New Mexico Horse Racing News

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...