Meet the Contenders: 2024 Sunland Park Derby

February 15th, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Sunland Park Derby at Sunland Park. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your stable alerts.

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#1 No Trouble                   **

Pro: Took step forward second out after runner-up placing to Alotaluck on debut.

Con: Concedes stakes experience to the other major players.

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#2 Surroundedbyangels     **

Pro: Has speed and inside draw should help be involved early.

Con: Well-beaten third in Riley Allison Derby; this is a tougher assignment.

Curlin's Kaos (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#3 Curlin’s Kaos                 ***

Pro: Graduated first time around two turns, albeit on grass against Cal-breds.

Con: Obviously taking a significant jump-up in class.

Lucky Jeremy (Photo by Coady Photography)

#4 Lucky Jeremy                *****

Pro: Earned nice win in Riley Allison Derby in first race over the track. 

Con: Tends to race on or near the lead, and there is plenty of pace signed on.

Stronghold breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Stronghold breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#5 Stronghold                    *****

Pro: Kentucky and Southern Cal form is solid; has faced better.

Con: Concedes recency and experience over this strip.

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#6 Alotaluck                      ***

Pro: Competitive both outings and minor improvement puts him in the mix again.

Con: Weakened a bit over a mile and must show more staying power.

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#7 Da Ringo                       *

Pro: Pedigree main thing to like as sire and broodmare sire both classic winners.

Con: Broke maiden for $7,500 tag; too slow on paper.

Informed Patriot breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Informed Patriot (Photo by Coady Photography)

#8 Informed Patriot           ****

Pro: Twice placed in other Derby preps for potent Asmussen/Rosario combo.

Con: Has lacked a late punch in most of his outings to date.