New Mexico Horse Racing News

Report from January 2017 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the its conference room in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 19. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator Wins Inaugural Dona Ana County Handicap

Seeyalateralligator, a 5-year-old son of Winners Version racing for Ezra Lee and Jason Giles, made his season debut with a victory in the January 29, $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA Changes Rules Regarding Qualifying Foals

At its annual meeting in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 26, the membership of the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association voted to change the qualifying status for a New Mexico-bred foal. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator Draws Post 9 for Dona Ana County Stakes

A full field of 12 New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in Sunday’s 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA Honors its 2016 Champions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association honored its 2016 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on Thursday. Read More...

Sippin Stays Perfect in Enchantress Stakes

Sippin, a homebred Swissle Stick filly racing for R.D. Hubbard, made her sophomore debut with a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sippin Risks Perfect Record in Enchantress

R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin will risk her undefeated record in Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Coronas Boy Voted AQHA Champion Distance Horse

Victor M. Diaz’s Coronas Boy, a registered New Mexico-bred 8-year-old gelding by the Dash For Cash stallion Mr Houston, is the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association champion distance horse. Read More...

Running Dragon Scores in Shue Fly Stakes

Adrian Ramos rode second-fastest qualifier Running Dragon to a half-length win in Sunday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Weather Dodger Rallies to Win Albert Dominguez Memorial

Lisa M. Rehburg’s Weather Dodger, a homebred 5-year-old gelding, came from off the pace to win the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

NMHBA Annual Meeting Set for January 26

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association will hold its annual business meeting on Thursday, January 26, beginning at 1 p.m. (MST). The meeting will be held at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque, located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Read More...

Magnifico Dragon Headlines Shue Fly Stakes

Magnifico Dragon, a graded stakes winning son of Zulu Dragon and the fastest qualifier, drew post 9 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $205,960 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Full Field Entered in Albert Dominguez Memorial

A full field of a dozen New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, headlined by morning-line favorite Streaks Bro, has been entered in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

He’s Another Who Upsets 4 Rivers John Deere Stakes

Celebrating his third birthday in style, Champion Racing Stables' He's Another Who scored an upset victory in Sunday's 6-furlong, $85,000 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomores at Sunland Park. Read More...

Diabolical Dame Wins Bold Ego Handicap

Facing open stakes company for the third time in her career, Diabolical Dame rallied to win Sunday’s $65,000 Bold Ego Handicap for fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Happy Hennessy Headlines 4 Rivers John Deere Stakes

Happy Hennessy, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding owned and trained by Fred Danley, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred newly turned 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Princess Jesse Wins Lou Wooten Sydney Valentini Handicap

Making her first start in more than three months, Princess Jesse ended her sophomore campaign with a victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

Champion Astica Headlines Lou Wooten Sydney Valentini Handicap

Astica, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms and last year’s AQHA champion sophomore filly, has been assigned high weight of 130 pounds for Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sippin Rallies to Win La Senora Stakes

Sent to post as the 1-5 favorite in a field of nine New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies, R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin rallied to win Tuesday’s $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

La Senora Stakes Draws 10 Juvenile Fillies

A total of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies, topped by morning-line favorite Sippin, has been entered in Tuesday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Field Set for Shue Fly Stakes

Daniel Balderrama's Magnifico Dragon is the fastest qualifier to the January 15, $204,920 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred foals of 2014 at Sunland Park. Read More...

Shue Fly Trials Draw 47 New Mexico-Bred Juveniles

A total of 47 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $200,000-est. Shue Fly Stakes final on January 15. Read More...

Bryn’s Fancy Pants Rebounds to Win NM State Racing Commission Handicap

Making her first start against older distaffers, Bryn’s Fancy Pants rallied to win Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Not My Note is Prompt Favorite in Johnie L. Jamison Handicap

Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite in a full field of a dozen New Mexico-breds, Michael G. Weatherly’s Not My Note responded with a 2 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Seeyalateralligator Wins Jess Burner Memorial

Seeyalateralligator, a 4-year-old son of Winners Version racing for Ezra Lee and Jason Giles, sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday’s $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Sunland Park Sunday Program Features Two Stakes

Sunland Park’s rich Thoroughbred stakes schedule kicks off with a New Mexico-bred doubleheader on Sunday. Read More...

Klassic Strawfly Risks Win Streak in Jess Burner

Yaneth Cabrera’s Klassic Strawfly, a 10-year-old son of Genuine Strawfly trained by Miguel Castillo, will put his five-race win streak on the line in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA 2017 Stallion Register

In this issue: A recap of the 2016 New Mexico House and Senate elections; profiles of NMHBA trustee Bobby McQueen, New Mexico Racing Commission equine medical advisor Dr. Scot Waterman, and trainer Tony Sedillo; exclusive and complete coverage of all 1... Read More...

Astica, Happy Hennessy Dominate on Land of Enchantment Day

New Mexico-breds Astica and Happy Hennessy both scored impressive victories on Wednesday’s $1.28-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

Two New Mexico Bred Stakes Featured on Land of Enchantment Program

Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s rich Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park. Read More...

Report from November 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the its conference room in Albuquerque on Thursday, November 10. Read More...

Sunland Park Releases $5.5-Million Stakes Schedule

Sunland Park has released its stakes schedule for its 2016-17 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens on December 16. Read More...

Report from October 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the Jockey Club at Albuquerque Downs Racetrack on Thursday, October 20. Read More...

Fincher, Hebert Score Big on New Mexico Cup Day

Trainer Todd Fincher and jockey Tracy Hebert each won four races during Zia Park Racetrack’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program for state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses on Sunday. Read More...

Stage is Set for $2 Million New Mexico Cup Day

A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses -- two more than last year -- has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Read More...

Field Set for New Mexico Cup Derby

Datona Doll, a sorrel daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Mark and Annette McCloy, won the last of three New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials on Sunday, and the filly is the fastest qualifier to the $200,000-est. final at Zia Park on October 30. Read More...

Magnifico Dragon Tops New Mexico Cup Futurity Qualifiers

Daniel Balderrama’s Magnifico Dragon is the fastest qualifier to the October 30, $300,000-est. New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles at Zia Park. Read More...

Air Force Won Returns in New Mexico Cup Derby Trials

Air Force Won, a gelded son of champion Ketel Won racing for Salvador Nava-Nava, will make his first start in two months in Sunday’s 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (G2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

NMHBA Fall 2016 Magazine

In this issue: Exclusive and complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred races at Ruidoso Downs and Albuquerque Downs; profile of breeder Sam Tanner; coverage of the New Mexico-Bred Sale and Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale; and much more. If you would like t... Read More...

Report from September 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the Jockey Club at Albuquerque Downs Racetrack on Thursday, September 15. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Futurity Trials Draw 72 State-Bred Juveniles

A total of 72 state-bred 2-year-olds, including stakes winners Mitey Man and Running Dragon, has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park. Read More...

NMHBA Magazine Fall 2016

Featuring complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred races at Albuquerque Downs and Ruidoso Downs, including the July 31 Zia Festival races at Ruidoso; profile on breeder Sam Tanner; coverage of the New Mexico-Bred Sale and Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale; ... Read More...

Sippin Wins Permian Basin Stakes

Sippin, a registered New Mexico-bred filly racing for R.D. Hubbard, kept her perfect record intact with a convincing 4 1/2-length victory in Monday’s $50,000 Permian Basin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Zia Park. Read More...

Princess Jesse, Waltzing Attila Score Stakes Wins at Albuquerque Downs

Princess Jesse, a homebred filly by Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, parlayed a sharp break from post 4 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds. Read More...

Mitey Man Scores in New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity

Mitey Man, the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite, rewarded his connections with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $241,168 New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Albuquerque Downs Will Pay a Track-Record $1.25 Million in Purses During its Closing Weekend

Albuquerque Downs will close its 2016 racing season with a bang this weekend, as the track will pay out a track-record total of $1.25 million in purses on Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

Not My Note Wins Casey Darnell Pony Express

Glen Murphy rode Not My Note to a 1 1/2-length victory in the September 17, $60,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

D E Lover, Citizen Geller Square Off in Casey Darnell Stakes

D E Lover, the top Thoroughbred during the recently concluded Ruidoso Downs summer season, is one of six New Mexico-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $60,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Princess Jesse Tops New Mexico State Fair Derby Qualifiers

Princess Jesse, a homebred Jesse James Jr filly owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson, is the fastest qualifier to the September 25, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Raskateer, Indian H Who Win New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Raskateer and Indian H Who both scored victories in Saturday’s 6-furlong New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...