Inside the Numbers: 2019 Louisiana Derby

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Two-time Louisiana Derby winning jockey Rosie Napravnik is pictured in the winner's circle with Pants On Fire in 2011. This year's Louisiana Derby is Saturday, March 23.
Two-time Louisiana Derby winning jockey Rosie Napravnik is pictured in the winner's circle with Pants On Fire in 2011. This year's Louisiana Derby is Saturday, March 23. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve is less than seven weeks away, and the final round of prep races kicks off this Saturday in New Orleans. The Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds offers Derby qualifying points and a hefty purse for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls, including War of Will, Country House, and Spinoff.

Get ready for this year’s edition with a look at the facts and stats surrounding the race.

- The number of Louisiana Derby wins to date for trainer Mark Casse, who brings expected favorite War of Will into the race on a three-race winning streak.

1 1/8 miles - The distance of the race.

1:48.80 - The fastest time the race has been completed at its current distance. Clev Er Tell set the record in 1977.

- The race was run as the Crescent City Derby on two occasions: in 1894 and 14 years later in 1908.

- The number of Louisiana Derby wins by Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey to win the race.

- Three of the last four Louisiana Derby winners also won the local prep for the race, the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford. This year’s Risen Star winner? War of Will.

War of Will
War of Will (Eclipse Sportswire)

- The record number of Louisiana Derby wins by trainer Todd Pletcher, including last year with Noble Indy. Pletcher has Spinoff in this year’s race.

- 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.

- The number of Risen Star runners who are also entered to compete in the Lousiana Derby, including the top three finishers War of Will, Country House, and Roiland.

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.

42 - The betting favorite has won the race in 42 of the 90 runnings since 1920, good for a 46.7 percent win rate.

70% - Seven of the last 10 Louisiana Derby winners (70 percent) 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.

$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.

1894 - The first year the race was run, making this year the 106th running.

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.

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