Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Friday, January 18, 2019
by Eric Alwan
Tequila & Margarita Festival on Saturday
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino fans will be treated to the annual Tequila/Margarita Festival on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. There is no cover charge.
Guests can taste 10 samples of the finest Tequila and Margaritas in the southwest for only $20. Free live music will also be played.
Major Bites runs in $85,000 Dona Ana County on Saturday
On the track Saturday, Major Bites returns to action in the featured $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (9th race) at 440 yards. Major Bites is the most dominant older New Mexico-bred stakes Quarter Horse in training. Last year, the son of Jesse James Jr won 5 stakes races including the 2018 Dona Ana County and Mesilla Valley Speed Handicaps at Sunland Park. The 10-time winner is coming off a courageous third place finish to Jessies First Down in the Grade 1 $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park on Dec. 30. The speedball has earned over $703,000 and will tote high weight of 132 pounds. Esgar Ramirez pilots the 4-5 favorite.
Thunder Dome headlines Sunday’s $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial
Sunday’s $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (8th race) is a terrific Thoroughbred feature at 1 and 1/16 miles.
$85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Stakes winner Thunder Dome is coming off a stellar 2018 campaign with 6 wins from 11 starts. The son of Dome is seeking his fourth win in a row and third straight stakes win for trainer Dallas Barton. Thunder Dome drove to a one length win in the Jamison Stakes at six and one-half furlongs over Go for a Stroll. The extremely versatile 8-5 morning line favorite is equally effective going a route distance. His bankroll is nearing the $530,000 plateau.
Defending champion Shining Source, Go for a Stroll, Streaks Bro and Hute help make up a very deep 9-horse field. Combined lifetime earnings in the Dominguez field is nearly $3 million.
Post time on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday is 12:30 p.m.