The $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) is the highlight of the Fair Grounds meeting, and is the major local Kentucky Derby prep race and is worth 100 points to the winner in the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. A field of 10 three-year-olds went to post in the 101st renewal of this 1 1/8 mile test on Saturday afternoon, under cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 60's. Risen Star (G2) winner Intense Holiday was sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 3-1 second choice In Trouble, third in the Gotham (G3) last out, and 7-2 Vicar's In Trouble, winner of the Lecomte (G3) before finishing third in the Risen Star.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik sent Vicar's In Trouble to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.56, 47.56, and 1:12.14 while pressed by 13-1 Rise Up and In Trouble. On the far turn, Vicar's In Trouble began to open up on the field, getting the mile in 1:37.15. Favorite Intense Holiday, 4th early, put in a late rally 3 wide but to no avail, as Vicar's In Trouble cruised past the post 3 1/2 lengths in front in a time of 1:50.77 over the fast main track. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 13-1 Commanding Curve third.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form