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Ruidoso NMRC Crack Down

Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico Racing Commission increase testing.

June 28, 2012

New Mexico

Ruidoso Downs Race Track, in conjunction with the New Mexico Racing Commission, cracked down on those who would attempt to harm horses and compromise the integrity of horse racing by increasing the amount of tests done during the opening weekend of the Ruidoso Downs race season that began on May 25.

That crackdown resulted in positive illegal drug tests on several horses which were saddled by a small number of trainers. Once the trainers are notified, they will be given a chance to request a second test.

“We came forward with a funding mechanism to assist with additional testing and recommended one of the foremost testing laboratories in the nation at U.C. Davis in California in an effort to ensure that racing at Ruidoso Downs and in New Mexico is above reproach and no harm comes to any of the equine athletes that race here,” said general manager Shaun Hubbard. “We strongly recommend that the upcoming Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby trials are subject to these same tests.”

Trials for the Grade 1, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity are on July 3 and trials for the Grade 1, $1 million-est. Rainbow Derby will be held on the Fourth of July.

“Much credit goes to the New Mexico Racing Commission which approved the California lab for the testing without hesitation and to the local Ruidoso Downs’ Horsemen’s Committee which voted unanimously to approve the funding although that has yet to be approved by the Racing Commission,” Hubbard said.

Ruidoso Downs Race Track chairman of the board R.D. Hubbard called the positive tests an “important first step” in attacking a problem in New Mexico racing and racing nationwide.

“Some might think of these positive tests as a negative or black eye,” R.D. Hubbard said, “But, this is crucial in making a statement to our fans and horsemen that the illegal use of drugs will not be tolerated. We are grateful to the Racing Commission and our local Horsemen’s Committee for supporting these efforts.”

The Racing Commission will deal with violators on the positive tests in the days ahead.