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Governor Charlie Sets Track Record in Sunland Derby Win

Governor Charlie turned back eight rivals in winning Sunday’s $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in track record time.

Governor Charlie

Governor Charlie

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