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Borderland Derby

Race Name Grade Track
Borderland Derby Ungraded Sunland Park Borderland Derby

Borderland Derby

The Borderland Derby is an American horserace for three-year-old thoroughbreds run in the middle of February each year at Sunland Park Racetrack in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Contested over 1 1/6 miles on dirt, the Borderland Derby is the last prep race before the lucrative $600,000 WindStar Derby in April (Sunland Park's biggest race). It is also one of many official prep races for the coveted Kentucky Derby held in May each year at Churchill Downs Racecourse.

Despite its generous $100,000 purse, the Borderland Derby is ungraded. It was inaugurated in 2001 and got its name from its location, as Sunland Park is right on the border with Texas, hence Borderland Derby. In 2001 and 2002 the race was contested over a distance of 1 1/6 miles. However, in 2003 and 2004 it was changed to a distance of 1 mile. In 2004 it was changed back to its original distance of 1 1/6 miles.

Even though the Borderland Derby has been going for a relatively short time, it is not without its record-breakers. For instance, it has been won an impressive four times by champion racehorse trainer Steve Asmussen - in 2001 with Parting Guest, 2003 with Mr Decatur, 2007 with Takedown and 2008 with Poni Colada, on each occasion with a different jockey.

While no jockey has ever won the Borderland Derby twice, the fastest time of 1:36.16 was set in 2002 by Michael Clark aboard Premeditation. No owner has ever won the Borderland Derby more than once.

Borderland Derby - Past Winners

2004 Go Kitty Go
2005 Southern Africa
2006 Indy Wildcat
2007 Takedown
2008 Poni Colada

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