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Louisiana Derby Odds, Analysis, Free PPs (2019)

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Free Louisiana Derby past performances for Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

The field for the Louisiana Derby (G2) with a purse of $1,000,000 will go as the 13th race on a big weekend of racing in the Big Easy.

The full field of 11 is headed by War of Will, winner of the two local prep races for the Louisiana Derby.

In the G3 LeComte on January 19, War of Will entered the starting gate as the favorite off his impressive victory over the slop to break his maiden at Churchill in what was his first race on dirt after four unsuccessful tries on turf including the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf.

He followed the LeComte win with a more impressive victory in the G2 Risen Star. Breaking from post position 13, his early speed allowed him to race just off the early pace in second and was unleashed for the drive by rising star jockey Tyler Gaffalione who will be aboard again for the Louisiana Derby. With two winning races at Fair Grounds, and facing several of the same runners he defeated in the Risen Star it’s hard to see how the 6-5 favorite won’t make it four in a row.

The Louisiana Derby is one of two races this weekend on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the first to offer 100 points to the winner as Derby fever kicks into high gear with less than two months to the May 4, 2019 Run for the Roses. In addition to the top prize of 100 points, the Louisiana Derby will also award points to the second, third, and fourth place finishers in a 40-20-10 distribution on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The Official Field for the 1 1/8 miles Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds

PP Horse Trainer Odds
1 Roiland Amoss 12-1
Winner of maiden voyage at Indiana Downs last summer, he’s a deep closer who will appreciate the added distance. Top trainer added blinkers two back without any visible effect in the running lines. Will need to wake up sooner to have a chance at catching the field in front of him.
2 Lemniscate McPeek 15-1
Florida bred tried his kind in two sprints at Gulfstream before taking an open company maiden on the turf going 1 1/16 LTO. Have to assume he’ll be sent from the start but this is a tough spot to go against multiple graded stakes winner and favorite, WOW.
3 Limonite Asmussen 20-1
Maiden winner at Keeneland last October to notch his only victory from five starts. Was the favorite going two turns for the first time in his next start at CD but may have moved too soon as he came up a neck short in an OCN1X for $75K. First real challenge came two back in the KYJC when 3rd from far back in the slop. Finished fifth LTO in the Risen Star to open ’19 with Hernandez who opts for runner to his inside. Gets Ortiz who is 0 for 9 when traveling to Fair Grounds for these big races.
4 Sueno Desormeaux 8-1
Broke maiden for an $80K tag at Del Mar last summer before taking the Gold Rush at Golden Gate on fake dirt. Exits his runner-up performance in the G3 Southwest LTO when beating Long Range Toddy who returned to win one of the divisions of the Rebel last weekend. Lanerie sticks with reason to believe but it may not be in his blood to get this distance nor the longer distance of the Derby.
5 By My Standards Calhoun 12-1
Took four tries to get maiden win LTO here going long. Connections have been consistent with this guy who breaks a little slow but can quickly get into the race. If you don’t challenge him you won’t know what you got but this is a tough spot for his first attempt against winners.
6 War of Will Casse 6-5
Seeking his fourth in a row and coming off back to back victories here in the local preps, if he wins this it’ll be hard to deny he’s the legit favorite as we head down the stretch towards the Derby. There isn’t much speed in here and if Gaffalione is patient he could toy with the rest of these on his way to the winner’s circle.
7 Mr. Money Calhoun 20-1
He was boldly placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by Calhoun and outran his $41.40 odds to finish fourth behind early Derby favorite and Baffert trainee Game Winner, after winning a MSW at Churchill in prior start. Tried WOW last time in the Risen Star while racing in contention early before tiring. Gets a new rider and can’t see him having much impact on this field.
8 Country House Mott 9-2
Second choice in the field after finishing a couple lengths behind WOW in the Risen Star. He’s being talked up on the boards by fans as the rising star on the “Road”. Doesn’t have the early foot that WOW has but the added distance will help his cause. Still he’ll be making only his fifth start but there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to repeat an on-the-board finish in here.
9 Bankit Steve Asmussen 20-1
Was the 3/2 favorite in the Smarty Jones and had no excuse for his sixth place finish EXCEPT that Asmussen has changed styles with this New York bred son of Central Banker who started career setting all the pace in state-bred sprint stakes races at Belmont and Saratoga. Took the 1 mile Sleepy Hollow with ease four-back and Asmussen has given the call back to Ortiz Jr. after back-to-back open company attempts saw him falling a head short in the Springboard and showing no effort in the Jones. Exits the aforementioned Southwest. Could outrun his odds.
10 Spinoff Pletcher 8-1
Took a $75K OCN1X LTO at Tampa. He didn’t just take it, he destroyed it — but that was only a five horse field on a speed favoring track. Velasquez will this Hard Spun homebred in front from the start without much pressure. Can he take the necessary big step forward to win this? If you think so, you’ll probably get 5-1.
11 Hog Creek Hustle Foley 12-1
Gets his third rider for low percentage trainer who tried the WOW horse in his last two getting close in the LeComte (four lengths back) before checking twice in the Risen Star to finish six lengths back in fourth. Mena is a tough jock who can upset these big races from time to time but this guy runs like Roiland from far back which may be more than he can handle in a race with very little speed.

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