New Members Elected to Sunland Park Committee

NMHA BOARD MEETS ON JANUARY 18, NMRC MEETS ON JANUARY 19

Pat Bingham

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW HORSEMEN'S COMMITTEE MEMBERS ELECTED TO THE SUNLAND PARK COMMITTEE.  THIS YEAR  TRAINER REPRESENTATIVES WERE ELECTED TO THE SUNLAND PARK HORSEMEN'S COMMITTEE.  ELECTED WERE BART HONE, GERALD MARR, FLACCO CAPPALLUCCI AND WES GILES.  THEY WILL JOIN OWNER MEMBERS RENEE ABDOUCH, SUSAN VESCOVO, JARETT ROGERS AND KIRK ROBISON ON THE COMMITTEE.   THE NMHA AND HORSEMEN AT  LARGE THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE.  AS YOU KNOW, THE TRACK COMMITTEE SERVES AS A LIAISON BETWEEN TRACK MANAGEMENT AND HORSEMEN.  THEY ASSIST IN TROUBLESHOOTING  ISSUES WITH THE TRACK MANAGEMENT.   THE HORSEMEN'S OFFICE ON THE BACKSIDE OF SUNLAND PARK, WHICH  IS JUST SOUTH OF  THE WEST BARN AREA GATE,  PROVIDES HOSPITALITY FOR ALL HORSEMEN  ON THE BACKSIDE. STOP IN HAVE A COFFEE OR SOFT DRINK AND PICK UP A PROGRAM. TRAINER AND OWNER MEMBERS SERVE A STAGGERED TERM OF TWO YEARS.  ONE TRAINER MEMBER AND ONE OWNER MEMBER FROM EACH TRACK COMMITTEE IS APPOINTED BY THE COMMITTEE TO SERVES ON THE NMHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

THE NMHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL MEET FOR ITS MONTHLY MEETING  THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 216 PALOMAS, NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM  87108.  THE NMHA OFFICE IS JUST WEST OF THE EXPO NEW MEXICO MAIN WEST GATE.   ALL HORSEMEN ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING.  CALL 505.266.7056 FOR DIRECTIONS.  MEETING STARTS AT 8:30 AM.   AMONG THE MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL BE RACE DAYS FOR 2018, POSSIBLE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO STATUTE T WHICH IF PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW WILL AFFECT HORSEMEN AND THE TRACKS (RUIDOSO AND SUNRAY PARK ) AS TO THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF RACE DAYS PER WEEK AND RACES PER DAY.  THE CURRENT MINIMUM IS 4 DAYS OF RACING PER WEEK AND 9 RACES PER DAY. PROPOSED IS TO PERMIT SUNRAY AND RUIDOSO TO RUN 3 DAYS PER WEEK WITH A MINIMUM OF 9 RACES PER DAY.  INPUT ON THIS IS OF COURSE INVITED. 

ALSO ON THE NMHA AGENDA WILL BE THE PULLING OF HAIR  FOR TESTING  TO DETERMINE IF A HORSE HAS INGESTED CERTAIN PROHIBITED CLASS 1, 2, A AND B SUBSTANCES IN THE PAST OF 6 OR SO MONTHS. A NEGATIVE HAIR TEST WOULD BE REQUIRED BEFORE ANY HORSE WOULD BE ALLOWED ON THE RACETRACK OR TO RACE AT ANY OF THE TRACKS IN NEW MEXICO.  A PROBABLE GRACE PERIOD TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HAIR TESTING  WILL BE EXPLAINED IN AN  INDUSTRY WIDE ANNOUNCEMENT COMING ABOUT FEBRUARY 1.  THE REASON FOR THIS PROPOSED HAIR TESTING IS THAT NEW MEXICO IS THE POSTER CHILD FOR CLASS 1, 2 A AND B (ESPECIALLY CLENBUTEROL) POSITIVES WITH ABOUT 45% OF ALL POSITIVE TESTS THAT OCCUR  IN THE USA.  WE GOTTA GET THE SUBSTANCES OUT OF OUR HORSES.  BOTH QHS AND TBS WILL BE HAIR TESTED.


ON THURSDAY,  JANUARY 19, 2017 THE NM RACING COMMISSION WILL MEET IN OPEN SESSION STARTING AT 8:30 AM.   THE COMMISSION OFFICE IS LOCATED AT 4900 ALAMEDA, NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM.   THE NMRC MAIN NUMBER IS 505.222.0700.  CALL THEM OR THE NMHA AT 505.255.7056 FOR DIRECTIONS AS NEEDED.

AS YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW, ALL TRAINERS WITH 3 OR MORE EMPLOYEES INCLUDING THEMSELVES MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR WORKER'S COMPENSATION INSURANCE.  IT IS THE LAW IN NEW MEXICO.  CALL PAT BINGHAM IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP AND HE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH CONTACT INFORMATION,  AND INFORMATION WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE THE INSURANCE.  YOU CANNOT  AFFORD NOT TO HAVE INSURANCE.    PAT CAN BE REACHED AT 505.255.7056.


FINALLY, PLEASE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF RACING IN NEW MEXICO.   THIS INCLUDES MEDICATION RULES, CLAIMING RULES, CHANGE OF EQUIPMENT RULES ETC.  WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW WILL TAKE A BITE OUT OF YOUR WALLET AND POSSIBLY YOUR ABILITY TO MAKE A LIVING.  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A RULE,  WE CAN SEND YOUR A CURRENT COPY.  JUST CALL US AT 505.266.7056.  THE RULES OF RACING ARE ALSO ON THE NMRC WEBSITE.  WE HAVE A LINK TO THE NMRC ON THIS WEBSITE.


ALL THAT SAID, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOOD CLEAN RACING!!!!!!!

PAT BINGHAM FOR THE NMHA   505.266.7056