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Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino reopens casino portion of venue; no horse racing

SUNLAND PARK, New Mexico — After shutting down last summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, officials at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino reopened the casino on Friday.

The casino portion of the venue - which contains slots, video poker machines and electronic table games - reopened at 10 a.m. at 25% capacity under state guidelines.

However, horse racing remains on hold and did not resume with the casino reopening.

New Mexico state regulators recently decided to cancel this year's horse racing season, which included the 2021 Sunland Derby. It's the second straight year that the Borderland's signature racing event won't be held.

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Wil Herren

Wil Herren is an ABC-7 reporter who covers both news and sports.



  1. With all of the draconian measures their governor is imposing, the only source of revenue for these cities and counties is strict traffic enforcement, with few warnings.

    1. They open the slot machines where people sit close and once they start drinking they take off their masks but they are afraid of the horses catching COVID? Really?

      1. The San Diego Zoo, no relationship to Judge Sam the Diego, just vaccinated its apes for the COVID. Maybe Sunland Park should vaccinate their horses and let the races begin.

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