Knicks Go Chasing Super Derby Win
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Article Courtesy of Emily Shields of TVG
The big day on the annual calendar at Louisiana Downs is this coming Saturday, September 7, with seven stakes races topped by the $300,000 Super Derby (G3). Last year, classy Lone Sailor used a second place effort in the race to finish sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs.
This year, the 1 1/16 mile contest drew KRA Stud Farm’s Knicks Go, runner up in the 2018 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He finished two and a quarter lengths behind even money favorite Game Winner that day, after winning the grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity in October. Knicks Go has gone on to bounce between Kentucky Derby prep races to ultimately settling in at the middle distances of a mile to 1 1/16. The Ben Colebrook-trainee was second last out in the Ellis Park Derby behind Gray Magician on August 11. He has only won twice in 11 starts, but has $710,925 in earnings to his credit.
The Steve Asmussen-trained Rotation broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in May, then ran fourth in allowance company before getting a little time off. He was fourth over this trip in the Prelude last out behind three horses also in this race: Leader of Men, Trevilion, and Paynt Battle. Asmussen will also start Vanglider, winner of the Charles Taylor Derby in Albuquerque July 20. He is one of two sons of Paynter in the race, and is three for eight lifetime.
Leader of Men has won four races in a row, and is unbeaten on this track. The gelded son of War Front – Refugee, by Unaccounted For, is trained by Jodie Hodges for Walpole Racing LLC. A 6-1 morning line shot, Leader of Men is four for 10 lifetime.
Trainer Al Stall, Jr. brings in Rescind, who is a two-time winner on the grass here. He was third on debut over the main track, but has since blossomed into a better horse, winning an allowance over the distance August 12. The three-year-old son of Blame is reunited with Joel Dominguez, who was aboard for his maiden victory July 6.
Paynt Battle was a 37-1 shot when he ran third, beaten two lengths, in the Prelude Stakes. He hasn’t won since breaking his maiden at the $12,500 level at Evangeline in April, but has finished no worse than fourth since then with two stakes placings. He is 30-1 on the morning line for this.
Trevilion rounds out the top contenders. Victor Arceneaux trains the son of Lone Star Special, who has three wins in five starts and ran second in the Prelude in his first try past a mile. Before that he took a seven furlong allowance at Evangeline.
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