Revolutionary 3-1 favorite in full Louisiana Derby field;
Flashy Gray tops Oaks
Revolutionary, who overcame severe traffic
The nine-furlong contest is the feature event on the penultimate day of the New Orleans oval’s
This year’s milestone 100th Louisiana Derby festivities
The Louisiana Derby is worth 170 points — 100 for first, 40
Revolutionary, conditioned by five-time Eclipse
Award-winning and two-time Louisiana Derby-scoring trainer Todd Pletcher, will
be ridden by Javier Castellano, who was aboard for his Withers win. That was the
War Pass colt’s sophomore bow after closing out his juvenile season with an 8
1/2-length romp in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct.
Prior to that first win, Revolutionary ran third behind last month’s Grade 2
Fountain of Youth victor Orb in a maiden special weight contest at the Big A.
Orb is scheduled to return on Saturday as part of a 10-horse field in the Grade
1, $1 million Florida Derby.
Pegged as the 9-2 second choice in the Louisiana
Derby is Code West, who invaded from California last month
to finish second by a nose in Fair Grounds’ Grade 2 Risen Star as the
final local designed prep for Saturday’s showcase.
The Lemon Drop Kid ridgling, who is trained by Bob Baffert and will be ridden
by West Coast-based jockey Martin Garcia, was making his stakes bow in the Risen
Star. He entered that race off another runner-up effort in an optional claimer
at Santa Anita, where he finished second behind next out Grade 3 Southwest
scorer Super Ninety Nine.
Also exiting the Risen Star is Palace Malice, the third choice at 5-1 on the Louisiana Derby morning-line
Undefeated Departing and Titletown Five are the co-fourth choices on the early line at 8-1.
D. Wayne Lukas will send out Titletown Five with Jon Court handling the reins.
Ground Transport suffered his only career loss to Departing in his career
Louisiana-bred Sunbean will try to keep the Derby trophy in his homestate
following three stakes wins over the local oval. The bay son of Brahms bypassed
the Risen Star to run in the Gentilly on the undercard that day, and brings a
confidence-building, 4 3/4-length score, as well as jockey Colby Hernandez, from
that race into the Derby.
Golden Soul, a well-beaten second in the Grade 3 LeComte in his seasonal bow,
was just three lengths back in sixth in the Risen Star, and will have jockey
Calvin Borel taking over the mount in his third consecutive stakes try on
Hip Four Sixtynine will make his stakes bow in the Louisiana Derby off a 3
1/4-length maiden win going six furlongs over the track on February 23. He,
Texas Heritage fourth-placer Whiskey Bravo, OBS Championship runner-up Brazilian
Court and Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby second Nina’s Dragon are the co-longest
shots on the morning-line at 30-1.
Mylute and Proud Strike, the respective seventh- and eighth-place runners in
the Risen Star, complete the Louisiana Derby field.
Earlier on the card, Flashy Gray gets a chance to make amends for her runner-up
Four of the last eight winners of the Fair Grounds Oaks —
Prior to her Honeybee second-place effort, Flashy Gray had
The Flashy Bull filly is conditioned by
Capable of providing strong competition for Flashy Gray is
undefeated Unlimited Budget, who is already familiar to Fair Grounds
fans after capturing the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra last month with an
impressive 3 3/4-length tally for Pletcher. Installed as the 9-5 second
choice on the Oaks early line, the Street Sense bay was also 1 1/4 lengths the best in Aqueduct’s
Grade 2 Demoiselle last November, and will be ridden by Javier Castellano for
the first time Saturday.
Promise Me More will be looking to turn the tables on Unlimited Budget
following her second in the Rachel Alexandra, and the 10-1 morning-line shot
will keep Miguel Mena aboard for Saturday’s race.
Not to be discounted in the Fair Grounds Oaks is So Many Ways, who won Saratoga’s Grade
1 Spinaway and Grade 3 Schuylerville last summer to complete an undefeated juvenile campaign.
Established as the 6-1 third choice on the early Oaks line, the Sightseeing miss suffered
from a poor start in her only appearance as a sophomore in the Primal Force at
Gulfstream on March 1 and finished third.
So Many Ways is trained by Tony Dutrow and will have Hernandez Jr. in the
Joining her in the starting gate will be Seaneen
Girl, who hasn’t been seen in competition since taking the Grade 2 Golden Rod
under the Twin Spires last November; Blue Violet, third in the Rachel Alexandra
in her stakes bow for trainer Larry Jones; and stakes victress Ante Up Annie,
who was runner-up in the Azalea earlier this month at Delta Downs.