Super Derby Picks and Preview
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Thu 08/09/2016 - 11:17 EDT
A familiar name from the 2016 Kentucky Derby trail is expected to go the gate for the Super Derby, as Mo Tom has been made the 7-5 favorite in the morning line.
Leading up to the Derby, the Tom Amoss trainee had a solid spring campaign, with a win in the (G3) Lecomte Stakes and a third-place run in the (G2) Risen Star, but seemed over his head in the Derby where he finished eighth. Following that effort, he came back to win the (G3) Ohio Derby over a somewhat weak field. While he appears to be top of the class here, he's been off since that race 11 weeks ago, and may be vulnerable because of it. The forecast for Saturday at Louisiana Downs is looking like a strong chance of rain as well, not the ideal conditions for a deep closer like Mo Tom.
Elsewhere in the field, Texas Chrome (7-2) has all the hallmarks of an improving colt, and has results of third, second and first in his last three efforts to show for it. The first two of those came in key races such as the (G3) Matt Winn Stakes and (G3) Ohio Derby, where he was the best of the rest up against top calibre entrants in Gun Runner and American Freedom, who came back to run 2-3 in the Travers Stakes. Dalmore (2-1) is second choice in the ML and should be able to set himself for a stalking trip in a race that lacks loads of early speed. Down on the inside, Whateverybodywants (6-1) is another improving sort, who finished second last out against a solid field in the (G2) West Virginia Derby.
The Super Derby goes Saturday, Sept. 3 from Louisiana Downs. Post time is 4:55 PM Eastern.
OTB Louisiana Picks
1) #5 Texas Chrome
2) #6 Dalmore
3) #1 Whateverybodywants
4) #2 Mo Tom
On Friday at Churchill Downs, the graded stakes action will begin with the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 1 will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven.
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $200,000 Distaff Handicap. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 3 event will be held at seven furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of seven.
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the featured race is the $75,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds bred in Florida, the seven furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the stakes action will kick off with the $150,000 Skip Away Stakes. Carded at a mile and an eighth on the main track, the Grade 3 has drawn a field of six colts and geldings.