SUNLAND PARK, New Mexico -- Though the horses are off the track at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, the book is now open. As of Friday, the track's Turf Club began offering wagering on a number of tracks nationwide.
Aligning with Covid-19 protocol, Sunland Park is operating at 50% capacity and maintaining six feet between booths.
But after three months of being shutdown during the pandemic, betting gives Sunland Park a chance to make up for lost ground.
“Several loss of revenue just not being open for the last three months," said Dustin Dix, the director of racetrack operations.
"Its been like any business, we're in the same boat with a lot of the other businesses in the area. But this is our first step toward re-opening totally so we’re excited,” he said.
Opening this weekend is perfect timing, because the horse-racing slate is a big one.
“This is a big weekend," said Dix. "With the pandemic, the Triple Crown has moved the Belmont Stakes to becoming the first leg of the Triple Crown."
Sunland Park is encouraging wagering through phone apps and sanitized self service stations, so you don’t even have to make human contact to place a bet.
But, customers must wear a mask upon entry to the facility.