Sunland Park racecourse can be found between the Rockies and the Rio Grande in the state of New Mexico and first held racing in 1959.
  In the early days the principal races were the White Sands Handicap and the Sun Carnival Handicap. Numbers dwindled in the early 1990's and a casino was opened to boost revenue. The course is currently owned by Stan Fulton.


Today the principal races are the WinStar Derby for 3 year olds over 9 furlongs in April, and the WinStar Sunland Park Oaks, as well as the Borderland Derby, held each Februray, which can be viewed as a trial for the Derby. The Borderland Derby was first contested in 2001 when Parting Guest was successful for trainer Steve Asmussen. The 2008 winner was Poni Colada, also trained by Steve Asmussen.

The WinStar Derby was first run in 2003 when won by Excessivepleasure ridden by Pat Day. In 2007 Song of Navarone completed a double for jockey Victor Espinoza who had also won in 2006 on Wanna Runner. Liberty Bull was successful in 2008.

  The course also hosts the Juarez Handicap, a Group 3 event, which was transferred from Ciudad Juarez across the Mexican border on its closure.


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