03/19/2013 4:32PM

Sunland Park: Nine probable for Sunland Derby

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Dry Summer, with Carlos Madeira riding, wins the Mine That Bird 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.

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Mark. More than 1 year ago
Baffert Rules
Mark More than 1 year ago
Not this marklol
Alfred Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
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.
Thomas s More than 1 year ago
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?
John Smith More than 1 year ago
You dont know a lot about a horse after just 3 starts. But if they quailfy, you put them in it. Didnt Animal Kingdom and Big Brown win the derby in their 4th lifetime start?
cwk2trotfan More than 1 year ago
Actually that would be no different than before. That would be 400k in graded stakes earnings, enough for a trip to The Derby.
Tom Jicha More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark Hoeft More than 1 year ago
I agree about the comparison of points being a little obsurd, but at the same time, if we went by graded earnings, this race would still be a lock. I like the points system in that it's more of a, "What have you done for me lately?" type of approach
Westin Niles More than 1 year ago
Tom, Cry me a river...
Sandra Swan More than 1 year ago
The big shots have the same opportunity to ship in but chose not to
edb More than 1 year ago
Absolutely right. Why run in the Florida Derby and not get any points when you can steal some points. Late races are over valued and need to tweaked to real value, Haven't seen a great 3 yr old race yet
Greg Stevens More than 1 year ago
Govenor Charlie...a horse he beat last out just came back to break his maiden at Santa Anita on Sunday...horse named FOOTBRIDGE
Carlos Santos More than 1 year ago
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Dry Summer.
Dave More than 1 year ago
50 points for this race. I am surprised more trainers/owners aren't shipping.
P More than 1 year ago
Agreed. The people who passed on this will be the same ones whining the new system isn't working when they instead enter a 100-point race like the SA Derby or Wood and fail to get any points.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
You know, I really hadn't thought about that yet. But I think you are right on the money.
Christa White More than 1 year ago
Maybe some owners/trainers with a conscience are opposed to the slaughter plant expected to open momentarily in NM.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
There, there...It'll all be O.k.
David Sias More than 1 year ago
He's been doing a pretty good job, Dustin Dix.