New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

First Moonflash Filly is Fastest Qualifier to Mountain Top QH Futurity

Lilly Is First, a brown daughter of champion First Moonflash, made her debut with a two-length victory in the seventh of 10 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. Read More...

Jess Cruzin On By Returns in Mountain Top Futurity Trials

Jess Cruzin On By, a graded stakes winning son of Jesse James Jr racing for Yaneth Cabrera of Albuquerque, is one of 89 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Ruidoso Downs 2015 Stakes Schedule Topped by $3-Million All American Futurity

The All American Futurity (G1), to be worth a stakes- and world-record $3-million, tops the 2015 stakes schedule at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, which opens its 64-day Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred meet on May 22. Read More...

Astica Breaks Albuquerque Track Record in Pelican Stakes

Astica, a homebred filly racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms, broke The Downs at Albuquerque’s 400-yard track record with her convincing three-length victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Pelican Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

That’s Who Scores in $60,000 Lineage Classic

Making just his second career start at The Downs, That’s Who scored his eighth career stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $60,000 Lineage Classic Stakes (R), one of four New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred stakes contested on Saturday. Read More...

New Mexico-Breds Take the Spotlight in Lineage Weekend Races at The Downs at Albuquerque

Twenty races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses -- including seven stakes -- will be offered during Lineage Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Report from April 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

NM Livestock Board Investigating Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus

The New Mexico Livestock Board is working with USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services on the investigation of a case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) detected in a horse in Grant County, New Mexico. Read More...

Beau Wizer Wins O.D. McDonald Handicap

A $15,000 claim in March, Beau Wizer paid immediate dividends for his new connections with his wire-to-wire victory in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Reaper to Make First Albuquerque Start in O.D. McDonald Handicap

Reaper, a homebred 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm racing for R.D. Hubbard, drew post 2 for Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Firing Line Named Horse of Meet at Sunland Park

Firing Line, a Kentucky-bred colt by Line of David being pointed to the May 2, $2-million Kentucky Derby (G1), was named horse of the meet at Sunland Park, which ended its 76-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse season on Monday. Read More...

Naevussquall Breaks Maiden in Colts and Geldings Division of Copper Top Futurity

Naevussquall, a homebred bay gelding by Squall racing for W.T. Stradley and Tom Williams of Hobbs, New Mexico, recorded his first career victory in Monday’s $74,447 Copper Top Futurity (R), colts and geldings division, at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rapping Mary Wins Fillies Division of Copper Top Futurity

A sharp break from post 9 helped Rapping Mary score a wire-to-wire victory in the 4 1/2-furlong, $68,000 Copper Top Futurity (R), fillies division, at Sunland Park on Monday. Read More...

NMHBA Spring 2015 Issue

In this issue: Complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races; profiles of the 2014 Zia Award winners; notes and highlights from the 2015 NMHBA annual meeting in Albuquerque, profiles of Born Running Ranch and Sarah Donaldson-Rioux, and Ken Gris... Read More...

Funwayhome, Seasalt N Vinegar Face Off in Colts and Geldings Division of Copper Top Futurity

Funwayhome and Seasalt N Vinegar, two recent trial winners, are among 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings entered in Monday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $74,450 Copper Top Futurity (R), colts and geldings division, at Sunland Park. Read More...

Proceed Breaks Track Record in Sunland Park Handicap

Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode Proceed to a 4 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile, $75,000 Sunland Park Handicap. Read More...

Shugs Hope Returns in Fillies Division of Copper Top Futurity

Shug’s Hope, a homebred filly racing for Jerry and Sheree Cannon, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Monday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $68,000 Copper Top Futurity (R), fillies’ division, at Sunland Park. Read More...

Shug’s Hope Returns in Fillies Division of Copper Top Futurity

Shug’s Hope, a homebred filly racing for Jerry and Sheree Cannon, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Monday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $68,000 Copper Top Futurity (R), fillies’ division, at Sunland Park. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Announces Rich Stakes Schedule for Spring Meet

A stakes schedule worth $1.155 million in purse money will be offered to horsemen during The Downs at Albuquerque’s 39-day spring meet, which opens April 17. Read More...