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Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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Attila’s Storm Filly Tops New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale’s Thoroughbred Segment At $82,000

An unnamed yearling daughter of Attila’s Storm sold for $82,000 to top the Thoroughbred portion of the Aug. 16-17 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The filly was purchased by J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, from the A & A Ranch consignment. The filly is out of Ringback, a winning 12-year-old daughter […]

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Gorajec: Some Quarter Horse Trainers Give New Meaning To ‘Take Their Best Shot’

Quarter Horses accounted for less than half of the races in New Mexico in 2017 but 80% of the positive drug tests, writes Joe Gorajec in his InsideRacingRegs blog at the HorseRacingReform.org website published by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Gorajec based the statement on the latest annual report from the […]

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UPDATED: Transfers OK’d For Trey Wood Horses Entered In All American Futurity Trials

The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials […]

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Leading Quarter Horse Trainer S. Trey Wood Summarily Suspended

Leading Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood has been summarily suspended by New Mexico Racing Commission stewards after one of his horses tested positive for the prohibited substance albuterol. The suspension was issued Aug. 9 after 31 horses from Wood’s barn had been entered in Aug. 16 -17 time trials at Ruidoso Downs for the […]

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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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Inaugural John Andreini Memorial Scholarship Announced For Fall 2019

The first scholarship award in memory of the late John Andreini has been announced for Fall 2019. Applications will be open February 15 and close on April 15 through the All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation (www.aardfoundation.org). An award total of $6,000 will be distributed to the worthiest candidates from all applications submitted. A written essay […]

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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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‘Equine Philanthropist’ Mine That Bird Named To Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall Of Fame

The 2019 class to be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame will consist of owner/breeder Harriett Peckham, trainer Leo Wood, jockey Johnny Cox and the thoroughbred Mine That Bird. There will be a special induction ceremony during this summer’s Ruidoso Downs’ racing season. The date has not been determined. The iconic Peckham […]

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