Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in the Mt. Cristo Rey Room at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Thursday, March 22.
New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association executive director Anna Fay Davis gave the commission her race-a-day reports for Sunland Park. During the first 60 days of the Sunland meet, December 6-March 18, the track ran 315 New Mexico-bred races – 215 for Thoroughbreds and 100 for Quarter Horses. By comparison, the track carded 332 state-bred races during the first 60 days of its 2010-11 meet, 230 for Thoroughbreds and 102 for Quarter Horses.
Also, during the first 36 days of the 2011-12 Sunland Park season, a total of 202 New Mexico-breds competed in open overnight races, of which 50 (25 percent) finished first, second, or third. Of this total, five were Thoroughbreds and 45 were Quarter Horses. Bonuses totaling $43,574.40 were paid to the owners of these horses.
By comparison, a total of 132 New Mexico-breds competed in open overnight races during the first 32 days of the 2010-11 Sunland meet, of which 34 (26 percent) finished first, second, or third. Bonuses totaling $52,331 were paid to the owners of these horses.
The 77-day Sunland Park meet runs through April 17.
New Mexico Horsemen's Association executive director Jack McGrail announced that the NMHA's annual awards banquet will be held at SunRay Park Racetrack and Casino in Farmington on Saturday, May 12.
Also, the commission approved the appointment of Ruben Rivera, Norm Amundson, and Linda Salinas to be the board of stewards during the 42-day SunRay Park meet, which runs from April 20-June 26. The barn area at SunRay will open on April 9, and the track will be open for training beginning April 10.
The commission also announced the appointment of Kristopher Cordova and Don Apodaca to its rules committee, and it approved the stakes schedule for Zia Park's 54-day meet, which runs September 8-December 4. Zia Park will run 13 New Mexico-bred stakes worth $1,930,000 in added money. The track's annual New Mexico Cup program for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will take place on Sunday, October 28.
The next commission meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19, at the commission headquarters at 4900 Alameda NE, Albuquerque. The executive session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by the public session at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit the commission's website at www.nmrc.state.nm.us, or call the commission office in Albuquerque at (505) 222-0700.