Chitu out lasts Midnight Hawk in GIII Sunland Derby win, Baffert takes down the exacta – Results and Replay

Chitu - winner of today's GII Sunland Derby at Sunland Park
Chitu – winner of today’s GIII Sunland Derby at Sunland Park

Chitu , and Midnight Hawk, sat nicely just off the early pace setter Garen , in the early frames, then collaring that leader on the far turn, rolling into a 2-horse stretch duel where Chitu, did finally prevail by 2 1/4 lengths in the $800,000, GIII Sunland Derby, for 3yo’s, at 1 1/8 mile (dirt) at Sunland Park today and picked up those all important 50 derby point as his Bob Baffert connection  scored today’s 1-2 exacta!

Full Results,

Midnight Hawk, came 2nd back those 2 1/4 lengths, Commissioner , was 3rd with a big finish after trailing most of this race was back another 4 1/4 lengths with Rebranded , filling out today’s super, back another 1 1/2 length in a coming on late effort, as well!

Payouts and Winning Time,

Age Restriction: Three Year Old
  Purse: $800,000
  Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Dirt
  Track Condition: Fast
  Winning Time:  1:47.88
Pgm# Horse Jockey Win Place Show
9. Chitu Martin Garcia 5.80 3.20 2.20
7. Midnight Hawk Mike E. Smith   3.40 2.40
3. Commissioner John R. Velazquez     3.00
Also ran were: 8.  – Rebranded ,  1.  – Bourbonize ,  4.  – Global Strike ,  2.  – Garen ,  5.  – Tanzanite Cat ,  6.  – Lawly’s Goal


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