New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

La Senora Stakes Draws 10 Juvenile Fillies

A total of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies, topped by morning-line favorite Sippin, has been entered in Tuesday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Field Set for Shue Fly Stakes

Daniel Balderrama's Magnifico Dragon is the fastest qualifier to the January 15, $204,920 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred foals of 2014 at Sunland Park. Read More...

Shue Fly Trials Draw 47 New Mexico-Bred Juveniles

A total of 47 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $200,000-est. Shue Fly Stakes final on January 15. Read More...

Bryn’s Fancy Pants Rebounds to Win NM State Racing Commission Handicap

Making her first start against older distaffers, Bryn’s Fancy Pants rallied to win Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Not My Note is Prompt Favorite in Johnie L. Jamison Handicap

Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite in a full field of a dozen New Mexico-breds, Michael G. Weatherly’s Not My Note responded with a 2 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator Wins Jess Burner Memorial

Seeyalateralligator, a 4-year-old son of Winners Version racing for Ezra Lee and Jason Giles, sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday’s $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Sunday Program Features Two Stakes

Sunland Park’s rich Thoroughbred stakes schedule kicks off with a New Mexico-bred doubleheader on Sunday. Read More...

Klassic Strawfly Risks Win Streak in Jess Burner

Yaneth Cabrera’s Klassic Strawfly, a 10-year-old son of Genuine Strawfly trained by Miguel Castillo, will put his five-race win streak on the line in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA 2017 Stallion Register

In this issue: A recap of the 2016 New Mexico House and Senate elections; profiles of NMHBA trustee Bobby McQueen, New Mexico Racing Commission equine medical advisor Dr. Scot Waterman, and trainer Tony Sedillo; exclusive and complete coverage of all 1... Read More...

Astica, Happy Hennessy Dominate on Land of Enchantment Day

New Mexico-breds Astica and Happy Hennessy both scored impressive victories on Wednesday’s $1.28-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

Two New Mexico Bred Stakes Featured on Land of Enchantment Program

Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s rich Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

Report from November 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the its conference room in Albuquerque on Thursday, November 10. Read More...

Sunland Park Releases $5.5-Million Stakes Schedule

Sunland Park has released its stakes schedule for its 2016-17 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens on December 16. Read More...

Report from October 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the Jockey Club at Albuquerque Downs Racetrack on Thursday, October 20. Read More...

Fincher, Hebert Score Big on New Mexico Cup Day

Trainer Todd Fincher and jockey Tracy Hebert each won four races during Zia Park Racetrack’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program for state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses on Sunday. Read More...

Stage is Set for $2 Million New Mexico Cup Day

A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses -- two more than last year -- has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Read More...

Field Set for New Mexico Cup Derby

Datona Doll, a sorrel daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Mark and Annette McCloy, won the last of three New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials on Sunday, and the filly is the fastest qualifier to the $200,000-est. final at Zia Park on October 30. Read More...

Magnifico Dragon Tops New Mexico Cup Futurity Qualifiers

Daniel Balderrama’s Magnifico Dragon is the fastest qualifier to the October 30, $300,000-est. New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles at Zia Park. Read More...

Air Force Won Returns in New Mexico Cup Derby Trials

Air Force Won, a gelded son of champion Ketel Won racing for Salvador Nava-Nava, will make his first start in two months in Sunday’s 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (G2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

NMHBA Fall 2016 Magazine

In this issue: Exclusive and complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred races at Ruidoso Downs and Albuquerque Downs; profile of breeder Sam Tanner; coverage of the New Mexico-Bred Sale and Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale; and much more. If you would like t... Read More...

Report from September 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the Jockey Club at Albuquerque Downs Racetrack on Thursday, September 15. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Futurity Trials Draw 72 State-Bred Juveniles

A total of 72 state-bred 2-year-olds, including stakes winners Mitey Man and Running Dragon, has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

NMHBA Magazine Fall 2016

Featuring complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred races at Albuquerque Downs and Ruidoso Downs, including the July 31 Zia Festival races at Ruidoso; profile on breeder Sam Tanner; coverage of the New Mexico-Bred Sale and Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale; ... Read More...

Sippin Wins Permian Basin Stakes

Sippin, a registered New Mexico-bred filly racing for R.D. Hubbard, kept her perfect record intact with a convincing 4 1/2-length victory in Monday’s $50,000 Permian Basin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Zia Park. Read More...

Princess Jesse, Waltzing Attila Score Stakes Wins at Albuquerque Downs

Princess Jesse, a homebred filly by Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, parlayed a sharp break from post 4 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds. Read More...

Mitey Man Scores in New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity

Mitey Man, the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite, rewarded his connections with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $241,168 New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Albuquerque Downs Will Pay a Track-Record $1.25 Million in Purses During its Closing Weekend

Albuquerque Downs will close its 2016 racing season with a bang this weekend, as the track will pay out a track-record total of $1.25 million in purses on Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

Not My Note Wins Casey Darnell Pony Express

Glen Murphy rode Not My Note to a 1 1/2-length victory in the September 17, $60,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

D E Lover, Citizen Geller Square Off in Casey Darnell Stakes

D E Lover, the top Thoroughbred during the recently concluded Ruidoso Downs summer season, is one of six New Mexico-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $60,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Princess Jesse Tops New Mexico State Fair Derby Qualifiers

Princess Jesse, a homebred Jesse James Jr filly owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson, is the fastest qualifier to the September 25, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Raskateer, Indian H Who Win New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Raskateer and Indian H Who both scored victories in Saturday’s 6-furlong New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Princess Jesse, Carson City Girl Headline NM State Fair Breeders’ Derby Trials

Graded stakes winners Princess Jesse and Carson City Girl are among the 17 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Field Set for New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity

Bobby Simmons’ Mitey Man, a gelded son of champion First Moonflash trained by Trey Wood, is the fastest qualifier to the September 24, $250,000-estimated New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

My Mirage Returns in New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Bauer Farm’s My Mirage, a stakes-placed Diabolical colt trained by Dick “Flaco” Cappellucci, is one of 16 state-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 6-furlong New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

New Mexico State Fair Futurity Trials Draw 44 State Bred 2 Year Olds

Friday’s nine-race program at Albuquerque Downs will be headlined by five 400-yard trials for the New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Zia Park Opens 56-Day Meet on Saturday

Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico, will open its 56-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with an 11-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Go Gotta Go is Morning-Line Choice in Rio Grande Senor Futurity

Go Gotta Go, a homebred son of the Old Trieste stallion Mr. Trieste racing for Maurcenia Cross, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Monday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $152,974 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings. Read More...

Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Draws Field of Nine

On Monday, Tony Sedillo will be prepping fastest qualifier Imperial Eagle for that gelding’s appearance in the $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, but earlier in the card the trainer will sending morning-line favorite D E Lover to take on eight New Mexico-bred opponents in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Handicap (R). Read More...

Undefeated Sheza Snowball Headlines Rio Grande Senorita Futurity

Sheza Snowball, an undefeated daughter of the Gone West stallion Southwestern Heat, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies entered back in Sunday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $191,077 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Stormin The Jewels, Hit A Lick Renew Rivalry in Casino at the Downs Derby

Stormin The Jewels and Hit A Lick, the winner and runner-up, respectively, in the July 31 Road Runner Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs, are among the 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $107,976 Casino at the Downs Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Catalog Features 27 Registered New Mexico Breds

The catalog for this year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, which takes place September 2-4 at the Ruidoso Horse Sale Pavilion in Ruidoso Downs, contains 27 registered New Mexico-breds. Read More...