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$500,000 SUNLAND DERBY (GR. III)

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022
POST TIME | 12:25PM

RACING, LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

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$500,000 SUNLAND DERBY (GR. III)

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022
POST TIME | 12:25PM

RACING, LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

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$15 million season

Well-armed with a dazzling array of stakes races, Sunland Park offers some of the most attractive and richest races in the Southwest. The $15 million season will dish out more than $250,000 in purses per race day.

Join us for a $1.6 million Race day!

$500,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III)

$300,000 Sunland Park Oaks

$250,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby

$250,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks

$120,000 New Mexico State University Stakes

$100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes

$100,000 Harry W. Henson Handicap

2022 SUNLAND DERBY

REMEMBER THE FEEL OF THE 16th RUNNING DERBY

The highly anticipated Sunland Park live racing season begins on Friday, December 31. Post time to start the 62nd season will be 12:25PM. A 55-day meet is planned and extends through Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Well-armed with a dazzling array of stakes races, Sunland Park offers some of the most attractive and richest races in the Southwest. The $15 million season will dish out more than $250,000 in purses per race day.

Of course, the highlight of the season is the $500,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) to be run on Sunday, March 27, 2022. This Kentucky Derby prep race offers 50 qualifying points to the winner for entry into the 2022 “Run for the Roses®.” The 2022 Sunland Derby is the 17th edition of the one and one-eighth mile classic that anchors a huge day worth more than $1.6 million. The enriched $300,000 Sunland Park Oaks, $250,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby, $250,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks, $120,000 New Mexico State University Stakes, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes and $100,000 Harry W. Henson Handicap are also part of Sunland Park’s biggest day.

The 2019 Sunland Derby day program held an all-time New Mexico State record all-sources handle of more than $4.8 million. National interest and appetite for the Sunland Park racing product is at a zenith.

The 2021-22 season hits the ground running with an excellent opening weekend menu. The $100,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap and the $65,000 KLAQ Handicap will be run for Thoroughbred Sprinters on Saturday, January 1. The world’s finest Quarter Horses converge on Sunday, January 2 in the Grade 1 Championship at Sunland Park worth $350,000. The 20th running of the 440-yard feature may attract Ruidoso Quarter Horse Derby and Rainbow Derby winner Empressum and All American Derby winner Instygator.

Lead-up races to the Sunland Derby (Gr. III) include the $100,000 Riley Allison Derby at one mile on Sunday, January 30 and the $100,000 Mine That Derby at one and one-sixteenth miles on Sunday, February 27. Prep races for the Sunland Park Oaks are the $65,000 Borderplex Stakes on Sunday, January 30 and the $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes at one mile on Sunday, February 27. The Sunland Park Oaks offers 50 points to the winner for entry to the 2022 Kentucky Oaks. Both the Sunland Derby (Gr. III) and the Sunland Park Oaks will be Lasix-free events.

Six-figure stakes races are plentiful throughout the season. An annual favorite is the $100,000 Sunland Park Handicap at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 2. The meet comes to a crescendo on Sunday, April 3 with the estimated $250,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity and the estimated $250,000 West Texas Futurity for two-year-old Quarter Horses.