New Mexico Horse Racing News

Report from February 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, February 21. Read More...

Sunland Park Earns Re-Accrediation from NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance

Sunland Park Racetrack has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance. Read More...

Longshot Sandys Jesse Scores Upset Victory in NMHBA Stakes

A sharp break from post 9 helped longshot Sandys Jesse earn her first stakes win in the $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Hennesey Smash Wins Peppers Pride Handicap

Making her first start at the 1-mile distance, Barbara M. Coleman's Hennesey Smash scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Slew By You Puts Win Streak On Line in NMHBA Stakes

Slew By You, a Dash Ta Fame filly racing for Valle Guadiana Corporation, will put her three-race win streak on the line in Sunday's 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rose’s Desert is Morning-Line Choice in Peppers Pride Handicap

Rose's Desert, a homebred 5-year-old daughter of Desert God racing for Joe W. Peacock, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rose’s Desert is Morning-Line Choice in Peppers Pride Handicap

Rose's Desert, a homebred 5-year-old daughter of Desert God racing for Joe W. Peacock, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

NM-Breds First Corona Call, Rabbit Revival Make West Texas Maturity Final

A pair of registered New Mexico-bred geldings – First Corona Call and Rabbit Revival – made this year's 400-yard, $95,400 West Texas Maturity (G2) final at Sunland Park. Read More...

NMHBA Magazine January 2013

Including complete coverage of the New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park, as well as all New Mexico-bred stakes races; profiles of breeders Lonnie and Verona Vaughn of Edgewood and New Mexico Racing Commission executive director Vince Mares; and much more. Read More...

NMHBA Honors Its 2012 State-Bred Champions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association honored its 2012 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on January 24. Read More...

Devons Ca Ching Extends Win Streak in Pepsi Cola Stakes

Ken Tohill rode Devons Ca Ching to a half-length victory in the 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

NMHBA Annual Meeting, Zia Awards Banquet Set for January 24

The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association's annual meeting and Zia Awards banquet will be held on Thursday, January 24, at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Read More...

Report from January 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its first monthly meeting of the new year at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Wednesday, January 16. Read More...

Full Field Set for Pepsi Cola Stakes

A full field of 12 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, including morning-line favorite Attila's Hurricane, has been entered in Saturday's $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Tyger Teras Scores Upset Victory in La Senora Stakes

Making her first start against stakes company, Jim Nation's Tyger Teras rallied to win Saturday's $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Back Seat Roll Makes Sophomore Debut in La Senora Stakes

Back Seat Roll, a homebred daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, will make her 3-year-old season debut in Saturday's 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Slew By You Extends Win Streak in Shue Fly Stakes

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for the first time in a race, Slew By You extended her win streak to three in Saturday's $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Sunland Park. Read More...

An Absolut Diamond Draws Post 4 for Shue Fly Stakes

Fastest qualifier An Absolut Diamond has drawn post 4 for Saturday's 400-yard, $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

On Down The Road is Prompt Favorite in Dominguez Memorial

Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite, On Down The Road responded with a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Storms Surprise Scores Upset Victory in Red Hedeman Mile Stakes

Making his first start in two months, Storms Surprise rallied to win the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for 2-year-old New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Stakes Winners Entered in Sunland Championship

Two New Mexico-bred multiple stakes winners, First Blazin Love and Miracle Snow, are among the 10 Quarter Horses entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1). Read More...

Our Choice is Morning-Line Favorite in Dominguez Memorial

Our Choice, a 7-year-old Desert God campaigned by Stable HMA and one of the best claims in the history of New Mexico racing, is the 7-2 morning-line favorite in the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for state-breds at Sunland ... Read More...

Overflow Field Entered in Red Hedeman Mile

A field of 12, including two on the also-eligible list, has been entered in Saturday's $85,000-guaranteed Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Hennesey Smash Scores in Bold Ego Handicap

Hennesey Smash, the lone New Mexico-bred in the eight-horse field, scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap for fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Back Seat Roll Extends Win Streak in Enchantress Stakes

Sent to post as the 1-2 choice, Back Seat Roll responded with a 3 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Little Bit Southern Wins Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap

Edilberto Estrada's Little Bit Southern scored her third career stakes victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten & Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rollickin Red Wins Challenger Six Handicap

Rollickin Red led at every call en route to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Two New Mexico-bred Stakes Top Sunland Park’s Sunday Program

New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be in the spotlight at Sunland Park Racetrack on Sunday, as the track presents the 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for Quarter Horses and the 1-mile, $85,000 Enchant... Read More...

Ketel Won Gelding is Fastest Shue Fly Qualifier

An Absolut Diamond, a homebred gelding by Ketel Won racing for Sandy Farris, Marc Jungers, and Lisa McMinn, won the last of five Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park on Friday and posted the fastest qualifying time for the January 5 final. Read More...

Rollickin Red is Morning-Line Favorite for Challenger Six Handicap

Rollickin Red, a multiple stakes winning 4-year-old son of Roll Hennessy Roll (TB), is the 8-5 morning-line choice for Saturday's 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Shue Fly Trials Draw 47 Entries

Graded stakes winners Rex Hill, Saturday Nite Romeo, and Gonna Cha Cha are among the 47 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rose’s Desert is Prompt Favorite in NM Racing Commission Handicap

Sent to post as the 3-10 choice, Rose's Desert rallied to win Sunday's 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state-bred distaffers at Sunland Park. Read More...

Nuggets Please Springs Upset Victory in Johnie L. Jamison Handicap

Derek Bell rode longshot Nuggets Please to a come-from-behind win in the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

First Blazin Love Wins Jess Burner Memorial Handicap

Breaking sharply from post 4, First Blazin Love sprinted to a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length win in Saturday's $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. Read More...

Rose’s Desert Tops Field in NM State Racing Commission Handicap

Joe Peacock's Rose's Desert, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Desert God, heads the field in Sunday's 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state-bred fillies and mares, one of two New Mexico-bred stakes at Sunland Par... Read More...

Miracle Snow is Morning-Line Favorite in Jess Burner Memorial

Miracle Snow will put his two-race winning streak on the line in Saturday's 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1), the first stakes race of the 2012-13 Sunland Park season. Read More...

Total Handle, Attendance Up at Zia Park

Zia Park in Hobbs ended its 2012 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse season on December 4, as the track recorded increases in total attendance and wagering handle on its live races. Read More...

Sunland Park Meet Opens Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack opens its 76-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with an 11-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race will be 12:25 p.m. (MST). Read More...

Longshot Jenson’s Miracle Scores in Eddy County Stakes

Jenson's Miracle, a homebred gelding racing for Lucky Six Inc., outran his odds to win Sunday's $125,480 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park. Read More...

NMHA, Downs at Albuquerque Reach Agreement on Off-Season Training

An agreement has been reached between the New Mexico Horsemen's Association and The Downs at Albuquerque to allow horsemen to continue to use the racetrack for off-season training. Read More...

Thermal Tops Field in Eddy County Stakes

R.D. Hubbard's Thermal, a homebred gelding by Attila's Storm, is the 7-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 1-mile, $120,000 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park. Read More...

Call Me A Blazn Chic Wins NM Fillies and Mares Championship

Sent to post as the 13-10 favorite, Call Me A Blazn Chic responded with a wire-to-wire, neck victory in Saturday's $149,960 New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1) at Zia Park. Read More...

NM-Bred Dashin Ace Draws Rail Post for Southwest Juvenile Championship

Dashin Ace, a New Mexico-bred gelding by Dash Ta Fame racing for Derrol Hubbard and Ted Rushing, will break from post 1 in Sunday's 440-yard, $200,000-added Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park. Read More...

Call Me A Blazn Chic is Morning-Line Favorite in NM Fillies and Mares Championship

Three-time graded stakes winner Call Me A Blazn Chic is the 9-5 morning-line choice in Saturday's $140,000-added New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1) at Zia Park. Read More...

Jockey Ry Eikleberry Earns 1,000th Win

When Michael S. Goldman's One Fine Jewel won the 11th race at Zia Park on Monday, the Desert God gelding gave Ry Eikleberry the jockey's 1,000th career victory. Read More...

Report from November 2012 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, November 15. Read More...

NM-Bred KC Royal Flush Returns in King Rick Rack Stakes

Four New Mexico-breds, including three-time stakes winner KC Royal Flush, have been entered in Sunday's 870-yard, $55,000 King Rick Rack Stakes at Zia Park. Read More...

Award Distribution Allocation

September 11, 2010 through September 25, 2011 (excludes Zia Park 2011 season and The Downs at... Read More...

Attendance and Handle Decline at Downs at Albuquerque Meet

Total on-track attendance and live-race handle dropped by double digits during the 2012 Downs at Albuquerque meet, which ended on Sunday. Read More...

Jockey Alejandro Medellin Wins Seven Races in One Day at Zia Park

Jockey Alejandro Medellin rode a track-record seven winners at Zia Park on Monday. In nine mounts Medellin won the first seven races he rode followed by second- and third-place finishes. His victories came in five Thoroughbred and two Quarter Horse races. Read More...