Brian’s Derby Preps: The Sunland Derby

Sunland Park: The Grade III, $800,000 Sunland Derby at 1 1/8 miles.

The speedy SINAI took the blinkers off and showed little from a stalking position in the Grade II San Vicente behind The Factor, Sway Away and Premier Pegasus, so the hood goes back on today; he gets to stretch his legs for the first time at two turns and rates as loose as can be on the lead; call to lead them on a merry chase the entire way. FUSA CODE enters off a local win in the Borderland Derby from just off the pace and seems tactical enough to be close to the top pick early; would be no surprise. ASTROLOGY returns for the first time since running second in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club last November at Churchill Downs but has missed some time this winter and trainer Asmussen said that this is farther distance than he wanted to start this son of A.P. Indy back at, not to mention this colt has never once run fast in his life; worth trying to beat today at a big underlay.

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