|Grade II race|
Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs)|
|Weight||Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lbs. (54.9 kg)
Inaugurated in 1980, the Super Derby is open to 3-year-olds and the distance is 1 1⁄8 miles on the dirt. A Grade II event, it's the richest race held at Louisiana Downs. In its history, the Super Derby has attracted some of the top horses in the country including winners of all three American Classic Races.
A Grade I race from its inception until 2002, the Super Derby was originally run at the classic 1 1⁄4 mile distance. From 2002 through 2004 it was raced at 1 1⁄8 miles then in 2005 it reverted to the original 1 1⁄4 miles but went back to the shorter 1 1⁄8 format in 2006. The Super Derby currently is a Grade II race that carries a purse of $400,000.
In its 33rd running in 2012, the Super Derby is announced by Louisiana Downs track announcer Travis Stone.
- At the 1 1⁄4 mile distance, in 1984 that year's Preakness Stakes winner, Gate Dancer, set the stakes and Louisiana Downs track record at 2:00.1. In 1995, Mecke equaled the stakes record and in 2000, Tiznow set a new stakes record of 1:59.84.
Most wins by an owner:
- 2 - Russell L. Reineman Stables (1986, 1990)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 3 - Eddie Maple (1980, 1985, 1986), Laffit Pincay, Jr. (1981, 1983, 1984), Chris McCarron (1987, 1997, 2000)
Most wins by a trainer: