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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Mine That Bird Derby Goes to Conquest Mo Money

2/26/2017

Irap Still A Maiden After Trip to Sunland Park

By Dick Downey

Irap, favored at even money, couldn't run down 6-5 Conquest Mo Money as the latter one prevailed in the Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park.

Irap, trained by Doug O'Neill, was the only Triple Crown nominee in the 1 1/16-mile Mine That Bird Derby, named after the Kentucky Derby winner ridden to victory by Calvin Borel at 50-1 odds in 2009. The winner, now undefeated in three starts, is trained by Miguel Hernandez, who had three runners in the race.

Conquest Mo Money quickly seized the lead from post 4 under Jorge Carreno, and Irap, who broke from post 1, found himself in third heading into the backstretch. The pacesetter cut out quick fractions of 22.78 and 46.23 as he continued up the back with Irap trailing in fourth of eight runners at one point.

Going into the far turn with six furlongs gone in 1:11.33, Irap, who had been moved outside runners by Mario Gutierrez, made his bid. But Conquest Mo Money kept going, cutting the corner into the stretch as Irap drifted out a bit.

Irap continued chasing the winner to the finish line and was beaten two lengths. Oh So Regal finished well to get third, another two lengths back, and Wine N Divine was fourth, beaten 6 3/4 lengths. Hernandez also trains Oh So Regal.

The final time was 1:43.12. Conquest Mo Money paid $4.60 to win.

The loss by Irap means that he's still a maiden. No word yet on whether he'll return to Sunland Park for the Sunland Derby.

Conquest Mo Money is a bay colt bred in New York by Twin Creeks Farm and is a son of Uncle Mo out of Stirring, by Seeking the Gold. He's owned by Judge Lanier Racing.

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