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Downs at Albuquerque Meet Opens Friday
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Enhanced by a new 65,000-square foot casino, The Downs at Albuquerque opens its 57-day race meet with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 2:30 p.m. (MDT).

The Downs' opening-day feature race, an 870-yard, $14,000 open-condition allowance race, has drawn a full field of eight. The likely favorite, George and Judy Weldon's Jess A Traffic Jam, is coming off of a neck victory in the 870-yard, $35,000 Marathon Handicap at SunRay Park on May 5.

Saturday's 350-yard, $25,000 O.B. Cockerell Handicap, the meet's first stakes, has attracted a full field of 10, including 125-pound highweight Jump Down Azoom. A 4-year-old gelding by Azoom racing for Crowson Racing and trained by Victor Rodriguez-Flores, Jump Down Azoom has earned $52,276 from five starts this year, and his three wins include a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $35,000 La Plata Stakes (G3) at SunRay Park in Farmington on May 11.

The complete lineup for the O.B. Cockerell, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Money Hungry Cartel (Albert Medrano, 122), Unashamed (Omar Reyes, 124), Binky Beduino (Porfirio Cano, 120), Jumpn Gun (Macario Rodriguez, 124), Sweetened Vanilla (Isaias Cardenas, 121), Rockin (Raul Gutierrez, 123), Buildemhigh (Salvador Martinez, 121), Pajarita Sita (Tanner Thedford, 123), Jump Down Azoom (Esgar Ramirez, 125), and This Is Da One (Flavio Lozano, 120).

This year's Downs at Albuquerque stakes schedule features 33 races – 19 for Thoroughbreds and 14 for Quarter Horses – worth approximately $1.2 million in purses. The meet includes a 17-day New Mexico State Fair racing season in September.

The track's new casino features 700 slot machines – an increase from the 300 offered at the old casino in the grandstand – and a 200-seat food court and a 50-seat gourmet restaurant called The Crown Room. Also, casino visitors can watch the live racing action on the track from the facility's First Turn Lounge, which features 20 beer taps for domestic, imported, craft and microbrew beers and ales, as well as wines and cocktails.

For the most part, live racing at The Downs will take place on a Wednesday and Friday-through-Sunday schedule. The only exception to this schedule will be during the New Mexico State Fair, when racing will be presented every day from September 11-22.

All season, post time for the first race will be 1:30 p.m. on weekends and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. For more information on the meet, visit the track's website at www.abqdowns.com.

In The News

Thursday, August 21, 2014
This weekend’s Lineage stakes races at The Downs at Albuquerque have attracted entries from 76 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. Five stakes for Thoroughbreds -- all black-type races -- will be run on Saturday, followed by four black-type stakes for state-bred Quarter Horses on Sunday.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gotta Move, a registered New Mexico-bred son of Ghostly Moves owned by Jose Rivera, broke the 7-furlong track record in a $24,000 allowance-optional claiming ($15,000) race at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 8.
Monday, August 18, 2014
A memorial service for longtime New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association trustee Rita J. Danley of Anthony will be held on Thursday, August 21, in the winner’s circle at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. The service will begin at 11 a.m. (MDT) and be followed by a reception in the track’s All American Turf Club.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
An unnamed colt by the Hennessy stallion Roll Hennessy Roll topped the Thoroughbred portion of the August 15-16 New Mexico-Bred Sale at the Ruidoso Downs Sale Pavilion. Consigned by Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch of Anthony, New Mexico, the colt (Hip No. 229) was purchased on Saturday for $87,000 by Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, R.D. Hubbard, Brad King, and Dale Taylor.




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