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New Mexico Horse Racing Betting

Author: AmericanGambler1234 | Last Updated: May 17, 2023 | Fact Checked By: Alejandro del Rio

As with many of the western states, horse racing is big in the state of New Mexico.

However, New Mexico law has not yet addressed advance deposit horse racing wagering. It enables telephone and online betting sites, though the Legislature was considering a measure that would direct the state Racing Commission to establish rules for the road.

So, in the absence of such regulations, many major ADW online horse racing betting sites have decided not to offer services to New Mexico residents.

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Best Horse Betting Sites in New Mexico 

Xpressbet horse racing in NM – No Albuquerque, Ruidoso Downs, Sam Houston, Sunland Park, Sunray Park and Zia Park.

BetAmerica New Mexico (racing contests only).

Check if you can wager online (via these NM horse racing betting sites) on Kentucky Derby, Dubai World Cup, Preakness Stakes, Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, The Breeders' Cup, Epsom Derby and other racing events in New Mexico in 2020. View more information on betting on Kentucky Derby, and explore all of the best options for wagering, watching, and handicapping the race.

See other betting apps in NM.

New Mexico Betting Racetracks

There are three horse racetracks in New Mexico:

  • La Mesa Park NM
  • Ruidoso Downs Race Track NM
  • Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino NM

The Land of Enchantment allows casino gambling on tribal lands and authorizes betting on horse racing. It also runs a state lottery, and allows qualified organizations to offer bingo and raffles.

Online Horse Racing Betting Sites for New Mexico

  • Amwager (code AMGAMBLER)
  • 123bet
  • TVG

Tribal casino operators in New Mexico also have recently added sports betting to the state’s wagering menu following the May 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

In addition to 21 tribal casinos, most of which offer table games, state law allows for slot machines at pari-mutual horse racetracks operating in the state, as well as at 50 sites run by nonprofit organizations.

As a result, New Mexico has far more slot machines per state resident than any other state. 

Horse racing betting sites in new mexico
Horse racing betting sites and tracks in New Mexico: The Downs in Albuquerque.

Racinos with slot machines in NM

New Mexico currently has five operating horse racing tracks with slot machines:

  • The Downs in Albuquerque
  • Ruidoso Downs near Ruidoso
  • Sunland Park, NM
  • Sunray Park in Farmington, NM
  • Zia Park in Hobbs, NM

All of these horse racing tarcks with slots in New Mexico offer both quarter horse and thoroughbred racing.

Various groups have been competing to open a sixth racetrack, but the awarding of the license has been delayed by squabbling and a legal challenge.