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Bonde’s 25-To-1 Shot Twice The Appeal Wins $800,000 Sunland Derby At Sunland Park
Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde pulled off a shocker Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico when he captured the $800,000 Sunland Derby with 25-to-1 shot Twice the Appeal.
Twice the Appeal, ridden by Christian Santiago-Reyes, took the lead from Astrology in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2-lengths in 1:50.91. Astrology took second by a head over Ruler On Ice.
Sinai, the 2-to-1 favorite ridden by Martin Garcia, set the early pace before stopping badly to finish last in the field of 11.
Twice the Appeal, a Kentucky-bred son of Successful Appeal, was coming off a second-place finish in the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby. The third-longest shot in the field, Twice the Appeal paid $53.20 to win.
Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr., Victor Flores, and Henry Hernandez, Twice the Appeal earned $400,000 for the victory.