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Louisiana Derby

Grade II race
Louisiana Derby
Location Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana
Inaugurated 1898
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Fair Grounds Race Course
Race information
Distance 11/8 miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs.
Purse $750,000

The Louisiana Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Usually run in early March, the race is open to horses, age three, willing to race 11/8 miles (9 furlongs) on the dirt. A Grade II event, it currently offers a purse of $750,000.

The race was named in honor of Fair Ground's home state, the state of Louisiana. The racewas held at Cresent City Race Course from 1894 through 1908. It was also held at Jefferson Park from 1920 through 1931. The race was not held in 1895 through 1897, 1909 through 1919, 1921 through 1922, 1940 through 1942, 1945 and 2006. In 2006 the race was cancelled because the track was partially deystroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The race was run at one mile in 1894, it was run at 1⅛ miles from 1898 until 1988. The race has been run at 1-1/16 miles from 1989 through 2009. On August 11, 2009 the owner of Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that they were moving the Louisiana Derby from eight weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby to only five weeks prior. They also announced that the distance of the Louisiana Derby would be increased back to 1-1/8 miles and that the purse would be increased $150,000 to $750,000.

Two winners of the Louisiana Derby have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby: Black Gold in 1924, and Grindstone in 1996. The 1988 winner, Risen Star went on to become a "Dual Classic Winner" by winning the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.


Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1:42.60 - Crypto Star (1997) (at 1-1/16 miles)
  • 1:48.80 - Clev Er Tell (1977) (at 1⅛ miles)

Winners of the Louisiana Derby since 1973

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

Mission Impazible

3

Rajiv Maragh Todd A. Pletcher Twin Creeks Racing Stable

1-1/8

1:50.32

$750,000

II

2009

Friesan Fire

3

Gabriel Saez J. Larry Jones Vinery St./Fox Hill Farm

1-1/16

1:43.46

$600,000

II

2008

Pyro

3

Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds

1-1/16

1:44.44

$600,000

II

2007

Circular Quay

3

John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Michael Tabor

1-1/16

1:43.01

$600,000

II

2006

No Race

-

No Race No Race No Race

no race

0:00.00

no race

II

2005

High Limit

3

Ramon Dominguez Robert J. Frankel Gary & Mary West

1-1/16

1:42.74

$600,000

II

2004

Wimbledon

3

Javier Santiago Bob Baffert James McIngvale

1-1/16

1:42.71

$600,000

II

2003

Peace Rules

3

Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann

1-1/16

1:42.67

$750,000

II

2002

Repent

3

Jerry D. Bailey Kenneth McPeek Select Stable

1-1/16

1:43.86

$750,000

II

2001

Fifty Stars

3

Donnie Meche Steve Asmussen J. Cassells / R. Zollars

1-1/16

1:44.76

$750,000

II

2000

Mighty

3

Shane Sellers Frank L. Brothers Aspiration Stable

1-1/16

1:43.29

$750,000

II

1999

Kimberlite Pipe

3

Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart J. D. Gunther

1-1/16

1:43.56

$640,000

II

1998

Comic Strip

3

Shane Sellers Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III

1-1/16

1:43.36

$500,000

II

1997

Crypto Star

3

Pat Day Wayne Catalano Darrell & Evelyn Yates

1-1/16

1:42.60

$400,000

II

1996

Grindstone

3

Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm

1-1/16

1:42.79

$370,000

II

1995

Petionville

3

Chris Antley Randy Bradshaw Everest Stables

1-1/16

1:42.96

$350,000

II

1994

Kandaly

3

Craig Perret Louie J. Roussel III Louie J. Roussel III

1-1/16

1:42.86

$325,000

II

1993

Dixieland Heat

3

Randy Romero Gerald Romero Leland Cook

1-1/16

1:44.80

$300,000

II

1992

Line In The Sand

3

Pat Day Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III

1-1/16

1:43.40

$200,000

II

1991

Richman

3

Pat Day William I. Mott William F. Lucas

1-1/16

1:44.50

$200,000

II

1990

Heaven Again

3

Corey Nakatani Vincent Timphony K. Timphony et al.

1-1/16

1:43.80

$165,000

II

1989

Dispersal

3

Jose Santos Bud Delp Henry & Teresa Mayerhoff

1-1/16

1:43.80

$165,000

II

1988

Risen Star

3

Shane Romero Louie J. Roussel III R. Lamarque/L. J. Roussel III

1-1/16

1:42.80

$165,000

II

1987

J. T.'s Pet

3

Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee

1-1/8

1:51.00

$120,000

II

1986

Country Light

3

Pat Day Steve Penrod Cherry Valley Farm

1-1/8

1:50.40

$186,650

II

1985

Violado

3

Jacinto Vasquez not found Due Process Stable

1-1/8

1:50.20

$185,000

II

1984

Taylor's Special

3

Sam Maple William I. Mott William F. Lucas

1-1/8

1:49.60

$185,000

II

1983

Balboa Native

3

Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Robert N. Spreen

1-1/8

1:50.60

$185,000

II

1982

El Baba

3

Don Brumfield Dewey Smith Dorothy Dorsett Brown

1-1/8

1:50.60

$185,000

II

1981

Woodchopper

3

Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable

1-1/8

1:50.80

$210,000

II

1980

Prince Valiant

3

Mike A. Gonzalez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable

1-1/8

1:50.40

$160,000

II

1979

Golden Act

3

Sandy Hawley Loren Rettele W. H. Oldknow & R. W. Phipps

1-1/8

1:51.20

$170,000

II

1978

Esop's Foibles

3

Chris McCarron Loren Rettele Jerry Frankel

1-1/8

1:50.80

$135,000

II

1977

Clev Er Tell

3

Ray Broussard Homer C. Pardue J. R. Straus & I. Proler

1-1/8

1:48.80

$100,000

II

1976

Johnny Appleseed

3

Marco Castaneda John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable

1-1/8

1:49.80

$100,000

II

1975

Master Derby

3

Darrel McHargue Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm

1-1/8

1:49.60

$100,000

II

1974

Sellout

3

Marco Castaneda Not Found Jean Pancoast

1-1/8

1:51.20

$93,000

II

1973

Leo's Pisces

3

Robert Breen Not Found Joseph Taub

1-1/8

1:51.60

$85,000

II

Earlier winners

  • 1972 - No Le Hace
  • 1971 - Northfields
  • 1970 - Jim's Alibhi
  • 1969 - King Of The Castle
  • 1968 - Kentucky Sherry
  • 1967 - Ask The Fare
  • 1966 - Blue Skyer
  • 1965 - Dapper Delegate
  • 1964 - Grecian Princess
  • 1963 - City Line
  • 1962 - Admirals Voyage
  • 1961 - Bass Clef
  • 1960 - Tony Graff
  • 1959 - Master Palynch
  • 1958 - Royal Union
  • 1957 - Federal Hill
  • 1956 - Reaping Right
  • 1955 - Roman Patrol
  • 1954 - Gigantic
  • 1953 - Matagorda
  • 1952 - Gushing Oil
  • 1951 - Whirling Bat
  • 1950 - Greek Ship
  • 1949 - Rookwood
  • 1948 - Bovard
  • 1947 - Carolyn A
  • 1946 - Pellicle
  • 1945 - No race
  • 1944 - Olympic Zenith
  • 1943 - Amber Light
  • 1940-1942 - No race
  • 1939 - Day Off
  • 1938 - Wise Fox
  • 1937 - Grey Count
  • 1936 - Rushaway
  • 1935 - McCarthy
  • 1934 - Hickory Lad
  • 1933 - Col Hatfield
  • 1932 - Lucky Tom
  • 1931 - Spanish Play
  • 1930 - Michigan Boy
  • 1929 - Calf Roper
  • 1928 - Jack Higgins
  • 1927 - Boo
  • 1926 - Bagenbaggage
  • 1925 - Quatrain
  • 1923 - Amole
  • 1921-1922 - No race
  • 1920 - Damask
  • 1909-1919 - No race
  • 1908 - Meelick
  • 1907 - Montgomery
  • 1906 - Guiding Star
  • 1905 - Right Royal
  • 1904 - Ostrich
  • 1902 - Lord Quex
  • 1901 - Henry Clay Rye
  • 1898 - Presbyterian


See also


References



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