New Mexico Horseracing

New Mexico Horseracing began in 1946 with the opening of La Mesa Park in Raton. The northeast New Mexico location was perfect for attracting horse lovers and gamblers from the nearby, cowboy states of Texas and Oklahoma, both of which did not offer legalized gambling then.

The succeeding years saw the steady rise of horseracing in New Mexico with tracks opening in Sunland Park (next to El Paso/Juarez), in Ruidoso (also known as "Little Texas") and Santa Fe.

The "Granddaddy" of New Mexico horseracing is the New Mexico State Fair, where the best horses gather every September for big purses. In the early and mid-1980s as much as 20,000 spectators packed the grandstands and daily handles exceeded $1 million during the annual exposition.

Horseracing in New Mexico is overseen by the New Mexico Racing Commission.

New Mexico Horseracing Tracks

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Horseracing Tracks