Horse Racing Picks: Sunland Derby Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Feb 18)

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  • Sunland Derby is staged at Sunland Park Racecourse
  • The race has been a Grade Three since 2013

The final race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this weekend will be staged at Sunland Park on Sunday. The Sunland Derby has been staged since 2003, and it has been a Grade 3 since 2013. It could offer an interesting look at some of the outsiders for the opening leg of the Triple Crown.

Schedule and How To Watch

  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 6:17 PM ET
  • Where: Sunland Park, New Mexico
  • How To Watch: FanDuel TV

Sunland Derby Odds

Informed Patriot+300
Lucky Jeremy+400
Curlin’s Kaos+500
No Trouble+1000
Da Ringo+2000

Latest odds taken from an offshore sportsbook.

Race Preview

The Sunland Derby will be staged in New Mexico this weekend, with the field of horses aged three competing over 1 1/16 miles. It has been a regular stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby throughout its history, and it has been run as a Grade 3 contest since being upgraded in status in 2013.

Firing Line was one of the most successful winners of the race after finishing second to the legendary American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Steven Asmussen has unleashed a number of his Derby contenders in this race across recent years, and he could hold obvious claims with Informed Patriot.

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The three-year-old was well beaten on his previous start when finishing third in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. However, he has set some quick speed ratings, including the 86 set when finishing third in the G3 Street Sense. Joel Rosario travels to the track to take the ride.

Stronghold has been very consistent for Phillip D’Amato, and he could still have a very key role to play in the Derby picture. He was second behind Nysos in the G3 Bob Hope, before finishing a very close second in the G2 Los Alamitos Futurity. Lucky Jeremy is also one to note this weekend after winning over a mile on his previous start at Sunland in the Riley Allison Derby.

Sunland Derby Prediction

Stronghold looks to be the most obvious winner this weekend. He has only been beaten by some talented runners, with Nysos confirming the form when winning in graded company on his previous start. Lucky Jeremy and Alotaluck round off our exacta box selections.

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  • Exacta Box: (4) Lucky Jeremy/ (5) Stronghold/ (6) Alotaluck
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