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Castaway is Morning-Line Choice in Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby
RSS Feeds Friday, March 23, 2012
Castaway, a Kentucky-bred colt by Street Sense trained by Bob Baffert, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at Sunland Park.

A total of eight 3-year-olds have been entered in the Sunland Derby, New Mexico's only graded Thoroughbred race and the centerpiece of a 13-race program that features seven stakes, including three for state-breds. Post time for the first race is set for 12:45 p.m. (MDT), with the Sunland Derby scheduled to go off at 5:45 p.m.

Castaway races for the partnership of Susan P. Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith. The colt has won both of his starts this season, including the a division of the 1-mile, $250,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on February 20.

Among Castaway's seven opponents is Daddy Nose Best. A bay colt by Scat Daddy campaigned by Bob and Cathy Zollars from the barn of Steve Asmussen, Daddy Nose Best is coming off of a nose victory in the 1 1/8-mile, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields on February 18.

The winner of the Sunland Derby will earn $480,000 and will likely be pointed to this season's Triple Crown races, including the Grade 1, $2-million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5.

All horses will carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning line odds – Castaway (Rafael Bejarano), 2-1; Ender Knievel (John Velazquez), 6-1; Stirred Up (Martin Garcia), 8-1; Isn't He Clever (Luis Contreras), 4-1; No Spin (Channing Hill), 8-1; Daddy Nose Best (Julien Leparoux), 3-1; Tequila Factor (Miguel Hernandez), 15-1; and Justanoldsong (Ry Eikleberry), 20-1.

Seven 3-year-old fillies have been entered in Sunday's 1 1/16-mile, $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. Last year's Oaks winner, Plum Pretty, won the $1-million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in her next start.

Plum Pretty's trainer, Bob Baffert, has entered Princess Arabella in this year's Sunland Park Oaks. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Any Given Saturday owned by Peachtree Stable, Princess Arabella is undefeated in two starts at Santa Anita.

Glinda The Good, the 9-5 morning-line choice, is coming off of a 3 1/2-length victory as the 1-2 favorite in the 1-mile, $50,000 Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland on February 26.

All Sunland Park Oaks entries will carry 121 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Feisty Flirt (Macario Rodriguez), 10-1; Sophisticated (Joe Martinez), 12-1; Princess Arabella (Martin Garcia), 2-1; Take Me Away Today (Luis Contreras), 8-1; Glinda The Good (Julien Leparoux), 9-5; Ize In Trouble (Miguel Hernandez), 6-1; Regal Betty (Antonio Castanon), 6-1.

The 1-mile, $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap has attracted a field of five fillies and mares, including Twelve Twenty Two, a 7-year-old mare by Kafwain owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison and the Solitaire Stable. A two-time stakes winner during the current Sunland Park meet, Twelve Twenty Two scored a 5 1/2-length victory in last year's Harry Henson.

The complete lineup for the Harry Henson, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Remit (Julien Leparoux, 118), 2-1; Kayce Ace (Martin Garcia, 116), 9-2; Pyrite On My Mind (Jose L. Rivera Jr., 114), 8-1; Twelve Twenty Two (Luis Contreras, 120), 9-5; and Pick And Pray (Rafael Bejarano, 115), 3-1.

A total of 10 New Mexico-bred distaffers have been entered in Sunday's 5 1/2-furlong, $110,000 La Coneja Stakes (R). Iplaytricks, a 4-year-old Desert God filly racing for Michael C. Stinson, drew post 5 and is the 9-5 morning-line favorite.

Iplaytricks brings a two-race win streak into the La Coneja that includes a three-quarter length victory in the 1-mile Sydney Valentini Handicap (R) for state-bred fillies and mares on February 18. The filly has earned $246,790 from 14 starts, and her seven wins include three stakes.

Iplaytricks nine opponents include Rose's Desert, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Desert God campaigned by Joe Peacock. Rose's Desert won the December 11, $110,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) on December 11 and ran second to Iplaytricks in the Sydney Valentini.

The complete lineup for the La Coneja, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Gossip Dome (J. Martin Bourdieu, 119), 15-1; Rose's Desert (Casey Lambert, 122), 3-1; Ransomsgoodfriday (Luis Contreras, 119), 20-1; Negotiablafections (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 119), 10-1; Iplaytricks (Ken Tohill, 122), 9-5; Shemoves (Miguel Hernandez, 119), 8-1; Cali Baby (Alejandro Medellin, 119), 6-1; I Am Lesters Gal (Ricardo Jaime, 119), 8-1; Funnyoushouldask (Martin Garcia, 119), 12-1; and Dream Kin (Macario Rodriguez, 119), 20-1.

A full field of 12 state-bred sophomore fillies will go postward in the 1 1/16-mile, $110,000 New Mexico Breeders' Oaks (R). Domenica Rush's Dawn Is Affirmed, a chestnut daughter of the Dehere stallion Shooter, has won both of her career outs, including a 5 1/2-furlong entry level allowance for New Mexico-breds on February 11.

Dawn Is Affirmed is one of two fillies from the barn of trainer Joel Marr. The other, Easy Loving Who, is a homebred daughter of Quinton's Gold who ran seventh against open company in the February 26 Island Fashion Stakes for her owner, Sam E. Stevens of Lamesa, Texas.

All fillies will tote 121 pounds. The complete lineup for the New Mexico Breeders' Oaks, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Krickkit (Macario Rodriguez), 30-1; Easy Loving Who (Ken Tohill), 4-1; Kisstin (Casey Lambert), 20-1; Fire Run (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 10-1; Done With Flair (Miguel Hernandez), 15-1; Tessa's Cat (Tanner Thedford), 20-1; Whisper's Sister (Joe Martinez), 10-1; Capote's Charm (Cecilio Penalba), 12-1; Dawn Is Affirmed (Ry Eikleberry), 5-2; Dashkova (Jose L. Rivera Jr.), 5-1; Silk Strawberry (Enrique Gomez), 8-1; and Desert Fun (Rafael Bejarano), 10-1.

Paul B. Thomason's Quiet Again is the morning-line choice in the 6 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes. A homebred 7-year-old gelding by 1998 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Real Quiet, Quiet Again has earned $577,018 from 45 races, and his nine stakes victories include the $50,000 Winsham Lad Stakes on January 8, and the 2010 Bill Thomas Memorial.

The complete lineup for the Bill Thomas Memorial, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Pack Your Bags (Alejandro Medellin, 120), 6-1; Quiet Again (Joe Martinez, 122), 9-5; Nicky Boy (Juan Molina Jr., 113), 30-1; Imco Spirit (Luis Contreras, 120), 7-2; Behold De Buy (Kelsi Purcell, 118), 12-1; Ribald (Miguel Hernandez, 118), 4-1; Ducky Drake (Ken Tohill, 118), 8-1; and Remus (Ry Eikleberry, 118), 10-1.

Sunday's $110,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) will match 11 state-bred 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles. Sam and Latane Stevens' That's Who, a homebred gelding by Quinton's Gold, has won four of his last five races, including two stakes during the current Sunland Park meet.

That's Who's 10 foes include R.D. Hubbard's Rio de Dinero, a homebred Gold Case gelding who has won both of his starts at Sunland this season, and Donnell Echols' E Bar Way, a homebred gelding by The Way Home who won last year's $129,860 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park.

All horses will carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Dueling Dom (Miguel Hernandez), 20-1; Hesarider (Duane Sterling), 20-1; Damayorofclowntown (Jose L. Rivera Jr.), 30-1; Doctor Spencer (Macario Rodriguez), 20-1; E Bar Way (Joe Martinez), 6-1; I Do My Own Tricks (Luis Contreras), 8-1; That's Who (Ry Eikleberry), 9-5; Rio de Dinero (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 7-1; Crusher Lane (Juan Ochoa), 20-1; Zenon's Star (Casey Lambert), 8-1; and May Weather (Rafael Bejarano), 10-1.

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