New Mexico Horse Racing News

NMHBA Magazine January 2014

Featuring complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races, including a recap of the New Mexico Cup Day races at Zia Park; profile of Zia Park director of racing Fred Hutton; farm profile of Mountain States Equine in Hobbs; meet wrap-ups for Zia P... Read More...

Report from January 2014 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its first monthly meeting of 2014 at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 9. Read More...

Jack Van Berg to be Special Guest at NMHBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer Jack Van Berg will be the special guest at the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association annual business meeting and Zia Awards banquet on Thursday, January 30. Read More...

Woodys Allstar Wins Shue Fly Stakes

Woodys Allstar, the fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite, scored her first stakes victory in Saturday’s $290,656 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for newly turned New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Woodys Allstar Returns in $290,602 Shue Fly Final

A full field of 10 newly turned 3-year-old New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $290,602 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Mr. Wizard Wins Albert Dominguez Memorial

Returning to a route distance, Mr. Wizard responded with a three-quarter length victory in the Sunday’s $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Proceed is Prompt Favorite in Red Hedeman Mile

Making just his second career start, Michael C. Stinson’s Proceed was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Saturday’s $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

That’s Who Returns in Albert Dominguez Memorial

That’s Who, a homebred 4-year-old gelding by Quinton’s Gold racing for Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, is the morning-line favorite for Sunday’s $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

That’s Who Returns in Albert Dominguez Memorial

That’s Who, a homebred 4-year-old gelding by Quinton’s Gold racing for Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, is the morning-line favorite for Sunday’s $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

NM-Bred Rocky Gulch To Be Inducted into Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame

Rocky Gulch, the first New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred to top the million-dollar mark in career earnings, will be inducted this summer into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame. Read More...

NM-Bred Rocky Gulch To Be Inducted into Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame

Rocky Gulch, the first New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred to top the million-dollar mark in career earnings, will be inducted this summer into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame. Read More...

Red Hedeman Mile Draws Seven 2-Year-Olds

Reaper, a homebred multiple stakes winning son of Attila’s Storm racing for R.D. Hubbard, drew post 3 for Saturday’s $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

High Test Gal Wins Enchantress Stakes

Francisco Giles rode longshot High Test Gal to a convincing 5 1/2-length victory in the 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park on Sunday Read More...

Desert Delight Cash Upsets Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

Sent to post at odds of 20-1, Desert Delight Cash responded with her first career stakes victory in Sunday’s $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

D E Wagons Strawfly Wins Challenger Six Handicap

D E Wagons Strawfly, a 4-year-old gelded son of Genuine Strawfly owned and trained by Tony Sedillo, scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $85,080 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park. Read More...

Woodys Allstar is Fastest Shue Fly Qualifier

Salvador Martinez rode Woodys Allstar to a 1 3/4-length victory in the fifth of seven Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park on Friday. Read More...

Sunday NM-Bred Stakes Doubleheader Set for Sunland Park

Two New Mexico-bred stakes -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will top the 11-race program at Sunland Park on Sunday. Both of the stakes drew overflow fields of 12, including two also-eligible entries. Read More...

Coronas Boy Returns in Challenger Six Handicap

Coronas Boy, the upset winner of the October 27 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park, will break from post 5 in Saturday’s 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Shue Fly Trials Draw 70 New Mexico-Bred 2-Year-Olds

A total of 70 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rose’s Desert Ends Career With Victory in NM Racing Commission Handicap

Making the final start of her career, Joe Peacock’s Rose’s Desert was a prompt 3-5 favorite in Sunday’s $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Hush’s Storm Rallies to Win Johnie L. Jamison Handicap

Hush’s Storm outran his 8-1 odds to win the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Here Kittykittykitty Extends Win Streak in Jess Burner

Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty earned his third consecutive victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rose’s Desert Returns in NM State Racing Commission Handicap

Rose’s Desert, a six-time stakes-winning mare racing for Joe Peacock, is one of seven state-bred distaffers entered in Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Report from December 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, December 5. Read More...

Field of 10 Set for Jess Burner Memorial Handicap

A full field of 10 sprinters has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Opens 76-Day Meet Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack will open its 76-day season with an 11-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MST). Read More...

Lady Genius Wins Eddy County Stakes

Sent to post at odds of nearly 10-1, Lady Genius responded with a 4 1/4-length win in the 1-mile, $138,500 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park on Wednesday. Read More...

Aful Alibi Upsets NM Fillies & Mares Quarter Horse Championship

Joel Varela Sr.’s Aful Alibi outran her 10-1 odds to win Wednesday’s $150,480 New Mexico Fillies & Mares Quarter Horse Championship (RG1) at Zia Park. Read More...

Zia Park Stakes Rescheduled for Wednesday

Zia Park Racetrack in Hobbs has received approval from the New Mexico Racing Commission to move its stakes races scheduled for this weekend to Wednesday, November 27. Read More...

That’s The Idea is Morning-Line Favorite in Eddy County Stakes

That’s The Idea, a homebred daughter of Diabolical racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, is the 2-1 morning-line choice in Sunday’s 1-mile, $120,000 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park. Read More...

NM Fillies & Mares QH Championship Draws Full Field

A full field of 10 distaffers has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $140,000-added New Mexico Fillies & Mares Quarter Horse Championship (RG1) at Zia Park. Read More...

Report from October 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 31. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Ends Meet With Double-Digit Increases in Attendance, Handle

The Downs at Albuquerque ended its 56-day season on Wednesday, with the track recording substantial increases in attendance and handle. Read More...

Trainer Joel Marr Has Big Day at New Mexico Cup

Trainer Joel Marr saddled the winners of three of eight Thoroughbred races during Sunday’s 12-race New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park. Read More...

My Big Chief Scores Victory in NM Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship

Lorenzo Cano’s My Big Chief sprinted to a half-length win in Saturday’s $37,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

NMHBA Magazine October 2013

Featuring complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races, including recaps of the Zia Festival at Ruidoso Downs and Lineage Weekend at The Downs at Albuquerque; profiles of Jean Stoddard and Gary and LaRae Sumpter; coverage of the Ruidoso Horse ... Read More...

Osbaldo Returns in NM Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship

Osbaldo has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds for Saturday’s 440-yard, $37,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Races Draw 123 Entries

A total of 123 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses are expected to reach more than $2 million for 12 races, which would once again make the New Mexico Cup the richest one day state-bred racing program in North America. Read More...

Storm Chasor Posts Fastest New Mexico Cup Derby Trial Time

Joan Dale Hubbard’s Storm Chasor won the last of three New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Sunday, and the homebred gelding by Attila’s Storm (TB) recorded the fastest qualifying time for the $200,000-est. final on October 27. Read More...

Graded Stakes Winner Moonifisant is Fastest NM Cup Futurity Qualifier

Making his first start in two months, Moonifisant scored a three-quarter length victory in the last of seven New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Saturday. Read More...

Sapello Cantador Rallies to Win UNM Handicap

John Rochabrun rode Sapello Cantador to a come-from-behind victory in Saturday’s $37,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) for state-bred Thoroughbreds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Spinning Touch is Highweight in UNM Handicap

Michael and Jeanne Fuhs’ Spinning Touch is the 123-pound topweight in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile, $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) for state-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Dashin Ace Entered in New Mexico Cup Derby Trials

Dashin Ace, a sorrel gelding by Dash Ta Fame owned by Derol Hubbard and Ted Rushing, is one of 25 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Futurity Trials Set for Saturday

A total of 63 state-bred 2-year-olds, including graded stakes winners Moonifisant and King Of Pop, have been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

NM-Bred Osbaldo Wins Zoom Zoom Zoom Stakes

Osbaldo, a homebred 4-year-old stallion campaigned by Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico, won Saturday’s $24,400 Tecate Zoom Zoom Zoom Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Poblano Earns Wire-To-Wire Victory in George Maloof Futurity

Diana Bringhurst’s Poblano led at every call en route to a 7 1/4-length win in the 6-furlong, $53,753 George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, one of three state-bred stakes run at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

Rey Del Mar Scores Upset Victory in NM State Fair Breeders’ Stakes

Rey Del Mar outran his 41-1 odds to win the $37,000 New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (R), one of three state-bred stakes races run at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday. Read More...

Vernissage is Morning-Line Favorite in George Maloof Futurity

Gary L. Thompson’s Vernissage is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the 6-furlong, $37,000-added George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, one of three state-bred stakes races to be run at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

NM-Bred Stakes Tripleheader Set for Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday

New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds will be in the spotlight at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday, as the track presents three stakes restricted to state-breds -- two for Quarter Horses and one for Thoroughbreds. Read More...

NM-Bred Jiffy James Makes PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity Final

Jiffy James, a registered New Mexico-bred gelding by Jesse James Jr owned by Stanley Watkins, won a PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) trial at Los Alamitos last Saturday, and he is the third-fastest qualifier to the $435,000 final on October 5. Read More...