Jake Ballis’s Cigar Street,
scorching winner of a high-quality two-turn maiden special weight on
March 10 by 13 ¾ lengths, remains under consideration for the Louisiana
Derby, according to trainer
Steve Margolis, though a final decision on his next start will wait until the weekend.
The Street Sense colt, out of
Arcadiana, a mare who is a half-sister to the legendary
Cigar (both out of Solar
Slew, by Seattle Slew), will work Friday morning at about 6:30 a.m.,
shortly after a work by stablemate and Fair Grounds Oaks hopeful
Inny Minnie. That Hard Spun filly finished third in both the Silverbulletday and last month’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra.
MONDAY LOUISIANA DERBY WORKS
Z Dager, third in the Risen
Star and second in the Lecomte before that, worked six furlongs in 1:13
on Monday in company with stablemate
Nehro, last year’s
Louisiana Derby and Kentucky Derby runner-up preparing for his
4-year-old stakes debut in the April 1 $400,000 New Orleans Handicap
(Gr. II). The
Steve Asmussen-trained pair
worked on even terms through splits of :13 3/5, :25 4/5, :37 3/5, :49
3/5 and 1:01 4/5. They galloped out seven-eighths in 1:26.
Shared Property, third in the Lecomte and fifth in the Risen Star for trainer
Tom Amoss, had Monday’s
bullet five-furlong work in :59 3/5, breezing, more than a second better
than the next-fastest move of 20 at the distance that morning.
DERBY NOMS CLOSED SATURDAY
Final nominations for the Louisiana Derby closed Saturday with 79
nominations. Supplemental nominations are accepted up until entry day on
Monday for $50,000.
The full nomination list can be viewed on the “Stakes Nominations” page
under the “Racing” section at FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.