Gov. Lujan Grisham appoints new Racing Commission
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday appointed five new members to the state Racing Commission effective immediately.
“Fair and equitable regulation is my expectation for this commission,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “These five individuals are experienced and knowledgeable, and I have every confidence they will ably regulate and promote the continued development of this industry.”
Per state statute, at least three members of the commission must be practical breeders of racehorses within New Mexico, and no more than three may be members of the same political party.
The governor appointed Beverly Bourguet, John Buffington, Freda McSwane, David “Hossie” Sanchez and Billy G. Smith.
Beverly Bourguet is a board member and founding member of the Downs at Albuquerque Chaplaincy. She was a member of the Racing Commission from 2011 to 2015. Bourguet breeds and raises quarter horses and races both quarter horses and thoroughbreds.
John Buffington was the chief operating officer of the San Juan Regional Medical Center from 2006 to 2017. He has more than 40 years of experience as both an owner and breeder.
Freda McSwane is a practicing attorney in Lincoln County and an active owner and breeder of racehorses. She has been active in the racing industry for many years.
David “Hossie” Sanchez is the owner of San Bar Racing, LLC, a horse breeding and racing program as well as president and chief executive of San Bar Investments and San Bar Construction Corp. He was a member of the Racing Commission from 2003 to 2009 and has served on the State Fair Commission since 2009.
Billy G. Smith is the owner of Smith Enterprises, LLC, a construction firm. He has been involved in the racing industry since the 1970s as an owner and having served on various boards for the American Quarter Horse Association.