Kentucky Derby 2012 hopeful Castaway,
a visually impressive winner of the slower division of the Grade 3
Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb 20, takes on seven rivals in
Sunday’s Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby (race 12) at Sunland Park.
#1 Castaway (2-1) and his talented stablemate Secret Circle invaded Arkansas and left with graded glory in both divisions of the Southwest. Secret Circle returned to Oaklawn Park and landed the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes last weekend.
Now, Castaway visits New Mexico for trainer Bob Baffert in hopes of
earning a nice chunk of graded cash 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 easy maiden tally over Holy Candy
with another win in the G3 Southwest and figures in the think of things
throughout from the inside post on Sunday. Rafael Bejarano rides again.