Govenor Charlie Sets Track Record in Sunland Derby

by | 03.24.2013 | 8:25pm
Govenor Charlie wins the Sunland Derby

Govenor Charlie fulfilled his pedigree in Sunday's Grade 3 Sunland Derby, setting a Sunland Park track record for 1 1/8 miles. Martin Garcia rode the colt to a win by five lengths over Show Some Magic, covering the distance in 1:47.54. The Bob Baffert trainee's effort earned him 50 points toward a Kentucky Derby start.

Govenor Charlie was bred in Kentucky by owner Michael Pegram. He is the son of Midnight Lute out of Silverbulletway, who is a daughter of Storm Cat and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Silverbulletday. The Sunland Derby was his second career win in his first stakes run.

Show Some Magic was second; Abraham was third. See the full chart here.

  • Don Reed

    Was this race good for Derby points?

    • Natalie Voss

      Yes, Don. It was 50-20-10-5. Thanks for the question–just added to the story.

      • Don Reed

        Thank you! Note the hilarious poll results to our right, Pletcher’s horses rated over Bafferts in a landslide. A 1948 Dewey landslide.

    • Bill Casner

      The previous track record was 1:48.2 set by Winsham Lad in 1962—51 years ago. I was there that day and made my very first 2 dollar bet on him. I was 14 years old —it just seems like yesterday. We just missed the track record with Endorsement in 2010 when he won the race. Deja Vu…….

  • It’s Roberto Bafferto’s world…we just live in it.

  • eddieb

    I think Bob’s best three year old is not a colt or gelding. It is Midnight Lucky, who is one of the most exciting filly prospects I have seen. I go back to the days of Terlingua and Landaluce when they were upcoming stars for D. Wayne Lukas. I predicted Midnight Lucky would win the Kentucky Oaks after she broke her maiden at Santa Anita in one of the most impressive debut performances I have seen in years. Obviously, she lacks seasoning and needs to stay healthy. But the raw talent is there.

    • Here’s hoping for a Midnight Lucky story next time around.

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