This week, we take a look at the Louisiana Derby and the Sunland Park Derby. See who Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, Dan Cronin, and I all like, and let me know in the comments who you like!
Sunday's card at the New Mexico racetrack features a pair of points races: the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby for open company, and the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks for fillies and mares. The races aren't 100-point preps like the ones in Louisiana the day before, but with 50, 20, 10, and 5 points available to their top... Continue Reading →
We talk so often of horse racing needing to try new things to bring attention to the sport. Less often, I see novel measures actually taken. In this spirit, I tip my cap to Sunland Park and Judge Lanier Racing, for taking an affirmative step to build more buzz around an already engaging story. This year's... Continue Reading →
I shared my thoughts on today's pair of three-year-old stakes races at Sunland here yesterday, but as we all know, handicapping is a game of opinions. Mine are what I will be playing today, but they're not the only ones out there. In today's video from Sunland Park, I join Jim Miller, Rachel McLaughlin, Penelope... Continue Reading →
This weekend is Fiesta del Sol weekend at Sunland Park, and the festivities include stakes-laden weekend cards. Sunday's card features a pair of rich races for three-year-olds: the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for open sophomores, and the Plum Pretty Stakes for fillies. Both of them drew contentious fields, with good mixes of sharp... Continue Reading →
This Friday, racing gets back underway at Sunland for the first time since January 22. The nine-race card ends with a chance for three-year-olds to shine in the Mine That Bird Stakes. The local prep for the Sunland Derby, this year it is being run under overnight stakes conditions. It drew a field of ten... Continue Reading →