The 11th at Fair Grounds on Saturday is the 105th running of the Grade 2 $1 million Louisiana Derby. There are 10 in the gate as of Thursday, and it looks like quite a race as many are in with a shot.
Let’s start with the favorite MY BOY JACK. He was the romping winner of the Southwest at Oaklawn for the Desormeaux boys and is 5-2 on the morning line for this one. He looks to be in ideal spot with a boat load of speed signed on for him to chase. He came from 8th in the Southwest hitting the lead at the head of the lane and pulled clear by more than four under the wire. Getting saddled with post nine shouldn’t be a problem here as Kent can take a hold and drop behind this field and let him run as they leave the backside.
BRAVAZO and SNAPPER SINCLAIR were a nose apart in the Risen Start at 41-1 and 21-1 respectively. They battled from the time the gates opened and were still shoulder to shoulder at the wire. They shouldn’t be far away from each other again, but may find some others who want to be up on the engine as well. MARMELLO, HYNDFORD and DARK TEMPLAR may have to go early as well – especially ‘Templar who drew the far outside. NOBLE INDY stalked the pace of BRAVAZO and ‘SINCLAIR in the Risen Star, and now adds blinkers which could have him more involved early as well. HYNDFORD exits a key race as he was the runner up to MAGNUM MOON who came back to win his next start in the Rebel at Oaklawn to keep his record undefeated.
While MY BOY JACK should benefit from the possible pace scenario, his price will be short. GIVEMEAMINIT may be worth a long look at what should be long odds. He was 22-1 in the Risen Star, but never really had a chance as the first three horses out of the gate were also the first three to the wire. He was bumped at the start and then fanned wide at the quarter pole. JJ Castellano takes over in the irons, and with his late running style he could get involved for a piece at a big price for a trainer who has been known to do so over the years.
The Louisiana Derby goes at 4:21 MST.
On Sunday, there $800k Sunland Park Derby will take center stage from New Mexico. 12 have lined up for the recently graded race, and all of the top trainers from around the country have sent a charge. The morning line choice is ALL OUT BLITZ who drew the rail, but is just 4-1. There is seven horses between 4-1 and 8-1 on the morning line. It looks like anyone’s race.
The Sunland Derby goes as Race 11 at 5:15 p.m. MST.