WinStar Derby Day (March 30) created a series of new Sunland Park records: largest total attendance of 10,617, richest single race purse of $500,000 and highest single race handle of $479,120.
The recently concluded 2002-2003 Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino live horse racing season posted record gains. Business continued to surge powered by full fields and added racing quality.Total handle was up over 32% from last season. A record setting $53,954,241was wagered on Sunland Park racing during the 80-day meet. The Sunland Park product grew in popularity from over 600 simulcast locations throughout North America. Wagering on Sunland races increased by nearly 54%. On-track handle on the live races was up nearly 17%.