By Mary Rampellini
The $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap has brought together an accomplished group of older horses, including Fear the Cowboy, Neck ‘n Neck, and Forest Mouse. The cast of 10 has won a collective 33 stakes races, including six graded events, and has earned more than $4 million.
The Sunland Handicap, at 1 1/8 miles, is the final stakes of the meet, which closes Tuesday. It shares Sunday’s card with the $110,000 Copper Top Futurity for 2-year-olds bred in New Mexico.
Fear the Cowboy figures to go favored in the Sunland Handicap following his sharp win in the Grade 3 Skip Away on March 25 at Gulfstream Park. The following week, he was able to make flight connections to New Mexico.
“The horse came back good after the last race, and we were able to fly him in,” said trainer Efren Loza Jr. “The horse has been training over the track more than two weeks. He looks ready for the race. I think he likes the track.”
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