Robert B. Lewis (Grade III) winner Mucho Gusto will face off against runaway El Camino Real Derby hero Anothertwistafate in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (Grade III) – the premiere race at the Sunland, N.M., track's mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meeting.
Mucho Gusto, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert defeated four rivals by 4 ¾ lengths in the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita. The son of Mucho Macho Man only has one blemish on his four-race resume – a runner-up effort behind top Kentucky Derby contenderImprobable in the Los Alamitos Futurity (GI).
The chief competitor to Mucho Gusto is synthetic-track specialist Anothertwistafate who will make only his second-career try on the dirt following three runaway scores at Golden Gate Fields in northern California.
Trained by Blaine Wright, the speedy Anothertwistafate only try on the dirt was his career debut at Santa Anita where he finished ninth.
The Sunland Derby, which is carded as Race 11 on Sunland Park's 12-race program, has a scheduled post time of 7:30 p.m. EDT. The Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series race will award the Top 4 finishers points on a 50-20-10-5 scale.
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