Sunland Derby preview: Commissioner and Global Strike

Courtesy Sure Bet Racing News; Sunland Park Racetrack

POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 10:56am

UPDATED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:34pm

The 12th running of the $800,000 Sunland Derby, the Grade III race, is just days away, with the race nearing, we're taking a look at the nine horses that will line up for a chance at an entry to the Kentucky Derby.

2013 Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher returns home to saddle two runners in the Sunland Derby (Gr. III). They are two imposing Gulfstream Park products in Commissioner and Global Strike. Owned by WinStar Farm, Commissioner produced a rousing allowance win at Gulfstream Park last January and split the field in the Fountain of Youth (Gr. III). John Velazquez will ride the 7-2 second favorite. Global Strike races for the powerful Stonestreet Stables and showed great determination breaking his maiden despite stumbling at the start. The son of Smart Strike will be ridden by the nation’s leading rider Javier Castellano. Todd’s father Jake Pletcher was a leading trainer at Sunland Park back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

In the coming days, we will preview all nine horses, Bourbonize, Garen, Commissioner, Global Strike, Tanzanite Cat, Lawly's Goal, Midnight Hawk, Rebranded and Chitu.

Preview Courtesy: Sure Bet Racing News / Sunland Park Racetrack.

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