New Mexico Horse Racing News

NMHBA Magazine July 2013

Including complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred stakes races; profiles of breeders Dosi and Norma Alvarez and NMHBA trustee William Tandy Walker; a look inside U.S. drug-testing laboratories; and much more. Read More...

Ofashionsoutherngirl is Fastest NM State Fair Breeders’ Derby Qualifier

Rita J. Danley’s Ofashionsoutherngirl won the first of two New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday, and the homebred filly is the fastest qualiier to the 400-yard, $35,000-added final on September 22. Read More...

Hunting Dixie Wins E.T. Springer Stakes

Brian Theriot rode Hunting Dixie to a one-length victory in Sunday’s $37,000 E.T. Springer Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Field Set for Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity

The field has been set for the September 22, $35,000-added Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Corona Caliente Filly is Fastest NM State Fair Senorita Futurity Finalist

Felicias Prettylucky, a homebred Corona Caliente filly racing for Mary Ann Lujan, won the first of three New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Friday and is the fastest qualifier to the September 21 final. Read More...

Downwiththequickness is Fastest Senor Futurity Qualifier

Downwiththequickness, a homebred gelding by the Royal Quick Dash stallion Be Real Quick owned and trained by Terry G. Smith, is the fastest qualifier to the September 21, $35,000-added New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquer... Read More...

E.T. Springer Stakes Draws Six Entries

Six New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds have been entered in Sunday’s 7-furlong, $37,000 E.T. Springer Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Zia Park Meet Opens Saturday

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

NM-Bred Handsome Jack Flash Wins All American Futurity

Fifth-fastest qualifier Handsome Jack Flash, a New Mexico-bred gelding by First Moonflash owned by Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney, scored an upset victory in Monday’s $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Osbaldo Wins Lineage QH Championship

Hubaldo Solis’ Osbaldo scored his first stakes victory in more than two years in the $37,000 Lineage Championship Stakes (RG3), one of four New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse stakes run at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

Trainer Jose Gonzalez Jr. Has a Big First Day of Lineage Weekend

Trainer Jose Gonzalez Jr., a resident of Albuquerque and a third-generation horseman, had a big day on the first day of Lineage weekend at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Fields Set For This Weekend’s Lineage Races

The fields have been set for this weekend’s Lineage races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Desert God Filly Tops NM-Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale

Sa Moken Alarm, a gray or roan filly by Desert God consigned by Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas, sold for $77,000 to lead Saturday’s New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NM-Bred Rabbit Revival Outruns Odds to Win Brigand Stakes

One of only two registered New Mexico-breds in the full field of 10, Linnette Sanchez’s Rabbit Revival led at every call en route to a 2 1/4-length win in Saturday’s $20,000 Brigand Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NM-Bred Handsome Jack Flash Makes All American Futurity Final

Handsome Jack Flash, a registered New Mexico-bred gelding racing for Debra Laney, Norma Alvarez, and Brenda Alvarez, is the fifth-fastest qualifier to the September 2, $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

First Moonflash Filly Tops NM-Bred Quarter Horse Yearling Sale

Flashin Chamisa, a filly by 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash, sold for $60,000 to top the Quarter Horse portion of this year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

All American Futurity and Derby Trials Draw 17 New Mexico-Breds

Thirteen of the 280 2-year-olds entered in this year’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials, which will be held at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack on Thursday and Friday, are New Mexico-breds. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale Draws 362 Horses

A total of 362 yearlings – 226 Quarter Horses and 136 Thoroughbreds – have been consigned to the August 16-17 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at the Ruidoso Horse Sale Pavilion at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Meet Opens Friday

Enhanced by a new 65,000-square foot casino, The Downs at Albuquerque opens its 57-day race meet with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 2:30 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Jockey Alfredo Juarez Wins Four Races on Zia Day

Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode the winners of four races on Sunday's 11-race Zia Festival program at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Osaka Moon Breaks Maiden in Gwendolyn Eaves Stakes

Osaka Moon, a homebred filly by Chicks A Blazin racing for Dosi and Norma Alvarez of La Union, New Mexico, broke her maiden with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the $20,000 Gwendolyn Eaves Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs ... Read More...

Longshot Gonna Make You Royal Scores in By By JJ Stakes

Bowers and Seago Racing's Gonna Make You Royal outran his 14-1 odds to win Saturday's 400-yard, $20,000 By By JJ Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zia Festival Races Draw 101 Entries

A total of 101 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday's Zia Festival races at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. Read More...

Report from July 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, July 18. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Releases 2013 Stakes Schedule

The Downs at Albuquerque has released its stakes schedule for its 57-day meet, which opens on Friday, August 2. A total of 33 stakes worth approximately $1.2 million have been scheduled by racing secretary Jim Collins, 19 for Thoroughbreds and 14 for Q... Read More...

Stakes Winners Dandy Don Who, Roll Out The Band Make Rio Grande Senor Futurity Final

Stakes winners Dandy Don Who and Roll Out The Band are among the 10 New Mexico-bred colts and geldings who will race in the 5 1/2-furlong, $191,150 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 28. Read More...

Lady Genius Remains Unbeaten, Makes Rio Grande Senorita Futurity Final

Lady Genius was a prompt odds-on favorite in the second of four Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

An Absolut Diamond Posts Fastest Zia Derby Trial Time

G.R. Carter Jr. rode An Absolut Diamond to a three-quarter length victory in the second of four Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Too Flash For You is Fastest Zia Futurity Qualifier

Too Flash For You, a First Moonflash gelding racing for Jose Espinosa and Jim and Michelle Laird, broke his maiden with a three-quarter length victory in the second of 10 Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. Read More...

Rio Grande Futurity Trials Set for Saturday

Several of the top state-bred 2-year-old Thoroughbreds in New Mexico have been entered in Saturday's 5 1/2-furlong Grande Senor and Senorita futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Graded Stakes Winner Sandys Jesse Tops Zia Derby Trials

A total of 33 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, including multiple stakes winner Sandys Jesse, have been entered in Saturday's Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zia Futurity Trials Attract 94 New Mexico-Bred 2-Year-Olds

Heza Wild Dragon, the winner of the $357,030 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on June 15, is one of 94 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Report from June 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, June 27. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Sale Catalog Now Available Online

The catalog for the August 16-17 New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Sale at Ruidoso Downs is now available online. Read More...

Reaper Rallies to Win Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Reaper, a homebred Attila's Storm gelding racing for R.D. Hubbard and trained by Todd Fincher, rallied to win Sunday's $167,391 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Rollickin Red Holds On To Win NM Horsemen’s Association Handicap

Rollickin Red was a prompt 9-10 favorite in Sunday's $65,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R), as SunRay Park ended its 39-day spring meet before 2,214 fans. Read More...

Aful Alibi Posts Mild Upset in Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes

Macario Rodriguez rode Aful Alibi to a one-length win in Saturday's 400-yard, $65,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Rollickin Red is Highweight in New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap

Rollickin Red, a multiple stakes-winning Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) gelding owned by a partnership and trained by Todd Fincher, is the 126-pound top weight in Sunday's 870-yard, $65,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter... Read More...

Roll Out The Band Scores in Totah Stakes

Roll Out The Band led at every call en route to a convincing 5 1/4-length victory in Tuesday's $65,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park. Read More...

Heza Wild Dragon Wins Mountain Top QH Futurity

Second-fastest qualifier Heza Wild Dragon, a sorrel gelding by Genuine Strawfly owned and trained by Kristopher Cordova, got up at the wire to win Saturday's $357,030 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Do... Read More...

Totah Stakes Draws Field of Seven

A field of seven New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, headed by stakes winner and morning-line favorite Dandy Don Who, has been entered in Tuesday's 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Mitey Moon Draws Post 4 for Mountain Top QH Futurity Final

Mitey Moon, a homebred filly by champion First Moonflash racing for Debra Jean Laney, drew post 4 for Saturday's 350-yard, $356,980 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Stakes-Placed Vernissage Makes Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Final

Vernissage, a homebred gelding by the Golden Missile stallion Going Wild campaigned by Gary L. Thompson, made the June 22, $167,000 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Lady Genius Extends Win Streak in Kendrick Memorial

Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in the full field of 10, Lady Genius responded with a wire-to-wire, 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday's C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Lady Genius Returns in Kendrick Memorial

Lady Genius, an undefeated stakes-winning daughter of Quinton's Gold, will make her first start in seven weeks in Saturday's 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials Draw 25 Entries

A total of 25 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including 14 first-time starters, have been entered in Friday's 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Bet on Ballou Extends Win Streak in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Bet On Ballou rallied under jockey Jaime Parga Leos to win Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at SunRay Park. Read More...

Full Field Entered in Jimmy Drake Stakes

A full field of 10 New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

First Moonflash Filly Is Top Mountain Top Futurity Qualifier

Mitey Moon, a homebred filly by AQHA champion First Moonflash racing for Debra Jean Laney, is the fastest qualifier for the June 15, $356,980 Mountain Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Longshot King Of Pop Scores in New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity

King Of Pop, a homebred son of Chickie Cherry Cola racing for Verona Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico, outran his 13-1 odds to win Sunday's $133,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...