New Mexico Horse Racing News

Report from February 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, February 12. Read More...

2015 Zia Derby Purse Expected to Reach Stakes-Record $170,000

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack has announced that the purse for this year’s Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses is expected to reach a stakes-record $170,000. The stakes’ previous record purse, $140,143, was set in 2012. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator is Prompt Favorite in NMHBA Stakes

Sent to post as the 3-2 choice in the full field of 10 state-bred 3-year-olds, Seeyalateralligator responded with a convincing 1 1/2-length victory in the $85,350 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Renewed Vows Extends Win Streak in Peppers Pride Handicap

R.D. Hubbard’s Renewed Vows extended her win streak to five in Saturday’s 1-mile, $85,360 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator is Morning-Line Favorite in NMHBA Stakes

Seeyalateralligator, a homebred Winners Version gelding racing for Ezra Lee and Jason Giles, is the 3-1 morning-line choice in Sunday’s 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Renewed Vows Risks Win Streak in Peppers Pride Handicap

R.D. Hubbard’s Renewed Vows will put her four-race win streak on the line in Saturday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA Honors its 2014 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Champions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association honored its 2014 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on Thursday. Read More...

NM-Bred Foxy Moonflash Earns AQHA Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Honors

Foxy Moonflash, a registered New Mexico-bred daughter of champion First Moonflash owned by Bobby Simmons of Midland, Texas, was named AQHA champion 3-year-old filly for the 2014 season. Read More...

NM-Bred Downwiththequickness Wins KOFX Radio Handicap

Terry G. Smith’s Downthequickness, a New Mexico-bred 4-year-old son of Be Real Quick, scored his first stakes victory against open company in the 350-yard, $50,360 KOFX Radio Handicap (G2) at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Southern Fire Scores Upset Victory in Pepsi Cola Stakes

Southern Fire outran her 30-1 odds to win Saturday’s $85,450 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Liberty Lover, Lux Renew Rivalry in Pepsi Cola Stakes

Multiple stakes winners Liberty Lover and Lux drew posts 1 and 5, respectively, in Saturday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Report from January 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its first monthly meeting of the 2015 calendar year at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 15. Read More...

Miss E Bar Upsets La Senora Stakes

Miss E Bar outran her 12-1 odds to win Sunday’s $85,160 La Senora Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Humarumba Returns in La Senora Stakes

Diana Bringhurst’s Humarumba drew post 2 for Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Agenda Set for NMHBA Annual Meeting, January 29

The agenda has been set for this year’s New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association annual business meeting, which will be held on Thursday, January 29, at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque. Read More...

Moonstruck Love is Prompt Choice in $201,609 Shue Fly Stakes

Sent to post as the 13-10 favorite in a field of nine New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, Moonstruck Love responded with a victory in the 400-yard, $201,609 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Moonstruck Love is Morning-Line Favorite for Shue Fly Stakes

Jose Luis Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love, the fastest qualifier, is the 3-1 morning-line choice for Saturday’s $204,225 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred newly turned 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

NM-Bred RCJ Major Storm Wins Grade 1, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park

RCJ Major Storm, a registered New Mexico-bred son of Brookstone Bay, broke sharply from his rail post and held on to win Sunday’s 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park. Read More...

Proceed Gets Back on Winning Track in Albert Dominguez Memorial

Michael C. Stinson’s Proceed rallied to win Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Liberty Lover Wins Red Hedeman Mile Stakes

Outdueling rival Lux down the stretch, Liberty Lover extended his win streak to three in Saturday’s $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Proceed to Face Older Horses for the First Time in Albert Dominguez Memorial

Michael Stinson’s Proceed, a homebred 3-year-old son of Desert God, will make his first start against older company in Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Eight State-Bred Two-Year-Olds Entered in Red Hedeman Mile

A field of eight New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including mutliple stakes winners Liberty Lover and Lux, has been entered in Saturday’s $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA December 2014 Issue

In this issue: Complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races, including the October 26 New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park; profiles of Doubletree Farm and Sierra Blanca Equine; profile of Dr. Warren Franklin; a look back at the career of Sparklin... Read More...

Muy Rapido Earns First Stakes Victory in Enchantress Stakes

J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Muy Rapido, a chestnut daughter of Diabolical, was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Foxy Moonflash Keeps Win Streak Alive in Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

Foxy Moonflash, one of four 3-year-olds in the 10-horse field, extended her win streak to four races in Sunday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

An Absolut Diamond Wires Field in Challenger Six

Making his first start at the distance, An Absolut Diamond led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in the 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Desert Gambler Draws Rail Post for Enchantress Stakes

Desert Gambler, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, has drawn the rail post for Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Foxy Moonflash Assigned High Weight of 128 in Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

Bobby Simmons’ Foxy Moonflash will tote top weight of 128 pounds in Sunday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Moonstruck Love is Fastest Shue Fly Qualifier

Jose Luis Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love won the third of four Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park on Friday, and the brown gelding by First Moonflash is the fastest qualifier to the $95,000-added final on January 3. Read More...

Coronas Boy Returns in Challenger Six Handicap

Victor M. Diaz’s Coronas Boy, a homebred 5-year-old son of the xxx stallion Mr Houston, drew post 2 for Saturday’s 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Coronas Boy Returns in Challenger Six Handicap

Victor M. Diaz’s Coronas Boy, a homebred 5-year-old son of the xxx stallion Mr Houston, drew post 2 for Saturday’s 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Jess Bordeaux Returns in Shue Fly Trials

Gary L. Thompson’s Jess Bordeaux is one of 40 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Reaper Wins Johnie L. Jamison Handicap

Capping off a big day, Irwin Rosendo rode Reaper to a neck victory in the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Renewed Vows Rallies to Win NM State Racing Commission Handicap

R.D. Hubbard’s Renewed Vows scored her second career stakes victory in Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Stakes Doubleheader on Tap for Sunday at Sunland Park

A pair of stakes for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds -- the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for fillies and mares, and the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds and older -- will be conte... Read More...

RCJ Major Storm is Prompt Favorite in Jess Burner Memorial

Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in a full field of 10 New Mexico-bred sprinters, RCJ Major Storm responded with a half-length win in the $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Zia Park Meet Ends With Large Increase in Average Daily Handle

Zia Park Racetrack in Hobbs, New Mexico, ended its 56-day meet on December 2, as the track recorded a double-digit increase in total handle. Read More...

RCJ Major Storm, Booyah Bay Return in Jess Burner Memorial

RCJ Major Storm and Booyah Bay, the winner and runner-up, respectively, in the October 26 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1), will both make their next starts in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for state-bred sprinters at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Meet Opens Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack will open its 2014-15 season with a 10-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. (MST). Read More...

Report from November 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

Track Records Fall on Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day

A pair of Thoroughbred track records, one at 1 1/16 miles and the other at 1 1/8 miles, were broken during Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” racing program at Zia Park. Read More...

Liberty Lover Rallies to Win Eddy County Stakes

Liberty Lover, a homebred colt racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, ran his win streak to three with a come-from-behind victory in the $150,000 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park on Wednesday. Read More...

Foxy Moonflash is Prompt Favorite in NM Fillies and Mares Championship

Bobby Simmons’ Foxy Moonflash extended her winning streak in Wednesday’s 400-yard, $151,480 New Mexico Quarter Horse Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1) at Zia Park. Read More...

NM-Bred Proceed to Tackle Open Company Again in Zia Park Derby

Michael C. Stinson’s Proceed, a New Mexico-bred son of Desert God trained by Joel Marr, is one of eight 3-year-olds entered in Wednesday’s 1 1/8-mile, $200,000 Zia Park Derby, one of seven stakes races scheduled for Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day program. Read More...

Trainer Joel Marr Notches 1,000th Thoroughbred Win on Tuesday

Trainer Joel Marr tallied his 1,000th career Thoroughbred win in Tuesday’s 11th and final race at Zia Park. Marr’s milestone victory came with Sweet Diamond, a 3-year-old Attila’s Storm filly owned by Rodney Brooks and Donnie Reid and ridden by Ken Tohill, in a 1-mile race for New Mexico-bred maiden $6,500 claimers. Read More...

Sunland Park Racetrack Releases $5.6-Million Stakes Schedule

Approximately $5.6 million in stakes purses will be up for grabs during the 2014-15 Sunland Park meet, which opens its 76-day run on Friday, December 5. Read More...

Report from October 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

Trainer Joel Marr, Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. Dominate New Mexico Cup Races

Trainer Joel Marr and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. each won four races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Races Draw 122 Entries

A total of 122 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. A total of 12 races will be run. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Foxy Moonflash Posts Fastest Qualifying Time to $207,482 New Mexico Cup Derby

Foxy Moonflash, a daughter of champion First Moonflash racing for Bobby Simmons, is the fastest qualifier to the October 26, $207,482 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park. Read More...