Borderland Derby

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The Borderland Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually early in the year at Sunland Park Racetrack in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The final local prep for April's WinStar Derby, and an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby, the Borderland Derby is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. The ungraded stakes currently offers a purse of $100,000.

Run at a distance of one mile in 2003 and 2004, the race is named for its location. Sunland Park is situated close to the border between the states of New Mexico and Texas.

Since 2001, trainer Steve Asmussen has won five editions of the Borderland Derby.

Winners of the Borderland Derby since 2001[edit]

2012 Isn't He Clever Alejandro Medellin Henry Dominguez Kirk & Judy Robison 1:43
2011 Fusa Code Justin Shepherd Steve Asmussen Bob & Cathy Zollars 1:45.06
2010 Storming Saint Luis Contreras Henry Dominguez Lathrop Hoffman 1:45.27
2009 Scorewithcater Michael Baze Doug O'Neill Doug O'Neill/Robert Master 1:43.96
2008 Poni Colada Alfredo Juarez, Jr. Steve Asmussen R. Zollars/M. Wagner 1:47.19 [1]
2007 Takedown Glen Murphy Steve Asmussen Ackerley Bros. Farm 1:44.64 [1]
2006 Indy Wildcat Michael Baze Paula Capestro Bearing Point Ventures 1:44.82 [1]
2005 Southern Africa Garrett Gomez Michael Puhich A & S. Kirkwood 1:43.18 [1]
2004 Go Kitty Go Miguel Fuentes Mack Millar V. & S. Hauschild 1:37.87 [1]
2003 Mr. Decatur Sal Gonzalez, Jr. Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing 1:36.23
2002 Premeditation Michael Clark William Leach Bill Clifton 1:36.16
2001 Parting Guest Ryker Hatch Steve Asmussen Author's Stables LLC Nf