The Louisiana Derby is an annual horse racing event that takes place in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. This race is considered one of the most important and prestigious events in the American Thoroughbred racing calendar, with a rich history dating back over a century. In this article, we will explore the importance and history of the Louisiana Derby.
The Importance of the Louisiana Derby
The Louisiana Derby is a significant event in the horse racing world, primarily because it serves as a critical prep race for the Kentucky Derby, which is considered the most prestigious horse race in the world. The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 stakes race, and the Louisiana Derby is a Grade 2 stakes race, making it an important event for horses that are looking to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.
Additionally, the Louisiana Derby is a highly lucrative event, with a purse of $1 million in recent years. The event attracts some of the best horses, jockeys, and trainers from around the world, making it an exciting and highly competitive race. The winner of the Louisiana Derby also earns 100 points towards qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, which is a significant boost for horses seeking to enter the race.
History of the Louisiana Derby
The Louisiana Derby was first run in 1894 at the Louisiana Jockey Club, which was located in the city of New Orleans. The race was initially called the Crescent City Derby, and it was run at a distance of one mile and a half. In 1919, the race was renamed the Louisiana Derby and was shortened to a distance of 1 mile and 1/16th.
Over the years, the Louisiana Derby has become a highly anticipated event, attracting some of the best horses in the country. The race has also undergone several changes in format, distance, and location. In 2003, the event was moved to the Fair Grounds Race Course, where it is still held today.
Some of the most notable horses that have won the Louisiana Derby include Black Gold, who won the race in 1924 and went on to win the Kentucky Derby the same year, and Grindstone, who won the Louisiana Derby in 1996 and went on to win the Kentucky Derby in 1996.
This year's edition features 12 horses including the 2/1 ML favorite #2 INSTANT COFFEE. New this year the top 5 will be awarded points for the Kentucky Derby (100-40-30-20-10) instead of just the top 4. The race will be race 12 on the 15 race program with an estimated post time of 6:42 pm EDT. Check out the Wagering Guide on Guaranteed Tip Sheet that will have an in-depth look at this race and all the 8 stakes races at the Fair Grounds this Saturday.
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