Bet on the Super Derby
The Super Derby is the flagship race at Louisiana Downs. At its inception in 1980, it was the richest race ever created for three year-olds surpassing even the KY Derby with a $500,000 purse. The Grade 3 race for three-year-old colts and fillies is run at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt in September. In its 24 years, the Super Derby has attracted four Kentucky Derby winners, four Preakness winners, and five Belmont winners. Six Super Derby contestants have gone on to Breeder’s Cup Classic victories including: Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Tiznow, and Blame.
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2016 Super Derby Contenders
A field of seven is expected to go to the gate for the 2016 Super Derby, led by a pair of close favorites in Mo Tom (7-5) and Dalmore (2-1) in the morning line. Mo Tom has been off since late June after handily winning the Ohio Derby, after running eighth in the Kentucky Derby prior to that. He likes to come from well off the pace and would hope to have some speed to run at. However, he could be faced with a wet track on Saturday, a factor that doesn't usually suit deep closers. Dalmore, on the other hand, likes to stalk closer to the front and should be able to get the trip he wants in a race without a lot of early speed. Down on the rail, Whateverybodywants (6-1) has shown lots of recent improvement and ran well to get second in the West Virginia Derby at odds of 75-1. Texas Chrome (7-2) comes in off recent in-the-money finishes in a pair of key graded-stakes, and last out won the local prep for this race over a few others that are entered.
The Super Derby goes Saturday, Sept. 10 from Louisiana Downs. Post time is 4:55 PM Eastern.
Entries w/ ML Odds
1) Whateverybodywants (6-1)
2) Mo Tom (7-5)
3) Mending Fences (15-1)
4) Classy Bird (20-1)
5) Texas Chrome (7-2)
6) Dalmore (2-1)
7) Fort Pulaski (20-1)
Did you know?
The Super Derby is excellently positioned on the calendar to attract Triple Crown participants returning to the races following their spring and early summer campaigns. The race has been particularly useful as a Breeder’s Cup Classic prep for blossoming three-year olds preparing to tackle older runners in the fall. Six Super Derby winners have gone on to Breeder’s Cup Classic victories including: Alysheba, Sunday Silence, and Tiznow. In 2009, runner-up finisher Blame went on to win the Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland to cap his three-year old year. He would return as a four-year old to win the 2010 BC Classic over Zenyatta at Churchill Downs.
Louisiana native Al Stall, trainer of Blame, has won the Super Derby twice –My Pal Charlie (2008) and Departing (2013)-in recent years. Since 2000, only Saeed bin Suroor has trained multiple Super Derby winners including Regal Ransom in 2009 who made a comfortable lead and held off a furious late charge from Blame. Over the years, the distance of the Super Derby has fluctuated between a mile and a quarter and a mile and an eighth.