The final round of Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve prep races kicks off this Saturday with the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Though the race is a Grade 2 stakes, last year’s winner Girvin went on to win the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, while 2016 winner Gun Runner finished third in the Kentucky Derby and a year later won the Breeders’ Cup Classic en route to a Horse of the Year title.
Is the 2018 winner destined for great things? Get ready for this year’s edition with a look at the facts and figures surrounding the race.
1 1/8 miles- The distance of the race.
1:48.8- The fastest time the race has been completed in at its current distance. Clev Er Tell set the record in 1977.
2- The race was run as the Crescent City Derby on two occasions: its inaugural edition in 1894 and 14 years later in 1908.
2- The number of Louisiana Derby wins by Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey to win the race.
3- The record number of Louisiana Derby wins each by trainers Steve Asmussen and Todd Pletcher. Asmussen has Retirement Fund and Snapper Sinclair in this year’s race, while Pletcher has Noble Indy and Hyndford.
5- Five of the last 10 winners went off as the betting favorite, and seven of the last 10 were sent off at odds of $3.90-to-1 or lower.
8 lengths- The biggest margin of victory ever in the race, when City Line won in 1963.
11- The number of times the race has been decided by a nose, most recently when Repent defeated Easyfromthegitgo in 2002.
13- The number of wins from the lucky No. 7 post position, more than any other post. Snapper Sinclair exits post 7 this year.
42- The betting favorite has won the race in 42 of the 89 runnings since 1920, good for a 47 percent win rate.
70%- Seven of the last 10 Louisiana Derby winners (70%) exited the Risen Star, and an eighth ran in the Risen Star but squeezed in a start in the Black Gold Stakes before winning the Louisiana Derby.
100- The number of Kentucky Derby qualifying points the Louisiana Derby winner receives, virtually guaranteeing the horse a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate. The second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers get 40, 20, and 10 points respectively.
105th- This year is the 105th running of the Louisiana Derby.
$220.80- The record payout on a $2 win wager when Hero of Order won the race at odds of 109.40-1 in 2012. It was one of just two wins in his 24-race career.
1996- The last time the Louisiana Derby winner also won the Kentucky Derby, when Grindstone completed the double. Black Gold (1924) is the only other horse to win both races.
$1,000,000- Total guaranteed purse of the Louisiana Derby, with $600,000 to the winner.