Izzy Trejo Named Executive Director of NM Racing Commission

The longtime racing executive's first meeting at the helm will be March 17.

New Mexico Racing Commission

Ismael "Izzy" Trejo is the new executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

Governor Susana Martinez has named longtime racing official Ismael “Izzy” Trejo to be executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

Trejo's appointment was recommended to Governor Martinez after a six-week review of several qualified candidates conducted by a five-person committee that included acting executive director Dan Fick, NMRC Chairman Ray Willis, and NMRC Vice-Chair Gayla McCulloch. The five-member commission unanimously approved sending the recommendation for Trejo's appointment to the Governor's Office at its meeting on February 18.

The son of Thoroughbred trainer Milo Trejo, Izzy, as he likes to be called, spent his summers as a boy at the Downs of Santa Fe and the New Mexico State Fair. He later worked a summer job at the Downs at Santa Fe while attending college. A 1995 graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program with a B.S. Degree in Animal  Science, Trejo earned his Stewards' Accreditation in 2003 from the University of Louisville.  Since 2011, he has served as a State Steward for the West Virginia Racing Commission, his second stint in that position for the WVRC.

Trejo has also served as an Association Steward at Turf Paradise in Arizona and a racing official at Colonial Downs in Virginia.  From 1996-2002, he was stakes coordinator at Delaware Park, and he served as that track's Racing Secretary for a 19-month period from February 2007 – September 2008, during which time he wrote the condition book for a seven­ month meet that featured a stakes program worth more than $5 million and paid average daily purses of $215,000.

“We were very pleased  that a number of highly qualified candidates applied for this position,” said Chairman Willis. “All of us on the search committee, as well as the other three commissioners, feel that Trejo's qualifications make him an excellent fit for the New Mexico horse racing industry and this commission.”

Trejo's first meeting as NMRC Executive Director will be at the Thursday, March 17 Monthly Meeting.

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