All Out Blitz favored to win Sunland Park Derby

Sunland Park Derby

The Sunland Park Derby happens on Sunday.

This race is a stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby for horses looking to earn qualifying points for a much-coveted chance at running in the prestigious race.

Over $1.5 million in purses are offered Sunday.

The winner of the Sunland Derby receives 50 critical qualifying points for entry into the Kentucky Derby.

The event draws thousands of people.

All Out Blitz is favored to be the winner. Simon Callaghan’s All Out Blitz will receive ample betting attention. Two-time Sunland Derby winning jockey Martin Garcia will ride All Out Blitz.

Todd Fincher’s Runway Ghost has the home-track advantage.

Here is the field in post-position order:

1. All Out Blitz – Martin Garcia, 4-1.

2. Dark Vader – Stewart Elliott, 15-1.

3. New York Central – Ricardo Santana Jr., 9-2.

4. Hollywood Star – Robby Albarado, 6-1.

5. Peace – Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1.

6. Shane Zain – Terry Thompson, 15-1.

7. Prince Lucky – John Velazquez, 6-1.

8. Seven Trumpets – Luis Contreras, 6-1.

9. Choo Choo – Mario Gutierrez, 8-1.

10. Dream Baby Dream – Alfredo Juarez Jr., 10-1.

11. Runaway Ghost – Tracy Hebert, 8-1.

12. Fortified Effort – Ry Eikleberry, 20-1.

The Sunland Park Derby winner receives 50 points to the Kentucky Derby. Second place earns 20 points. Third place gets 10 points and fourth place earns 5 points.

The Sunland Derby (Gr. III) day card will feature a bonanza of stakes races worth over $1.5 million. The impressive undercard presents the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes, $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap, $100,000 New Mexico State University Handicap, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby and $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks.

Advance wagering on the entire Sunland Derby day card begins on Saturday.

The Sunland is the 11th race in a 12-race program. Post time is 12:30 p.m. The Sunland Derby goes at 5:15 p.m.

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