NMHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO MEET ON APRIL 12, 2017- NMRC RACE DAY COMMITTEE TO MEET ON APRIL 12, 2017 AT 1:30 PM:  NMRC RULES COMMITTEE TO MEET ON APRIL 12, 2017 AFTER RACE DAY COMMITTEE MEETING:  NMRC WILL MEET ON THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 AT 8: 30 AM.

RESULTS OF BILLS AFFECTING HORSE RACING AT THE LEGISLATURE

Pat Bingham

THE NMHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL HOLD ITS APRIL, 2017 MEETING,  ON WEDNESDAY  THE 12TH OF APRIL AT 8:30 AM AT THE NMHA OFFICES LOCATED AT 217 PALOMAS, NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87108.  FOR DIRECTIONS, CALL TERRI MONTOYA AT 505.266.7056. HORSEMEN ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND ALL NMHA MEETINGS.

THE NMRC WILL HOLD A RACE DATE COMMITTEE MEETING AND A RULES COMMITTEE MEETING ON APRIL 12, COMMENCING AT 1:30 PM AT  THE NMRC OFFICES LOCATED AT 4900 ALAMEDA, NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM. THE NMRC MAIN NUMBER IS 505.222.0700.  FOR DIRECTIONS CALL THE NMRC OR THE NMHA.

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 THE NMRC WILL HOLD ITS REGULAR CALLED APRIL MEETING. THE MEETING BEGINS  AT 8:30 AM AND  IS OPEN TO ALL OPEN TO ALL WHO WISH TO ATTEND.  HORSEMEN ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.


BILLS AFFECTING HORSE RACING DURING THE RECENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION HELD IN  SANTA FE, NM

THREE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED, TWO WERE PASSED.   BILL 229 PASSED AND WAS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR.  229 AMENDED  THE HORSERACING ACT BY DESIGNATING AN "EQUINE MEDICAL ADVISOR" TO OVERSEE DRUG TESTING FOR THE NMRC.  THE EQUINE MEDICAL ADVISOR REPLACES THE OFFICIAL CHEMIST.  ADDITIONALLY, 229 PERMITS FUNDS FOR EQUINE TESTING TO BE USED TO FUND THE EQUINE MEDICAL POSITION IN PART.  SUSAN VESCOVO AN OWNER AND NMHA BOARD MEMBER IN LARGE PART DRAFTED 229.    SUSAN DID A GREAT JOB ON 229 AND SHE IS COMMENDED.

BILL 230, WHICH WAS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR,  AMENDED THE GAMING CONTROL ACT BY ALLOWING TRACKS THAT PAID LESS THAN 8 MILLION $ IN GAMING TAXES ANNUALLY TO THE STATE TO  RUN A MINIMUM OF 3 RACES PER WEEK AND 10 RACES PER DAY.   230 ALSO REQUIRES THAT THE ELIGIBLE TRACKS MUST REWRITE A SIMILAR RACE WITHIN TWO WEEKS  OF ANY RACE CARD WHERE THE PARTICULAR RACE DID NOT FILL AND RESULTED IN A RACE CARD WITH LESS THAN 10 ENTRIES.  230 AFFECTS SUNRAY AND RUIDOSO.    SUNLAND PARK, THE DOWNS AT ALBUQUERQUE AND ZIA PARK ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT AND WILL RUN 4 DAYS A WEEK, 9 RACES A DAY.

 BILL, 473, WHICH WOULD HAVE MANDATED 285 RACE DAYS MINIMUM PER YEAR,  A $200 PAYMENT TO HORSEMEN WHO HAULED IN TO RACE AND A 60/40% SPLIT  OF RACES CARDED FOR TBS AND QHS DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE. 


FINALLY, EFFECTIVE WITH RACES RUN ON APRIL 21, 2017 (SUNRAY MEET) THE NMHA WILL NO LONGER PAY FOR A TRAINER OR OWNER'S FIRST SPLIT OF THE YEAR.   THE AFFECTED OWNER OR TRAINER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR HIS  OR HER OWN SPLIT.  IF THE SPLIT COMES BACK NEGATIVE THE NHMA WILL REIMBURSE THE OWNER OR TRAINER FOR THE COST OF THE SPLIT.  THE NMHA WILL PROCESS SPLIT REQUESTS AS BEFORE.  CALL BRENDA GABALDON AT THE NMHA IF YOU NEED TO HAVE A SPLIT TEST PROCESSED.  BRENDA CAN BE REACHED AT 505.266.7056.

AS ALWAYS HERE'S TO GOOD, SAFE AND DRUG FREE RACING.   CALL PAT BINGHAM WITH ANY COMMENTS OR OBSERVATIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.   505.266.7056.   SEND US AN EMAIL AT NMHASTATE1@AOL.COM.   WE ARE EXPANDING OUR DATABASE OF MEMBER EMAIL ADDRESS SO THAT WE MAY SERVE YOU BETTER.   NOTE WE ONLY USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR OFFICIAL HORSEMEN'S BUSINESS.