Sunland Reports 2.9% Increase in Handle

(edited press release)
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino reported total all-source handle of more than $62.5 million for the 2007-08 season that ended April 22, an increase of nearly 2.9% over last year.

Off-track handle for the New Mexico track, which began its meet in December, was more than $54.5 million, reflecting a 4.7% jump over the previous season.

“Considering the current economic issues and pressure on disposable income, we are very pleased with this past racing season,” said Harold Payne, general manager of Sunland Park. “Sunland Park’s field sizes are among the best in the country, so simulcast interests continue to grow both inside and outside the U.S.”

Sunland Park Racetrack, which combines Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, averaged 9.2 starters per race, which ranks among the top five in the country.

The award for "Horse of the Meet" went to Liberty Bull, who won the rich WinStar Derby on March 16. Peppers Pride was named the top Thoroughbred handicap filly and mare. The talented New Mexico bred has won all 15 of her starts and was 2-for-2 during the Sunland Park meet.

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