An overflow field of 16 sophomores have been entered for Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. The 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series test will reward the top four finishers with points on a 100-40-20-10 basis
MAJOR FED
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(91) when runner-up in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$116,500
Owner:
Lloyd Madison Farms IV
Breeder:
Lloyd Madison Farms IV
Trainer:
Greg Foley
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Sire:
Ghostzapper
Dam:
Bobby’s Babe
Color:
Dark Bay

This steadily improving colt impressed with a closing second in his stakes debut on the course most recently. The Kentucky-bred son of Ghostzapper shows two strong morning drills following that run, and he could benefit from drawing the rail in a big field on this occasion. Joel Rosario picks up the mount. 

MAILMAN MONEY
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(89) when fourth in Risen Star (G2)
Total Earnings:
$95,012
Owner:
Allied Racing Stable
Breeder:
TK Stables
Trainer:
Bret Calhoun
Jockey:
Gabe Saez
Sire:
Goldencents
Dam:
Running Debi C
Color:
Bay

$150,000 son of Goldencents has done little wrong from a trio of career outings. The Bret Calhoun trainee was an even fourth following a wide voyage in a division of the Risen Star last time out, and he received a slot near the fence for his return today. Regular rider Gabe Saez retains the mount.

WELLS BAYOU
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(96) in allowance event at Oaklawn Park
Total Earnings:
$245,293
Owner:
Madaket Stables, Clint Gasaway, Lance Gasaway
Breeder:
Knowles Bloodstock
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Sire:
Lookin at Lucky
Dam:
Whispering Angel
Color:
Bay

Brad Cox charge has shown marked improvement since removing the blinkers two back, which includes a fine runner-up showing in the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park most recently. The Lookin at Lucky colt is the inside pace of the field, and he will aim to lead this cast throughout under the guidance of Florent Geroux. 

CHESTERTOWN
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in allowance third at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$61,540
Owner:
West Point Thoroughbreds et al’s
Breeder:
Chester Broman and Mary Broman
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
John Velazquez
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Artemis Agrotera
Color:
Gray/Roan

This $2 million juvenile purchase makes his stakes debut in a deep and talented field for conditioner Steve Asmussen. The New York-bred son of Tapit out of a classy mare was a neck second in a local allowance tilt to ready for this assignment, and he could be a contender with a move forward on Saturday. Hall of Fame pilot John Velazquez will be in the stirrups. 

SOCIAL AFLEET
Total 7 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(82) in 2019 maiden try at Keeneland
Total Earnings:
$64,068
Owner:
Valene Farms
Breeder:
Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson
Trainer:
Dallas Stewart
Jockey:
Adam Beschizza
Sire:
Northern Afleet
Dam:
So Social
Color:
Dark Bay

Cajun-bred sophomore from the Dallas Stewart barn beat much softer on the oval most recently, and he will need a huge step forward to make his presence felt against this talented cast. The longshot is a dual winner locally but would be a big surprise beneath Beschizza. 

SHAKE SOME ACTION
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(88) in allowance score at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$62,700
Owner:
Rupp Racing
Breeder:
Edgar Scott and Jane MacElree
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Jockey:
Colby Hernandez
Sire:
Into Mischief
Dam:
Tiz A Chick
Color:
Dark Bay

Sneaky contender in a huge cast has improved his BRIS Speed figure in each lifetime performance in advance of his stakes bow for Brad Cox. The dark bay son of Into Mischief toppled a nice allowance field when rallying from off of a tepid pace last time out, and his trio of recent works indicate that he will be ready to run on Saturday. 

SHARECROPPER
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(90) in maiden tally at Churchill Downs
Total Earnings:
$58,469
Owner:
Spendthrift Farm
Breeder:
WinStar Farm
Trainer:
Al Stall, Jr.
Jockey:
Miguel Mena
Sire:
Pioneerof the Nile
Dam:
Blue Violet
Color:
Bay
This $600,000 yearling purchase was an even fourth in allowance company at Fair Grounds in his seasonal debut. Al Stall, Jr. pupil is bred to run all day, and he figures to make a forward move in his second run off the shelf. Miguel Mena has the call. 
ROYAL ACT
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(91) in runner-up finish in Robert B. Lewis (G3)
Total Earnings:
$52,844
Owner:
C R K Stable
Breeder:
Stonehaven Steadings
Trainer:
Peter Eurton
Jockey:
Abel Cedillo
Sire:
American Pharoah
Dam:
True Feelings
Color:
Bay

California import finished second in a tough field in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) in his most recent offering. The improving colt responded to the addition of blinkers, as well as the move to the dirt, last time out and he shows four strong morning moves in the interim, too. Abel Cedillo comes along for the voyage. 

PORTOS
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(91) when third in Withers (G3)
Total Earnings:
$93,900
Owner:
Wertheimer et Frere
Breeder:
Wertheimer et Frere
Trainer:
Todd Pletcher
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Fierce Boots
Color:
Gray/Roan

Well-bred colt from the Todd Pletcher shedrow was a closing third in the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct while making his stakes debut in preparation of the Louisiana Derby. The Kentucky-bred son of Tapit has a fine foundation with a handful of route races to his credit, and any improvement will give him a chance inside the final furlong on Saturday.

 

ENFORCEABLE
Total 8 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
2
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(94) in Lecomte (G3) victory at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$347,150
Owner:
John Oxley
Breeder:
Clearsky Farms
Trainer:
Mark Casse
Jockey:
Julien Leparoux
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Justwhistledixie
Color:
Gray/Roan

This Grade-1 placed sophomore bagged the Lecomte (G3) in his first run of 2020, prior to registering a closing second in the Risen Star (G2) on this main oval. The Kentucky-bred colt has a consistent turn of foot and looms large with clear sailing late beneath regular pilot Julien Leparoux. 

NY TRAFFIC
Total 6 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(90) in Risen Star (G3) third at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$136,970
Owner:
John Finelli, Cash is King, LC Racing
Breeder:
Brian Culnan
Trainer:
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
Jockey:
Luis Saez
Sire:
Cross Traffic
Dam:
Mamie Reilly
Color:
Grasy/Roan
This Empire State-bred 3-year-old set the tempo before finishing a close third in a division of the Risen Star (G2) for trainer Saffie Joseph. The gray son of Cross Traffic will be equipped with blinkers on Saturday, and he enters the race with a bullet five-furlong drill at Gulfstream Park. The contender will be attending the pace from the start.
LYNN’S MAP
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(88) in allowance victory at Fair Grounds
Total Earnings:
$100,012
Owner:
HRH Prince Sultan bin Mishal al Saud
Breeder:
Alastar Thoroughbred Company
Trainer:
Mark Casse
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Sire:
Liam’s Map
Dam:
Puxa Saco
Color:
Dark Bay

Mark Casse charge rallied from last to be sixth, beaten four lengths, in the Risen Star (G2) last time out. The $285,000 juvenile purchase has been unplaced in a pair of graded races in succession, but he is not without a chance under the right pace scenario on Saturday. Tyler Gaffalione will be in the silks. 

SILVER STATE
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(93) when third in Risen Star (G2)
Total Earnings:
$136,106
Owner:
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton
Breeder:
Stonestreet Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Sire:
Hard Spun
Dam:
Supreme
Color:
Bay

This stout late runner has placed in both graded stakes events on the course this campaign for conditioner Steve Asmussen. The $450,000 son of Hard Spun is bred to handle the 1 3/16 miles, and he signaled his readiness for this test with a swift six-furlong bullet drill at Fair Grounds. Ricardo Sanatana, Jr. will ride the top prospect.

 

MODERNIST
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(92) in Risen Star (G2) triumph
Total Earnings:
$288,800
Owner:
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod
Breeder:
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod
Trainer:
Bill Mott
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
Sire:
Uncle Mo
Dam:
Symbolic Gesture
Color:
Dark Bay

Improving sort from the barn of Bill Mott was a game victor of a division of the Risen Star (G2) in his most recent offering. The Uncle Mo homebred is perfect from a pair of assignments around two turns, but he will have to overcome the widest post draw in the field on this occasion. Junior Alvarado will be in the controls once again.

 

MR. BIG NEWS
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(87) when fifth in Risen Star (G2)
Total Earnings:
$47,053
Owner:
Allied Racing Stable
Breeder:
Don Alberto Corporation
Trainer:
Bret Calhoun
Jockey:
Robby Albarado
Sire:
Giant’s Causeway
Dam:
Unappeased
Color:
Bay

Bret Calhoun trainee ran evenly in his graded stakes bow here last time out and will need better to challenge this field. The Giant’s Causeway colt will also have to overcome a demanding post position if he draws into the race as the first horse on the Also-Eligible list. 

FARMINGTON ROAD
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(91) when checking in fourth in Risen Star (G2)
Total Earnings:
$45,000
Owner:
Eclipse Thoroughbreds and Robert V. Lapenta
Breeder:
Chrysalis Stables
Trainer:
Todd Pletcher
Jockey:
Javier Castellano
Sire:
Quality Road
Dam:
Silver La Belle
Color:
Bay

Interesting son of Quality Road rallied into a soft pace to be fourth in the Risen Star (G2), and he appears to be a colt with a bright future for Todd Pletcher. Kentucky-bred will wear blinkers for the initial time in the Louisiana Derby, and a forward move will make him a contender if he works out a sensible voyage from the outer post slot. Javier Castellano will be aboard if the bay draws into the field.