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Louisiana Derby

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Louisiana Derby 2 Fair Grounds Racecourse Louisiana Derby

Louisiana Derby

The Louisiana Derby is an annual 1 1/16 mile American horserace run on dirt for three-year-old thoroughbreds in early March every year at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a Gr 2 event that currently offers a purse of $600,000 and is well known as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

Inaugurated in 1898, the Louisiana Derby has a long and rich heritage and over the years has yielded some impressive runners. Two Louisiana Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby - Black Gold in 1924 and Grindstone in 1996.

Other notable race winners have included Peace Rules, who won the 2003 Louisiana Derby, and then went on to win the Haskell Invitational Handicap in the same year, the New Orleans Handicap in 2004, the Oaklawn Handicap in 2004 and the Suburban Handicap in 2004.

Then of course there is Risen Star, who won the race in 1988. Although he failed to win the Kentucky Derby, he went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes that year, coming within one leg of winning the U.S. Triple Crown.

Since 1988, jockey Pat Day has won the Louisiana Derby three times in 1991, 1992 and 1997. Since the same year, a number of top trainers have won the race twice, including Louie J. Roussel III, Neil J. Howard, Randy Bradshaw, Bobby Frankel and Steve Asmussen.

The Louisiana Derby was cancelled in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas.

Louisiana Derby - Past Winners

2004 Wimbledon
2005 High Limit
2006 no race due to Hurricane Katrina
2007 Circular Quay
2008 Pyro

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