Sunland Park to Resume Live Racing This Weekend
Sunland Park Racetrack has gotten the go-ahead from The New Mexico Racing Commission to resume live horse racing as early as this weekend.
Beginning this Friday, February 26, 2016 the park will return to its usual Friday through Sunday plus Tuesday schedule with about 9 races per day and a later than normal post time of 1:30 pm.
According to Newschannel 9, only “those horses that are on the grounds” will race. The station reports that in order for the park to open its doors to all horses, the park has to go “about 14 days with zero positive tests and no horses in isolation.”
Live horse racing has been on hold at Sunland since several horses at the track tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus in mid-January.
How the outbreak affects the Sunland Derby and Sunland Park Oaks, their biggest races of the year, has not been determined. At this point, they’re scheduled to run March 20 but that could be subject to change.