Racetrack prepares for Sunland Derby

Racetrack prepares for Sunland Derby
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:25pm

The Sunland Derby is expected to draw around 20,000 spectators to Sunland Park Racetrack on Sunday.

Construction on Sunland Park Drive should be complete this week alleviating congestion.

"i met with the construction guys last week and they promised me they will be out of here," said Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino General Manager Rick Baugh.

Baugh said that's good news considering they expect large crowds in attendance to see some of the best horses, trainers and jockeys competing for a show at qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

Baugh said the racetrack is setting up additional seating in the main area and the grandstands and spectators can always bring their lawn chairs.

"This is going to be one of the best derbies we've ever had," Baugh said.

The race on Sunday will also feature a touch of Hollywood with the cast of "50 to 1" meeting with fans and signing autographs.

The movie is based on Mine that Bird, a horse that finished 4th in the 2009 Sunland Derby and beat 50 to 1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby.

With a good group of horses this year, it's always possible more history could be made.

"I promise nobody will go away disappointed," Baugh said.

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