El Paso Times - by Felix Chavez - The 55th season of horse racing begins at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino begins on Friday.
The 76-day meet will have a total of $20 million in purses and a daily average of $250,000. The meet will be highlighted by the 12th running of the Grade III, Sunland Derby on March 23. The race serves as a prep for the Kentucky Derby.
Other big races during the meet include the Mine that Bird Derby, the West Texas Futurity and the Sunland Park Handicap.
Racing will take part mostly on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a few exceptions. Parking and admission are free.
"We feel we well have a great season ahead of us," said Director of Racing Operations Dustin Dix said. "We expect strong fields for our races. We have a lot of the top trainers and jockeys back from last year."
Among some of the top trainers at Sunland this year are Henry Dominguez and Justin Evans, while top jockeys include Ry Eikleberry and Enrique Portillo Gomez. More