Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino
Friday, March 24, 2017
by Eric Alwan
Suenos Dineros is top qualifier for $230,100 West Texas Futurity
Suenos Dineros set the top qualifying time for the $230,100 West Texas Futurity (Grade 2) from nine time trials contested at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Friday.
The Bodacious Dash two-year-old gelding won the 4th trial heat for trainer Shae Cox. Suenos Dineros covered the 300 yards in a fast 15.21 seconds. Cox also qualified Rosicky for the West Texas Futurity finals following an impressive win in the 2nd trial in a time of 15.281 seconds. Her third qualifier came with Phantom Fury who was third in the first trial in a time of 15.338 seconds.
2015 West Texas Futurity winning trainer Justin Joiner qualified two runners with trial winner Final Down and Famous Corona Miss.
The finals for the 59th running of the West Texas Futurity will be held on Saturday, April 15.
Here is the list of qualifiers: Suenos Dineros, 15.215; Mountain Holme, 15.241; Jm Katyln, 15.243; Final Down, 15.274; Rosicky, 15.281; Mr Perrys Tres Seis, 15.337; Phantom Fury, 15.338; Eagles Tenaya, 15.356; Presteejess, 15.358 and Famous Corona Miss, 15.387.
$800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) coming Sunday – Advance wagering starts Saturday
The $800,000 Sunland Derby will be the 9th race in a 10-race card worth over $1.5 million on Sunday. The $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes, $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap, $100,000 La Coneja Stakes, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby and $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks help make up the stellar card. Advance wagering for Sunday’s card will be available on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The Sunland Derby Day handicapping seminar starts at noon on Sunday in the Signature Showroom. Tom Dawson, Robert Geller and Julie will host the free event.
Simulcast of Dubai World Cup begin Saturday
Simulcasting of the Dubai World Cup starts early on Saturday morning at 8 .m. Breeder’s Cup Classic and $12 million Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate is the 1-3 favorite for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (9th race).
Post time for live racing at Sunland Park on Saturday and Sunday is 1:30 p.m.
Photos courtesy of: Coady Photography