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Tuesday, October 13, 2017

Ralph Vincent

Dear Members, 

As we wind down the summer and move into fall, we can reflect on the summer race meet and the yearling sales. We can find a lot of good things that came along, but we also might want to reflect on the areas that need improvement.

In the "good things" column, both Ruidoso Downs and Albuquerque Downs have had good meets. Ruidoso Downs continues to be the pinnacle for Quarter Horse racing in the world, and if the enthusiasm at the yearling sale is any indication, they will continue to excel. This enthusiasm (an increase of more than 20 percent) at the sale has been attributed to two causes -- increased testing by the racing commission and the plans for new ownership of Ruidoso Downs. With everyone's cooperation and the large commitment from the racing commission, we can continue and build on this enthusiasm. Additionally, Albuquerque Downs continues to enhance racing and is attracting quality horses for both its stakes and overnight races. If you haven't been out for the night racing, you're missing out.

Another definite in the "good things" column is that the new ownership for Ruidoso Downs has been extremely supportive of the New Mexico program and will be a valuable asset after they take over later this year. Stan Sigman has been more involved and participated as a panelist in our Town Hall meeting in July to provide some insight and answer questions from attendees. (See the related article in the fall issue of our New Mexico Horse Breeder magazine.) Also, the new owners were generous and contributed two stallion seasons (to Coronado Cartel and Kiss My Hocks) for the auction to benefit the breed program.

On the other side, we as breeders need to recognize the importance of keeping our Thoroughbred numbers up, and we need to look at ways to increase the value of our product. While not everyone participates in the yearling sale, this is an important aspect of the breed program, and a breeder should be able to raise a profitable yearling. The excellent racing opportunities for the New Mexico-breds do not seem to translate into the value placed on the race prospects. This is an area that we have discussed many times, but that needs more discussion and more ideas.

Speaking of the sale, we need to congratulate some of the recent sale graduates that already have black type as 2-year-olds. Thoroughbreds: On The Low Down, bred by Brad King and Todd Fincher and owned by Dale Taylor, Bobby McQueen, and Suzanne Kirby; and Storm The Beach, bred by Tom and Leslie Goncharoff and owned by J & SM Inc. Quarter Horses: Bigg Daddy, bred by MJ Farms and owned by Too For Two; Daddys Blushing, bred by MJ Farms and owned by Gary W. Hartstack; and Flash Moonfire, bred by Mike Abraham and owned by David Valdez. I apologize if I missed other sale graduates.

And just as a reminder -- because six board members are elected every year, in the next couple of months we will be looking for members who are interested in serving on the board. The ballot is constructed in December from those who are interested, and the membership will vote during the annual meeting in January. We currently have an excellent board, and we can always use fresh ideas.

Ralph W. Vincent
NMHBA President


I would like to thank Lowell Neumayer of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sales Co. for allowing the Stallion Service Auction to be conducted during the New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Yearling Sales. Trustee Tom Goncharoff organized the fundraiser for the NMHBA. We appreciate everyone supporting our association.

It was very exciting to have New Mexico-breds competing in the All American Derby, All American Futurity, and All American Juvenile Invitational. Congratulations to all involved.

The summer has flown by.

Refer to page 8 of the fall issue of the New Mexico Horse Breeder magazine for the final reports for the conclusion of SunRay Park, Ruidoso Downs, and The Downs at Albuquerque race meets.

Good luck to all!
Anna Fay Davis
NMHBA Executive Director


2017 Board of Trustees (front row, left to right) Norma Alvarez and Jill Giles; (back row, left to right) Ralph W. Vincent, Kevin J. Blach, Tom Goncharoff, Jay L. Taylor, Debra J. Laney, Pierre J. Amestoy Jr., Mac Murray, Miguel Gallegos. Missing from Photo: Brad King and Bobby J. McQueen.

2017 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Board of Directors

  • President - Ralph W. Vincent (QH) - Albuquerque
  • 1st Vice President - Jay L. Taylor (TB) - Albuquerque
  • 2nd Vice President - Norma Alvarez (QH) - La Union

2017 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Board Members

  • Norma Alvarez (QH) - La Union 
  • Pierre J. Amestoy Jr. (TB) - Albuquerque
  • Kevin J. Blach (QH) - Roswell
  • Miguel Gallegos (TB) - Albuquerque
  • Jill B. Giles (QH) - Vado 
  • Tom Goncharoff (QH) - Tularosa
  • Brad E. King (TB) - Lubbock, Texas
  • Debra J. Laney (QH) - Las Cruces
  • Bobby J. McQueen (TB) - Lubbock, Texas
  • Mac Murray (QH) - Veguita


  • Executive Director -Anna Fay Davis
  • Registrar - Mary M. Barber
  • Clerical - Leslie Mikkelson

In The News

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sunland Park Racetrack will open its 2017-18 season with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:30 p.m. (MST).
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.

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