03/20/2013 2:18PM

Sunland Derby: Shakin It Up to make two-turn debut vs. eight rivals

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Shakin It Up will break from post 4 for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey David Flores.

Led by trainer Bob Baffert's duo of Shakin It Up and Govenor Charlie, as well as local hero Dry Summer, a field of nine was entered on Wednesday for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park on Sunday.

The field, from the rail out, is Just Win Baby (Alonzo Quinonez the rider), Abraham (John Velazquez), Stormdriver (Ry Eikleberry), Shakin It Up (David Flores), Saint Prado (Rafael Bejarano), Dry Summer (Carlos Madeira), Govenor Charlie (Martin Garcia), Mudflats (Edwin Maldonado), and Show Some Magic (Luis Contreras).

Shakin It Up won the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in his last start. He will be making his two-turn debut in the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Derby. Govenor Charlie comes off a win against maidens at Santa Anita.

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Dry Summer won the Mine That Bird Derby - the local major prep for the Sunland Derby - a race in which Show Some Magic was second, and Stormdriver third.

The Sunland Derby is worth 85 points overall, with 50 to the winner, under the new points system put in place this year by Churchill Downs to determine eligibility to the Kentucky Derby should more than the maximum 20 horses enter.

The Sunland Derby, with a scheduled post of 5:40 p.m. local time, is the 11th race on a 12-race card that begins at 1 p.m. Mountain. There are six other stakes on the card, including the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, which drew a field of eight, including the lightly raced, but promising Midnight Lucky for Baffert, and Majestic River for Todd Pletcher.

DRFInsidePost More than 1 year ago
Sam, the Derby Watch chart has been updated since about 2pm, Will Take Charge is 30-1 (second from the bottom). Only the video is from March 15 and a new video will go up Friday the 22nd.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Sorry, Jay. I went back and saw that the latest is Mar. 15. Your late.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Hey jay, I just read what I assume is your latest Derby Watch, but didn't see Will Take Charge in your top 20. How come a long-shot can beat Flashback and Goldcents [Hear The Ghosts} and make it, but WTC can't??