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Leading New Mexico Trainers Bob Arnett, 85, Henry Dominguez, 60, Are Dead

Two of New Mexico’s all-time leading Thoroughbred trainers – Robert E. “Bob” Arnett and Henry Dominguez – have died. Arnett, 85 years old and retired from training since 2014, succumbed on May 22. Dominguez, 60, died suddenly on Wednesday in El Paso, Texas. Arnett, a native of Dallas, launched his career in the 1950s and […]

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Sunland Derby Card Breaks New Mexico Handle Record

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s 60th anniversary season reached another plateau on Sunday, March 24, 2019 with a new all-time high New Mexico state record handle. The 12-race all-Thoroughbred card anchored by the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) generated a track and state record all-sources handle of over $4.8 million, breaking the previous record of nearly $4.3 million […]

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Cutting Humor Sets New Track Record In Sunland Derby

Starlight Racing’s Cutting Humor gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win of the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep season on Sunday, fending off a late run from Anothertwistafate to win the G3 Sunland Derby by a head on the wire. The 3-year-old son of First Samurai was just behind a rapid early pace and came flying […]

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Chasing Yesterday Breaks Slowly, Races Wide Throughout In Sunland Park Oaks Win

A half-sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, Jane Lyon’s homebred Chasing Yesterday is continuing to live up to the lofty expectations of her pedigree. Already a Grade 1 winner, the 3-year-old daughter of Tapit made her 2019 debut in Sunday’s $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. The 1-9 favorite broke slowly under Drayden Van Dyke, was […]

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Mucho Gusto, Chasing Yesterday Breeze For Sunland Park Engagements

Trainer Bob Baffert will send a pair of sophomores to Sunland Park for that track’s biggest day of racing this Sunday, with two-time graded winner Mucho Gusto heading to the G3 Sunland Derby and Grade 1 winner Chasing Yesterday, the half-sister to American Pharoah, taking aim on the Sunland Park Oaks. Both 3-year-olds breezed Monday […]

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Derby Trail Looms For Hustle Up After Colt Gives Fincher 1,000th Victory

New Mexico-bred sensation Hustle Up scored a wire to wire win in the 19th running of the $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby on Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday. Under a cool ride from Shane Laviolette, Hustle Up was able to control the pace and made every pole a winning one. The […]

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Justin Evans Hits 2,000-Win Milestone At Sunland Park

Justin Evans scored his 2,000th career training victory on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Sunland Park in New Mexico when A & A Equine and Paul Miller’s Curlina Curlina took a maiden claiming race by 4 ½ lengths under jockey Luis Contreras as the 1-5 favorite. The 6-year-old California-bred mare by Curlin out of Helen’s Echo, […]

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Sunland Derby Winner Runaway Ghost Makes Triumphant Return To The Races

A 10-month layoff proved no match for the talent of Joe Peacock’s homebred colt Runaway Ghost. On Saturday, the 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper made a successful return to the races with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 Fort Bliss Stakes at Sunland Park. The 2018 Sunland Derby winner completed six furlongs on the fast […]

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Blamed Stretches Out In Friday’s G3 Comely

Cleber Massey’s Blamed heads a field of eight in Friday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, as stakes action continues at Aqueduct Racetrack through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The 69th running of the Comely, the day’s feature on a 10-race card with a special 11:50 a.m. first post-time, will be […]

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Sunland Track Superintendent Jamison Adds Canterbury Park To His Circuit

Johnnie Jamison has been hired as track superintendent, Canterbury Park racing officials announced today. Jamison, currently track superintendent at Sunland Park in New Mexico, brings more than 40 years of experience to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. He has held similar roles at multiple racetracks in Texas, New Mexico, and Indiana and served as track superintendent for Palm […]

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