HORSEMEN TOM AND SANDRA MCKENNA WILL RUN THEIR GREAT 3 YEAR OLD, CONQUEST MO MONEY IN THE UPCOMING PREAKNESS STAKES ON SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017. GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED TO THE HORSE AND CONNECTIONS. ............THE NEW MEXICO HORSERACING COMMISSION MET ON MAY 10 AND 11, 2016 AT SUNRAY RACETRACK. ...... PROTOCOL FOR BRINGING HORSES TO NEW MEXICO RACETRACKS WAS AMENDED. .... FOR HORSES HAULED TO A TRACK THAT IS RUNNING OR TO AN OFFICIAL TRAINING CENTER, THE HORSE WILL NEED A VET INSPECTION AND VET CERTIFICATE THAT IS ISSUED NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS FROM THE DATE THAT THE HORSE IS HAULED TO THE TRACK. THIS AMENDS THE 72 HOUR REQUIREMENT BY ENTENDING IT. OF COURSE A NEGATIVE COGGINS, PYRO FOR QHS AND DOCUMENTATION OF VACCINATION WILL STILL BE REQUIRED AS BEFORE. HORSES THAT HAULIN FROM OUT OF STATE WILL NEED A VET INSPECTION AND HEALTH CERTIFICATE THAT IS ISSUED WITHIN 7 DAYS FROM ENTERING THE TRACK....... IF AN OUTBREAK DOES OCCUR THE 30 DAY AND 7 DAY PERIODS WILL BE REDUCED TO THE 72 HOUR PERIOD IN PLACE BEFORE THIS CHANGE............PENALTIES FOR CLASS 1, 2 AND A AND B POST RACE OR OUT OF COMPETITION TESTING ARE QUITE SEVERE. THE THIRD TEST POSITIVE RECEIVED BY A TRAINER OR OWNER WILL BE TREATED AS A LIFETIME THIRD OFFENSE AND WILL BE PENALIZED WITH $5000 FINES FOR BOTH OWNER AND TRAINER (DEPENDING ON THE DRUG) AND EACH SUCCESSIVE INFRACTION WILL BE TREATED AS THIRD LIFETIME OFFENSE..... PENALTIES INCLUDING SUSPENSION, FINE, LOSS OF PURSE AND ARE VERY SEVERE FOR THESE INFRACTIONS ........... THINK BEFORE YOU GIVE ANY HORSE ANY SUBSTANCE OR MEDICATION.........HORSES TESTING POSITIVE WILL ALSO BE BANNED FROM RACING AND TRANSFER FOR AT LEAST 60 DAYS..... THE NMRC AUTHORIZED PRIVATE HAIR AND OTHER TESTING BY THE RACETRACKS IN THE STATE.... THE TRACKS WILL HAVE TO SEEK CONCURRENCE FROM THE HORSEMEN AND THE NMRC BEFORE ANY TESTING PLAN IS SET IN MOTION......MORE ON THIS LATER...... THE NMHA HAD ITS 2015 AND 2016 BANQUET AT SUNRAY PARK ON THE EVENING OF MAY 10, 2016...... THE EVENT WAS WELL ATTENDED BY HORSEMEN AND WELL RECEIVED....... THANKS TO SUNRAY MANAGEMENT, BRAD BOEHM AND LONNIE BARBER FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY......... AMONG THE MANY WINNERS WERE TOM AND SANDRA MCKENNA AND THEIR JUDGE LANIER RACING OPERATION, WHO WERE OWNERS OF THE YEAR FOR 2015 AND 2016, JUSTIN EVANS TRAINER OF THE YEAR FOR 2015 AND 2016. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS WERE PRESENTED TO LONNIE AND DORIS BARBER FOR 2015 AND TO STEVE PRATHER FOR 2016. .......... RACE DATES FOR 2018 ARE IN DISCUSSION......... THE RACETRACKS ARE TO PRESENT A CONSOLIDATED RACE DAY PROPOSAL THIS WEEK, TO WHICH THE HORSEMEN WILL SUBMIT A RESPONSE. ...... THE NMRC WILL APPROVE RACEDAYS AROUND JUNE 1, 2017............... PLEASE CONTACT PAT BINGHAM AT THE HORSEMEN IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. THE NMHA PHONE NUMBER IS 505.266.7056. ...... WE HAVE COMMISSIONED AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY THAT WILL DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF OUR INDUSTRY TO NEW MEXICO. UNM DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS WILL BE CONDUCTING THE STUDY..... THEY WILL CONTACT AS MANY HORSEMEN AND BREEDERS AS POSSIBLE TO COME UP WITH THE BEST STUDY POSSIBLE. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR HORSE RACING IN NEW MEXICO..... SO IF YOU ARE CONTACTD BY UNM BY MAIL, EMAIL OR PHONE PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RESPOND TO THE SURVEY QUESTIONS. OUR FUTURE DOES DEPEND ON YOUR RESONSES. AS ALWAYS LETS STRIVE FOR CLEAN AND FAIR RACING IN NEW MEXICO. .......