Sunland Derby for Dummies: A Primer for Novices in time for Sunday’s Big Race

The 15th running of the Sunland Derby is coming up on Sunday, March 25. Offering $1.5 million in total purses, the show gets underway at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino at 12:30 p.m.

For those who are new to the most prestigious horse race in the area, here’s a quick rundown of how the derby works, along with its history and competitor highlights…

Source: Sunland Derby for dummies: A primer for novices

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