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Sunland Park Plans Mixed Meet Format for 2017-18
RSS Feeds Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino plans to submit its 2017-18 race meet format to the New Mexico Racing Commission during the commission’s June 15 meeting in Albuquerque.

Sunland’s 72-day meet would feature four days of racing per week with an estimated 70/30 split between Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. The meet will begin December 15 and run through April 17, 2018.

Sunland Park’s format will be similar to that presented during the track’s 2016-17 season. It will be structured as a mixed meet with Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses competing for an average daily purse structure of more than $220,000.

According to a press release distributed by the track, the main focus in 2017-18 will be on the improvement of the on-track guest experience. The racetrack, known in recent years for its festivals, is looking to draw larger crowds with additional events and the possibility of Quarter Horse twilight racing after the March 2018 time change.

“Sunland Park continues to grow as the winter destination for the horse racing, and we will continue to focus on enhancing the product we deliver to horse racing fans worldwide,” said track director of racing operations Dustin Dix.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Citizen Geller, a homebred 5-year-old gelding owned by Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas, came from slightly off the pace to win the O.D. McDonald Handicap (R) at Albuquerque Downs on June 24.
Monday, June 26, 2017
On The Low Down led at every call en route to a convincing 7 1/2-length win in the June 24, 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Friday, June 23, 2017
On The Low Down, a stakes-winning chestnut son of Dome, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 5-furlong, $141,382 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.




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