2020 SUNLAND DERBY

Over $1.4 million in purses will be offered on Sunland Derby Day – Sunday, March 22, 2020. The 17th running of the $700,000 Sunland Derby (GR III) at one and one-eighth miles will be the richest and most important race of the meet for three-year-old thoroughbreds seeking a berth in the 2020 Kentucky Derby. The winner of the Sunland Derby (GR III) receives 50 critical qualifying points for entry into the Run for the Roses. A record crowd of 19,081 fans came to witness the 2015 edition of the Sunland Derby (GR III).

The 2015 Sunland Derby (GR III) winner, Firing Line, ran second to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Sunland Derby (GR III) winners Cutting Humor (2019), Hence (2017), Chitu (2014), Governor Charlie (2013), Daddy Nose Best (2012) and Twice the Appeal (2011) all ran in the Kentucky Derby. In 2009, Mine That Bird parlayed a fourth-place finish in the Sunland Derby to a victory in the Kentucky Derby at 50-1 odds.

In addition to the Sunland Derby (GR III), the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, $100,000 Harry W. Henson Handicap, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap, $120,000 New Mexico State University Stakes, $120,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks and $120,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby will help propel Sunland Park’s biggest live racing day on March 22. In 2019, Sunland Derby day generated a track and state record all-sources handle of over $4.8 million, breaking the previous record of nearly $4.3 million wagered on the 2018 Sunland Derby day card.

2020 DERBY/OAKS UPDATE

Sunland Park This Week is a video series featuring commentary from Horse Racing expert Tom Dawson. This weekly series keeps you abreast of all the happenings leading up to the March 22 running of the $700,000 Sunland Derby and the $200,000 Sunland Oaks.

2020 DERBY/OAKS PREPS

Riley Allison Derby
Boderplex Stakes

Sunday, January 26
Press Release

Mine That Bird Derby
Island Fashion Stakes

Sunday, February 23
Press Release


2019-2020
Media Guide

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17th Running
Sunland Derby

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