NOTE: These are unedited notes from the Sunland Park press office.
SHAKIN IT UP
Owner: Mike Pegram and Dennis Cardoza.
Trainer: Bob Baffert.
Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-1, $139,600.
This classy son of Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnite Lute will receive plenty of support at the mutuel windows. Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Mike Pegram and Dennis Cardoza, Shakin It Up hails from one of the most successful owner-trainer tandems in racing history. Baffert and Pegram combined forces to win the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet and came within a nose of winning the Belmont Stakes. Shakin It Up presents an attractive form line with 2 wins from 4 starts including a triumph in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over Treasury Bill at Santa Anita on Feb. 17. He was also a fast closing third in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue last winter. The battle tested colt is a patient sort and packs a tremendous stretch wallop. He should love the 9 furlong distance of the $800,000 SunlandDerby (Gr. III). Pegram and Baffert were also the forces behind the phenomenal Midnute Lute, so it could be all in the family for Shakin It Up. Baffert and Pegram won the 2006 WinStarDerby with Wanna Runner.
Owner: Mike Pegram
Trainer: Bob Baffert.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $44,800.
Govenor Charlie is another gutsy son of Midnight Lute from the Bob Baffert stable. The colt showed display heart and stamina fending off Footbride in a hotly contest Santa Anita maiden route on Feb. 17. He packs plenty of cruising speed and staying power. Govenor Charlie will be heard from in the Sunland Derby (Gr. III).
Owner: Sam Britt and Michael House.
Trainer: Joel Marr.
Lifetime Record: 8-4-0-0, $205,680.
Dry Summer is the leading local contender for the $800,000 SunlandDerby (Gr. III) off two scintillating route wins. His most recent score came in the $120,000 Mine That Bird Derby going 1 and 1/16 miles. He drafted off a slow early pace and jetted home with authority holding his rivals at bay. He has defeated Riley Allison Futurity winner Show Some Magic and Stormdriver in his last two triumphs. The son of Any Given Saturday has thrived under the care of Joel Marr, who trained the unbeaten New Mexico-bred sensation Peppers Pride. As a two-year-old, Dry Summer exhibited an affinity for the turf winning the Oak Tree Juvenile atDel Mar. He has won 4 of 8 races and collected earnings of $205,680. Dry Summer gains the home course advantage inSunland Park’s biggest race.
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $34,070.
Coming off a testing 1 and 1/8 mile maiden win at Gulfstream Park, this Distorted Humor colt has unlimited potential. He hails from the same barn that brought us 2010 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) winner Endorsement. Multiple Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher is his conditioner. The well bred colt certainly has a bright future.
JUST WIN BABY
Owner: Greg Norman.
Trainer: Oscar Garcia.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $33,850.
After scoring a rousing 2 and 1/2 length come from behind $56,000 maiden win at Santa Anita on Feb. 28, Just Win Baby was immediately pointed to the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III). The fast closing three-year-old should relish the 1 and 1/8 mile distance having won at just under at that distance inSouthern California. This sophomore is just beginning to realize his potential.
SHOW SOME MAGIC
Owner: Kirk and Judy Robison.
Trainer: Henry Dominguez.
Lifetime Record: 10-2-3-1, $192,890.
The 2012 Riley Allison Futurity winner obviously has an affinity for the Sunland Park Racetrack. His owners, Kirk and Judy Robison, have been the leading Thoroughbred owners for the last two seasons. Trainer Henry Dominguez won this race in 2007 with Song of Navarone and is annually considered one ofNew Mexico’s finest conditioners. Show Some Magic was well traveled as a two-year-old running in the Grade 2 Hopeful and the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot. The well bred son of Any Given Saturday finished second to nemesis Dry Summer in the recent Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park. He holds a six figure bankroll of over $192,000.
Owner: Mark Breen.
Trainer: Kevin Eikleberry.
Lifetime Record: 7-1-2-2, $55,997.
Stormdriver is a hard trying son of Discreet Cat has placed in three prestigious stakes races. Trained Kevin Eikleberry saddled his charge to a solid second place finish in the Riley Allison Futurity to Show Some Magic and a good third in the Mine That Bird Derby behind Dry Summer.Leading Sunland Park jockey Ry Eikleberry will be riding for his father Kevin.
Owner: Little Red Feather Racing,Pike Place Racing and David Ingordo.
Trainer: Doug O’Neill.
Lifetime Record: 5-1-0-1, $52,234
Trainer Doug O’Neill has won this race twice in 2003 and 2005 with Excessivepleasure and Thor’s Echo when it was named the WinStar Derby. O’Neill won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another. He also trained the great stakes starLava Man.
Owner: Jeff Bonde and Phil Lebherz.
Trainer: Jeff Bonde.
Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-1, $45.300
Following a promising third in the Lost in the Fog Stakes atGolden Gate, Saint Prado scored an authoritative maiden win going 7 furlongs at Santa Anita last month. The Kitten’s Joy colt is trained Jeff Bonde who saddled Twice the Appeal to victory in the 2011 SunlandDerby (Gr. III). Top flightSouthern California rider Edwin Maldonado is his jockey.