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3 year old Colt Midnight Lute Silverbulletway
The lightly raced son of 2007 champion sprinter Midnight Lute has made only three career starts, all this year, but won his most recent outing in record-setting fashion.
Favored in the field of nine, Govenor Charlie captured the Grade 3 $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park by five lengths on March 24, running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.54, the fastest time in stakes history.
In his previous start, Govenor Charlie outfinished favored Footbridge in the final eighth of a mile to break his maiden by a neck at Santa Anita Park on February 17. He got off slowly but rallied to finish a distant second behind Let Em Shine in his January 19 career bow.
Govenor Charlie had enough points to run in the May 4 Kentucky Derby in its new qualifying procedure, but missed some training with a foot bruise and was declared the Monday before the race.