Governor Charlie turned back eight rivals in winning Sunday’s $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in track record time.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Governor Charlie stalked the early pace, vied three wide around the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile test and drew clear in the lane. The son of Midnight Lute crossed the wire five lengths clear of runner-up Show Some Magic and stopped the clock in track record time of 1:47.54. Governor Charlie was sent off as the race favorite despite only a maiden victory at Santa Anita to his credit.
Owned by Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert, Governor Charlie is produced from the Storm Cat mare Silverbulletway.
Governor Charlie/Coady photo