Hence, a product of the once-gloried Calumet Farm, gave the farm some Derby hope Saturday by taking the Sunland Derby by 3 3/4 lengths over Conquest Mo Money.
Lagging behind the field for most of the race, Hence began making up ground toward the end of the backstretch. Meanwhile, Conquest Mo Money was taking the lead from a tiring Hedge Fund.
Hence took a brief lead at the head of the homestretch, then battled with Conquest Mo Money for 1/16 of a mile before pulling away in impressive fashion. The time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.10.
Hedge Fund held on for third place. Irap was fourth.