Louisiana Derby

  • Location: Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans
  • Inaugural Race: 1894
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 2
  • 2021 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, March 20th
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2020 Louisiana Entries and Results

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3
Wells Bayou
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
$8.40
$5.80
$4.60
11
Ny Traffic
Joe Bravo
Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
$21.60
$12.60
14
Modernist
Junior Alvarado
William I. Mott
$9.60
1
Major Fed
Joel Rosario
Gregory D. Foley
10
Enforceable
Julien R. Leparoux
Mark E. Casse
6
Shake Some Action
Colby J. Hernandez
Brad H. Cox
13
Silver State
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
4
Chestertown
John R. Velazquez
Steven M. Asmussen
8
Royal Act
Abel Cedillo
Peter Eurton
5
Social Afleet
Adam Beschizza
Dallas Stewart
2
Mailman Money
Gabriel Saez
W. Bret Calhoun
7
Sharecropper
Miguel Mena
Albert M. Stall, Jr.
12
Lynn's Map
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Mark E. Casse
9
Portos
Corey J. Lanerie
Todd A. Pletcher

Exotic Payoffs:

$2 Exacta (3-11) $78
$2 Trifecta (3-11-14) $520
$2 Superfecta (3-11-14-1) $607

 



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Louisiana Derby History

Founded in 1894, the Louisiana Derby is the culmination of the Fair Grounds series of three Kentucky Derby prep races. But with $1 million at stake, it’s a fine prize in its own right.

Once held eight weeks before the Kentucky Derby, it’s now held six weeks prior, possibly giving it more relevance to the Derby picture. It’s an integral part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby championship series, with the first four home earning points on a 100-40-20-10 basis. The winner will definitely get a start at Churchill Downs, and it’s highly likely the 40 points earned by the runner-up will be enough to earn a start.

Just three runners in the Fair Grounds feature have won the Run for the Roses: Black Gold (1924), Grindstone (1996), and Funny Cide (2003). Black Gold and Grindstone won the Louisiana Derby, while Funny Cide finished third, promoted to second with the disqualification of the winner.

Two Louisiana Derby winners went on to take the Preakness Stakes: Master Derby (1975) and Risen Star (1988), who also won the Belmont Stakes. The best recent winner was Gun Runner (2016), who went on to finish third in the Kentucky Derby before a great 4-year-old campaign that culminated with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The best guide for punters is the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds the previous month. Three recent Louisiana Derby winners – Girvin, Gun Runner, and International Star – all won the Risen Star Stakes, while others to complete the double include Friesan Fire (2009), Pyro (2008), and Repent (2002).



Previous Winners of the Louisiana Derby

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2020
Wells Bayou
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
Gasaway, Clint, Gasaway, Lance, Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables
2019
By My Standards
Gabriel Saez
W. Bret Calhoun
Allied Racing Stable, LLC
2018
Noble Indy
Todd A. Pletcher
John R. Velazquez
WinStar Farm LLC and Repole Stable
2017
Girvin
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Joe Sharp
Brad Grady
2016
Gun Runner
Florent Geroux
Steve Asmussen
Winchell Thoroughbreds/Three Chimneys Farm
2015
International Star
Miguel Mena
Michael Maker
Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
2014
Vicar's in Trouble
Rosie Napravnik
Michael Maker
Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
2013
Revolutionary
Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm
2012
Hero of Order
Eddie Martin Jr.
Gennadi Dorochenko
Raut LLC
2011
Pants on Fire
Rosie Napravnik
Kelly Breen
George & Lori Hall

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