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New Mexico Racing License

New Mexico Racing Commission declines to award state's final racing license.

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On Thursday, August 1, the New Mexico Racing Commission declined to award the sixth and final racino racing license in the state. 

State regulations currently allow for six licenses. There are five taken – Sunland Park in Sunland Park, Zia Park in Hobbs, Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, the Downs at Albuquerque in Albuquerque and SunRay Park in Farmington. 

Applications for the final license came from five groups, three of which were interested in placing their racetrack in Clovis, which is located on the eastern border of the state, one group interested in placing their racetrack in Tucumcari, on the eastern side of the state along I-40, and the final group proposing Lordsburg, which is on the west side of the state near the Arizona border.

“The New Mexico Racing Commission at this time has decided not to issue a sixth racing license,” said executive director Izzy Trejo. “The NMRC has left open the possibility of issuing it in the future but not before significant analysis of the horse racing industry has been completed.”

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