Louisiana Derby Still a Major Prep for Delayed Kentucky Derby
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Even though the 2020 Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September 5, the prep races continue on. This weekend is the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at the Fair Grounds, which can we watched and wagered on live with TVG. 14 horses and two also eligible runners have been drawn for the wide open 1 1/8-mile race.
#1 Major Fed (8-1) is coming off a second-place effort behind Modernist in a division of the Risen Star (G2). Greg Foley trains the son of Ghostzapper, who broke his maiden here impressively on New Year’s Day in his second start.
#2 Mailman Money (15-1) was fourth in the same Risen Star division. The $150,000 son of Goldencents is trained by Bret Calhoun. He won his first two starts, including a nearly six length thrashing of an allowance here.
#3 Wells Bayou (8-1) is trained by Brad Cox. He broke his maiden first out at Keeneland, then ran poorly as a 2-1 shot in a Churchill allowance before winning an Oaklawn Park allowance by four lengths. He ran second in the Southwest (G3) on February 17 in prep for this. Florent Geroux rides.
#4 Chestertown (15-1) is trained by Steve Asmussen, and is coming off a neck loss around nine furlongs in an optional claimer on February 15. He was favored that day, and the horse that beat him is back for this. He is a son of Tapit.
#5 Social Afleet (50-1) is the longshot of the field, but is coming off a recent win here around two turns against restricted company.
#6 Shake Some Action (15-1) is Cox’s second runner. He has won two in a row, both here, with the first being a maiden on the grass and then an optional claimer over nine furlongs on February 15.
#7 Sharecropper (20-1) is an Al Stall-trainee who broke his maiden second out at Churchill Downs, then ran fourth behind Shae Some Action and Chestertown last out.
#8 Royal Act (10-1) ships in from California. He was second in the Robert B Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita last out behind Thousand Words, who disappointed in the San Felipe in March. Royal Act was flying late in the lane of the Santa Anita race after a late start.
#9 Portos (8-1) comes in for Todd Pletcher after running third in the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct. He broke his maiden there by nearly 11 lengths.
#10 Enforceable (7-2) is the choice after winning the Lecomte (G3) here on January 18. He was second as the favorite in his edition of the Risen Star; winner Mr. Monomoy is now off the Triple Crown trail. Mark Casse trains the son of Tapit, who is a half-brother to Mohaymen and New Year’s Day.
#11 Ny Traffic (15-1) puts the blinkers on for this. Joseph Saffie Jr trains.
#12 Lynn’s Map (30-1) was sixth in the Risen Star and fifth in the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn in January. He had won two in a row before that.
#13 Silver State (6-1) is a $450,000 son of Hard Spun trained by Asmussen. He was second in the Lecomte and third in the Risen Star after breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs by nearly ten lengths.
#14 Modernist (6-1) gets hung out wide here, but was the 12-1 winner of his division of the Risen Star. Bill Mott trains for the Wygods. Modernist, by Uncle Mo, has won two in a row and has early foot. He has worked three straight bullets at Payson Park.
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