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New Mexico Officials Suspend Veteran Rider J.R. Valenzuela After Electrical Device Discovered

Veteran jockey John Raul (J.R.) Valenzuela has been summarily suspended by New Mexico Racing Commission stewards after an electrical device was found in the Sunland Park jockeys room prior to Sunday’s fourth race, the $95,000 Shue Fly Stakes for New Mexico-bred Quarter horses. Valenzuela had been named to ride Mighty B Dragon for trainer Antoinette […]

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New Mexico Racing Commission Fines Owner $15,000 For Multiple Clenbuterol Positives

The New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) recently utilized its ability to fine owners of horses when their horses are confirmed positive for illegal drugs. Owner Alberto Villanueva was fined $15,000 for owning five Quarter horses that proved positive for the prohibited substance clenbuterol. Villanueva’s problems started in May 2016 when he had horses under the […]

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‘We’re Cutting Through The Bull’: Enhanced New Mexico Out-Of-Competition Test Program Yields Results

Five Quarter horses were scratched from Ruidoso Downs stakes races on Sunday and put on the stewards list for 60 days after testing positive for clenbuterol in a ramped up out-of-competition testing program overseen by the New Mexico Racing Commission. Four of the scratched horses were trained by Ronald L. Stephens, including Jess Cruzin On By […]

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New Mexico Racing Commission To Begin ‘Aggressive’ Out-Of-Competition Testing

The announcement of enhanced out of competition testing was made public by the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) Chairman, Ray Willis, during the April 21, 2016 NMRC monthly meeting. Chairman Willis stated that “This project will be an aggressive procedure to let the public know that New Mexico racing is going in the right direction […]

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Trejo Named Executive Director Of New Mexico Racing Commission

Governor Susana Martinez has named longtime racing official Ismael “Izzy” Trejo to be executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission. Trejo’s appointment was recommended to Governor Martinez after a six-week review of several qualified candidates conducted by a five-person committee that included acting executive director Dan Fick, NMRC Chairman Ray Willis, and NMRC Vice-Chair […]

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By Ray PaulickSome Thoroughbred trainers and veterinarians are giving new meaning to the term “happy hour.” This isn’t the typical late-afternoon or early evening sessions when drinks are discounted at local watering holes but the time, usually two or three hours before a horse race, when an injection (normally 60 cc’s) or oral dose of […]

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