In recent months, horse racing in New Mexico has taken some major blows, including Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino, home of the prestigious All American Futurity. But as the summer racing season winds down, including the All American Futurity on Labor Day, optimism still remains high at the track among track officials and horsemen. In June, the racetrack was raided by federal authorities in an early morning operation that caught many by surprise. Agents seized dozens of racehorses allegedly involved in a money-laundering scheme by Los Zetas, one of the most violent drug cartels in Mexico. Dozens of animals were hauled away in two large horse trailers. The alleged scheme involved laundering millions of dollars by purchasing and racing horses that have won some of the nation's biggest quarter-horse races, including the 2010 All American Futurity, which was won by Mr. Piloto.
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