The 2018 live racing season at SunRay Park and Casino begins at Saturday, April 21. The attractive 33-day meet in the Four Corners region of Farmington, New Mexico offers over $4 million in purses. The spring time campaign presents live racing cards on primarily a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday basis.
The fan friendly meet spans through Sunday, June 17. Post times on Fridays and Mondays are 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Racing on Saturdays and Sundays starts at 1:15 p.m. “Freaky Fast Fridays” will be composed of all Quarter Horse cards. Saturdays and Sunday will offer both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse action. Mondays will serve up all Thoroughbred programs.
Each year, SunRay Park and Casino presents top flight Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing action. Fans are also treated to over 400 slot machines in the casino and simulcast wagering from the nation’s top tracks in the luxurious Sportz Arena restaurant.
The $25,000 Inaugural Handicap at six and one-half furlongs sparks the new meet on Saturday, April 21. The $25,000 Animas Quarter Horse Stakes at 400 yards will be contested on Sunday, April 22. The $40,000 Foutz Distaff at six and one-half furlongs. highlights the first Monday card on April 23.
World class two-year-old Quarter Horses are attracted to both the $100,000 estimated New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity on Sunday, May 13 and the $100,000 estimated Four Corners Futurity on Sunday, June 17.
Some of the best Thoroughbreds in the state will be running in the $40,000 Jack Cole handicap at one mile on Monday, May 7, the $40,000 Dine Stakes at six and one-half furlongs on Monday, June 4 and the $45,000 San Juan County Commissioners’ Handicap at one and one-eighth miles on Sunday, June 17.
Ample racing opportunities will be available. Over 1,400 horses applied for stall space for the upcoming season. Sunland Derby (Gr. III) winning trainer Todd Fincher, Henry Dominguez, Justin Evans and Joel Marr consistently have a presence at SunRay Park. Elite riders like Tracy Hebert, Alfredo Juarez, Jr. and Alejandro Medellin are also expected to compete.
A 20 percent purse bonus will be added to all overnight Thoroughbred races which have 8 starters or more.
The 50 cent Super Hi5 wager or Pentafecta will be offered daily and comes with the 100 percent carryover option when unsolved.
SunRay Park’s innovative simulcast department will once again present a “Guest Paddock Host” program with a medley of informative speakers. Among the elite guests will be a series of University of Arizona Racetrack Industry students.
Racing fans both on and off-track will be treated to the video services of International Sound Corporation, widely regarded as a leader in the field of racing broadcasts on television. New equipment and a new video team has been enlisted to present the live racing product at SunRay Park and Casino.
SunRay Park and Casino is also proud to welcome Home 2 Suites by Hilton as the official partner hotel.
The Home 2 suites are spacious and come with a full kitchen and flexible work, living and sleeping areas. There is also an indoor swimming pool along with a free breakfast and fitness facility.
The lavish Home 2 suites are conveniently located near SunRay Park on 777 South Browning Parkway, Farmington, New Mexico 87401. Racing fans and horsemen are invited to ask for the SunRay rate of $86 per night (double occupancy).
Photo: WOODY B FAST, ridden by Martin Felix for trainer Blake Rust, wins the $110,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity.