Racing commission may open up racino license application

Quay County may be back in the running for a race track.

The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday that a license granted La Mesa Racetrack in Raton has expired and the commission plans to open up applications for the license to other interested communities across the state.

The La Mesa license is last non-reservation racing license available in New Mexico. Quay County lobbied without success to win the license, awarded to Raton.

But the Raton project ran into money problems.

“In 45 days the commission will formalize the application process and direct the applicants interested how to apply,” said Racing Commission Deputy Director India Hatch.

Hatch said La Mesa Racetrack in Raton no longer has a racing license, adding, “La Mesa’s racing license has expired and the commission saw no reason to revoke it.”

Quay County Gaming Authority Executive Director Warren Frost said a package is already being put together to present the state.

“Finally, we’ve got to the point to where we can put together our application and they’re going to accept our application,” Frost said. “It was very good news and we’re extremely excited about that.”