Sunland Derby

Sunland Derby Cancelled As Sunland Park Shuts Down Live Racing

The Sunland Derby, a $700,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race scheduled to be run next Sunday, March 22, has been cancelled. Sunland Park announced on Sunday that it will comply with the New Mexico governor’s request to shut down operations for two to three weeks in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “Yesterday […]

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Owner Of Four-Time Stakes Winner Rowdy Yates Hopes For Invite To $800,000 Saudi Derby

Following Sunday’s win in the $104,200 Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park, co-owner Michael Levinson is hoping Rowdy Yates will earn an invite to the $800,000 Saudi Derby on the Saudi Cup undercard next month. The 3-year-old son of Morning Line earned his fifth victory from eight starts in the Riley Allison, defeating his nearest […]

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Albuquerque Downs Kicks Off 2019 Meeting Friday

Albuquerque Downs opens its 56-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a nine-race program on Friday, headlined by the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Duke City Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Post time for the first race is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT). Walker Stalker, a homebred Stroll gelding trained by Jose R. Gonzalez Jr. for Gallegos […]

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Mucho Gusto Defeats Stablemate Roadster In Affirmed

Although the distance may have been a concern to some beforehand, Bob Baffert’s speedy Mucho Gusto settled nicely off the pace and took charge around the far turn en route to an impressive 2 ¼ length win over stablemate Roadster in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Mucho […]

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Anothertwistafate ‘Faced Adversity’ At Sunland, ‘Too Early’ To Determine Derby Status

Anothertwistafate has earned 30 Kentucky Derby points, which may or may not be enough to enter the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy finished a good second in Sunday’s G3 Sunland Derby, coming up just a neck short of Cutting Humor. Trainer Blaine Wright told that […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Missteps And Upsetters

That was certainly a strange weekend of horse racing. Longshots hit in graded stakes all across the country, including 22-1 By My Standards in the Louisiana Derby. Neither of the weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races saw a winning favorite; 4-5 War of Will finished ninth at the Fair Grounds, while Mucho Gusto faded to third […]

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Cutting Humor Sets New Track Record In Sunland Derby

Starlight Racing’s Cutting Humor gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win of the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep season on Sunday, fending off a late run from Anothertwistafate to win the G3 Sunland Derby by a head on the wire. The 3-year-old son of First Samurai was just behind a rapid early pace and came flying […]

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Weekend Lineup: Louisiana, Sunland Derbies

This weekend’s theme is “laissez les bons temps rouler” as Fair Grounds hosts the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, the first race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby to offer 100 qualifying points to the winner. The Louisiana Derby is one of four graded stakes on the Fair Grounds card including the Grade 2 […]

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Mucho Gusto Tackles Anothertwistafate In Sunland Derby

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 […]

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