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Castaway Shoots for Hat Trick in Sunland Derby

Castaway, a visually impressive winner of the 1st division of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb 20, takes on seven other sophomores in Sunday's Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby.

 

Trainer Bob Baffert has had success shipping his 3-year-olds this year. Castaway and Secret Circle invaded Oaklawn and left with graded glory in both divisions of the Southwest, and Secret Circle returned to Hot Springs to land the Grade 2 Rebel last weekend.  

 

Now, Castaway visits New Mexico in hopes of earning a nice chunk of graded earnings for a possible engagement on the first Saturday in May.

 

Castaway, a well-bred son of Street Sense, took six tries to break his maiden, and he graduated in style over wet-fast footing at Santa Anita Park in January. He followed up his maiden win with another tally in the Southwest and figures in the think of things throughout from the inside post at Sunland Park on March 25. Rafael Bejarano rides. 

 

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Daddy Nose Best exits a game victory in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Steve Asmussen's versatile son of Scat Daddy has been competitive on dirt, turf, and synthetic, and should be finishing under regular rider Julien Leparoux. 


Ender Knievel is on the upswing for Todd Pletcher. He raced for George Arnold in Kentucky and Florida last year and improved his numbers each time. Pletcher took over the training duties and he promptly responded with a romping flat mile graduation run at Gulfstream Park on Feb 5. John Velazquez with pilot the fresh, early-pressing type. 

 

Stirred Up packs a decent late kick and would appreciate contested fractions. The recent graduate is also trained by Bob Baffert and Martin Garcia rides him well. 

 

Local hope Isn't He Clever is 4-for-4 in the state of New Mexico and smartly captured the local prep for this (Borderland Derby). The gelded son of Smarty Jones projects a tactical journey under new rider Luis Contreras.

 

No Spin was last seen finishing 6th behind Castaway in Arkansas. The Tim Ice trainee is 0-for-4 on dirt and appears better on turf/synthetic.

 

Tequila Factor easily captured a minor turf stakes affair at Turf Paradise March 17. He failed to threaten Isn't He Clever in a pair of local starts and is most effective on turf/synthetic at this stage of his career.

 

The Sunland Derby cast is competed by Justanoldsong. The lightly raced colt broke his maiden in a local flat mile event Jan 31 and was a well-beaten 6th in the Borderland Derby last time.



 

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Im all in on Ender kneival.. cool name and hes in my road to the roses stable!!
I agree that Isn't He Clever has a good chance. I don't see a lot of pace up front, which could also play well for Daddy Nose Best. This could be a great race
Isn't He Clever has a good chance in this. Hope he comes with decent odds.

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