Sunland Park Announces Intention to Apply for Sixth Racino License in New Mexico

The Fulton family made its announcement on Thursday.

Press release

The owners of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino have announced their intention to apply for New Mexico's sixth and final racino license.

The Fulton family, owners of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, on Thursday officially announced their intent to submit a bid to the New Mexico Racing Commission seeking the state’s only remaining racino license.

Rick Baugh, general manager of Sunland Park Racetrack, made the announcement on behalf of the family at the New Mexico Racing Commission meeting in Albuquerque. The Fulton family has owned and operated Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino since 2000 and built it into one of the premier horse racing facilities in the country.

Under the Fulton family's stewardship, Sunland Park became one of only 26 tracks in the country to be accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) for safety and integrity, and it is the only New Mexico track to host a graded Thoroughbred stakes race. The most recent running of the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby on March 25 set state records for largest single-day handle and the largest single-race handle.

"For nearly 18 years, Stan Fulton worked tirelessly to build Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino," a press release issued by the track stated. "His ability to grow his business was only outshined by his willingness to give back to the City of Sunland Park, New Mexico State University and Doña Ana County. Stan’s sons and daughters, who operate Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, look to follow in their father’s footsteps."

“We look forward to working closely with the New Mexico Racing Commission, New Mexico Horsemen’s Association, New Mexico Breeders' Association and local communities to develop an entertainment facility that will enhance the New Mexico horse racing product, drive needed tourism dollars to the state and improve our local community,” said Liz Fulton Jones.

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