Albuquerque Downs Honors Its Meet Champions

The track ended its 60-day season on September 25.

Edited press release

Albuquerque Downs ended its 2016 meet on September 25, recording increases in total handle and average daily handle. PHOTO: Albuquerque Downs

Albuquerque Downs honored its 2016 season champions on September 25, closing day of the track’s 60-day meet.

Jose Luis Enriquez was Albuquerque’s leading Quarter Horse jockey with 30 wins from 200 mounts, two more than J. Martin Bourdieu, who won 28 races from 140 Quarter Horse mounts. The winner of the inaugural running of the $224,558 La Fiesta Futurity on closing day with longshot JM Country Man, Enriquez also topped all Quarter Horse riders with mount earnings of $563,487.

Ron Stephens topped all Albuquerque Downs Quarter Horse trainers with 16 wins from 50 starters, one more than runner-up Adam Tapia, who saddled the winners of 15 races from 69 starters. Stephens and Tapia also finished one-two in trainer purse earnings at $239,338 and $235,418, respectively.

Albuquerque’s co-leading Quarter Horse owners with seven wins each were Cuadra San Juditas LLC and Eloy Humberto Pena. Javier Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, the owner of La Fiesta Futurity winner JM Country Man, topped Albuquerque’s Quarter Horse owners in purse earnings at $147,295.

Albuquerque Downs christened in its newly remodeled grandstand with increases in total and average daily wagering handle, as $12,706,327 was bet on the track’s live races, an increase of 10 percent from the $11,513,592 wagered on the track’s live races during its 2015 meet, which ran 55 days from April 17-June 18 and September 11-27. Average daily handle rose 1 percent to $211,772, compared to $209,338 last year.

Opening night, June 25, drew the meet’s largest handle -- $335,668, of which a meet-high $125,795 was wagered on track -- and largest on-track attendance, 3,417.

Live horse racing will resume at Albuquerque Downs on June 24, 2017. The scheduled 58-day season will run through September 24.

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