Hence Wins Sunland Derby at Sunland Park
The $800,000 G2 Sunland Derby went down Sunday, March 26 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Three year olds took part in this 1 1/8 mile test "Road to the Kentucky Derby" qualifier in which the winner was awarded 50 points toward a start in the Run for the Roses in May. 10-1 longshot Hence posted the upset win in the field of 11 and earned the all-important points. It was previously unbeaten 4-1 second choice Conquest Mo Money that finished 3 3/4 lengths back in second with Hedge Fund getting in for third at 7-1 odds. Irap finished fourth with Total Tap, Dilettante, Balandeen, Oxford Lane, Shareholder Value, Wine N Divine and 5-2 favorite Bronze Age, who was eased after a stumble at the start, completing the order of finish. Kimbear scratched.