New Mexico racing

Leading New Mexico Trainers Bob Arnett, 85, Henry Dominguez, 60, Are Dead

Two of New Mexico’s all-time leading Thoroughbred trainers – Robert E. “Bob” Arnett and Henry Dominguez – have died. Arnett, 85 years old and retired from training since 2014, succumbed on May 22. Dominguez, 60, died suddenly on Wednesday in El Paso, Texas. Arnett, a native of Dallas, launched his career in the 1950s and […]

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Albuquerque Downs Record $3.6 Million Stakes Schedule Includes 16 Thoroughbred Races

Albuquerque Downs has released its track-record 34-race, $3.647-million stakes schedule for its 2019 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens Friday, June 28. Of The Downs’ 34 stakes races, 16 will be for Thoroughbreds and 18 will be for Quarter Horses. The track’s Thoroughbred stakes will be worth an estimated $1.165 million, and its Quarter Horse […]

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New Mexico Governor Replaces Commission After Delayed Racino Vote

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has replaced the state racing commission with five new appointees, according to multiple press reports. The decision comes after the previous commission repeatedly delayed a vote on how to award the state’s sixth and final license for a racino. The previous commission delayed a vote based on a feasibility […]

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Renovated Ruidoso Downs Set For May 10 Season Opener

The extensive upgrades and renovations at Ruidoso Downs begin when people first see the new Ruidoso Downs’ street sign and continue to the All American Turf Club and the Billy The Kid Casino. All of the improvements are ready for the May 10 opening of the Ruidoso Downs summer season. “Our initial renovations were more […]

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Michael Shamburg Returning To Zia Park As Racing Secretary

Michael Shamburg will be returning to Zia Park in New Mexico as new racing secretary for the 2019 racing season that kicks off Sept. 21. Shamburg previously served as racing secretary for Zia Park from 2008 to 2011. “We are glad to have Mike returning to Hobbs and overseeing our racing program at Zia Park,” […]

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Sunland Derby Card Breaks New Mexico Handle Record

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s 60th anniversary season reached another plateau on Sunday, March 24, 2019 with a new all-time high New Mexico state record handle. The 12-race all-Thoroughbred card anchored by the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) generated a track and state record all-sources handle of over $4.8 million, breaking the previous record of nearly $4.3 million […]

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Spike In Corticosteroid Tests Highlights Growing Pains In New Mexico

Change is never easy, even when it’s for the better. Horsemen and officials in New Mexico have been learning that the hard way over the past few months. In June 2018, the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) began a new drug testing contract with a new laboratory and, almost immediately, saw a rise in corticosteroid […]

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New Stakes, Early Start Highlight Ruidoso Downs Meet

An earlier opening day on Friday, May 10 and new stakes races added to the iconic stakes schedule welcome fans this summer at Ruidoso Downs. The new stakes races are the $100,000 (est.) Maiden Stakes for three through five-year-old quarter horses and the $45,000 (est.) Rita Danley Distaff for three-year-old and older New Mexico bred quarter horse […]

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New Mexico: Five Bidders Hoping To Snag One Remaining Racino License

Racetracks across the country have closed in recent years but in New Mexico, five companies have submitted proposals to build a new one. They’re all vying for one available license to operate a racino. The New Mexico Racing Commission is under no obligation to offer the license to any of the bidders, but later this […]

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Bring The Dramamine? Resort Company Proposes Racetrack With Moving Grandstand

A Las Vegas casino company hopes to dramatically revolutionize the horse racing experience. Full House Resorts has proposed building a $200 million resort in New Mexico featuring a grandstand that could move with the horses as they run. Design drawings portray a vehicle similar to a streetcar with the side facing the racetrack open. The […]

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