Tags ‘New Mexico Horse Racing’

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...

Princess Jesse, Carson City Girl Headline NM State Fair Breeders’ Derby Trials

Graded stakes winners Princess Jesse and Carson City Girl are among the 17 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Field Set for New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity

Bobby Simmons’ Mitey Man, a gelded son of champion First Moonflash trained by Trey Wood, is the fastest qualifier to the September 24, $250,000-estimated New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

My Mirage Returns in New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Bauer Farm’s My Mirage, a stakes-placed Diabolical colt trained by Dick “Flaco” Cappellucci, is one of 16 state-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 6-furlong New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

New Mexico State Fair Futurity Trials Draw 44 State Bred 2 Year Olds

Friday’s nine-race program at Albuquerque Downs will be headlined by five 400-yard trials for the New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Zia Park Opens 56-Day Meet on Saturday

Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico, will open its 56-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with an 11-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Go Gotta Go is Morning-Line Choice in Rio Grande Senor Futurity

Go Gotta Go, a homebred son of the Old Trieste stallion Mr. Trieste racing for Maurcenia Cross, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Monday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $152,974 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings. Read More...

Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Draws Field of Nine

On Monday, Tony Sedillo will be prepping fastest qualifier Imperial Eagle for that gelding’s appearance in the $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, but earlier in the card the trainer will sending morning-line favorite D E Lover to take on eight New Mexico-bred opponents in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Handicap (R). Read More...

Undefeated Sheza Snowball Headlines Rio Grande Senorita Futurity

Sheza Snowball, an undefeated daughter of the Gone West stallion Southwestern Heat, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies entered back in Sunday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $191,077 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Stormin The Jewels, Hit A Lick Renew Rivalry in Casino at the Downs Derby

Stormin The Jewels and Hit A Lick, the winner and runner-up, respectively, in the July 31 Road Runner Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs, are among the 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $107,976 Casino at the Downs Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Catalog Features 27 Registered New Mexico Breds

The catalog for this year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, which takes place September 2-4 at the Ruidoso Horse Sale Pavilion in Ruidoso Downs, contains 27 registered New Mexico-breds. Read More...

Report from August 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, August 18. Read More...

Klassic Strawfly Wins Inaugural First Moonflash Maturity

Klassic Strawfly’s remarkable season of success continued on Sunday, as the 10-year-old gelding scored a convincing 1 1/4-length victory in the inaugural running of the 440-yard, $100,221 First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Desert Gambler Upsets Carlos Salazar Stakes

Sent to post at odds of 66-1, Desert Gambler took the measure of eight New Mexico-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $60,000 Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Klassic Strawfly is Morning Line Favorite in First Moonflash Stakes

Yaneth Cabrera’s Klassic Strawfly will attempt to keep his successful season on track in Sunday’s 440-yard, $75,000-added First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Diabolical Dame Returns in Carlos Salazar Stakes

Making her return to New Mexico, Diabolical Dame is one of nine state-bred fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $60,000 Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Attila’s Storm Colt Tops New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale

Hermano, a yearling colt by Attila’s Storm out of the winning and stakes-placed Dome mare Hand Glide, sold for $100,000 to top the August 19-20 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Thirteen New Mexico Bred Juveniles Entered in All American Futurity Trials

Of the 296 2-year-olds entered in this week’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs, 13 are registered New Mexico-breds. Read More...

Fire Stones and Klassic Strawfly Top First Moonflash Maturity Qualifiers

Fire Stones and Klassic Strawfly are the co-fastest qualifiers to the August 28, $150,000-est. First Moonflash Maturity (R) at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Trainer Todd Fincher Dominates Rio Grande Senorita Futurity Trials

Trainer Todd Fincher won all four of Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) trials for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Field Set for Rio Grande Senor Futurity

The field for the September 5, $152,974 Rio Grande Senor Futurity has been set after three trials were contested at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Rio Grande Senorita and Senor Futurity Trials Set for Saturday

A total of 42 New Mexico-bred juveniles has been entered in Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senor and Senorita Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Dozen New Mexico Breds Entered in First Moonflash Maturity Trials

Twelve New Mexico-bred aged sprinters have been entered in Sunday’s 400-yard First Moonflash Maturity (R) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

NMRC Issues Press Release on Industry Summit Meeting in Ruidoso

The New Mexico Racing Commission has issued a press release regarding the horse racing industry's summit meeting, held last month in Ruidoso. Read More...

Trainer Todd Fincher Dominates Zia Festival Races

Todd Fincher had a big day Sunday at Ruidoso Downs, as the trainer won three of the six Thoroughbred stakes during the track’s Zia Festival. Read More...

Zia Festival Races Set for Sunday at Ruidoso Downs

New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be in the spotlight during Sunday’s Zia Festival races at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

NMHBA Summer 2016

In this issue: Exclusive and complete coverage of all New Mexico-bred races at Sunland Park and SunRay Park; profiles of New Mexico Racing Commission executive director Ismael "Izzy" Trejo and Thoroughbred breeders Doug Lee and James Lee; recaps of the... Read More...

Jess Cruzin On By is Fastest Zia Derby Qualifier

Yaneth Cabrera’s Jess Cruzin On By is the fastest qualifier to the July 31, $163,843 Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Big Spurs Tops Zia Futurity Qualifiers

Big Spurs, a gray son of freshman sire Big Daddy Cartel campaigned by Astorga Racing LLC, won the second of nine Zia Futurity (RG1) trials on Saturday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the $409,110 final for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds on July 31. Read More...

Field Set for Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity

The field for this year’s 5-furlong, $173,171 Mountain Top Throughbred Futurity (R) has been set after three trials were contested on a sealed and wet-fast track at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. Read More...

NMHBA Board Seeks Member Input on Proposed Rule Changes

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association board of trustees is requesting member input regarding proposed changes to the association bylaws. Read More...

Report from June 2016 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, June 23. Read More...

Zia Futurity and Derby Trials Set for Saturday

New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses will take over the spotlight at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday, as the track presents nine Zia Futurity (RG1) trials and four Zia Derby (RG2) trials. Read More...

Ignored Returns in Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials

Ignored, a homebred son of The Way Home racing for Steve Prather and Bessie Prather, is one of 13 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

New Mexico-Bred Sale Catalog Available Online

The catalog for this year's New Mexico-Bred Sale is now available online. Read More...

NMHBA Stallion Service Auction Features 10 Stallions

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association will conduct a stallion service auction featuring 10 stallions -- five Thoroughbred and five Quarter Horse -- before each day of the New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, August 19-20. Read More...

Citizen Geller Breaks Track Record in OD McDonald Stakes

Citizen Geller outran his 20-1 odds to win the $60,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs on June 25. Read More...

New Mexico Racing Commission Toughens Penalties on Use of Class A Substances

The New Mexico Racing Commission at its June 23 meeting commission unanimously approved emergency rule changes regarding penalties on the use of Clenbuterol and other Class A substances as defined by the Association of Racing Commissioners Internationa... Read More...

Albuquerque Downs Meet Opens with Renovated Grandstand, Night Racing

A new era will begin at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, as the track opens its 60-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program and the first night racing in New Mexico in several decades. Read More...

Running Dragon Stays Perfect After Mountain Top Futurity Score

Fastest qualifier Running Dragon kept her perfect record intact in the June 18, $364,256 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Infinite Bull Wins New Mexico Horsemens Association Stakes

Infinite Bull (TB), a homebred son of King Bull (TB) racing for Gary Balzano’s Tucumcari Thoroughbreds and one of four Throughbreds in the seven-horse field, scored first stakes victory at the distance in the 870-yard, $35,800 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 17. Read More...

Champion Handsome Jack Flash Retired

Handsome Jack Flash, a 5-year-old son of champion First Moonflash and the sport's champion 2-year-old in 2013, has been retired. Read More...

EHV-1 Requirements for Ruidoso Sales

The Ruidoso Horse Sale Company has issued updated requirements for the health certificates of the horses for its 2016 sales, including the New Mexico-Bred Sale, to be held August 19-20 Read More...

Full Field Entered in New Mexico Horsemens Association Stakes

Beau Wizer (TB), a four-time winner at the distance, is one of eight state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $30,000 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Stakes (R) at SunRay Park. Read More...