The Borderland Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually early in the year at Sunland Park Racetrack in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The final local prep for April's WinStar Derby, and an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby, the Borderland Derby is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. The ungraded stakes currently offers a purse of $100,000.
Run at a distance of one mile in 2003 and 2004, the race is named for its location. Sunland Park is situated close to the border between the states of New Mexico and Texas.
Since 2001, trainer Steve Asmussen has won the Borderland Derby four of the eight years.
Winners of the Borderland Derby since 2001
|2010||Storming Saint||Luis Contreras||Henry Dominguez||Lathrop Hoffman||1:45.27|
|2009||Scorewithcater||Michael Baze||Doug O'Neill||Doug O'Neill/Robert Master||1:43.96|
|2008||Poni Colada||Alfredo Juarez, Jr.||Steve Asmussen||R. Zollars/M. Wagner||1:47.19 |
|2007||Takedown||Glen Murphy||Steve Asmussen||Ackerley Bros. Farm||1:44.64 |
|2006||Indy Wildcat||Michael Baze||Paula Capestro||Bearing Point Ventures||1:44.82 |
|2005||Southern Africa||Garrett Gomez||Michael Puhich||A & S. Kirkwood||1:43.18 |
|2004||Go Kitty Go||Miguel Fuentes||Mack Millar||V. & S. Hauschild||1:37.87 |
|2003||Mr. Decatur||Sal Gonzalez, Jr.||Steve Asmussen||Heiligbrodt Racing||1:36.23|
|2002||Premeditation||Michael Clark||William Leach||Bill Clifton||1:36.16|
|2001||Parting Guest||Ryker Hatch||Steve Asmussen||Author's Stables LLC||Nf|