New Mexico Horse Racing News

Attila’s Hurricane Wins Dine Stakes

Gary L. Thompson's Attila's Hurricane led at every call en route to a 2 3/4-length victory in the 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...

Tyger Teras is Prompt Favorite in Aztec Oaks

Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode favorite Tyger Teras to four-length victory in Saturday's $65,000 Aztec Oaks (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

NM-Bred Stakes Doubleheader Set for Sunday at SunRay Park

SunRay Park in Farmington, New Mexico, will present a New Mexico-bred stakes doubleheader as part of its nine-race program on Sunday. Post time for the first race is set for 1 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Ruidoso Futurity Trials Open 60-Day Meet

A total of 245 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday's Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs, as the southern New Mexico track opens its 60-day meet. Read More...

Report from May 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, May 16. Read More...

Tyger Teras is Morning-Line Favorite in Aztec Oaks

Stakes winner Tyger Teras is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Aztec Oaks (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Jess Rueben James Breaks Maiden in NM Breeders’ Stakes

Larry Gamez rode Jess Rueben James to a neck victory in the $65,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses at SunRay Park on Sunday. Read More...

Sandys Jesse Returns in New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes

Sandys Jesse, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Chin S. Lee, is one of 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Filly by Hard Hitting Is Fastest New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity Qualifier

AJ Hardwood, a homebred filly by the TR Dasher stallion Hard Hitting racing for John and Anna Romero, is the fastest qualifier for the May 26, $150,000-est. New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity Trials Draw 35 Entries

A total of 35 state-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday's 350-yard New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...

Zia Park Stakes Schedule Includes New $300,000 Race for Thoroughbred Fillies

The New Mexico Racing Commission has approved the stakes schedule for Zia Park in Hobbs, which opens its 56-day meet on September 7. Nearly $4 million in stakes purse money will be up for grabs for both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at Zia Park. The... Read More...

Report from April 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, April 25. Read More...

NMHBA Magazine March 2013

Including complete coverage of the 2013 NMHBA annual meeting and Zia Awards banquet in Albuquerque on January 24, as well as all New Mexico-bred stakes races; profiles of racing executives Harold Payne and Rick Baugh, and New Mexico Racing Commission c... Read More...

Incoho Tes Scores Upset Victory in Four Corners Senora

Sent to post at odds of nearly 13-1, Incoho Tes sprinted to her first career stakes win in Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at SunRay Park. Read More...

Former Claimer Groushy Apadana Wins Jack Cole Handicap

A one-time $5,000 claimer, Groushy Apadana scored his second career stakes victory in the 1-mile, $65,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park on Saturday. Read More...

Sandys Jesse is Morning-Line Choice in Four Corners Senora

Sandys Jesse, a 3-year-old filly by Jesse James Jr racing for Chin S. Lee of xxx, xxxx, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Four Corners Senora Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at SunRay Park. Read More...

Full Field of 10 Set for Jack Cole Handicap

On Down The Road, a multiple stakes winning 5-year-old gelding racing for Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California, heads a full field of 10 in Saturday's 1-mile, $65,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park. Read More...

Devon’s Spirit Rallies to Win Foutz Distaff

A well-timed ride by Duane “Lefty” Sterling helped Devon's Spirit win Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park. Read More...

Iplaytricks Heads Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff

Iplaytricks, a 5-year-old daughter of Desert God owned by Michael C. Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas, is the morning-line favorite for Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at ... Read More...

Govenor Charlie is Horse of Meet at Sunland Park

Govenor Charlie, a colt by Midnight Lute who is expected to make his next start in the May 4, $2-million Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, was named horse of the meet at Sunland Park Racetrack, which ended its 76-day season on Tuesday. Read More...

Govenor Charlie is Horse of Meet at Sunland Park

Govenor Charlie, a colt by Midnight Lute who is expected to make his next start in the May 4, $2-million Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, was named horse of the meet at Sunland Park Racetrack, which ended its 76-day season on Tuesday. Read More...

SunRay Park Opens 39-Day Meet on Friday

SunRay Park will open its 39-day season with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 3 p.m. (MDT). Located in Farmington, New Mexico, in the state's Four Corners region, SunRay Park will present live racing four day... Read More...

Lady Genius Scores Wire-to-Wire Victory in Fillies Division of Copper Top Futurity

Carlos Madeira rode Lady Genius to a wire-to-wire, 8 3/4-length win in the $88,389 Copper Top Futurity (R) (fillies division) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Dandy Don Who Wins Colts and Geldings Division of Copper Top Futurity

Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Dandy Don Who responded with a three-quarter length win in the 4 1/2-furlong, $95,126 Copper Top Futurity (R) (colts and geldings division) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Sandys Jesse is Prompt Favorite in Sunburst Stakes

A sharp break from post 8 helped favorite Sandys Jesse score her second stakes victory in Saturday's $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Slew By You Returns in Sunburst Stakes

Graded stakes winner Slew By You will make her return in Saturday's 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Entries Set for Copper Top Futurity

The fields have been set for both divisions of the 4 1/2-furlong, $60,000-added Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, both of which will be run on Saturday at Sunland Park. Read More...

Moonifisant Breaks Stakes Record in New Mexican Spring Futurity

Fastest qualifier Moonifisant overcame a less-than-perfect start to win the 300-yard, $231,348 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Kia Won Breaks Maiden in New Mexico Spring Fling

L. Salvador Martinez rode Kia Won to the colt's first victory in Saturday's $50,000 New Mexico Spring Fling Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Moonifisant Draws Post 6 for New Mexican Spring Futurity

Fastest qualifier and morning-line favorite Moonifisant will break from post 6 in Sunday's 300-yard, $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rimein N Singin Tops Field in New Mexican Spring Fling

A full field of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds, plus two also-eligible entries, has been entered back in Saturday's 300-yard, $50,000-added New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Report from March 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, March 28. Read More...

SunRay Park to Hold Benefit for Kenneth Moore

SunRay Park Racetrack and Casino in Farmington, New Mexico, will host a benefit dinner and silent auction for the family of the late Kenneth “Puff” Moore on Saturday, April 27. Read More...

Champion PJ Chick In Black Wins West Texas Derby

PJ Chick In Black, a registered New Mexico-bred filly by Desirio and last year's AQHA champion 2-year-old filly, sprinted to her third graded stakes victory in Saturday's $203,148 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Govenor Charlie Breaks Track Record in Sunland Derby

Govenor Charlie, a homebred colt by Midnight Lute racing for Mike Pegram, earned his first stakes victory in the 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3), one of seven stakes run at Sunland Park Racetrack on Sunday. Read More...

New Mexico Breds Share Spotlight on Sunland Derby Day

Sunday's 12-race program at Sunland Park will feature nine Triple Crown hopefuls matching strides in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, but New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds will also share in some of the spotlight. Read More...

Shakin It Up is Morning-Line Favorite for Grade 3 Sunland Derby

Shakin It Up, a Midnight Lute colt racing for Mike Pegram and Dennis Cardoza and trained by Bob Baffert, has been made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Field Set for Colts and Geldings Division of Copper Top Futurity

Weeping Aly, a homebred gelding by the Horse Chestnut (SAf) stallion Weeping Willow owned and trained by Hermenegildo “Papis” Aldavaz, led at every call to win the second of two Copper Top Futurity (colts and geldings division) trials at Sunland Park on Tuesday. Read More...

First-Time Starters Lady Genius, Prides Cousin Make Fillies Division of Copper Top Futurity

A pair of fillies making their first starts, Lady Genius and Prides Cousin, won Copper Top Futurity (fillies division) trials at Sunland Park on Tuesday. Read More...

Attitude E Racer Scores in NMSU Handicap

Attitude E Racer collected his fourth career stakes victory in Sunday's $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) for state-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

On Down The Road is Top Weight for NMSU Handicap

On Down The Road will put his three-race win streak on the line in Sunday's $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) for state-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sixes Royal Colt is Fastest NM Spring Futurity Qualifier

Moonifisant, a colt by Sixes Royal and half brother to 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash, is the fastest qualifier for the April 7, $231,306 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

New Mexican Spring Futurity Trials Set for Friday

A total of 91 state-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday's 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park... Read More...

Bet On Ballou Extends Streak in Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

Bet On Ballou extended his win streak to three in Sunday's 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Lester’s Echo Wins Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap

Breaking sharply from post 3, Lester's Echo led at every call en route to a three-quarter victory in Saturday's $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Lester’s Echo Wins Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap

Breaking sharply from post 3, Lester's Echo led at every call en route to a three-quarter victory in Saturday's $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Fred Hutton Named Director of Racing at Zia Park

Veteran racing official and horseman Fred Hutton has been named director of racing operations at Zia Park, effective March 24. Read More...

NM-Bred PJ Chick In Black is Fastest West Texas Derby Qualifier

PJ Chick In Black, a registered New Mexico-bred filly by Desirio and last year's AQHA champion 2-year-old filly, is the fastest qualifier to this year's 400-yard, $65,000-added West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. Read More...

New Mexico Breds Make Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge Final

A pair of registered New Mexico breds, KC Royal Flush and I Know Bedarina, will race in the 870-yard, $50,000-added Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3) at Sunland Park on March 31. Read More...

Here Kittykittykitty is Morning-Line Choice in Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

Here Kittykittykitty, a 6-year-old gelding by Genuine Strawfly, will be making his first start in more than seven months in Sunday's 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...