New Mexico Horse Racing News

New Mexico Racing Commission Seeks Executive Director

The New Mexico Racing Commission on Monday began its search for a new executive director to replace Vince Mares, who resigned earlier this month. Read More...

Desert God Dies

Desert God has died and has been laid to rest on owner Joe Allen’s farm near Abilene, Texas. He was 24. Read More...

Desert God Dies

Desert God has died and has been laid to rest on owner Joe Allen’s farm near Abilene, Texas. He was 24. Read More...

My Bikini Fell Off Rallies to Win NM State Racing Commission Handicap

My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 4-year-old filly racing for Brian Mundell, came from off the pace to win the $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state-bred distaffers at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Thermal Wins Johnie L. Jamison Handicap

R.D. Hubbard’s Thermal drew clear in the stretch to win Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Wyatt Returns in Johnie Jamison Handicap

Wyatt, a homebred 6-year-old Pro Prado gelding racing for C.P. Hourigan, is one of 10 New Mexico-breds entered in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. The Johnie L. Jamison is one of two state-bred Thoroughbred stakes scheduled for Sunday at Sunland Park. The other stakes, the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R), has drawn a field of eight New Mexico-bred distaffers. Read More...

Osbaldo Wins Jess Burner Memorial Handicap

Osbaldo, a homebred 6-year-old son of Jesse James Jr racing for Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico, sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday’s Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for state-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Major Moonflash, Jess Got Issues Meet in Jess Burner Memorial

Graded stakes winners Major Moonflash and Jess Got Issues are among the 11 New Mexico-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Opens 72-Day Meet Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack will open its 2015-16 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse season with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:45 p.m. (MST). Read More...

New Mexico-Breds Shine on Land of Enchantment Day

A pair of New Mexico-breds -- one Thoroughbred and one Quarter Horse --- each won stakes races during Wednesday's $1.2-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

Astica Returns in New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship

Astica, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White, will face older distaffers for the first time in Wednesday’s 400-yard, $140,000-added New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park. The New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship is one of two state-bred stakes and eight stakes scheduled for Wednesday’s third annual “Land of Enchantment” Day program at Zia Park. Post time for the first of 11 races is set for 12:15 p.m. (MST). Read More...

Diabolical Dame Extends Win Streak to Six in New Mexico Cup Oaks

Diabolical Dame cemented her status as the season’s best New Mexico distaffer with a six-length victory in Sunday’s 6-furlong, $140,600 New Mexico Cup Oaks (R) for state-bred 3-year-old fillies at Zia Park. Read More...

Report from October 2015 New Mexico Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, September 22. Read More...

Fields Drawn for Sunday’s New Mexico Cup Races at Zia Park

A total of 129 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Read More...

Major Moonflash is Fastest New Mexico Cup Derby Qualifier

Major Moonflash, a graded stakes placed son of champion First Moonflash, won the last of three New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Sunday, and the gelding is the fastest qualifier to the November 1, $140,000-added final. Read More...

Field Set for New Mexico Cup Futurity

Jess Cruzin On By, a homebred son of Jesse James Jr colt owned by Yaneth Cabrera, won the last of six New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials on Saturday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the November 1, $300,000-est. final at Zia Park. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Derby Trials Draw 21 State-Bred 3-Year-Olds

A total of 21 state-bred 3-year-olds, including the graded stakes placed Major Moonflash, has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

Im A Moon Quest, Jess Cruzin On By Return in New Mexico Cup Futurity Trials

Graded stakes winners Im A Moon Quest and Jess Cruzin On By are among the 53 state-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Releases $5-Million Stakes Schedule

Sunland Park has released its stakes schedule for its 2015-16 meet, which opens December 18. The track’s stakes schedule features 45 stakes, 29 for Thoroughbreds and 16 for Quarter Horses, worth approximately $5 million. Read More...

Report from September 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, September 24. Read More...

NMHBA Releases Award Distribution Allocation Sheet

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association has released its award-distribution allocation sheet for this year. Read More...

Cinco Menudos Wins New Mexico QH Breeders Championship

William G. McCarty’s Cinco Menudos unleashed a strong stretch run to win the $60,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

NM Quarter Horse Breeders Championship Draws Full Field of Ten

A full field of 10 state-bred sprinters, headed by morning-line favorite Grant The Star, has been entered in Sunday’s 440-yard, $60,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Astica Rolls On in First Moonflash Derby Trials

Astica, a homebred filly racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico, won the first of two First Moonflash Derby (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday. Read More...

Diabolical Dame Defeats Open Company in Casino at the Downs Stakes

Diabolical Dame extended her win streak to five races with a 2 3/4-length victory in the $55,000 Casino at The Downs Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday. Read More...

Stakes Winners Naevussquall, Diabolical King Make Camino Real Futurity Field

Stakes winners Naevussquall and Diabolical King are among the 12 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Thoroughbreds who have qualified to the September 27, $200,000 Camino Real Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Wahoo Raider is Fastest Qualifier to Downs at Albuquerque Futurity

Wahoo Raider, a homebred Jess A Chicks gelding owned by Jacob J. Simmons III, is the fastest qualifier to the September 26, $250,000-est. Downs at Albuquerque Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Camino Real Futurity Trials Draw 23 New Mexico bred 2 Year Olds

Stakes winners Diabolical King and Naevussquall are among the 23 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 6-furlong Camino Real Futurity (R) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Zia Park Opens 56-Day Meet Saturday

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

Downs at Albuquerque Opens 17-day Fall Meet on Friday

The Downs at Albuquerque will open its 17-day fall Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 2:30 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Two Dozen New Mexico Breds Consigned to Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale

A total of 480 yearlings, including 24 registered New Mexico-breds, has been consigned to the three-day Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, which runs September 4-6. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Announces Rich Stakes Schedule for Fall Meet

Approximately $1.2 million in stakes purses will be up for grabs during the 17-day Downs at Albuquerque fall meet, which opens September 11. Read More...

Report from August 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

RG Miracle Wins New Mexico Breeders Futurity

Isaias Cardenas rode RG Miracle to a one-length victory in Sunday’s 350-yard, $102,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

New Mexico Confirms First 2015 Case of West Nile Virus

The first case of Equine West Nile Virus was confirmed on August 20 in a Valencia County, New Mexico, horse that had not been vaccinated against the disease. Read More...

NM Bred Mad About The Moon Qualifies to Grade 1 All American Derby

Mad About The Moon, a registered New Mexico-bred son of champion First Moonflash, is the second-fastest qualifier to the September 6, $2,378,383 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Attilas Storm Colts Tops NM Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale

Expect A Storm, a chestnut colt by Attila’s Storm out of the mutliple stakes placed Premeditation mare Prairie Moonlight, sold for $65,000 to top the New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Fastest Qualifier WR Jessie Returns in New Mexico Breeders Futurity

WR Jessie, a homebred Jesse James Jr filly, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 350-yard, $102,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Chicks Regard Colt Tops NM Bred QH Yearling Sale

Regards Miracle, a colt by the Chicks Beduino stallion Chicks Regard, sold for $60,000 to top Friday’s New Mexico-Bred Quarter Horse Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Mr. Digger Upsets Totah Stakes

Mr. Digger outran his 10-1 odds to win Tuesday’s 4 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park. Read More...

Shug’s Hope Rallies to Win Kendrick Memorial

Under a well-timed ride by Elvin Gonzalez, Shug’s Hope scored her first career stakes victory in the $50,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park on Tuesday. Read More...

New Mexico Bred 2 Year Olds in Spotlight Tuesday at SunRay Park

A pair of 4 1/2-furlong, $50,000 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old stakes will be featured on SunRay Park’s nine-race program on Tuesday. Post time for the first race is set for 1:30 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

New Mexico Breds to Be Well Represented in All American Futurity and Derby Trials

A dozen New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in this week’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials, to be run Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. Also, six New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds are among the entries in the 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials on Sunday. Read More...

New Mexico Bred Sale Draws 323 Consignments

This year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, to be held August 21-22 at the Ruidoso Downs Sale Pavilion, has drawn 323 consignments. Read More...

Gator Heat Wins Dine Stakes

Gator Heat, a homebred son of Southwestern Heat racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, earned his first career stakes win in Tuesday’s $50,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Dine Stakes Draws Eight State Bred 3 Year Olds

A field of eight New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, led by morning-line favorite Gator Heat, has been entered in Tuesday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Grant The Star Gets First Stakes Win in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Grant The Star, a 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm (TB) owned by Norris Land and Cattle Co. of Lovington, New Mexico, earned his first stakes victory in the $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for state-bred aged runners at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...

Cinco Menudos is Morning Line Choice in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Cinco Menudos, a homebred 5-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding owned by William McCarty, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Jesse James Jr Filly is Fastest New Mexico Breeders Futurity Qualifier

Rose Webb’s WR Jessie, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr, broke her maiden with a one-length victory in the first of four New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) trials at SunRay Park on Friday. Read More...

New Mexico Breeders Futurity Trials Draw 31 State Bred 2 Year Olds

A total of 31 state-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...