Sunland Park Horse Racing Returns Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack getting ready for 60th racing seasonThe 63rd season of horse racing is set to begin Friday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. The 55-day meet, which ends April 2, 2023, will feature some of the top thoroughbreds and quarter horses in the country.

Racing will be held on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an average of $275,000 in daily purses will be given away, totaling $15.5-$16 million in purses this season. Last season, the track paid out approximately $14.7 million in purses.

Sunland Derby, Oaks return

The annual Grade III, $600,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) will be run on Sunday, March 26, 2023. The Kentucky Derby prep race… continue reading about Sunland Park

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