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HRN Original Blog:
New Mexico

Now time to watch the UFC fights and get busy on Saturday!!!

Now time to work on the Sunday stuff!!!

A few promotional words as we get ready for the Sunday racing day at Sunland.

Make sure to tune in to "The Fast Track", a nationally syndicated racing show, covering the best in horse racing from coast to coast.

"The Fast Track" is presented by SunRay Park and Casino and airs weekends at 10am (ET) on FOX AM1340 and is streamed live at foxsports1340.com

Fellow HorseRacingNation contributors Jarrod Horak & Joe DePaolo join me every weekend morning for best bets, news and opinions on the topics that matter to you at the track, and we manage to have a few laughs along the way.

** Hope you scored yesterday on our recommended Trifecta play in the 6th race at Sunland, which returned $372 for a $34 investment. 

For the record, I wont brag very much about scores made at the track, because I think you have enough on your mind everyday to make your own winning bets that you dont need someone telling you how smart (or stupid) they are 24 hours after the fact.

But it was a nice way to kick off our first day in the 'Nation.

** Very timely ride by Alejandro Medellin, who rallied Jam'n Jackson off a very fast pace to win the KLAQ Handicap for one of the region's top trainers, Henry Dominguez.

Sent off at odds at 8-to-1, Jam'n Jackson sat far back of a very quick half mile (43.21 seconds) before running down City Sage in the shadow of the wire to pick up his fourth win from eight lifetime starts.

The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flower Alley improves his career earnings to over $100,000 for owners Harold and Pamela Tillema.
Heavily favored Ducky Drake, also raced far back off the very fast pace, rallied late and was never a threat when third best.


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I have had the pleasure of seeing the business of racing from several unique angles.

As a writer, I enjoy the time spent with horsemen, interviewing some of the most amazing people the sport has to offer.

As a radio talk show host, I get to hear the excitement of the jockey moments after winning a big race and the thunderous noise of a live crowd growing louder as the stretch run gets closer to completion.

As a paddock show host, I see the horses, not just as numbers and statistics on a sheet of paper, but as strong, incredible, vulnerable and energetic animals, capable of either being brilliant or chaotic as any animal at any given moment.

I have been covering the sport of horse racing for nearly 20 years, starting as a young, roving reporter in Southern California before moving to New Mexico in 2002.

I have had the extreme pleasure of watching the sport of kings thrive and succeed here in the Land of Enchantment.

In addition to the incredible quarter horse talent on display here on a daily basis, we’re also blessed to be the home state of record-setter Peppers Pride as well as one of the biggest longshot winners in Kentucky Derby history, Mine That Bird.

I’ll be here frequently offering reports and selections on races throughout the state of New Mexico, from Sunland to Zia, from Albuquerque to Ruidoso, and from my hometown track of SunRay Park and Casino, where I work as paddock show host when I am not doing my “other” job as a radio talk show host on FOX SPORTS AM1340.

Please feel free to let me know if you like or dislike what you see here. I firmly believe you learn something new every day in this sport, so if you have something to teach me, feel free to let me know.

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