Deadline to apply for racino license extended

Freedom New Mexico

The deadline to apply for the state’s remaining racing license has been extended another three weeks by the New Mexico Racing Commission, according to Warren Frost, Quay County Gaming authority executive director.

The commission extended the deadline for applications from Sept. 2 to Sept. 23, Frost said Thursday.

Frost said there should not be much concern about the extension since the Quay group has already sent its application.

“We are ready to go,” Frost said. “This will not affect us.”

Raton was awarded the racing license in August 2008, beating out groups from Tucumcari and Santa Fe. Live racing was scheduled to start by in spring 2010.

India Hatcher, deputy Director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, told the Quay County Sun in 2010 that if the track did not have live racing by the end of the year, the developers would have to reapply for a license, which could open the door for Tucumcari.

The previous deadline of Sept. 2 is also the scheduled date for a Colfax County District Court judge to rule on La Mesa Racetrack and Casino’s request for an injunction to stop the application process for the state’s last racing license.

“Three weeks won’t kill us,” Frost said. “I feel the commission was merely giving La Mesa adequate time for their court date.”

Racing commission officials could not be reached immediately for comment.