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                                  Datona Doll wins the New Mexico Cup Derby at Zia Park and her winning connections.
NMHBA MAGAZINE: What is it that you like most about the horse racing industry? What changes, if any, would you like to see made?
I love the thundering of the hooves. There is nothing more beautiful than a fast horse. We breed them to run, and we love to see our babies running in the pasture and at the track.
What changes, if any, would you like
to see made to the New Mexico breeding program?
I am satisfied with the program. I think we have made it easier to own a New Mexico-bred by allowing breeders to take their mares back home for most of their pregnancies. I understand that it might hurt some of the breeding farms that also kept mares for out-of-state owners, but maybe it will expand the number of breeders. I was recently watching the (New Mexican Spring Futurity) trials for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park, and they had 11 races with full fields of 10 horses in every race. That speaks well for our program, and I see a lot of interest in it.
NMHBA MAGAZINE: We breed and race both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses here in New Mexico. Do you have a preference for one breed over another, and if so, why?
I do have a preference. We raise mostly Quarter Horses. Right now, we have 11 weanlings, nine Quarter Horses and two Thoroughbreds. We’ve owned a few Thoroughbreds with friends, but Mark and I both love Quarter Horses. I guess we know that they will have a job with us after their racing careers are over. We recently sent a 3-year-old filly to our granddaughter as a barrel horse, and we sent another horse to our grandson who thought he would make a team-roping horse out of his.
       Annette and Mark McCloy and family.
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