New Mexico Racing Commission Open Letter

Posted by Press Release on 08/13/2019

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 13, 2019—The New Mexico Racing Commission announced on August 12 that horses previously trained by Trey Wood will be allowed to run in the trials to the All American Futurity, but under the care of their new trainers. 

The trials are slated to be contested on August 16-17 at Ruidoso Downs. 

Below is an August 13 open letter addressed to the "The Racing Community" from the NMRC, explaining the commission’s decision to allow those horses to run in the trials. 

 

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August 13, 2019

To the racing community,

We understand that the decision regarding the transferring of several horses to new trainers previously trained by Trey Wood may be seen as an unpopular one in the world of public opinion, but what people must understand is that the New Mexico Racing Commission as a governing agency is tasked to regulate the New Mexico horse racing industry in a fair and equitable manner with the best interest of horsemen, breeders and race track managements at heart. We take that responsibility seriously. 

When rendering the decision, the NMRC and its legal counsel took a hard line look at the facts surrounding the matter, including the timing of when the lab results were sent to the NMRC offices from Industrial Laboratories. 

When reviewing the timeline in regards to Mr. Wood’s notification of the violation (August 9, 2019) and the time the results arrived at the NMRC offices (August 7, 2019), it was clear that in the spirit of fairness, the decision to allow the transferring of horses to new trainers was the right decision. 

Sincerely, 

Ismael "Izzy" Trejo
Executive Director

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