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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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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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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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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Sunland Derby Winner Runaway Ghost Makes Triumphant Return To The Races

A 10-month layoff proved no match for the talent of Joe Peacock’s homebred colt Runaway Ghost. On Saturday, the 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper made a successful return to the races with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 Fort Bliss Stakes at Sunland Park. The 2018 Sunland Derby winner completed six furlongs on the fast […]

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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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Weekend Lineup: Triple Crown Train Heads To Louisiana

The next stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is Saturday’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, offering 100 points to the winner.  Also this weekend on Sunday, the Sunland Derby will have 50 points on the line in New Mexico. In the Louisiana Derby as the slight favorite is Southwest winner My Boy Jack for […]

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Mine That Bird Stakes Winner Reride Will Ship For UAE Derby

Trainer Steve Asmussen told on Saturday that 3-year-old Reride, winner of the $100,000 Mine That Bird Stakes at Sunland Park in his most recent start, will travel to Dubai for his next start. The Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, a son of Candy Ride, is being pointed to the UAE Derby on the Dubai World Cup undercard. […]

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