Sunland Derby

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Sunland Derby
Grade III race
Location Sunland Park Racetrack
Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States
Inaugurated 2003
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Fillies: 117 lbs.
Colts & Geldings: 122 lbs
Purse $800,000 (2017)

The Sunland Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Sunland Park Racetrack in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Inaugurated in 2003, the race is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the dirt and is sponsored by WinStar Farm of Versailles, Kentucky. Held in March, the Sunland Derby currently offers a purse of $800,000.

In its 11th year in 2013, it received Grade III status from the American Graded Stakes Committee for the first time in 2010.[1] It is listed as an official Kentucky Derby prep race.

The 2016 running of the Sunland Derby was cancelled due to an outbreak of Equine herpesvirus 1.[2]


Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


2017 Hence Alfredo Juarez Steven Asmussen Calumet Farm 1:48:10
2016 Not run due to an outbreak of Equine herpesvirus[2]
2015 Firing Line Gary Stevens Simon Callaghan Arnold Zetcher 1:47.39
2014 Chitu Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Tanma Corporation 1:47.88
2013 Govenor Charlie Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Mike Pegram 1:47.54
2012 Daddy Nose Best Julien Leparoux Steve Asmussen Cathy & Robert Zollars 1:48.59
2011 Twice the Appeal Christian Santiago Reyes Jeff Bonde Brown, Flores & Hernandez 1:50.91
2010 Endorsement Robby Albarado Shannon Ritter WinStar Farm 1:48.46
2009 Kelly Leak Mike E. Smith Mike Machowsky Blahut Racing/Avila/Johnson 1:50.02
2008 Liberty Bull Gerard Melancon Tom Amoss Kenneth Maier 1:49.82
2007 Song of Navarone Victor Espinoza Henry Dominguez George E. Coleman 1:49.53
2006 Wanna Runner Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:48.88
2005 Thor's Echo Corey Nakatani Doug O'Neill Suarez Racing Stable 1:49.59
2004 Hi Teck Man Ricardo Jaime Johnnie Nall Hassel & Bonnie Spraberry 1:43.20
2003 Excessivepleasure Pat Day Doug O'Neill Lee & Ty Leatherman 1:42.84

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Two Fewer Graded Stakes in 2010
  2. ^ a b Lintner, Jonathan (6 March 2016). "Sunland Park cancels key Ky. Derby, Oaks preps". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 6 March 2016.