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A Guide to the Sunland Park Racetrack

The Sunland Park racetrack is located close to the Rio Grande, just outside of El Paso, New Mexico.

Opened in 1959, the track is regarded as the premier racetrack in southwest America with the track also featuring a casino.

Racing at the track usually takes place between December to May with racing traditionally four days a week.

During the off-season head over to the main horse racing tips page for wagers from other racecourses today.

As a result, you can usually expect live racing on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The track itself is just a dirt track which is a one-mile oval that surrounds a lake in the middle of the racetrack.

For Sunland Park entries or Sunland Park results, you can find them on this page.

Sunland Park Racecourse Map

Sunland Park Address: 1200 Futurity Dr, Sunland Park, NM 88063, United States

Sunland Park Phone Number: 575-874-5200

Sunland Park Flat Racecourse Map
Sunland Park Flat Racecourse Map

Best Sunland Park Racing Tips

On this page, we highlight the best Sunland Park racing tips. Listed above, each race is set to take place today. Along with each race, the pick which has the most tips will be highlighted.

This gives you, the bettors a quick pick for each race. As well as the highlighted runner, the number of picks for that runner is also displayed.

Furthermore, the total number of tips on the race, which then allows you to see what percentage of tips the runners have received.

 A 'Value Rating', displayed in the style of a five-star rating, takes into consideration the percentage of tips for the runner compared to the current odds.

Alternatively, you can click on the 'All Tips' option which will take you to the event page.

On this page, we highlight the 'Most Popular Tip' giving you the most tipped three runners.

Also displayed is the 'Best Tipsters Tip' which is the racing tipster who has shown the best profit over the past twelve months.

On the event page, shown are each runner in the race along with how many picks each of them has received.

You can see how many Win and Eachway (EW) picks each runner has.

Also, you can see how many NAP picks each runner has, this indicates the tipster's best bet for today.

Finally, Any comments left by our racing tipsters regarding the race can be viewed.

Placing Wagers on Sunland Park Racing Picks

Whether you are on the main Sunland Park racing tips page, on the event page or any other tips page you will also see the 'Add to Betslip' option.

For that reason, adding racing picks to the OLBG betslip is made simple.

When you find a pick that you want to place a wager on, simply hit that button and as a result, the betslip will be updated.

You may only want to wager on that single pick, if this is the case then you can view your betslip and see who is offering the best odds.

Select that bookie and the betslip will be transferred to their site.

If you are looking to build a bigger bet with more picks, then keep adding the picks when you find them.

Once happy with your betslip you can see which bookie is offering the best odds and select them.

Sunland Park Notable Races

The highlight of the season at Sunland Park is the Sunland Derby. Run over one mile and one furlong, it's run in March and is open to three-year-old runners.

The race has a Grade 3 status and is an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

In 2009, Mine That Bird, homed at Sunland Park pulled off one of the biggest shocks when winning the Kentucky Derby at 50/1!

The Sunland Park Oaks is an official prep race for the Kentucky Oaks. The race is run over one mile and a half a furlong and is open to three-year-old fillies and mares.

Other notable races are the Harry W. Henson Handicap, Riley Allison Derby and the Sunland Park Handicap.

The Mine That Bird Derby, named after the Kentucky Derby winner is a prep race for the Sunland Derby.

Top Sunland Park Trainers

Here are the leading trainers based on the number of wins in 2023:

TrainerRunnersWinnersWins %Earnings
Fincher, Todd W1303527%$1.8m
Cappellucci, Dick1072624%$569k
Valdez-Cabral, Jr M1282318%$433k
Giles, Wesley T831822%$689k
Green, Greg591627%$270k
Marr, Joel H821316%$818k
Summers, Nancy Nicole681319%$703k
Valenzuela, Eric551222%$313k
Gonzalesiii, James J611016%$337k
Sanchez, Jr Jorge L611016%$269k

Top Sunland Park Jockeys

Here are the leading jockeys based on the number of wins in 2023:

JockeyRidesWinnersWins %Earnings
Fuentes, Luis A1373928%$1.3m
Juarez, Jr Alfredo J1472920%$1.2m
Tohill, Ken S1442316%$1.2m
Tapia, Emilio1222016%$446k
Ramos, Adrian A992020%$757k
Gomez, Enrique P1511913%$545k
Aldrete, Hector1421913%$515k
Amparan, Francisco1241815%$505k
Valdez, Felipe1151614%$591k
Becerra, Jr Sergio1031616%$468k

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Sunland Park Racetrack which includes the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using statistics from Equibase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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