New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

Report from September 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

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

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...