This Saturday marks the biggest day of the meet at Louisiana Downs with five stake races and plenty of solid wagering opportunities.
The main attraction is the Grade 3 $400,000 Super Derby at nine furlongs. Although the Super Derby didn’t attract many big name three year-olds that we’ve come to know throughout the summer, it’s still a competitive field with some late bloomers and a couple who seem to knocking on the door.
Headlining the field of seven in the Super Derby is Mo Tom (Uncle Mo) who is the 7-5 morning line favorite. With a record of 9: 4-0-3 and earnings of $591,526, this Tom Amoss trained colt went through an unlucky streak during the road to the Kentucky Derby. After several bad trips in Louisiana and Kentucky, he resurfaced with a convincing three length win in the $500,000 Ohio Derby. On Saturday, the son of Uncle Mo will team up with Joe Bravo. This colt consistently puts in a gritty effort and many consider him highly underrated. Facing him will be six other runners , including Dalmore and Texas Chrome.
Dalmore (2-1) is making a class drop in the Super Derby, previously facing the likes of California Chrome, Beholder, and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic where he finished a decent fifth. He has done well in his recent starts with an allowance win in late May and then a very good performance in his first stakes win in the Affirmed (G3) at Santa Anita on July 2nd where he earned a strong 103 BRIS Speed rating. The Keith Desormeaux-trained son of Colonel John will be piloted by regular rider Kent Desormeaux. With a record of 12: 3-3-0 with earnings of $207,302 this colt is on the improve and appears to be the main threat to Mo Tom.
Texas Chrome (7-2) is another colt that is knocking on the door as a horse with a lot of potential. With a record of 11:6-1-3 and earnings of $362,462 this colt has been very consistent throughout his career. He may be at an advantage in the fact that he has already tested Louisiana Downs’ track. In the Super Derby Prelude Stakes on August 6 he won nicely over Sharp Azteca and Mending Fences. This son of Grasshopper is very intriguing and deserves respect here.
Rapidly developing Whateverybodywants (6-1) is entering the race coming off of a nice runner-up effort in the West Virginia Derby against the highly regarded Cupid. With a record of 5:2-1-1 and earnings of $239,970 this Giant Oak son has done little wrong and has run well against solid horses.
Other runners in the field include Mending Fences (20-1), Classy Bird (30-1) and Fort Pulaski (40-1) who have all ran at Louisiana Downs before.
Overall, the Louisiana Downs Saturday card is stacked with nice races. The Unbridled, The River Cities, The Sunday Silence, and The Happy Ticket are other stakes full of good competition that will make Saturday an awesome day of racing in the Pelican State.