ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Sunland Park Racetrack has long been a stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, where horse owners could earn qualifying points for the prestigious race. Not this year.
Officials confirmed Monday there will be no Sunland Derby or Sunland Park Oaks as the track recovers from an equine herpes outbreak that infected dozens of horses.
No new cases have been reported, but a quarantine at the track along the Texas-New Mexico border remains in place.
Sunland Park has been conducting live racing since New Mexico livestock officials cleared the way in late February. The race cards have been filled mostly with horses already boarded at the track.
The Derby and Oaks scheduled for March 20 are being renamed. The purse for what would have been the Derby has been adjusted and no points are at stake.