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Sunland Park: Nine probable for Sunland Derby
With the defection of Titletown Five, there are now nine horses considered probable for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby on Sunday. Sunland Park officials said Shakin It Up, winner of the Grade 2 San Vicente, and Govenor Charlie, an impressive maiden special weight winner at Santa Anita, are both expected for trainer Bob Baffert.
Others whom Sunland's director of racing, Dustin Dix, expects are Mudflats, fifth in the San Vicente for trainer Doug O'Neill; Dry Summer and Show Some Magic, the one-two finishers from the $120,000 Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland; and recent maiden special weight winners Abraham, Just Win Baby, Saint Prado; Summer Exclusive.
The whole racing world knows about this race. Owners that had horses in the Fountain of Youth, Risen Star, Rebel and Breeders Cup Juvenile can ship in. Too bad for them for passing on this opportunity. I like this new system. Fans now know they can go to a designated Derby Prep and see a possible Derby starter.
Maybe they need another year to master it. If owned one of the second tier Derby hopefuls and my horse wasn't entered here, I would be unhappy. Looks like a good "spot" for a horse with a stake or two under his belt for a shot at 50 points. I'm still shocked at the future of the Derby starters....win a maiden, win an allowance, win the Sunland Derby and you're going to Kentucky. It's weird for us old timers.. What do you know about a horse after three lifetime starts other than he's green?
It's a disgrace that this bunch--5 of 9 have won only a maiden race--are running for the same points as the Fountain of Youth, Risen Star and Rebel and 5 times as many as the Breeders cup Juvenile.
Govenor Charlie...a horse he beat last out just came back to break his maiden at Santa Anita on Sunday...horse named FOOTBRIDGE
50 points for this race. I am surprised more trainers/owners aren't shipping.
He's been doing a pretty good job, Dustin Dix.
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