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New Mexico Racing Commission Approves 2018 Race Dates
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The New Mexico Racing Commission on Thursday approved 2018 race dates for the state’s five tracks.

The 2018 calendar will get underway with a 72-day meet at Sunland Park from December 15, 2017-April 17, 2018. SunRay Park in Farmington will conduct a 33-day season from April 21-June 18, followed by a 47-day season at Ruidoso Downs from May 25-September 3.

Albuquerque Downs’ 38-date season will run from June 29-September 1 and will be followed by a 17-date New Mexico State Fair meet conducted at Albuquerque Downs from September 2-23. Zia Park in Hobbs will conduct a 56-day season from September 8-December 11.

All New Mexico tracks will conduct mixed meets for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. SunRay Park will run nine weeks, offering three-day weeks during its opening weekend and last two weekends, while Ruidoso Downs will run four-day weeks during its opening weekend, which includes the Memorial Day holiday, and its closing weekend, which includes the Labor Day holiday. During the rest of the Ruidoso meet, the track will run three days a week on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule.

In The News

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.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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