New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

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...