Championship at Sunland Park

Championship at Sunland Park

A full field of 10 is entered in Sunday's Grade 1, 440-yard feature.

Valiant Tiberias 2019 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

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Ten sprinters, headed by Ryansmanonthemoon and Valiant Tiberias, are entered in Sunday's 440-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

A homebred 3-year-old son of First Moonflash, Ryansmanonthemoon is trained by Cynthia Gonzalez for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez. The bay gelding overcame a stumble at the start to score a three-quarter length victory as the 3-1 favorite in the 440-yard, $200,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on December 1.

Ryansmanonthemoon drew post 3 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo.

Valiant Tiberias races for Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen and Felix Rodriguez from the barn of trainer Wes Giles. The sophomore son of Valiant Hero has earned $236,014 from eight starts this season, and his five wins include a 1 1/2-length victory in the 400-yard, $155,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Albuquerque Downs on October 26.

Valiant Tiberias is coming off of a second-place finish to Ryansmanonthemoon in the Zia Park Championship. The gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by James Flores.

Other contenders include Dunn Ranch's Apollitical Pence, a gelded son of world champion Apollitical Jess who will be making his first-ever start in New Mexico off of a third-place finish in the 400-yard, $1.01-million Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on November 10. Apollitical Pence drew the rail post and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer James J. Gonzales II.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Apollitical Pence (Ricky Ramirez), 8-1
Eye N Capo (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1
Ryansmanonthemoon (Mauro Salcedo), 3-1
Fantastic Feature Jr (Jamie Parga Leos), 10-1
Danjer (Cody Jensen), 4-1
Hes Limitless (Gilbert Ortiz), 10-1
This Is A Deal Too (Francisco Calderon), 8-1
Badhabit Jess (Raul Herrera), 12-1
Eagle Coast (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 12-1
Valiant Tiberias (James Flores), 5-1

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