Straight Up G Tops Mine That Bird Derby Field

Although the February 27 $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby scores no points on the Kentucky Derby route, the 1 1/16 mile contest for 3-year-olds is the local stepping stone to the March 27 $500,000 Sunland Park Derby, which is worth 50 points to the winner towards a place in the starting grid on the first Saturday of May.

The Mine That Bird derby, named after the legendary gelding that rocked the 2009 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at 50-1 after finishing fourth in the Sunland Derby, drew a field of eight sophomores for Sunday’s race. A crowd of invaders will prey on local hopefuls pepper spray , goodbye bobby and Benissimo the 1-2-3 of Sunland Parkof Riley Allison Derby on January 30.

Leading the assault on Sunland is Jungle Racing Straight up G . Breed Cal’s son of right light picked up two victories against a state-owned company, including in the King Glorious Stakes on December 12 at Los Alamitos Racetrackbefore falling a neck short of Quick Draw Munnings after pressing the early pace of the Jan. 15 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park. Formed by Richard Baltas, Straight Up G prepared for the Mine That Bird derby with a sizzling five furlong move on February 18 at Santa Anita in: 59 2/5.

Making his first start outside of California, regular rider Ricardo Gonzalez flies into town to ride the colt.

Hall of Fame coach Steve Asmussen also ships two to town, ranked him at Grade 1 American experience and classic moment .

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Sunland Park, Sunday February 27, 2022, Race 9

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 years
  • 3:59 p.m. (local time)

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