2020 Louisiana Derby Cheat Sheet

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The field for the 2019 Louisiana Derby wheels into the homestretch, with eventual winner By My Standards (second from right, ‘T’ on jockey cap) stalking behind the leaders and ready to pounce. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Saturday’s $1 million, Grade 1 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby is the final prep race at Fair Grounds offering qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, and it’s the first race in the points series that boosts the distribution to a total of 170 points.

weekend Television schedule

Friday, March 20: 1:30-3 p.m. ET on FS2; 3-6:30 p.m. ET on FS1; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, March 21: 1:30-6:30 p.m. ET on FS1; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, March 22: 1:30-6:30 p.m. ET on FS1; post time varies on TVG

Those are distributed to the top four finishers on a scale of 100-40-20-10, which means finishing first or second should be good enough to reserve a spot in the 20-horse Derby starting gate, based on past Derbys since the points series was launched in 2013.

Although the 142nd Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled to Sept. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Churchill Downs announced it will honor the points accrued in the qualifying race series.

A full field of 14 horses, plus two also-eligibles, is entered in the 1 3/16-mile mile Louisiana Derby, which is a half-furlong longer this year than the race’s usual 1 1/8 miles. Seven of them (plus the also-eligibles) exit the two divisions of the Feb. 15 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford at Fair Grounds, the local Louisiana Derby prep. The race also features three contenders coming in from out of state, one each shipping in from Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita Park, and Aqueduct.

The Louisiana Derby has twice sent winners on to win the Kentucky Derby: Black Gold (1924) and Grindstone (1996). Other notable winners include Risen Star (1988) and Gun Runner (2016).

The 107th Louisiana Derby has a scheduled post time of 5:49 p.m. ET and will be televised live on TVG.

Read on for information about all 16 Louisiana Derby contenders, presented in post-position order. 


1. Major Fed (8-1)

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Trainer: Greg Foley

Owner: Lloyd Madison Farms

Career record: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Career earnings: $116,500

Earnings per start: $38,833

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 96

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 20

Pedigree: Ghostzapper – Bobby’s Babe, by Smart Strike

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Major Fed enters the Louisiana Derby off of an encouraging runner-up finish in the second division of the Feb. 15 Risen Star Stakes. He stalked the pace through the far turn and angled out to take aim on pacesetter Modernist, but could not catch that foe while outfinishing third-place Ny Traffic by a neck. That trio, plus three others from that second division, return for the Louisiana Derby, and this son of Ghostzapper still has a lot of untapped potential that makes him a solid longshot play on Saturday. Julien Leparoux hops off to ride Enforceable as he has done for that colt’s two prior stakes tries at Fair Grounds, but top rider Joel Rosario picks up the mount on Major Fed, a big plus in a full-field race where jockey strategy will be key. Look for Major Fed to break sharply and then save ground under Rosario through the first mile, and then try to find a spot for his stretch run as the field turns for home. 


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2. Mailman Money (15-1)

Jockey: Gabriel Saez

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Owner: Allied Racing Stable

Career record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $95,012

Earnings per start: $31,671

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 97

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 5

Pedigree: Goldencents – Running Debi C, by Unbridled’s Song

Color: Bay

Running style: Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Mailman Money was backed to the tune of 5-1 in the second division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15, and he remained in contention from a stalking position until midstretch, finishing fourth behind Modernist, Major Fed, and Ny Traffic. That was a respectable effort, and it makes his morning-line odds of 15-1 in the Louisiana Derby very appealing as he squares off with those horses again along with several other accomplished runners. Mailman Money entered the Risen Star off of two consecutive wins to start his career, including a 5 ¾-length score in a one mile and 70-yard allowance optional claiming race on Jan. 12 at Fair Grounds. If he can move forward after gaining experience in his first stakes try, this son of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldencents could give his connections a second consecutive upset win in the Louisiana Derby. Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing Stable, trainer Bret Calhoun, and jockey Gabriel Saez teamed up to win last year’s edition with By My Standards. Saez also rode Friesan Fire to victory in 2009. 


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3. Wells Bayou (8-1)

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owners: Clint Gasaway, Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables

Career record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $245,293

Earnings per start: $61,323

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 101

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 4

Pedigree: Lookin At Lucky – Whispering Angel, by Hard Spun

Color: Bay

Running style: Pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: This Lookin At Lucky colt ships in from Oaklawn Park off of a very good runner-up effort to Silver Prospector in the Feb. 17 Southwest Stakes. He set a solid pace in that 1 1/16-mile Derby points race and gamely held on until deep stretch, finishing second by one length. Now, Wells Bayou extends out another eighth of a mile in a bid to add to his total of four Derby qualifying points, and he has a solid pedigree to do just that; his female family is highlighted by 2007 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown. Florent Geroux retains the mount on Wells Bayou, and he will probably send him straight to the lead once again. The other two runners possessing stakes-caliber early speed, Ny Traffic and Modernist, are drawn to the far outside, which should give this colt an advantage in determining how the field arranges itself through the backstretch. Wells Bayou is a must-use in exotic bets, and an intriguing win candidate at nice odds if he can dictate a modest pace on Saturday. Geroux rode 2016 Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner.  


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4. Chestertown (15-1)

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owners: West Point Thoroughbreds, Chester Broman Sr., Mary Broman, Woodford Racing, Siena Farm and Robert Masiello

Career record: 4 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $61,540

Earnings per start: $15,385

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 93

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 0

Pedigree: Tapit – Artemis Agrotera, by Roman Ruler

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: This son of leading sire Tapit, a $2 million purchase as a 2-year-old, steps up in class after racing twice at Fair Grounds to kick off his 3-year-old season. He finished third in January in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race (placed second after the winner was disqualified) and then was second by a neck to Shake Some Action in a 1 1/8-mile allowance optional claiming race on Feb. 15. He faces that winner again Saturday, along with several runners from both divisions of the Risen Star Stakes that were held later on the same Feb. 15 card at the same distance and produced faster final times. Chestertown has a lot of untapped potential and an eye-catching pedigree; his dam, Artemis Agrotera, earned nearly a million dollars on the track and won two Grade 1 races, and his extended female family includes Grade 1-winning router and good sire Stephen Got Even. Getting the services of Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is a big boost, but this colt will still need to improve significantly against a very tough field to pull the upset Saturday. Velazquez has won this race twice, aboard Circular Quay in 2007 and Noble Indy in 2018, and he finished second riding Spinoff last year. Fellow Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen has won the Louisiana Derby three times: Fifty Stars (2001); Pyro (2008); and Gun Runner (2016). 


5. Social Afleet (50-1)

Jockey: Adam Beschizza

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Owner: Valene Farms

Career record: 7 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $64,068

Earnings per start: $9,153

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 77

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 0

Pedigree: Northern Afleet – So Social, by Proud Truth

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: On the plus side, Social Afleet brings a solid Fair Grounds record into Saturday’s race, having won two of his most recent three starts at the New Orleans track. On the cautionary side, all three of those races came against Louisiana-breds, and he’ll be facing a significantly tougher field in the Louisiana Derby. After showing little in four starts in New York and Kentucky, this Northern Afleet colt turned it around in his native state, breaking his maiden, finishing third in a state-bred allowance, and then winning one on Feb. 29 where he changed racing tactics and led throughout. All three of those starts came in two-turn races with Equibase Speed Figures ranging from 70 to 77 (his last race). Dallas Stewart is a Fair Grounds mainstay going back well over 20 years, and won the 1999 Louisiana Derby with Kimberlite Pipe. But Social Afleet hasn’t shown the level of talent to compete with most of the rest of this year’s field, and will be a longshot with a very slim chance to win when the gates open. 


6. Shake Some Action (15-1)

Jockey: Colby Hernandez

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owner: Rupp Racing

Career record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $62,700

Earnings per start: $20,900

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 89

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 0

Pedigree: Into Mischief – Tiz a Chick, by Tiznow

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: The second Brad Cox trainee entered in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby has less big-race experience than Wells Bayou but, like that runner, carries a lot of upside. Lightly raced, he’s won both starts this year, and each of them has come at 1 1/8 miles. He closed well after a bad start to win a turf maiden race at Fair Grounds by 1 ½ lengths on Jan. 18, and then made a successful switch to dirt and took an allowance optional claiming race by a neck over Chestertown, who he will match up against again Saturday. This Into Mischief colt has a solid pedigree: His dam is a half-sister (same dam [mother], different sire [father]) to Grade 2 winner Tizahit and is a close relation to recent star filly Come Dancing, with champion filly Folklore farther down the family tree. His Equibase Speed Figures have been on a steady climb, and he’s got a good young jockey with plenty of Fair Grounds experience on hand in Colby Hernandez, who is tied for second in wins and ranks third in earnings at the current meet through March 17. These attributes make Shake Some Action an intriguing longshot to use in exacta and trifecta tickets, with appeal that extends beyond fans of the cult ‘60s-‘70s band Flamin’ Groovies, whose most popular song is his namesake. 


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7. Sharecropper (20-1)

Jockey: Miguel Mena

Trainer: Al Stall Jr.

Owner: Spendthrift Farm

Career record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $58,469

Earnings per start: $19,490

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 88

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 0

Pedigree: Pioneerof the Nile – Blue Violet, by Curlin

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Sharecropper enters the Louisiana Derby out of the same Feb. 15 allowance optional claiming race won by Shake Some Action over Chestertown. This Pioneerof the Nile colt finished fourth, four lengths behind Shake Some Action, in his 3-year-old debut. He ran into some trouble in early stretch and lost momentum in that race, and should improve with a better trip on Saturday. The problem is that Sharecropper, along with his two foes, will be taking a big class jump against stakes-experienced runners in the Louisiana Derby, and his career-top Equibase Speed Figure of 88 (earned in his sharp maiden win last fall at Churchill Downs) will need to rise by about 15 points to give him a shot at reaching the winner’s circle. He has a solid pedigree for routing and a trainer in Al Stall who is known for patiently developing his horses and rarely putting them in races that they don’t have a chance at winning. Sharecropper will be among the Louisiana Derby longshots, but he could hit the board and earn some Kentucky Derby points if he improves in his second start of the year. Jockey Miguel Mena won the 2015 Louisiana Derby aboard International Star. 



8. Royal Act (10-1)

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

Trainer: Peter Eurton

Owner: C R K Stable

Career record: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $52,844

Earnings per start: $17,615

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 106

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 4

Pedigree: American Pharoah – True Feelings, by Latent Heat

Color: Bay

Running style: Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Royal Act ships to New Orleans from California off of a very good second-place finish to Thousand Words in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 1, and based on Equibase Speed Figures this West Coast invader’s morning-line Louisiana Derby odds of 10-1 look very enticing. The Robert B. Lewis marked his first start as a 3-year-old, following only two starts last year, both on turf. He broke slowly in the 1 1/16-mile Robert B. Lewis but rallied well in the stretch to edge High Velocity for second and appeared to relish both the surface and the route distance. Royal Act’s pedigree is also geared for running long; his sire, of course, won the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and his female family is highlighted by Grade 1 winners and champions Lookin At Lucky and Wait a While. Even though Thousand Words disappointed in his next start, proving no threat to Authentic in the San Felipe Stakes, in general California horses have continued to shine on the road to the Kentucky Derby as they so often have in recent years, and Royal Act shapes up as a major threat on Saturday.  


9. Portos (8-1)

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owners: Wertheimer and Frere

Career record: 5 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $93,900

Earnings per start: $18,780

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 97

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 2

Pedigree: Tapit – Fierce Boots, by Tiznow

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Just as Royal Act’s presence in the Louisiana Derby will prove a test of California-based horses’ form on the road to the Kentucky Derby, so too will Portos give an indication of the quality of New York-based runners. He ships in from Aqueduct off of a third-place finish behind Max Player and Shotski in the Feb. 1, 1 1/8-mile Withers Stakes, where he ran on late but checked in 3 ¾ lengths behind the winner. Prior to that, he broke his maiden by 10 ¾ lengths at the same track and distance, which was his fourth career start. Interestingly, Portos has made all of his five starts at distances of 1 1/16 miles or longer, and his pedigree supports that focus on routing, as his sire Tapit has been responsible for three of the past six Belmont Stakes winners and his dam’s family includes two-turn stakes winners Miss Shop and Power Broker among a number of top-class horses. His Equibase Speed Figures are on an upward climb and he gets the reigning two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. to boost his chances as Saturday. As it stands right now, the form of New York-based Kentucky Derby contenders aside from Tiz the Law (now racing in Florida) is indeed questionable, but keep in mind that Modernist shipped in from the Big Apple to win the second division of the Risen Star Stakes last month Fair Grounds. Portos is likewise an appealing longshot in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby. Todd Pletcher has won this race four times: Circular Quay (2007); Mission Impazible (2010); Revolutionary (2013); and Noble Indy (2018). 


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10. Enforceable (7-2)

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: John Oxley

Career record: 8 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $347,150

Earnings per start: $43,394

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 97

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 33

Pedigree: Tapit – Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: The morning-line favorite in a very strong Louisiana Derby, Enforceable has found his form at Fair Grounds after racing competitively in major stakes races last fall without a win. He impressed in his first start at 3 with a late-running 1 ½-length score in the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 18, and then closed again, but too late, to catch front-running Mr. Monomoy (currently out of training with a minor injury) in the first division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15. This colt, bred for long distance, is clearly the best pick to hit the board on Saturday, but as a closer he’ll have to get a good trip through a crowded field when the stretch running begins. Julien Leparoux has been in the irons for both of Enforceable’s stakes tries, and should have him situated in a comfortable spot through the backstretch behind the first and second rank of horses before beginning to push him forward through the far turn. He already has 33 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby, which put him in good stead for the original May 2 race, but now with the postponement he may need more to feel safe. Even if he doesn’t win, Enforceable is a good bet to add to his point total Saturday.


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11. Ny Traffic (15-1)

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.

Owners: John Fanelli, Cash is King, LC Racing and Paul Braverman

Career record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $136,970

Earnings per start: $22,828

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 97

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 10

Pedigree: Cross Traffic – Mamie Reilly, by Graeme Hall

Color: Gray or roan

Running style: Pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Ny Traffic projects as one of the main pace factors in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby, although he’ll have to break well and move inward soon to get a good position and not get caught wide in the first turn. This colt has the early speed to do just that based on his two most recent starts, and he’ll add blinkers for Saturday’s race. Ny Traffic led wire to wire in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race on Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park – his first start for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. – and then set a contested pace breaking from post position 11 in the second division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds, only to yield late to pace-pressing Modernist and also to runner-up Major Fed. Modernist broke from the inside post in the Risen Star, and saved ground throughout while Ny Traffic raced three-wide, and that disparity was a factor in the late going. Saturday, Modernist will draw even further outside than Ny Traffic in post 14 barring scratches, which should set up an interesting chess match between Luis Saez on Ny Traffic and Junior Alvarado on Modernist very early out of the gate. This colt has shown that he’s too competitive to leave off of exacta and trifecta tickets, and Saez is one of the best front-end riders in the business, but Ny Traffic will have to run a career-best race on Saturday to post the upset against a very tough field. 


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12. Lynn’s Map (30-1)

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud

Career record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $100,012

Earnings per start: $20,002

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 92

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 0

Pedigree: Liam’s Map – Puxa Saco, by Dehere

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Lynn’s Map is another Louisiana Derby starter exiting the second division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15. Sent off at 18-1, he saved some ground, swung out in early stretch, and made up some ground to finish sixth, four lengths behind winning Modernist. That colt and the horses that finished second (Major Fed), third (Ny Traffic), fourth (Mailman Money), and fifth (Mr. Big News, also-eligible) all return for Saturday’s big race, and it’s hard to see Lynn’s Map turning the tables on all of them plus major contenders Enforceable and Silver State from the Risen Star’s first division. He has shown stakes-caliber talent before, defeating first-division Risen Star winner Mr. Monomoy (and recent Rebel Stakes runner-up Excession) in a Churchill Downs allowance last fall. So far this year, however, this Mark Casse trainee has disappointed. He’ll need a major turnaround in recent form to be a threat in a stacked renewal of the Louisiana Derby. 


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13. Silver State (6-1)

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing

Career record: 4 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $136,106

Earnings per start: $34,027

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 99

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 14

Pedigree: Hard Spun – Supreme, by Empire Maker

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Silver State continues to build his bankroll and pick up Kentucky Derby points here and there without breaking through with a performance that would stamp him as a leading Triple Crown contender. He’s yet to run a bad race through only four starts, but hasn’t been to the winner’s circle since winning his debut in a dead heat with Relentless Dancer last September at Churchill Downs. This year, he’s hit the board in two Kentucky (and Louisiana) Derby preps at Fair Grounds, finishing second to Enforceable in the Lecomte Stakes after a poor start and then third behind Mr. Monomoy and Enforceable in the first division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15. He’s got a good stalking running style and a jockey in Ricardo Santana Jr. who has ridden him for all of his starts in his corner on Saturday, along with a solid pedigree (2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos is a notable female family member). Could the Louisiana Derby be Silver State’s coming-out party on the road to the Kentucky Derby?  He’s a must-use in exacta tickets and anything beyond that, at the very least. Steve Asmussen has won the Louisiana Derby three times, with Fifty Stars (2001), Pyro (2008), and Gun Runner (2016). Winchell Thoroughbreds owned Pyro and co-owned Gun Runner. 


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14. Modernist (6-1)

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Trainer: Bill Mott

Owners: Martin and Pam Wygod

Career record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $288,800

Earnings per start: $72,200

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 93

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50

Pedigree: Uncle Mo – Symbolic Gesture, by Bernardini

Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Pacesetter/press the pace

Notable achievements and interesting facts: This New York-based son of champion Uncle Mo pulled off the upset in the second division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15, enjoying a perfect trip after breaking from the inside post and saving ground in a pace-pressing position. He moved past front-running Ny Traffic in early stretch and held Major Fed at bay late, winning by a length, and now faces several horses from that Risen Star heat plus two main contenders from the Risen Star’s first division in a Louisiana Derby rematch. This time, Modernist will break from the far outside, but as Hall of Famer Bill Mott pointed out to Fair Grounds media, the extended 1 3/16-mile distance of this year’s Louisiana Derby will give jockey Junior Alvarado more time to get his colt running out of the gate and steer him leftward to move in and save ground. Modernist figures to sit close to probable pacesetters Wells Bayou and Ny Traffic through the backstretch, and he has displayed a good second gear when coming out of the far turn in both of his starts this year (his first being a four-length win at Aqueduct at 1 1/8 miles). Modernist is certainly a major player in this race, but the presence of horses such as Enforceable, Silver State, and Royal Act in addition to his familiar foes from Feb. 15 make scoring a repeat stakes win at Fair Grounds a tall order. Fortunately, even with the delay of the Kentucky Derby, Modernist’s 50 qualifying points should be good enough to get him to the starting gate in September. Mott has won two Louisiana Derbys, going way back to Taylor’s Special in 1984 and Richman in 1991. 


15. Mr. Big News (SCRATCHED)

Jockey: Robby Albarado

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Owner: Allied Racing Stable

Career record: 5 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Career earnings: $47,053

Earnings per start: $9,411

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 91

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 0

Pedigree: Giant’s Causeway – Unappeased, by Galileo

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Mr. Big News made up some ground late to finish a non-threatening fifth in the second division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15 at odds of 44.30-1. If he draws into the Louisiana Derby, he’ll face all four horses that finished ahead of him plus several other more accomplished contenders. He’ll also break from an outside post, but that should not be a major obstacle to his already longshot chances since he’s a deep closer and will sit well back of most of the field before mounting a stretch run. This son of the late, great Giant’s Causeway has a good distance pedigree and is a sneaky-good runner to fill out a superfecta ticket, but anything more would be a major surprise. Trainer Bret Calhoun, who also conditions Mailman Money, won last year’s Louisiana Derby with Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards. Robby Albarado was aboard Louisiana Derby winner Kimberlite Pipe in 1999. 


16. Farmington Road (SCRATCHED)

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owners: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta and  Chrysalis Stables

Career record: 4 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $45,000

Earnings per start: $11,250

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 100

Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 5

Pedigree: Quality Road – Silver La Belle, by Langfuhr

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: If he draws in, Farmington Road will be a worthy longshot play in the Louisiana Derby, although he’ll be battling to overcome a far outside post, not to mention several horses with better credentials as win candidates. He ran a decent, but non-threatening fourth behind Mr. Monomoy, Enforceable, and Silver State in the first division of the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 15, sitting farther off the pace than in his first three starts and having to swing eight-wide into the stretch for his closing rally. Look for Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano to do everything possible to get Farmington Road, who adds blinkers for this race, a more prominent position among a crowded field heading into the first turn so he won’t get caught extremely wide. This son of Quality Road has talent, as displayed in his eye-catching maiden win at Tampa Bay Downs back in January, but is still developing. He’s definitely one to watch as the now-longer Kentucky Derby prep season unfolds. Todd Pletcher also trains Portos and has won this race four times: Circular Quay (2007); Mission Impazible (2010); Revolutionary (2013); and Noble Indy (2018). Castellano’s lone Louisiana Derby win came aboard Revolutionary. 

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