Fire the Groom, a grade 1 winner who became the producer of group 1 winner Stravinsky, died April 5 at the Hubbard family's Crystal Springs Farm in New Mexico at the age of 30
Shaun Hubbard carries on family tradition at Ruidoso Downs
A Thoroughbred yearling colt by leading New Mexico sire Attila's Storm sold for $100,000 to top the New Mexico Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred sale Aug. 19-20 at Ruidoso Downs.
Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino in New Mexico announced that R.D. Hubbard is now sole owner of the track after purchasing the interests of Dr. Ed Allred and Bruce Rimbo.
Hallowed Dreams, who made a name for herself in 2000 when she won her first 16 races to equal a modern-day record for consecutive wins held at the time by Citation and Cigar, has produced a major Quarter Horse winner.
R.D. Hubbard, chairman and majority owner of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, announced Sept. 3 that serious drug offenders will be banned from the race track's private property beginning in 2013.
Dr. Edward C. Allred, owner of Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California, resigned as president and chairman of the board of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred track effective May 15.
Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico has indicated it will stay put if it gets tax relief from the state, but if not it plans to move to Las Cruces, located about 85 miles southwest.
Spring House earned a repeat victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) when he came from far off the pace Aug. 30 to catch the outsider Sir Dave by an extremely short nose on the turf.
Odds-on choice Spring House, guided off the rail in the homestretch by Russell Baze, wore down Yacht Spotter in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 30.
Spring House successfully defended his San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) title on the Santa Anita turf Feb. 22, surging past odds-on favorite Zambezi Sun in deep stretch to win the $150,000 event.
William S. Farish Jr. was unanimously re-elected as Breeders' Cup chairman, and R.D. Hubbard selected as vice chairman, during the third-quarter meeting of the Breeders' Cup board of directors Sept. 5.
Heavy favorite Spring House, given a push-button ride by Corey Nakatani, set a turf course record for 11 furlongs in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 23, earning a slot in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in the process.
Spring House could be headed for Dubai next month after his handy 2 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) on a slightly soft Santa Anita turf course Feb. 23.
Favored Spring House earned his first graded stakes win and ended an eight-race losing streak when he captured Oak Tree's $111,300 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita turf Oct. 28.
The Kentucky Derby Museum has located War Admiral's 1937 Kentucky Derby Gold Cup Trophy, and it will be loaned to the museum for its Kentucky Derby Gold Cup exhibition in 2010.
Former Walmac International Farm owner John T.L. Jones Jr. is heading a seven-member partnership seeking Kentucky's last available racetrack license from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to construct a Quarter Horse track in the southeastern portion of the state.
- By Tom Precious
The surprisingly large influx of campaign contributions from breeders and horse owners in Kentucky, California and elsewhere to the New York gubernatorial campaign of Eliot Spitzer did not come from individuals secretly vying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise, according to one of the top donors.
Zia Park is officially off and running after Miss Set N Bull recorded a gate-to-wire win in the first-ever race at the track located near Hobbs, N.M.
Zia Park will kick off its inaugural 44-day season Friday with an 11-race card of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing, with the opening day program highlighted by the $50,000 Premier Stakes for Thoroughbreds at six furlongs.
Favorite Trick the 1997 Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old, will relocate to R.D. Hubbard and Jim Helzer's JEH Stallion Station near Hondo, N.M.
Construction on Zia Park Racetrack and Casino in Hobbs, New Mexico can now begin after former Delta Downs owner Shawn Scott filed Monday to have his lawsuit against the racing commission dropped.
Nevada businessman Shawn Scott, an applicant for a license to open a racetrack and casino in Hobbs, New Mexico, has filed a challenge to the state Racing Commission's selection of Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard.
The New Mexico State Racing Commission voted 3-to-1 to award Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard and his partnership a license to build and operate a new track and casino near Hobbs. Hubbard is the majority owner in the Zia Park partnership that also includes Ruidoso Downs president Bruce Rimbo, Ed Allred, the owner of the Los Alamitos racetrack in California and Paul Blanchard, the president of the Downs at Albuquerque.
The four groups competing for the license to open a new racetrack and casino in Hobbs either have extensive experience in racing and gaming, or have put together a management team with such expertise.
Country music star and Thoroughbred horse owner and breeder Toby Keith gets the same thrill onstage and in the winner's circle.
The New Mexico Racing Commission has scheduled meetings May 22-23 to hear from applicants interested in constructing a racetrack in Hobbs. The commission, at its March 28 meeting, also granted a rehearing for Lea Downs, a track proposed for Hobbs.
The New Mexico Racing Commission will take no action on licensing a racetrack in Hobbs until early next year. The delay comes after Gov. Gary Johnson removed three members of the five-member commission in November.
Pat Day rides Eastern invader Lismore Knight, co-high weight at 121 pounds with Man Among Men among nine entrants in Saturday's $200,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds at a mile on the Hollywood Park grass.
Man Among Men, winner of the Pinjara Stakes at Santa Anita in his last start, breezed three furlongs in :37.80 on the main track Wednesday for the $200,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf Saturday.
Man Among Men wore down Peace Rules in the final stride for a head victory Wednesday in the $52,300 Pinjara Stakes for 2-year-olds at Oak Tree.
The New Mexico Racing Commission has delayed action for 60 to 90 days on awarding a license for a new racetrack in Hobbs near the Texas border.
The Indiana Gaming Commission has fined Pinnacle Entertainment more than $2 million and suspended the gaming license of Belterra Casino Resort for two days. The action by the commission came at its monthly meeting July 29 in Indianapolis.
The New Mexico Racing Commission is expected to make a final decision within 60 days on awarding a license for racetrack and casino in Hobbs near the Texas border.
Breeders' Cup announced on April 2 the addition of six members to its board of directors. They are E.K. Gaylord II, R.D. Hubbard, Robert T. Manfuso, Robert C. McNair, John C. Oxley, and John W. Phillips.
Despite the recent announcement that 22 racetracks intended to defect from the organization at the end of this year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Thursday it maintains a solid core and will proceed with programs it considers key to the future success of the industry.
Thoroughbred owner/breeder and racetrack executive R.D. Hubbard will receive the Commissioner's Cup, annually given by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to honor an individual or organization for extraordinary contributions to the NTRA and the Thoroughbred industry.
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