Sunland Derby

‘Pretty Special’ Mr Money Bags Tops Groovy Stakes On Texas Champions Card

Mr Money Bags who dominated in last month’s $65,000 Jim’s Orbit will face seven colts and geldings in Saturday’s six-furlong $50,000 Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. A part of Texas Champions Day, the Groovy goes as race six on the eight-race program. The son of Sliver City is bred and owned by Roy […]

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Mucho Gusto, Chasing Yesterday Breeze For Sunland Park Engagements

Trainer Bob Baffert will send a pair of sophomores to Sunland Park for that track’s biggest day of racing this Sunday, with two-time graded winner Mucho Gusto heading to the G3 Sunland Derby and Grade 1 winner Chasing Yesterday, the half-sister to American Pharoah, taking aim on the Sunland Park Oaks. Both 3-year-olds breezed Monday […]

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Derby Trail Looms For Hustle Up After Colt Gives Fincher 1,000th Victory

New Mexico-bred sensation Hustle Up scored a wire to wire win in the 19th running of the $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby on Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday. Under a cool ride from Shane Laviolette, Hustle Up was able to control the pace and made every pole a winning one. The […]

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Cowgirls Like Us, Mr Money Bags Deliver In Sam Houston Stakes

Sam Houston Race Park hosted two stakes on the Saturday, February 23rd card and the favorites did not disappoint as Cowgirls Like Us prevailed in the $65,000 Two Altazano and Triple Crown nominated Mr Money Bags dominated his rivals in the $65,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes. Douglas Scharbauer’s homebred Cowgirls Like Us showed her class in […]

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Hence Airs In $200,000 Downs At Albuquerque Handicap

The 6-5 favorite in a field of six, Calumet Farm’s Hence scored a clear 6 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile, $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap at Albuquerque Downs. Ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for trainer Steve Asmussen, Hence covered his trip in 1:51.04 after rallying on the fractions of :24.17, :47.58, and 1:12.28 established by pacesetter […]

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Runaway Ghost Out Of Kentucky Derby With Shin Soreness

A possible shin fracture will keep Runaway Ghost from competing in this year’s Kentucky Derby, according to The 3-year-old Ghostzapper colt breezed six furlongs in 1:13.80 on Saturday at Sunland, but came out of the breeze a bit sore. “It looks like he’s got a little fracture in his shin,” said trainer Todd Fincher. “He started […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: More Derby Dreams Take Root In New Mexico

“I think every little boy around the racetrack grows up wanting to be a jockey,” said Todd Fincher. “And probably every little girl, too.” Raised on the fair circuit in Colorado, Fincher was born into a racing family. Daily chores like cleaning stalls, grooming horses, and feeding permeate his childhood memories, but the overarching theme […]

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Noble Indy’s Louisiana Derby Win Earns Triple-Digit Brisnet Speed Rating

The Louisiana Derby not only kicked off Part 2 of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series but also ushered in the final round of major preps—all at 1 1/8 miles to provide stern tests for the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.  It was a test Noble Indy passed with a re-rallying move […]

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Local Hope Runaway Ghost Delivers A Dream Victory In Sunland Derby

For 85-year-old Joe Peacock, winning the Grade 3 Sunland Derby and earning a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby is beyond a dream come true. The long-time breeder and owner sent out a third-generation homebred in Sunland Park’s premiere race on Sunday, and Runaway Ghost rewarded him with an impressive two-length victory. […]

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