RULES AND MEDICATION COMMITTEES OF THE NMRC WILL FOLLOW THE HORSEMEN'S MEETING AT 1:30 PM AT THE NMRC OFFICE LOCATED AT 4900 ALAMEDA, NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM. IF YOU NEED DIRECTIONS, PLEASE CALL 505.222.0700. ALL HORSEMEN ARE INVITED.
THE NM RACING COMMISSION WILL HOLD ITS FEBRUARY MEETING ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 AT ITS 4900 ALAMEDA, NE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM HEADQUARTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9:30 AM. ALL HORSEMEN ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ALL MEETINGS.
THE NEW MEXICO STATE LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION. THE FOLLOWING RACING RELATED BILLS ARE UP FOR DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ENACTMENT INTO LAW:
The bills are:
House Bill 508, which if passed would limit calendar breaks to either 3 days or 4 days between meets depending on track. Sunland Park, Downs and ZIA would have a max of 3 day break between meets. The Bill would overcome extended dark day periods between race meets. Sunray Park and RUI would have 4 days in between race-meets max. (This would not apply to situations where meets overlap.)
House Bill 501 Would allow a licensed track to transfer races, racing days or race tracks to another provided that purse monies were transferred as well. Race days, if transferred, would be the same as allotted by the NMRC as prior to any transfer.
HB 503 Amends the Horse Racing Act regarding how breeder is defined for award and other purposes. For QHs the Breeder would be the owner of the mare at conception. (This would be in line with the AQHA). For TBs the Breeder will remain the owner of the mare at foaling. In all cases, stallion awards would go to the owner of the stallion at conception not upon foaling as is current law. End of year owner awards would go to the owner of the win, place or show NM Bred horse. The owner would be required by law to become a member of the Breeders Assn. ($80.00 Annual Dues) to be eligible to receive end of year owners’ awards.
HB 625 would require a total of 3000 races to be run by all tracks collectively over the race year with 10 races a day. In the event of a 6th track the total number of races would rise to 3500 per race year with 10 to be run each race day. The breed mix for racing would be 60% TBs/40% QHs. Due process through the NM Racing Commission would be required before a Horseman could be excluded from a racetrack for reasons outside of violation of racing rules.
HB 636 Would establish Advanced Deposit Wagering “through” a racetrack. With this change of law, the patron could bet remotely by electronic means and would not have to be “at” the racetrack in order to bet with his or her ADW account which is current law.
HB 650 would permit tracks that earn $20,000,000 or less in net take from gaming to pay 10% of the net total take in taxes from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2023. Currently all 5 racetracks regardless of level of net take pay 26% to the State of New Mexico in gaming taxes.
HB 508 and 503 will be taken up today February 18, 2019, for discussion by the House in Santa Fe.
Horsemen will be represented at these discussions.
All Horsemen are encouraged to attend all racing related legislative discussions in person. Better yet, you can view the proceedings on your cell, computer or tablet by going to www.nmlegis.gov and click on webcast, then click on the number of the bill 503 or 508 for today's discussions.
Thanks, Pat Bingham