New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

Graded Stakes Winner Sandys Jesse Tops Zia Derby Trials

A total of 33 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, including multiple stakes winner Sandys Jesse, have been entered in Saturday's Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zia Futurity Trials Attract 94 New Mexico-Bred 2-Year-Olds

Heza Wild Dragon, the winner of the $357,030 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on June 15, is one of 94 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Report from June 2013 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, June 27. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Sale Catalog Now Available Online

The catalog for the August 16-17 New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Sale at Ruidoso Downs is now available online. Read More...

Reaper Rallies to Win Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

Reaper, a homebred Attila's Storm gelding racing for R.D. Hubbard and trained by Todd Fincher, rallied to win Sunday's $167,391 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Rollickin Red Holds On To Win NM Horsemen’s Association Handicap

Rollickin Red was a prompt 9-10 favorite in Sunday's $65,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R), as SunRay Park ended its 39-day spring meet before 2,214 fans. Read More...

Aful Alibi Posts Mild Upset in Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes

Macario Rodriguez rode Aful Alibi to a one-length win in Saturday's 400-yard, $65,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Rollickin Red is Highweight in New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap

Rollickin Red, a multiple stakes-winning Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) gelding owned by a partnership and trained by Todd Fincher, is the 126-pound top weight in Sunday's 870-yard, $65,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter... Read More...

Roll Out The Band Scores in Totah Stakes

Roll Out The Band led at every call en route to a convincing 5 1/4-length victory in Tuesday's $65,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park. Read More...

Totah Stakes Draws Field of Seven

A field of seven New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, headed by stakes winner and morning-line favorite Dandy Don Who, has been entered in Tuesday's 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...

Heza Wild Dragon Wins Mountain Top QH Futurity

Second-fastest qualifier Heza Wild Dragon, a sorrel gelding by Genuine Strawfly owned and trained by Kristopher Cordova, got up at the wire to win Saturday's $357,030 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Do... Read More...

Fastest Qualifier Mitey Moon Draws Post 4 for Mountain Top QH Futurity Final

Mitey Moon, a homebred filly by champion First Moonflash racing for Debra Jean Laney, drew post 4 for Saturday's 350-yard, $356,980 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Stakes-Placed Vernissage Makes Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Final

Vernissage, a homebred gelding by the Golden Missile stallion Going Wild campaigned by Gary L. Thompson, made the June 22, $167,000 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Lady Genius Extends Win Streak in Kendrick Memorial

Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in the full field of 10, Lady Genius responded with a wire-to-wire, 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday's C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Lady Genius Returns in Kendrick Memorial

Lady Genius, an undefeated stakes-winning daughter of Quinton's Gold, will make her first start in seven weeks in Saturday's 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park. Read More...

Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials Draw 25 Entries

A total of 25 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including 14 first-time starters, have been entered in Friday's 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Bet on Ballou Extends Win Streak in Jimmy Drake Stakes

Bet On Ballou rallied under jockey Jaime Parga Leos to win Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at SunRay Park. Read More...

Full Field Entered in Jimmy Drake Stakes

A full field of 10 New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. Read More...

First Moonflash Filly Is Top Mountain Top Futurity Qualifier

Mitey Moon, a homebred filly by AQHA champion First Moonflash racing for Debra Jean Laney, is the fastest qualifier for the June 15, $356,980 Mountain Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Longshot King Of Pop Scores in New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity

King Of Pop, a homebred son of Chickie Cherry Cola racing for Verona Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico, outran his 13-1 odds to win Sunday's $133,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park. Read More...

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...