Louisiana Downs Super Derby- Now Departing?

2013 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs

Sunday Silence, '89 Super Derby WinnerThis year is really flying by. It is time to preview the Super Derby from Louisiana Downs. Sad to say, but this race’s glory days have been long gone. I can remember when the purse was 1 million dollars and some of the winners were Temperance Hill, Sunny’s Halo, Gate Dancer, Alysheba and Sunday Silence. It has been downgraded from a Grade 1 to a Grade 2, and they have changed the distance from 11/4 miles to 11/8 miles. It just doesn’t have the appeal it had back in 1980. Still here it is and I am ready to preview it. As stated before, it is a Grade 2 event going 11/8 miles for 3 year olds with a purse of $500,000. It has a field of seven 3 year olds vying to be the 33rd winner of the race.

Departing Set to Fly in Super Derby

Departing Winning the West Virginia DerbyWe’ll start with the favorite Departing who is set in at even money. I usually try to find something to beat the favorite, but it will be hard to do in this race. It looks like the connections of Departing took a look at the race and saw who might be coming and decide to go down to Shreveport and receive the winners share of the purse which is $300,000. He has the speed figures to do it and has run against some of the big boys like Oxbow, Mylute and Revolutionary. Departing has Bashaar to deal with as the second favorite in the race at 7-2. But to be honest with you, I don’t believe he will be much competition. I never liked a shipper who comes into a big race and didn’t even bring his regular rider with him. But you can say that about every other shipper in this race. Ruler of Love ran a credible race in the Derby Trial finishing third and he finished second to Departing in the West Virginia Derby,  but was easily outrun in that one.

Cameo Appearance Looks to Delay that Flight

TiznowSo is it Departing’s race to win at will? Maybe so. But I would like to put a name into your mind, in fact a couple of names if you don’t mind. How about Bob Baffert? That’s right. He doesn’t have a charge in this race, but there is a horse that was previously trained by him in here. That is Cameo Appearance. He is currently trained by a talented trainer by the name of Wayne Catalano. The horse has not run over a mile yet, but I am quite certain that he can get the distance. He is set in at 8 to 1, but I believe his odds will be better than that. I said I wanted to put a couple of names into your mind and one was Baffert. The other name lends to the fact that I believe Cameo can get the distance, and that is Tiznow. Tiznow is the sire of Cameo Appearance’s dam. For those of you who don’t know, Tiznow won the Super Derby in 2000 with Chris McCarron on board. Cameo Appearance has been training really well coming up to this race and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him in the mix.

Playing shots the way I do, I will have win and place money on Cameo Appearance and an exacta box with him and Departing.

Good Luck gals and guys!




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