Louisiana Derby

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Louisiana Derby
Grade II race
Location Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana
Inaugurated 1894
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Fair Grounds Race Course
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs.
Purse $1,000,000

The Louisiana Derby is an Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Run in late March, the race is open to horses, age three, willing to race 118 miles (9 furlongs) on the dirt. It currently offers a purse of $1,000,000.

Race History[edit]

The first race was held in 1894 and called the Crescent City Derby. The race was later renamed in honor of Fair Grounds' home state, Louisiana.

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.

Race venue[edit]

The race was held at Crescent 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 destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Race distance[edit]

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 1116 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 118 miles.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Winners of the Louisiana Derby since 1972[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Purse
Grade
2014 Vicar's in Trouble 3 Rosie Napravnik Michael Maker Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey 1-1/8 1:50.77 $1,000,000 II
2013 Revolutionary 3 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1-1/8 1:50.28 $1,000,000 II
2012 Hero of Order 3 Eddie Martin Jr. Gennadi Dorochenko Raut LLC 1-1/8 1:50.13 $1,000,000 II
2011 Pants On Fire 3 Rosie Napravnik Kelly Breen George & Lori Hall 1-1/8 1:49.92 $1,000,000 II
2010 Mission Impazible 3 Rajiv Maragh Todd A. Pletcher Twin Creeks Rac.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 Sh.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 III
1997 Crypto Star 3 Pat Day Wayne Catalano Darrell & Evelyn Yates 1-1/16 1:42.60 $400,000 III
1996 Grindstone 3 Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1-1/16 1:42.79 $370,000 III
1995 Petionville 3 Chris Antley Randy Bradshaw Everest Stables 1-1/16 1:42.96 $350,000 III
1994 Kandaly 3 Craig Perret Louie J. Roussel III Louie J. Roussel III 1-1/16 1:42.86 $325,000 III
1993 Dixieland Heat 3 Randy Romero Gerald Romero Leland Cook 1-1/16 1:44.80 $300,000 III
1992 Line In The Sand 3 Pat Day Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III 1-1/16 1:43.40 $200,000 III
1991 Richman 3 Pat Day William I. Mott William F. Lucas 1-1/16 1:44.50 $200,000 III
1990 Heaven Again 3 Corey Nakatani Vincent Timphony K. Timphony et al. 1-1/16 1:43.80 $165,000 III
1989 Dispersal 3 Jose Santos Bud Delp Henry & Teresa Mayerhoff 1-1/16 1:43.80 $165,000 III
1988 Risen Star 3 Shane Romero Louie J. Roussel III R. Lamarque/L. J. Roussel III 1-1/16 1:42.80 $165,000 III
1987 J. T.'s Pet 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/8 1:51.00 $120,000 III
1986 Country Light 3 Pat Day Steve C. Penrod Cherry Valley Farm 1-1/8 1:50.40 $186,650 III
1985 Violado 3 Jacinto Vasquez William E. Burch Due Process Stable 1-1/8 1:50.20 $185,000 III
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.Oldknow & R.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
1972 No Le Hace 3 Phil Rubbicco Homer C. Pardue Joseph W. Strauss 1-1/8 1:52.80 $85,000

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 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
  • 1924 - Black Gold
  • 1923 - Amole
  • 1921-1922 - No race
  • 1920 - Damask
  • 1909-1919 - No race
  • 1908 - Meelick
  • 1907 - Montgomery
  • 1906 - Guiding Star
  • 1905 - Right Royal
  • 1904 - Ostrich
  • 1903 - Witfull
  • 1902 - Lord Quex
  • 1901 - Henry Clay Rye
  • 1900 - Prince of Veronia
  • 1899 - King Barleycorn
  • 1898 - Presbyterian
  • 1897 - Meadowthorpe
  • 1895-1896 - No race
  • 1894 - Buckwa


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