Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Endorsment impressive in win

On Sunday afternoon, it was quite a ride for 3-year-old Endorsement in his Sunland Derby win. Endorsement stood toe to toe with favorite Conveyance and then wore him down when it mattered down the stretch.

Endorsement entered the race with just one victory, but that victory came in the race preceding the Derby. And it appeared that Endorsement was improving coming into the race. he got a solid ride from veteran jockey Robby Albarado and was prepared nicely by trainer Shannon Ritter.

Albarado was latest in a strong stream of jockeys to ride at Sunland Park Racetrack. Albarado has won several top races, but he still hasn't won a Kentucky Derby. But he'll have his chance on May 1 with Endorsement.

Endorsement won the Sunland Derby at 11-1 and will be around those odds or higher on Derby day. Endorsement is bread to go long and his team feels the Derby could be to his liking.

Conveyance had no excuse in Sunday's race. He had little pressure and simply was beaten in the final strides. But Conveyance is likely headed to the Derby as well and can't be counted out.

- Felix