Monday, June 9, 2008

Sunland Park racetrack change

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino recently made a decision regarding their premiere race, the mile and 1/8th WinStar Derby.

Actually, the race won't be called the WinStar Derby anymore, rather the signature event will be called the Sunland Derby. And the purse will rise to $800,000 from $600,000 and has the potential to be worth $1 million.

An intriguing part of the new race and new purse is a bonus plan. A $200,000 bonus will be added to the winner who carries a previous Grade 1 victory. A Grade 1 stakes winner could take home a $600,000 paycheck by winning the 2009 Sunland Derby. A $100,000 bonus goes to the 3-year-old with any previous graded earnings. The winner's share would be a $500,000 windfall. The winner's share for the Sunland Derby will be an automatic $400,000 before any bonus' kick in.

The move by Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is a good one. It's a change of pace and it could very well draw in several new prospects. The WinStar race was always competitive and had good horses, just not great ones. The new bonus could force a Nick Zito or Todd Pletcher to bring in a horse, one that could be headed to the Kentucky Derby or one of the Triple Crown races.

- Felix


GlenVargas said...

I never saw any news of the name change here in EP. It's cool to find another blog that focuses on Sunland Park. Too bad there's no more live racing until winter; we could be trading picks right now.
Do you ever wager on any of the simulcast at SP?

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