Governor Charlie, content to sit just off the early pace down the the backstretch, moved to the lead at the top of the stretch and ran away from his competition on his way to an easy victory in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. With the victory in the Sunland Derby, Governor Charlie picks up 50 points towards a spot in the starting gate for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
Long shot Show Some Magic finished a good second, Todd Pletcher's Abraham finished third, and the morning line favorite and stablemate of the winner, Shakin it Up, rounded out the superfecta.
Governor Charlie is a three-year-old colt by champion sprinter Midnight Lute out of the Storm Cat/Silverbulletday mare Silverbulletway, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia. His victory in the Sunland Derby set a new track record for a race at a mile and an eighth on a day when the Sunland Park dirt was playing incredibly fast.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Sunland Derby:
|9-Show Some Magic||$17.20||$8.20|
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