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The 2014 Sunland Derby to take place at the Sunland Park Race Track and Casino

By: Sarai Bejarano
EL PASO, Texas - The 12th annual Sunland Derby will take place Sunday March 23 at the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

The first race will start at 12:55 p.m. and the big race that will qualify the winner to compete at the 2014 Kentucky Derby will start at 5:40 p.m. The winner of the race will also win $800,000. Nine horses will be fighting for this title.

More than 17,000 people are expected to attend the derby today, according to the Sunland Derbys media relations spokesperson.

The road closures for the derby will be in effect from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the road closures will be at Sunland Park and Futurity, Futurity and Racetrack and Sunland Park and Trifecta. Admission and parking to the Sunland Park Race Track and Casino are free.