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Report from October 2017 New Mexico Racing Commission Meeting
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The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association executive director Anna Fay Davis gave the commission the race-a-day report for the 17-day New Mexico State Fair portion of the Albuquerque Downs meet, which ran September 8-24. During the State Fair portion of the Albuquerque meet, the track carded 61 New Mexico-bred races, 29 for Thoroughbreds and 32 for Quarter Horses. By comparison, 59 state-bred races were contested during the 2016 New Mexico State Fair meet, 32 for Thoroughbreds and 27 for Quarter Horses.
An average of 3.59 New Mexico-bred races per day were run during the 2017 New Mexico State Fair meet, an increase of 3 percent over the 3.47 state-bred races per day during the 2016 State Fair race meet.
Also during the 17-day New Mexico State Fair meet, a total of 179 New Mexico-breds competed in open overnight races, of which 50 (28 percent) finished first, second, or third. Of this total, 22 were Thoroughbreds and 28 were Quarter Horses. Bonuses totaling $34,872.80 were paid to the owners of these horses.
Ms. Davis added that, during the New Mexico State Fair meet, the track carded 45 New Mexico-bred overnight races.
“There were 380 New Mexico-breds that were scheduled to participate in these races,” she reported. “This is an average of 8.44 New Mexico-breds per race.”
Ms. Davis also gave the commission the race-a-day report for the first 16 days of the Zia Park meet, which opened in Hobbs on September 9. During this period, the track carded 58 New Mexico-bred races, 39 for Thoroughbreds and 18 for Quarter Horses. By comparison, Zia Park carded 77 state-bred races -- 57 for Thoroughbreds and 20 for Quarter Horses -- during the first 20 days of its 2016 season.
An average of 3.63 New Mexico-bred races per day have been run during the first 16 days of the 2017 Zia Park meet, a decrease of 6 percent from the 3.85 state-bred races per day during the first 20 days of the track’s 2016 season.
Also, during the first eight days of the Zia Park meet, a total of 58 New Mexico-breds competed in open overnight races, of which 19 (33 percent) finished first, second, or third. Of this total, seven were Thoroughbreds and 12 were Quarter Horses. Bonuses totaling $21,300 were paid to the owners of these horses.
Ms. Davis added that, during the first 16 days of the Zia Park meet, the track carded 58 New Mexico-bred overnight races.
“There were 503 New Mexico-breds that were scheduled to participate in these races,” she said. “This is an average of 8.67 New Mexico-breds per race.”
In addition, Ms. Davis reported that, during the 52-day Ruidoso Downs meet, which ended on September 4, a total of 421 New Mexico-breds competed in open overnight races, of which 160 (38 percent) finished first, second, or third. Of this total, 102 were Thoroughbreds and 58 were Quarter Horses. Bonuses totaling $61,499.60 were paid to the owners of these horses.
Also, during the 40-day Albuquerque Downs meet (excluding the New Mexico State Fair portion of the season), a total of 451 New Mexico-breds competed in open overnight races, of which 138 (31 percent) finished first, second or third. Of this total, 38 were Thoroughbreds and 100 were Quarter Horses. Bonus totaling $97,843.80 were paid to the owners of these horses.

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During his presentation to the commission, New Mexico Horsemen’s Association (www.newmexicohorsemen.com) executive director Pat Bingham congratulated Albuquerque Downs management on its 57-day season (including the State Fair), which ended September 24 with an increase of 7 percent in wagering handle.
“A few years ago, we commissioned a public relations firm to suggest what do to increase interest among the general public in racing, and it basically said we should focus on good, clean racing,” Mr. Bingham said. “That spurred on the horsemen and commission to move forward on a lot of the things that have been done regarding drug testing.
”From The Downs perspective, I think it spurred a lot of local people to attend the races, and when they did they realized that a night at the races could be a lot of fun,” he added. “From the horsemen’s perspective, night racing can be inconvenient with training taking place early in the mornings, but the community really responded and they had a successful meet.”
Mr. Bingham also thanked meeting attendees for participating in the economic impact study commission by the NMHA and conducted by the Economics Dept. at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In addition, he told the commission that the NMHA will be encouraging its members to use the electronic voting mechanism currently set up on the association’s website.
“The purpose of this is to encourage more participation among our members,” Mr. Bingham said.
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Commission executive director Ismael “Izzy” Trejo also complimented Albuquerque Downs management on its successful meet.
“I think the fact that purses increased 10 percent per race is a good indicator of how successful their season was,” he said.
Mr. Trejo also announced that he would be attending the American Quarter Horse Association Racing Conference in Altoona, Iowa, on October 11-14, and that he would be participating on a panel discussing hair testing. In addition, he said that commission investigator Leasa Johnson would be working on the integrity enforcement team during the AQHA’s Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows on October 14.
Mr. Trejo added that he had had discussions with Dustin Dix, director of racing operations at Sunland Park Racetrack, regarding the development of Third Party Lasix rules.
“We discussed the best ways to handle this so that it would specifically be a good fit for our state,” he said.
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Also at the meeting:
*The commission approved, retroactively, Albuquerque Downs request to add an addition race to its closing-day program on September 24.
“We decided to add a race (from 10 to 11) that day due to the large number of entries we’d received,” said Albuquerque Downs president of racing operations Don Cook.
*The commission approved Sunland Park’s purse schedule for its 72-day meet, which runs December 15-April 17.
“Our purses will be exactly the same as last year,” Mr. Dix said.

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The next New Mexico Racing Commission monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, at the commission headquarters in Albuquerque, beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit the commission's website at http://nmrc.state.nm.us, or call (505) 222-0700.

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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