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Louisiana Derby: Field Taking Shape

Fair Grounds Race Course
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E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Discreetly Mine, winner of Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 20 as the strong second choice of the fans; WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer, fourth in that same test as the post time favorite; and Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek, who finished sixth as the locally-based third choice that day; are all still considered likely for the 97th running of the Grade II Louisiana Derby now a week and a half away on March 27.

 

Discreetly Mine is trained by Todd Pletcher, Drosselmeyer is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, and Ron the Greek is from the barn of Tom Amoss, the only conditioner to date in Fair Grounds history who has won nine training titles at the Crescent City oval.

 

Also expected back out of the Risen Star for the Louisiana Derby are Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Stay Put, fifth in the Risen Star as a Steve Margolis trainee, and Bob Zollars and Mark Wagner’s Letsgetitonmon, conditioned by Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmusssen and eighth in that same final designed local prep for the centerpiece event of the Fair Grounds’ season. Previously, Letsgetitonmon finished third in Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes Jan. 23

 

According to Fair Grounds’ stakes coordinator Scott Jones, new stakes-placed starters expected to ship in from other venues for the Louisiana Derby include Edward Evans’ A Little Warm, an Anthony Dutrow trainee who was second by a neck in Gulfstream’s Grade II Hutcheson Stakes Feb. 20; Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable’s The Program, third in Santa Anita’s Grade III Sham Stakes March 5 as a Bob Baffert trainee; and Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Mission Impazible, fourth in Oaklawn’s Grade III Southwest Stakes Feb. 20 and, like Discreetly Mine, trained by Pletcher.

 

Also now on the probable list for the Louisiana Derby – which with its new $750,000 purse will be the richest Thoroughbred race ever run in Louisiana – are Marylou Whitney Stables’ Wow Wow Wow, a D. Wayne Lukas trainee who was eighth in Aqueduct’s Grade III Gotham March 6 after making the pace; and Lothenbach Stables’ Mister Marti Gras, who broke his maiden over the Stall-Wilson turf course in his last start Feb. 10 and is trained by Neil Pessin.

 

Jody Slew Heads Probable Starters for Fair Grounds Oaks March 26


Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew heads the list of probable starters for the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks March 26, and if she wins it, she would become the first horse in history to sweep all three legs of the New Orleans sophomore series that began with the $75,000 Tiffany Lass on Jan. 23 and continued with the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes Feb. 20.

 

However, sure to provide strong competition for Jody Slew once again is Mark Stanley’s Quiet Temper, who led in all but the last jump of the Silverbulletday before being beaten by a nose at the wire. Previously, Quiet Temper had finished fifth in the Tiffany Lass.

 

Jody Slew is trained by locally-based Bret Calhoun and Quiet Temper is from the barn of Dale Romans.

 

Invading members of the sophomore distaff set (with respective trainers in parentheses) expected to challenge Jody Slew and Quiet Temper at this time – according to stakes coordinator Scott Jones – include Edward Evans’ Mambo Fever (Anthony Dutrow), third in Gulfstream’s Grade II Davona Dale Stakes Feb. 27; Starlight Partners’ Ailalea (Todd Pletcher), sixth in Gulfstream’s Grade II Forward Gal Jan. 31 but winner of Aqueduct’s Grade III Tempted Stakes last  November; Millennium Farms’ Camille’s Appeal (Steve Asmussen), third in Sam Houston’s $125,000 Two Altazano Stakes Feb. 20 but winner of Retama’s $125,000 Darby’s Daughter Texas Stallion Stakes last September; Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Title (Dallas Stewart), who broke her maiden by 6 1/2-lengths on Feb. 28 at Fair Grounds; and Southern Equine Stables’ Champagne d’Oro (Eric Guillot), who broke her maiden at last asking Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds.

 


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