreds and Quart... Read More...

Hence Pulls 10-1 Upset in Grade 3 Sunland Derby

Hence, a homebred colt by Street Boss trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Calumet Farm, outran his 10-1 odds to win Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Field Set for Copper Top Futurity

The field for the April 16, $150,000-est. Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been set after three 4 1/2-furlong trials were contested at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Grade 3 Sunland Derby Headlines Stellar Sunday Program

The 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) is one of seven stakes scheduled for Sunland Park Racetrack’s 10-race all-Thoroughbred program on Sunday. Read More...

Copper Top Futurity Trials Set for Saturday

S and G Racing LLC’s Big Boom, a bay son of Roll Hennessy Roll and a recent maiden winner over the track, is one of 26 New Mexico-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Receives Safety Reaccreditation from NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced on Monday that Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Read More...

First Moonflash Gelding Leads NM Spring Futurity Qualifiers

Sons and daughters of champion First Moonflash, led by fastest qualifier Flash Moonfire, dominated Friday’s 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Mountain Moon Flash Returns in New Mexican Spring Futurity Trials

Mountain Moon Flash, a maiden special weight winner in his debut on March 3, will make his next start in Friday’s 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Princess Jesse Returns in Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

Princess Jesse, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, will make her 4-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Running Dragon Extends Win Streak in NMHBA Stakes

Running Dragon kept her winning streak alive with a clear 1 1/2-length victory in the February 19, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred sophomores at Sunland Park. Read More...

Report from February 2017 New Mexico Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the Mt. Cristo Rey Room at Sunland Park Racetrack on Thursday, February 19. Read More...

My Bikini Fell Off Wins Peppers Pride Handicap

Brian Mundell’s My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 6-year-old Elusive Jazz mare, rallied to win the February 19, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Memorial Service Set for Tommy Barber

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association offers its sincerest condolences to the Barber family on the passing of Tommy Ray Barber, the son of Mike and Mary Barber and grandson of Lonnie and Doris Barber. Read More...

Running Dragon Returns in NMHBA Stakes

Running Dragon, a homebred multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Zulu Dragon owned by By By JJ LLC, is one of nine state-bred sophomores entered in Sunday’s 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Zasha is Morning Line Favorite for Peppers Pride Handicap

C. Donnell Echols’ Zasha, a 6-year-old daughter of Desert God trained by Joel Marr, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

SunRay Park Releases 2017 Stakes Schedule

SunRay Park has released its stakes schedule for its 36-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens April 21. Read More...

Hute Earns First Stakes Win in Red Hedeman Mile

Making his sophomore debut, Michael C. Stinson’s Hute scored a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Not My Note is Prompt Favorite in Mt. Cristo Rey

Michael Weatherly’s Not My Note rallied to win Saturday’s $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Stakes Doubleheader Set for Sunland Park

A pair of New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred stakes -- the 1-mile, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile (R) for 3-year-olds, and the 4 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) -- are on the docket for Saturday at Sunland Park. Read More...

Report from January 2017 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the its conference room in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 19. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator Wins Inaugural Dona Ana County Handicap

Seeyalateralligator, a 5-year-old son of Winners Version racing for Ezra Lee and Jason Giles, made his season debut with a victory in the January 29, $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA Changes Rules Regarding Qualifying Foals

At its annual meeting in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 26, the membership of the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association voted to change the qualifying status for a New Mexico-bred foal. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator Draws Post 9 for Dona Ana County Stakes

A full field of 12 New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in Sunday’s 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA Honors its 2016 Champions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association honored its 2016 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on Thursday. Read More...

Sippin Stays Perfect in Enchantress Stakes

Sippin, a homebred Swissle Stick filly racing for R.D. Hubbard, made her sophomore debut with a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sippin Risks Perfect Record in Enchantress

R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin will risk her undefeated record in Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Coronas Boy Voted AQHA Champion Distance Horse

Victor M. Diaz’s Coronas Boy, a registered New Mexico-bred 8-year-old gelding by the Dash For Cash stallion Mr Houston, is the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association champion distance horse. Read More...

Running Dragon Scores in Shue Fly Stakes

Adrian Ramos rode second-fastest qualifier Running Dragon to a half-length win in Sunday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Weather Dodger Rallies to Win Albert Dominguez Memorial

Lisa M. Rehburg’s Weather Dodger, a homebred 5-year-old gelding, came from off the pace to win the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

NMHBA Annual Meeting Set for January 26

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association will hold its annual business meeting on Thursday, January 26, beginning at 1 p.m. (MST). The meeting will be held at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque, located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Read More...

Magnifico Dragon Headlines Shue Fly Stakes

Magnifico Dragon, a graded stakes winning son of Zulu Dragon and the fastest qualifier, drew post 9 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $205,960 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Full Field Entered in Albert Dominguez Memorial

A full field of a dozen New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, headlined by morning-line favorite Streaks Bro, has been entered in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

He’s Another Who Upsets 4 Rivers John Deere Stakes

Celebrating his third birthday in style, Champion Racing Stables' He's Another Who scored an upset victory in Sunday's 6-furlong, $85,000 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomores at Sunland Park. Read More...

Diabolical Dame Wins Bold Ego Handicap

Facing open stakes company for the third time in her career, Diabolical Dame rallied to win Sunday’s $65,000 Bold Ego Handicap for fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Happy Hennessy Headlines 4 Rivers John Deere Stakes

Happy Hennessy, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding owned and trained by Fred Danley, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred newly turned 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Princess Jesse Wins Lou Wooten Sydney Valentini Handicap

Making her first start in more than three months, Princess Jesse ended her sophomore campaign with a victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

Champion Astica Headlines Lou Wooten Sydney Valentini Handicap

Astica, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms and last year’s AQHA champion sophomore filly, has been assigned high weight of 130 pounds for Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sippin Rallies to Win La Senora Stakes

Sent to post as the 1-5 favorite in a field of nine New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies, R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin rallied to win Tuesday’s $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...