After a windy Saturday, the weather was nearly perfect for Sunday's 11th running of the $800,000 Grade III Sunland Derby. The winner was assured 50 points, all but cinching a spot in May's Kentucky Derby.
It's where the winners play -- and that's for sure. As Joe Montana was a part of the festivities for the Sunland Park Derby this past March. Today, event organizers announced the keynote speaker for the 2013 Sunland Park Gala will be Pittsburgh Steelers' Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP -- Hines Ward.
The $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) will be run on Sunday, March 25 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Sunland Park’s biggest day showcases an all Thoroughbred 13-race card with over $1.6 million in purses including the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks.
First, it was Mine That Bird's miracle win at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. That one race launched the Sunland Derby into graded status for the first time in the race's history. Today's shocking win by Ruler On Ice at the Belmont Stakes gives another huge push to Sunland Park Racetrack.
It's Sunland Derby time again at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. The Grade III Derby could well place one or more of its horses in Kentucky Derby. In honor of the big race, here's a piece from last year showing that, however we humans may want to pose like we're kings of the hill, the REAL stars of the show know differently...
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