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The New Mexico State city of Farmington, with a population bordering on 46,000, is located in San Juan county and is the home of Sun Ray Park racetrack. The city is located at the junction of the San Juan River and the Animas River and first staged racing in 1984 when the track operated as San Juan Downs Racetrack. The track operated for 9 years, although crowds decreased over time and it finally closed in 1993. When New Mexico revisited its gambling laws, allowing racinos to open, the track on the County Fairgrounds reopened as Sun Ray Park, hosting its first meeting on 1st October 1999. It offers a programme of thoroughbred and quarter horse races on its 6 furlong oval track, with separate 4 ½ and 8 furlong chutes, which share a 302 metre home straight. The principal race is the San Juan County Commissioners Handicap, although other high profile races include the New Mexico Breeders Stakes and Four Corners Senora Stakes for quarter horses, and the Aztec Oaks and Jack Cole Handicap for thoroughbreds.

Local Patrons San Juan Downs Race Club
Principal Races San Juan County Commissioners Handicap, New Mexico Breeders Stakes, Four Corners Senora Stakes, Aztec Oaks, Jack Cole Handicap

Four Corners Futurity Winners
2008 The Sun Ray Park Four Corners Futurity was won by Go Southern Special
2009 The Sun Ray Park Four Corners Futurity was won by Ms Dashair
2010 The Sun Ray Park Four Corners Futurity was won by W R Carver
2011 The Sun Ray Park Four Corners Futurity was won by Feature Mr Bonjangles

New Mexico Breeders Stakes winners
2009 The New Mexico Breeders Stakes was won by Roll A Miracle
2010 The New Mexico Breeders Stakes was won by Here Kittykittykitty
2011 The New Mexico Breeders Stakes was won by Leave N Legal

Course today The racecourse continues to operate very successfully.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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