New Mexico racing

The More the Merrier? Groups Divided Over Issuing Sixth Racino License in NM

In a meeting held late last week by the New Mexico Racing Commission, horsemen’s groups and racetracks appeared to be divided in their opinions as to whether a sixth racino license should be issued in the state. Most racetracks are against the additional license, according to an article in the Quay County Sun. Representatives of […]

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New Mexico: FBI Reportedly Investigating Controversial Racino Deal

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly is in the process of interviewing former campaign workers for Gov. Susana Martinez regarding a lucrative racino contract that was awarded to a politically connected company, according to an article in the Santa Fe Reporter. The FBI won’t confirm or deny the possible investigation, which involves the contract awarded […]

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Ruidoso Tests Horses in All Opening Weekend Races

According to a report by the Associated Press, New Mexico Racing Commission officials took blood samples from horses in every race on Ruidoso Downs’ opening weekend card. The samples have been sent to the University of California-Davis testing laboratories to check for drug overages. Racing Commission Executive Director Vincent Mares said stringent testing will continue […]

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Sunland Park employees ‘devastated’ at longtime GM’s pending retirement

The news that Sunland Park General Manager Harold Payne will resign April 1 after 23 years in the position was an unexpected blow to track employees, writes Ray Sanchez at El Paso Inc.  Sanchez reports that some were close to tears upon learning of the retirement of one of New Mexico racing’s most influential people.  […]

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Will Rogers Downs: Safe Haven for Frog Juicers?

Quarter horse trainer Jeffrey Heath Reed was suspended 21 years by the New Mexico Racing Commission stewards on Oct. 1 after four horses from his barn tested positive for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, commonly called frog juice, in futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs May 25. A fifth frog juice positive was dismissed because the […]

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New Mexico Racing Commission pushes for budget increase

Members of the New Mexico Racing Commission appeared before the state’s legislature on Thursday to present their case for a budget increase. The commission is seeking to increase its budget almost $800,000, mainly to strengthen its testing for performance-enhancing drugs. They also want to hire three more employees, including another track investigator, according to an […]

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New Mexico: Tests confirm Dermorphin positives

Independent lab tests have confirmed that all nine horses that originally tested positive in May for Dermorphin were indeed given that illegal painkiller. Vince Mares, the executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, told the Albuquerque Journal that the three trainers responsible for the drug positives will be subject to an administrative hearing and […]

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Ruidoso Downs opens Friday, record Futurity purse on tap

With a newly renovated grandstand and racing surface, Ruidoso Downs opens its spring/summer meet Friday.  The track plans 60 racing dates, highlighted by the All American Futurity for Quarter Horses September 5, which is expected to have a record $2.4 million purse. Traditionally, the Futurity is the only Monday card at Ruidoso, but this year, […]

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