El Paso, TX — Sunland Park’s 55th live racing season begins on Friday, December 6, and the meet will represent the highest in safety and integrity racing standards. Twice accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is one of 23 racing facilities in North America that are part of the alliance. Sunland Park is joined by Aqueduct, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Betfair Hollywood Park, Calder, Canterbury Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Fair Grounds, Fairplex, Finger Lakes, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Monmouth Park, Pimlico, Santa Anita, Saratoga, Suffolk Downs, Turfway Park and Woodbine.
The re-accreditation of Sunland Park in 2012 consisted of an on-site review of all facets of the racing facility with special attention being made to wagering security and model rules pertaining to Furosemide administration and Phenylbutazone threshold levels, injury reporting, veterinary inspections, jockey health and safety, paddock safety and the aftercare of retired race horses. During the last Alliance inspection, Sunland Park excelled in fire safety planning, paddock safety protocols and procedures, security training, wagering security protocols, including simulcast sales.
The current Alliance inspection is good through 2014 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Alliance certification covers six broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, testing and penalties; safety research; and wagering security.
Sunland Park’s racing season is worth $20 million. The highlight of the 76 day meet is the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) on Sunday, March 23, 2014.