A full field of fourteen 3-year-olds has been drawn for the 100th Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile stakes has an approximate post-time of 6:45 p.m. (ET).
The $1 million Louisiana Derby is part of the new Kentucky Derby points system that will determine the starting field for the Run for the Roses on May 4. Winning the race will be worth 100 points towards starting at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
The 3-1 morning line favorite for the Louisiana Derby is Revolutionary, winner of the Withers Stakes last month at Aqueduct. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the colt will be ridden by Javier Castellano from post 3.
"After that last race in New York we decided to ship Revolutionary to South Florida because of the better weather and the easier ship from South Florida to just about anywhere this time of year," said Pletcher. "We decided awhile back that the Louisiana Derby would make the most sense for him, because he has a tendency not to break real sharply and that the long stretch at Fair Grounds would help overcome that. He's not a bad gate horse, he just doesn't do it very quickly."
Owned by WinStar Farm, Revolutionary has been in the money all five starts with two wins for $188,500.
Trainer Bob Baffert will saddle 9-2 second choice Code West in the race. Owned by Gary and Mary West, Code West will break from post 8 with Martin Garcia again in the saddle.
Code West was second to Ive Struck a Nerve in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds five weeks ago. The 3-year-old has finished in the money in all six starts with one victory, and has banked $146,000.
Pletcher also has the 5-1 third pick with Palace Malice. Owned by Dogwood Stable, the colt will be ridden by Edgar Prado from post 2.
The colt is coming off a third in the Risen Star after beginning the year with a second at Gulfstream Park. Palace Malice has one win, two seconds and a third in four starts for $111.135.
"Palace Malice is a horse we've always liked a lot," said Pletcher. "We've had high hopes for him from the beginning, and hopefully there is more to come."
Here is the field in post position order for the Louisiana Derby: Hip Four Sixtynine, Jamie Theriot, 30-1; Palace Malice, Edgar Prado, 5-1; Revolutionary, Javier Castellano, 3-1; Golden Soul, Calvin Borel, 20-1; Whiskey Bravo,James Graham, 30-1; Sunbean, Colby Hernandez, 12-1; Departing, Brian Hernandez Jr., 8-1; Code West, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Proud Strike, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Titletown Five, Jon Court, 8-1; Mylute, Shaun Bridgmohan, 12-1; Brazilian Court, Miguel Mena, 30-1; Ground Transport, Mark Guidry, 20-1; Nina's Dragon, Julien Couton, 30-1.