08/16/2006 12:00AM

WinStar Derby moves up


The $600,000 WinStar Derby will be run March 18, 2007, about two weeks earlier than it was this year, and be part of a $500,000 bonus series. The WinStar Derby is the richest race of the Sunland Park meet, which opens Dec. 15 for 79 days of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The meet runs through April 29.

There are 29 stakes scheduled for Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park in New Mexico. The earlier date of the WinStar Derby positions the race as the kickoff leg of a bonus series that also comprises the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby. The owner of a horse who can sweep all three races will earn a bonus of $500,000.

Sharing a card with the WinStar Derby are the $200,000 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks; the $150,000 Harry W. Henson Breeders' Cup for fillies and mares; and the $100,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby.

The $100,000 Borderland Derby on Feb. 17 is the local prep for the WinStar. The $175,000 Riley Allison for 2-year-olds is scheduled for Dec. 31. The $200,000 Copper Top for New Mexico-bred juveniles is set for April 28.

Purses at the meet are expected to average more than $230,000 a day. The richest stakes for Quarter Horses is the $400,000 Championship on Dec. 30.

Sat.,Dec. 16KLAQ Handicap3YO & Up5 1/2 Furlongs$50,000
Sat.,Dec. 16Johnie L. Jamison Stakes3YO & Up*6 1/2 Furlongs125,000
Sun.,Dec. 17New Mexico State Racing Comm. HcpF&M, 3YO & Up*6 Furlongs125,000
Sat.,Dec. 23La Coneja Stakes3YO*5 1/2 Furlongs125,000
Sat.,Dec. 30Red Hedeman Mile2YO*1 Mile125,000
Sun.,Dec. 31Bold Ego HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up5 1/2 Furlongs50,000
Sun.,Dec. 31Riley Allison Futurity2YO6 1/2 Furlongs175,000
Sun.,Jan. 7Albert Dominguez Memorial Hcp3YO & Up*1 1/16 Miles125,000
Sat.,Jan. 13Winsham Lad Handicap3YO & Up1 Mile50,000
Sat.,Jan. 20La Senora Handicap3YO F*6 Furlongs125,000
Sat.,Jan. 27Pepsi Cola Handicap3YO*6 Furlongs125,000
Sun.,Jan. 28El Paso Times Handicap3YO F6 1/2 Furlongs50,000
Sat.,Feb. 10Budweiser Handicap3YO & Up5 Furlongs50,000
Sat.,Feb. 17Borderland Derby3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles 100,000
Sun.,Feb. 18The Island Fashion Stakes3YO F1 Mile50,000
Sat.,Feb. 24Santa Teresa HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 Furlongs50,000
Sat.,Feb. 25Curribot Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles50,000
Sat.,Mar. 3New Mexico State University Stakes4YO & Up*1 Mile125,000
Sat.,Mar. 17Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap3YO & Up6 1/2 Furlongs50,000
Sun.,Mar. 18Harry W. Henson BC HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 Mile100,000
Sun.,Mar. 18New Mexico Breeders' Derby3YO*1 Mile100,000
Sun.,Mar. 18WinStar Sunland Park Oaks3YO F1 1/16 Miles200,000
Sun.,Mar. 18The WinStar Derby3YO1 1/8 Miles600,000
Sat.,Mar. 24The Sydney Valentini HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*1 Mile100,000
Sat.,Mar. 31Daylight Sprint3YO6 Furlongs50,000
Sun.,Apr. 8Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap3YO & Up*4 1/2 Furlongs100,000
Sat.,Apr. 21Sunland Park Handicap3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles100,000
Sat.,Apr. 28Copper Top Futurity2YO*4 1/2 Furlongs200,000
Sun.,Apr. 29Czaria HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 Furlongs50,000

*New Mexico-breds