Here are the proposed race dates from each racetrack:
Sunland Park – 51 days from December 31, 2021 – March 27, 2022
Running Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Tuesday
SunRay Park – 18 days from April 15, 2022 – May 22, 2022
Running Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Ruidoso Downs – 47 days from May 27, 2022 – September 5, 2022
Running Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (Will run July 4th but not the Friday of Labor Day Weekend).
The Downs At Albuquerque & New Mexico State Fair – 34 days from August 5, 2022 – September 25, 2022, Running Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday during August and 11 consecutive days for the New Mexico State Fair. No night racing during the New Mexico State Fair.
Zia Park – 44 days from October 1, 2022 – December 13, 2022
Running Saturday, Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday
Mr. Trejo, Executive Director of the NM Racing Commission explained that because they feel that a race meet starts on the first day of entries, this schedule is acceptable.
This is a total of 194 days, a reduction of 61 days from 2019 when there were 255 days of racing.
The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association proposed a total of 256 days with Sunland Park running 70, SunRay Park running 27, Ruidoso Downs running 47, the Downs At Albuquerque running 40, the New Mexico State Fair running 17, & Zia Park running 55.
The race dates will be voted on by the Commissioners at their next meeting to be held in person at 4900 Alameda Blvd, NE in Albuquerque and is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. on July 22nd if you should wish to attend.