Sunland Derby

Dawson: Pitching the Sunland Derby

Tom Dawson from Sunland Park did a little winter vacationing in Florida recently, although it really wasn’t a vacation.  He visited Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park in an effort to drum up interest from horsemen in the upcoming Kentucky Derby prep, the Sunland Derby.  It’s not the easiest sell: “Some have run horses here, or […]

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Asmussen’s Fusa Code takes key Sunland Derby prep

A Steve Asmussen-trained maiden upset the $100,000 Borderland Derby Saturday at Sunland Park. 7-1 Fusa Code ran greenly in the stretch but held on to win by three-quarters of a length for his first victory in five starts.  The 1 1/16-mile Borderland Derby is the major local prep for the Grade 3 Sunland Derby March […]

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Despite some reservations, Baffert to run The Factor in Sunland Derby

While Hall of Fame trainer is skeptical about The Factor’s chances in the Kentucky Derby, he may be the exception that proves the rule. Both Baffert and owner George Bolton want to at least give the talented colt the opportunity to show what he’s made of. “We’re not really thinking Kentucky Derby right now, but […]

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Sunland Park starts 52nd year of racing on Friday

Consisting of 77 live racing days and highlighted by the $800,000 Grade III Sunland Derby, Sunland Park will begin its meet on Friday.

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

This weekend the racing world will be focused on the Dubai World Cup to be held at the new Meydan Racecourse for the first time. The $26 million day of racing in the United Arab Emirates is highlighted by the Dubai World Cup, a $10 million race where the winner’s share is a cool $6 […]

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LIEBMAN TO CA TRAINERS: GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

In a column he apparently started writing a month ago, Dan Liebman of the Blood-Horse throws down the panic gauntlet. After several weeks of patience, Liebman is calling on all California trainers with aspiring 3-year-olds to ‘GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN’. Perhaps trying to get a free plane ticket to New Mexico, he […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by KEENELAND: DERBY PREPS NOT ALL CREATED EQUALLY

By Ray Paulick It’s Triple Crown season, so owners and trainers have begun to compile roadmaps to Louisville for their Kentucky Derby hopefuls. So much has changed in recent years with the advent of synthetic tracks, a shuffling of dates for important prep races, and the emergence of new graded stakes with purses fueled […]

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