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2010 Super Derby

Jockey Jesse Campbell and trainer Al Stall, Jr are interviewed by Pat Cummings after winning the Super Derby with Apart

      Sunday Silence Stakes
      Happy Ticket Stakes

Date: 09/25/2010

The highlight race of the Louisiana Downs meeting is the $500,000 Super Derby (G2). A field of just 6 three-year-olds, the smallest in race history, went to post in this 1 1/8 mile main track feature, with Hurricane Ike sent off as the 8-5 favorite off a 4th place finish in the King's Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga after winning the Derby Trial (G3) at Churchill Downs. In to challenge him include undefeated Canadian invader Golden Moka at 2-1, winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie last out, and 5-2 third choice Apart, off a win n the Prelude Stakes, the major local prep for the Super Derby.

The post parade for the 2010 Super Derby

Jockey Joel Rosario sent favorite Hurricane Ike to the lead soon after the start, and he set easy fractions of 23.29, 49.09, and 1:14.63 while being pressed to his outside by Golden Moka. Entering the stretch, 9-2 Distorted Economy, third early, came up on the outside to challenge and took over the lead at the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:39.44 as Golden Moka tired. However, Apart, who sat in 4th early, closed with a rush on the outside to pass Distorted Economy late to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:52.31 over the fast track. It was another length back to favorite Hurricane Ike third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 3   Apart              Campbell      6.60    3.40  2.40
 6   Distorted Economy  Valenzuela            3.80  2.60
 4   Hurricane Ike      Rosario                     2.20

Winning Time:  1:52.31

$2 Exacta 3-6                32.20
$2 Trifecta 3-6-4            69.00
$2 Superfecta 3-6-4-1       366.40
Results Chart from DRF.

Apart in the winner's circle. His trainer Al Stall Jr. said, "It was a cold, rainy day at Churchill when this horse won his maiden race. and we all turned to each other and said, 'I think we have a Super Derby horse'. We figured Hurricane Ike was going to make a run like he did. The jock didn't want him to go to the front. We figured we could wait like we did. We just wanted to stay within striking distance." Stall said they would go next in the Fayette at Keeneland and then the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Left: Second place finisher Distorted Economy in the post parade. The 9-2 fourth choice sat 4th early under jockey Patrick Valenzuela 4 lengths off the pace, took a short lead mid-stretch but was no match for the winner. The Neil Drysdale trainee improved his record to 1 win, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 5 starts, earning $401,695 for owner-breeder Robert S. Evans.

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Hurricane Ike returns after the race. His jockey Joel Rosario said, "He stumbled a little bit coming out of the gate, so after that the outside horse pushed me the whole way. But he ran good."

Fifth place finisher and second choice in the betting Golden Moka in the post parade. He won the Prince of Wales Stakes in his previous start and was undefeated coming in to this race.

Dreamsrunwild wins the Sunday Silence Stakes in a four horse photo finish

Immediately before the Super Derby, a field of 10 two-year-olds contested the $100,000 Sunday Silence Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Aces N Kings was sent off as the 3-10 choice, undefeated in 5 starts including the Minstrel and the Sunny's Halo both at Louisiana Downs. In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice El Grayling, who broke his maiden last out at Ellis Park, and 12-1 third choice Dreamsrunwild off a second place finish behind Aces N Kings in the Sunny's Halo.

14-1 fourth choice Unitas, saving ground on the rail, battled on the front end with 19-1 Unbridled Sheriff through fractions of 23.51, 48.83, and 1:13.97, with favorite Aces N Kings stalking the pacesetters to their outside. Entering the stretch, Unitas tired as El Grayling, who sat 5th early, came up to take a short lead at the 1/8 pole. However, a cavalry charge ensued, with 5 horses finishing within 1/2 a length of the win. Officially, Dreamsrunwild finished a head in front of Aces N Kings second, in turn a nose back to Unbridled Sheriff third, a neck back to 23-1 Majestic Knight fourth, and a head back to El Grayling fifth. The running time was 1:44.43 over the firm course.

Results Chart from DRF.

Left: Jockey Iram Diego celebrates as Dreamsrunwild returns after winning the Sunday Silence.

Right: Dreamsrunwild in the winner's circle. His trainer Steven Duke said, "It was close. I was afraid it was going to be a dead heat. But I really liked our chances because he's a closing type. He really ran a big race for us." Duke said he could return to the main track in either the Louisiana Legacy for state-breds, or in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3), both on November 20 at Delta Downs.

Jazzy Jessy wins the Happy Ticket Stakes

The filly counterpart to the Sunday Silence is the $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes for juvenile fillies also going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. 16-1 Miss Kinderhook battled for the lead with 6-1 Tiger Girl through fractions of 23.07, 47.46, and 1:12.11. Entering the stretch Tiger Girl moved up to take the lead, but 8-1 Jazzy Jessy, 5th early under jockey Richard Eramia, closed with a rush on the outside to win by 3/4 length in 1:43.51. Tiger Girl held off late-running 4-1 Accept by a nose for second money. Winning trainer Keith Desormeaux said Jazzy Jessy would go next in the La Senorita Stakes at Retama Park.

Results Chart from DRF.

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