A  NEGATIVE HAIR TEST FOR CLENBUTEROL, ANABOLIC STEROIDS,  EPO, GROWTH SUBSTANCES AND CLASS 1 SUBSTANCES WILL BE REQUIRED OF ALL HORSES THAT PLAN TO ENTER THE 2017 FALL QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULED TO RUN AT THE DOWNS AT ALBUQUERQUE ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2017.  NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON FRIDAY,  SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 AND ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2017. CONTACT LEESA JOHNSON AT THE NEW MEXICO RACING COMMISSION  (505.222.0700) OR DON COOK AT THE DOWNS AT ALBUQUERQUE,  505.400.5699 FOR DETAILS.


ON THE SUBJECT OF HAIR TESTING, APPROXIMATELY  120 QUARTERHORSE ENTRIES TO THE TRIALS FOR THE RUIDOSO ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY AND THE ALL AMERICAN DERBY WERE TESTED BY THE NM RACING COMMISSION.  OF THE NUMBER TESTED, APPROXIMATELY 16 HORSES CAME BACK POSITIVE A NUMBER SIGNIFICANTLY SMALLER THAN WHAT HAD BEEN EXPECTED.   KUDOS TO THE INDUSTRY FOR TAKING A STAND AGAINST THE USE OF PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES IN HORSES THAT RACE IN NEW MEXICO.

IN THE FUTURE, THE EFFORTS DIRECTED AT ELIMINATING THE SCOURGE OF SUBSTANCE USE IN BOTH THE THE QUARTERHORSE AND THE THOROUGHBRED HORSE POPULATION WILL REMAIN A TOP PRIORITY IN THE INDUSTRY. 

ON THE TOPIC OF THE HORSEMEN SPONSORED INDUSTRY WIDE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY:  POSTS CARDS HAVE BEEN SENT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AND RESULTS ARE COMING IN.   REMEMBER THIS STUDY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE TO OUR INDUSTRY'S FUTURE.   IF YOU HAVE NOT  RESPONDED, PLEASE DO SO.   IF YOU HAVE RESPONDED AND TAKEN THE SURVEY WE THANK YOU.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT PAT BINGHAM AT THE HORSEMEN'S OFFICE IN ALBUQUERQUE FOR ASSISTANCE.   PAT CAN BE REACHED AT 505.266.7056.

FINALLY,  PLEASE HAVE YOUR HORSE'S PAPERS ON FILE AT THE RACING OFFICE AT ZIA PARK NO LATER THAN 9/9/17 FOR AN E-1 DATE.   THE E-1 DATE IS THE NEXT PREFERRED DATE AFTER THE 0 DATE WHICH HAS COME AND PASSED.  CALL MATT CRAWFORED DIRECTOR OF RACING OPERATIONS AT ZIA PARK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.  MATT CAN BE REACHED AT 817. 999.3922  

HAVE A QUESTION THIS POST OR ANY OTHER RACING TOPIC CALL PAT BINGHAM AT 505.266.7056   EMAIL US AT NMHASTATE1@AOL.COM.   OUR FAX IS 505.266.0643