Sunland Derby: Overvalued Qualification Race?

Inaugurated in 2003, the Sunland Derby has come a long way in a short amount of time. The snap shot of its timeline: off the radar to worth a total of 85 qualification points. Did something happen in this short amount of time that made this prep so reputable. I can’t give one year or one single horse all the credit but the second biggest long shot in Kentucky Derby history may have helped.

hat’s so curious about Mine That Bird is that he didn’t race in a single graded stakes race in his 3-yr-old season prior to the Kentucky Derby. That’s right, it wasn’t until 2010 that the Sunland Derby became an official graded stakes race.

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