Sept. 5, 2013
On paper, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing looks like the likely winner of Saturday’s $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on virtue of his impressive West Virginia Derby victory last time out, but there are several Oaklawn connected horses hoping to pull the upset.
Chief among those runners is Shadwell Farm’s Bashaar, who has several stakes placings, but is still looking for a stakes win after breaking his maiden and winning an allowance race during the 2013 Oaklawn meet. After one start on turf in the American Turf Stakes at Churchill in May, the Street Cry (Ire) colt returned to the main track and was second in the Prairie Mile and third in the Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows. He most recently finished fourth in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga behind Palace Malace and Will Take Charge.
Two other horses looking to deny Departing the victory are Treasury Bill and Holiday Mischief, who each ran at Oaklawn once during the meet. Treasury Bill was among the favorites for the Rebel Stakes following a second in the San Vicente at Santa Anita, but wound up eighth that day. He has since raced with mixed results, but appears to be coming around for trainer Wayne Catalano, who took over the duties from Ron Ellis. Holiday Mischief, who was six in the Northern Spur Stakes, will be among the local favorites having won the track’s Prelude Stakes August 5.
The Super Derby is the 11th of 13 live races beginning at 12:00 noon. The Super Derby is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. CT.
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