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Post Position Drawing for 16th Sunland Derby is This Weekend

Starting gate post positions for the upcoming Sunland Derby will be drawn this weekend, Sunday, March 17 at noon, at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

“Around here we like to say that the road to Kentucky runs through Sunland Park,” said Dustin Dix, director of racing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. He added, “and the placement of a horse at the gate is considered a significant advantage in a race as important as this one.”

The post position drawing will determine gate assignments for horses racing in the 16th running of the Sunland Derby on Sunday, March 24. The winner of the local derby receives 50 critical qualifying points for entry into the world-famous Kentucky Derby on May 4.

The annual racing event draws some of the top horses in the country to the area, including two of the top-ranked thoroughbreds currently in the nation. Last year’s Sunland Derby winner was New Mexico’s Runaway Ghost, considered a contender for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, until a subsequent injury caused him to miss that race.

Owners of horses competing in the Sunland Derby will be informed of starting positions during the event in the Turf Club at the racetrack near El Paso.

“Most jockeys favor the inside position on the track, since technically it is the shortest way around the oval when compared to the outside,” according to Dix. “It’s all about developing a strategy for race day after the positions are drawn.”

In addition to the points that will be awarded, the annual Sunland Derby also includes a purse worth $800,000. The 1 & 1/8-mile race is the richest and most important of the meet for 3-year-old thoroughbreds seeking a berth in the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

In all, over $1.5 million in purses will be offered during this year’s Sunland Derby Day, including:

  • Sunland Derby, $800,000
  • Sunland Park Oaks, $200,000
  • Harry W. Henson Handicap, $100,000
  • Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap, $100,000
  • New Mexico State University Stakes, $100,000
  • New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks, $100,000
  • New Mexico Breeders’ Derby, $100,000

Video: Sunland Park This Week – Week Seven

Check out the latest video from Sunland Park with Tom Dawson as he previews week seven’s racing at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

This week, Tom updates on all the happenings leading up to the March 24 running of the $800,000 Sunland Derby and the $200,000 Sunland Oaks.

Sparky Ville and jockey Joel Rosario, outside, overpower Dessman (Flavien Prat), inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 San Viicente Stakes, Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. | Photo Credit: Benoit Photo
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Bourbon and Whiskey Festival Returns to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino are again hosting the Southwest’s largest festival dedicated to the various blends and flavors of bourbon and whiskey this weekend.

“We encourage everyone to come out and sip and savor a wide variety of quality adult beverages,” says Ethan Linder, director of marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. He added, “it’s also going to be a great evening to socialize with friends and to hear some really great bands.”

Over 50 distilled spirits including premium bourbons, whiskeys, and scotch will be available for tasting during the Bourbon & Whiskey festival at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

This is the fourth year for the annual festival, which is free to the public and will feature several live music performances. The event is set for Saturday, February 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. inside the Turf Club & Franklin’s Lounge.

“We encourage everyone to come out and sip and savor a wide variety of quality adult beverages,” says Ethan Linder, director of marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. He added, “it’s also going to be a great evening to socialize with friends and to hear some really great bands.”

Live music during the festival will include performances by the following artists:

• Brian Mars – Country, Southwestern Rock
• Dusty Low – Country, Folk, Indie
• Damian Wyldes – Original, Indie, Pop, Country
• Broken Dime Band – Classic Rock, Country, Cumbia, Disco, Top 40, Norteña

Whiskey is a distilled drink made from a grain, and bourbon, scotch, and rye are all considered varieties of whiskey. “It can get confusing,” says Linder. “Not to mention there are different types of whiskey, including Tennessee and Irish.” “And of course, there’s the spelling issue with those from Scotland and Canada, being called ‘whisky.’ They drop the ‘e’ from the spelling.” Linder jokingly added, “I guess the only way to clear up any confusion would be to come out to the festival and try them all.”

Unlike many other tasting events in the area, admission to Bourbon & Whiskey at The Park is free for adults age 21 and older.  The sampling entrance fee of $20 includes a souvenir rocks glass and 10 sample tickets. Purchases can be made at the door.

Parking is also free, however, guests are encouraged to please drink responsibly and to use taxi cabs or ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft, or to have a designated driver.

For more information, please visit the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino website, or the Bourbon & Whiskey at The Park Facebook event page.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is located off Interstate 10 near El Paso, at 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Video: This Week at Sunland Park – Week Five

Check out the latest video from Sunland Park with Tom Dawson as he previews week five’s racing at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

This week, Tom talks about the lead up to the March 24 running of the $800,000 Sunland Derby and the $200,000 Sunland Oaks.

Photo courtesy Coady Photography.
Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Tequila and Margarita Event Returns to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

El Paso and Southern New Mexico area residents have the chance to get out of the cold and “warm up” their taste buds thanks to the return of the Tequila & Margarita at The Park.

“People attending this event will have the chance to taste over 50 different tequilas, including many top-shelf premium brands,” says Ethan Linder, director of marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. “For those that have always wanted to sample some of the pricier tequilas out there, this is your best chance.”

Tequila & Margarita at The Park takes place this Saturday, January 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., inside the Turf Club & Franklin’s Lounge at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. This celebration of tequila and margaritas represents the largest such sampling and tasting event anywhere in the region.

Tequila & Margarita at The Park has grown so successful over the last few years that organizers have increased the floor space to accommodate the expanding influx of visitors. Linder says, “The El Paso area has really gotten behind this event that celebrates Mexican culture with the best tequilas and margaritas available anywhere in the world.”

In addition to the enormous selection of tequilas and frozen margaritas available, attendees will be able to enjoy live music performed by some of El Paso’s favorite local bands, including:

  • Mariachi Los Toritos – Traditional Mariachi Music
  • Jet Set – Classic Rock, ’80s, ’90s, Rock en Español, Top 40
  • Fixed Idea – Ska, Rockabilly, Punk
  • Outcast – Top 40 Classic Rock, Rock en Español, Spanish Pop, ’80s, ’90s
  • Bad Apple – Classic Rock, ’70s, ’80s, Cumbia, Rock en Español, Top 40

Unlike other tasting events in the area, admission is free for adults age 21 and older. Parking is also free, however, guests are also encouraged to please drink responsibly and to use taxi cabs or ride sharing services, or to have a designated driver.

Beverage sampling cost $20 for 10 tickets, which also includes a souvenir shot glass with every 10 tickets purchased. Sample tickets will be sold at the door. Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is located off Interstate 10 near El Paso, at 1200 Futurity Drive, in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

For more information, please visit the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino event page, or the Tequila & Margarita at The Park Facebook event page.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino to Hold Job Fair Ahead of Upcoming Horse Racing Season

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino will host a security officer job fair on Tuesday, November 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are currently seeking to fill these seasonal jobs, however, there is always the opportunity to secure regular full-time employment as well,” said Director of Human Resources, Dora Vasquez.

Job seekers will have the chance to learn more about these new employment opportunities at the job fair.

The event will be held in the casino’s Signature Showroom, located at 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park. Interested applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and to dress appropriately as interviews will be held on the spot.

Drug testing will be done on the same day if a job offer is made.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino officials describe their workplace as having a “fun atmosphere, with flexible schedules, competitive wages, and great benefits.”

Officials added, “All job seekers in the area should visit the employment section of the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino website often for information on the security officer jobs and/or any other available positions.”

Employment opportunities are posted online.

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino to Host Job Fair November 21st

For job-seekers looking for a employment at one of the region’s top attractions, a jackpot is in sight.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is set to host a job fair on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  The job fair will offer 100 qualified candidates an opportunity to join New Mexico’s premier gaming destination.

Via a news release, officials shared, “job seekers will have an opportunity to work in a fun atmosphere with a flexible schedule and competitive wages and benefits.”

Interested candidates should come prepared for interviews and – if offered a position – an on site pre-employment drug test will be conducted

For more information, please contact: Human Resources at (575) 874-5377 or visit Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino’s website.

WHERE: Signature Showroom at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. Sunland Park, NM.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 8:30am to 12pm.

WHO: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino will be interviewing and hiring for the following positions:

  • Bartenders
  • Cocktail Servers
  • Bussers
  • Food Servers
  • Runners
  • Dishwashers
  • Hostess/Cashiers
  • Food Expeditors
  • Mutuel Tellers
  • Custodians
  • Video Operators
  • Valet Attendants
  • Concession Cooks
  • Prep Cooks
  • Line Cooks

2nd Annual Bourbon and Whiskey Festival set for Saturday

The  2nd Annual Bourbon and Whiskey Festival is set to return to Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino on Saturday.

“The Bourbon and Whiskey Festival provides the perfect opportunity to explore bourbon and whiskey produced by the finest distilleries,” said Ethan Linder, Director of Marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. “Pair with great live music, delicious food and live racing and you’ve got the perfect event for everyone to enjoy!”

In addition to bourbon and whiskey sampling, the event offers free admission, free parking, free live music and live horse racing. The festival runs from 3pm to 9pm at 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Over 50 different premium bourbons and whiskeys will be available to sample and guests can purchase 10 Bourbon & Whiskey sample tickets for $20.

Admission and parking is free and event is open to the public.

Bourbon and Whiskey Festival at the Park:

Date & Time: Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 3pm to 9pm

Place: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. Sunland Park, NM

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino 2nd Annual Tequila and Margarita Festival

Tequila and Margarita fans rejoice. The Tequila and Margarita Festival at the Park event returns to Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino this Saturday, January 14, 2017.

“El Pasoans know good tequila and margaritas and this is a great opportunity to sample some of the best tequilas available in our area,” said Ethan Linder, Director of Marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

From 3pm to 9pm, guests can sample premium tequilas and a variety of flavored margaritas, watch live horse racing and enjoy live music! Admission and parking is free and event is open to the public.

The 2nd annual event will feature over 45 tequilas and a variety of flavored margaritas – guests can enjoy 10 samples for $20.

2nd Annual Tequila and Margarita Festival at the Park:

Date & Time: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3pm to 9pm

Place: Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, 1200 Futurity Dr. Sunland Park, NM

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