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Grade 3 Sunland Derby Headlines Stellar Sunday Program
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The 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) is one of seven stakes scheduled for Sunland Park Racetrack’s 10-race all-Thoroughbred program on Sunday.

Post time for the first race is set for 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

The southwest’s premier Triple Crown prep, this year’s Sunland Derby will offer the following qualifying points for this year’s Kentucky Derby: 50 points to the winner, 20 to second, 10 to third and five to fourth. This year’s Sunland Derby has attracted a full field of 12 3-year-olds, headed by morning-line favorite Bronze Age.

A $600,000 purchase as a 2-year-old, Bronze Age is trained by Bob Baffert for owner Juddmonte Farms Inc. The Kentucky-bred Mineshaft colt is coming off of a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in a 1-mile, $54,000 maiden-special-weight route at Santa Anita Park on February 18.

Bronze Age drew post 3 and will be ridden by Martin Garcia. The colt’s 11 opponents include Irap, a Kentucky-bred son of Tiznow trained by Doug O’Neill for owner Reddam Racing LLC. A maiden, Irap has earned $124,600 from six outs, and his resume includes a second-place finish in last year’s 1 1/16-mile, $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (G1) in California.

Irap drew post 5 and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

Conquest Mo Money, the local favorite, is an undefeated bay colt by Uncle Mo trained by Miguel Hernandez for Tom and Sandy McKenna’s Judge Lanier Racing. Conquest Mo Money has banked $132,900 from three starts, and his resume includes victories in the January 29, $100,000 Riley Allison Stakes, and the February 26, $100,000 Mine That Bird Stakes, both at Sunland Park.

Jorge Carreno will ride Conquest Mo Money from post 12.

The Sunland Derby will be contested as the ninth race with an estimated post time for 5:28. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Shareholder Value (Javier Castellano), 6-1
Hedge Fund (Jose Ortiz), 6-1
Bronze Age (Martin Garcia), 3-1
Oxford Lane (Richard Eramia), 15-1
Irap (Mario Gutierrez), 6-1
Dilettante (Gary Stevens), 12-1
Kimbear (Joe Talamo), 15-1
Wine N Divine (Miguel Perez), 30-1
Hence (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 12-1
Balandeen (Channing Hill), 10-1
Total Tap (Florent Geroux), 10-1
Conquest Mo Money (Jorge Carreno), 9-2

Sunland Park’s Sunday card will also feature three stakes restricted to New Mexico-breds. Here’s a preview of the other six stakes, in the order they will be run:

NEW MEXICO BREEDERS’ OAKS (R)
Purse, $100,000 -- 1 1/16-miles
New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies


R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin, a homebred daughter of Swissle Stick and a five-time stakes winner, will return to state-bred company when the filly faces six opponents in this race.

Trained by Todd Fincher, Sippin has won seven of eight outs and has earned $326,547, and her season resume at Sunland includes a half-length victory in the 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) on December 26, and2 1/2-length win in the 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) on January 22. The filly is coming off of a third-place finish in the open 1-mile, $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes on February 26.

Sippin is the 4-5 morning-line favorite. Tracy Hebert will ride the filly from post 2.

The complete lineup for the New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (estimated post time, 2:22), in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Forgivnessis Pwr (Ameth Gonzalez), 20-1
Sippin (Tracy Hebert), 4-5
Mcaway (Alejandro Medellin), 6-1
Rolling Star (Martin Garcia), 5-1
Ivy Gimlet (Javier Castellano), 4-1
Pink Cadillac (Ken Tohill), 7-2
Frosty (Ry Eikleberry), 20-1

LA CONEJA STAKES (R)
Purse, $85,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
New Mexico-bred fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and older


A field of nine state-bred distaffers has been entered in this race, headed by multiple stakes winner Diabolical Dame and morning-line favorite Bryn’s Fancy Pants, both of whom race from the barn of trainer Todd Fincher.

A $25,000 yearling buy at the 2013 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Diabolical Dame has won 12 of 20 starts and has banked $496,980, and two of her seven stakes victories have come against open company. The 5-year-old daughter of Diabolical drew post 8 and will be ridden by Tracy Hebert for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard.

Bryn’s Fancy Pants has also had success against open stakes company, as the 4-year-old Southwestern Heat filly is coming off of a third-place finish, two lengths behind winner African Rose, in the 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 El Diario Handicap at Sunland. The filly’s season resume at Sunland includes a second-place finish, one length behind winner Diabolical Dame, in the 5 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Bold Ego Handicap.

Bryn’s Fancy Pants drew post 7 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for owners Dale Taylor, Carey Taylor, and Jon Hogg.

The complete lineup (estimated post time, 2:50), in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Tilla Cat (Javier Castellano), 6-1
Bloss (Frank Reyes), 10-1
Tijuana (Martin Garcia), 5-1
Woodacouldadid (Elvin Gonzalez), 15-1
My Bikini Fell Off (Ry Eikleberry), 4-1
She Devil (Roimes Chirinos), 10-1
Bryn’s Fancy Pants (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 3-1
Diabolical Dame (Tracy Hebert), 7-2
Indian Tiva (Ameth Gonzalez), 10-1

BILL THOMAS MEMORIAL STAKES
Purse, $100,000 -- 6 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older


Justin Evans, the leading Thoroughbred trainer at the current Sunland meet, will send out four of the seven distaffers entered in this race, led by recent stakes winner Redneck Humor.

A 6-year-old son of Da Stoops campaigned by Vanessa Evans, Earl Neugebauer, and K.W. Sharp, Redneck Humor will be stretching out in distance off of his wire-to-wire, 4 1/2-length score in the 6-furlong, $75,000 Budweiser Handicap on February 12. The winner of this stakes last season, the Florida-bred gelding drew the rail post and will be ridden by Miguel Perez.

Another contender from the Evans barn, Gino Roncelli’s Toews On Ice, ran second to his stablemate in the Budweiser Handicap. A 4-year-old colt by Archarcharch, Toews On Ice won last year’s 6-furlong, $100,000 William Walker Stakes on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs and ran second, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Mor Spirit, in the 2015 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1).

Toews On Ice drew post 5 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos.

The complete lineup (estimated post time, 3:19), in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Redneck Humor (Miguel Perez), 7-2
Real Heat (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 8-1
Mt Veeder (Martin Garcia), 12-1
Indexical (Elvin Gonzalez), 4-1
Toews On Ice (Roimes Chirinos), 5-1
Rockport Cat (Jose Ortiz), 3-1
Quijote (Javier Castellano), 5-2

NEW MEXICO BREEDERS’ DERBY (R)
Purse, $100,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds


Michael Stinson’s Hute, a homebred son of Western Gambler trained by Joel Marr, is heads a full field of a dozen state-bred 3-year-olds.

Hute will put on the line a two-race win streak that includes a 1 1/4-length victory in the February 4, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R). The gelding drew post 8 and will be ridden by Ken Tohill.

Hute’s 11 opponents include morning-line favorite He’s Another Who, a chestnut son of Quinton’s Gold trained by Casey Lambert for Champion Racing Stables. He’s Another Who began his sophomore campaign with a 1 1/4-length win on a track labeled “slow” in the 6-furlong, $85,000 Four Rivers John Deere Stakes (R) on New Years Day.

Javier Castellano, currently the third-leading jockey in North America in purse earnings, will ride He’s Another Who from post 11.

The complete lineup for the New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (estimated post time, 3:48), in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Reining Pesos (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1
Waki’s Pride (Enrique Gomez), 20-1
Dom Strait (Miguel Perez), 10-1
Tiza Roll (Jose Ortiz), 20-1
El Tule (Ricardo Jaime), 15-1
Muster (Martin Garcia), 20-1
Ize On Tickle (Elvin Gonzalez), 12-1
Hute (Ken Tohill), 5-1
Go For A Stroll (Tracy Hebert), 5-1
Storming Back (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 4-1
He’s Another Who (Javier Castellano), 3-1
Go Gotta Go (Roimes Chirinos), 6-1

SUNLAND PARK OAKS
Purse, $200,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-old fillies


Speedway Stable LLC’s Noted And Quoted, a Grade 1 winner at Santa Anita Park last fall, is one of seven 3-year-old fillies entered in this race, which offers 50 qualifying points to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs to its winner.

A Florida-bred daughter of The Factor and a $275,000 purchase at last year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-Year-Old Sale, Noted And Quoted has earned $259,580 from five starts, and her two wins include a half-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park. The filly drew the rail post and will be ridden by Martin Garcia for trainer Bob Baffert.

William K. Goode’s Kell Paso is the local favorite, as the stakes-winning Divine Park filly ran second, three-quarters of a length behind winner Mopotism, in the 1-mile, $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park on February 26. Kell Paso drew post 5 and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry for trainer Greg Green.

The complete lineup (estimated post time, 4:18), in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Noted And Quoted (Martin Garcia), 9-5
McKenzie Honey (J. Martin Bourdieu), 6-1
Ghalia (Jose Ortiz), 3-1
Soft Cheese (Richard Eramia), 6-1
Kell Paso (Ry Eikleberry), 4-1
What What What (Mario Gutierrez), 5-1
Conquest Slayer (Miguel Perez), 20-1

HARRY HENSON HANDICAP
Purse, $100,000 -- 1 mile
Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds & older


Danzatrice, a 5-year-old Dunkirk mare trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Gainesway Stable, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for this race.

Danzatrice ended her 4-year-old season with a convincing 7 1/4-length victory in the December 26, $50,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans. The mare drew post 3 and will be ridden by Florent Geroux.

Leading trainer Justin Evans will send out recent local stakes winner African Rose for owner Judge Lanier Racing. An 8-year-old daughter of Bwana Charlie who has won 11 races at Sunland Park, the mare will be stretching out in distance off of her 1 1/2-length victory in the 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 El Diario Handicap.

African Rose drew post 5 and will be ridden by Miguel Perez.

The complete lineup (estimated post time, 4:53), in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Catsadiva (Jose Ortiz, 116), 5-1
Peppy Miller (Ry Eikleberry, 116), 8-1
Danzatrice (Florent Geroux, 122), 3-1
Perfecta (Elvin Gonzalez, 117), 10-1
African Rose (Miguel Perez, 123), 7-2
Warrens Puppy Love (Duane Sterling, 116), 8-1
Bright Town (Ruby Gonzalez, 115), 20-1
Minster’sadventure (Javier Castellano, 116), 15-1
Conquest Artura (Ken Tohill, 113), 20-1
K P Wildcat (Roimes Chirinos, 122), 4-1



In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.




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