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Twice The Appeal Upsets Sunland Derby

Twice The Appeal captures the 2011 Sunland Derby
Photo: Coady Photography
A brisk pace helped Twice The Appeal spring the upset over Astrology in Sunday's Grade 3 Sunland Derby.

Post time favorite Sinai broke a bit slow and rushed up to set rapid splits of :22.61, :45.03, and 1:10.89. The Bob Baffert trainee never got a chance to relax with Nacho Saint, R Skydiver, and Astrology breathing down his neck.

Sinai was breathing fire and gave way rapidly. Nacho Saint and R Skydiver were also cooked, so Astrology took a short lead but it would not last long.

Twice The Appeal sat back in 6th, moved up to 3rd after six furlongs, and gradually pulled clear to post a 1-1/2 length score at 25-1 under Christian Santiago-Reyes. He paid $53.20 to win for trainer Jeff Bonde.

Astrology just held the place over Ruler On Ice with It's My Party another 2-1/2 lengths back in 4th. Beer Meister was next, followed by Nacho Saint, Fusa Code, R Skydiver, Supreme Ruler, Behold ds Buy, and Sinai.

The winning nine furlong time was 1:50.91 and Twice The Appeal picked up $400,000 in graded earnings.

2011 Sunland Derby  


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If that's the case, then Triple Crown talk for Uncle Mo shouldn't be out of line. Assuming he delivers a powerful performance in the Wood, that is.
Unfortunately we are looking at a repeat of 2009 which had to be on one the weakest 3 year-old crops in recent history.
I third that emotion. If the Derby winner is out there, he's not from the group that's already in and going straight to the race.
The Derby gate is rapidly getting filled with weak, hopeless horses... unless there's a massive pace metldown, many are looking worse and worse. I sure hope someone steps-up their game this weekend.

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