Vicar's in Trouble returns after winning the Super Derby
The highlight race of the Louisiana Downs meeting is the $400,000 Super Derby (G2), celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. A field of 11 three-year-olds went 1 1/8 miles on the main track in Bossier City on Saturday, under cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 90's. Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Vicar's in Trouble was sent off as the 6-5 favorite off 3rd place finishes in both the Iowa Derby (G3) and West Virginia Derby (G2). In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Jessica's Star, winner of the Iowa Derby but second in the Ohio Derby, and 5-1 third choice East Hall, winner of the Ohio Derby.
Vicar's in Trouble draws away in the stretch
28-1 Ide Be Cool battled for the lead with Vicar's in Trouble and 45-1 Gold Appointment through fractions of 23.10, 47.88, and 1:12.21 over the fast main track. Entering the lane, Vicar's in Trouble gained the lead and quickly opened up a 5 length lead through 1 mile in 1:37.03. 88-1 longest shot Declan's Fast Cat, last early, put in a strong late rally to no avail as Vicar's in Trouble drew off to a 7 1/4 length win in 1:50.38. It was another 3/4 length back to 11-2 fourth choice Victory Nor Defeat third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
4 Vicar's in Trouble Napravnik 4.60 3.60 2.60
9 Declan's Fast Cat Melancon 42.60 19.00
6 Victory Nor Defeat Prado 4.40
Winning Time: 1:50.38
$2 Exacta 4-9 268.20
$2 Trifecta 4-9-6 1,980.80
$2 Superfecta 4-9-6-3 42,458.00
Left: Vicar's in Trouble in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Mike Maker said, "Visually it was one of his best races. It reminded me a lot of his Louisiana Derby." Maker said he will go next in the Indiana Derby on October 4.
Right: Vicar's in Trouble heads into the winner's circle.
Left: Vicar's in Trouble in the paddock before the race.
Right: Vicar's in Trouble in the post parade. Winning jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "I'm impressed with the way he can accelerate so quickly, as he did today. Honestly, he's just back in his good form. I think he has matured."
Left: Second place finisher Declan's Fast Cat in the post parade. The 88-1 longest shot was unhurried early under jockey Gerard Melancon, then rallied to get second beaten 7 1/4 lengths. The Steve Flint trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 5 seconds, and 1 third in 10 starts, earning $134,530 for owner Whispering Oaks Farm.
Right: Third place finisher Victory Nor Defeat in the paddock before the race. The 11-2 fourth choice raced 6th early under jockey Edgar Prado, put in a late bid and was outfinished for second, holding third beaten 8 lengths. The Ralph Nicks trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 0 seconds, and 2 thirds in 5 starts, earning $91,852 for owner Sagamore Farm.
Uncle Si from the TV show Duck Dynasty poses with jockey Rosie Napravnik in the winner's circle.
My Point Exactly wins the Sunday Silence Stakes
A field of 8 two-year-olds contested the $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes at 1 mile on the turf. My Point Exactly was sent off as the 8-5 favorite over 5-2 Task Force Glory and 5-1 Ride n' Reel.
25-1 Haney set the pace of 23.47, 49.28, and 1:13.72 over the firm course while stalked by 7-1 Sharon's Boy. Entering the lane, Ride n' Reel, 6th early, moved up to take the lead through 7/8 in 1:25.77 but My Point Exactly, 4th early, and 39-1 longest shot Sylvan Hills Boy, 5th early, closed together with My Point Exactly prevailing by a neck in 1:38.40. It was another 1/2 length back to Ride n' Reel third.
The $75,000 River Cities Stakes featured a field of 10 older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Sassy Kitten was the 11-10 favorite over 5-1 Malibu Yankee and 11-2 Miss Addison. Jockey Rosie Napravnik sent Sassy Kitten to the lead and she set fractions of 23.70, 49.54, and 1:13.98 over the firm course while pressed by 68-1 Defiant Red and 44-1 Silent Lust. Entering the lane, the two longshots tired badly as Sassy Kitten opened up a 5 length lead through 1 mile in 1:36.57. Malibu Yankee put in a late rally from 5th to no avail as Sassy Kitten cruised to a 3 3/4 length win in 1:42.37. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to 6-1 Anahauc third.
Coalport finished first but was disqualified giving Benwill the win in the Unbridled Stakes
Immediately before the Super Derby, a field of 8 older horses contested the $75,000 Unbridled Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. String King was the 8-5 favorite over 2-1 Coalport and 7-2 Red Strike. 12-1 Well's Gold set the pace of 23.71, 47.95, and 1:11.10 while pressed by Coalport. At the top of the lane, Coalport moved up to take the lead and easily held off late-running 13-1 Benwill by 1 length in 1:40.71. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to pacesetter Well's Gold third and 1 3/4 more to favorite String King fourth. However, Coalport drifted out and interfered with Benwill at the 1/16 pole, so the stewards disqualified him and placed him second, giving the win to Benwill.
The $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes was for 2-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the turf. Naval Command was the 2-1 favorite in the field of 11 over 5-2 Know It All Anna and 4-1 La Rambla. 35-1 Fab Fox battled for the lead with Naval Command and 42-1 Private Promise through fractions of 22.74, 47.64, and 1:12.62. Entering the stretch, Naval Command gained the lead through 7/8 in 1:25.20, and held off late-running La Rambla by a neck in 1:37.24. It was another 3 lengths back to Know It All Anna third.
Kylie's Cutie wins the Louisiana Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies
Kicking off the stakes action was the $90,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs on the main track. 8-5 favorite Kylie's Cutie was sent to the lead by jockey Patrick Johnson and set fractions of 22.79, 45.93, and 1:11.07 while stalked by 20-1 Gold Chrome and 3-1 second choice Persuade Me Lady. Kept to task by Johnson, Kylie's Cutie drew off theough the lane to win by 6 3/4 lengths over Persuade Me Lady in 1:24.85. It was another 3 lengths back to 20-1 Z Smoke third.
Mr. L. S. Shoe wins the Louisiana Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings
The $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings featured 10 juvenile males sprinting 7 furlongs. 6-1 Mr. L.S. Shoe contested the pace with 5-1 Salute the C through fractions of 22.94, 46.14, and 1:10.31. In deep stretch, Mr. L. S Shoe began to pull away, finishing up 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Salute the C in 1:24.00. It was a long 8 lengths back to 4-1 Contangold third, while 6-5 favorite Union Builder checked in 6th.