Super Derby 39 runs Sunday, Sept. 2, at La. Downs
While the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby is the lone graded stake Sunday, Sept. 2 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, the card will also feature six compelling undercard turf features on its 13-race program.
The marquee day of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet will get underway at a special post time of 12 p.m.
As announced Monday, Lone Sailor, who finished eighth in this year’s Run for the Roses for owner Gayle Benson’s GMB Racing, leads a field of nine in the Super Derby. Trained by Tom Amoss, the bay colt has faced the nation’s top three-yearolds, including Triple Crown winner Justify in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Lone Sailor ran second by a nose in the Grade 3, Ohio Derby and most recently finished a respectable third in the Grade 1, Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
Lone Sailor has competed in eight graded stakes to date and is the high earner in the Super Derby field with $579,237 banked in twelve starts. Jockey James Graham has the mount aboard the 7-5 morning-line choice.
His top rivals include Autumn Warrior, who earned his berth into the Super Derby as the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude here on Aug. 4 for trainer Al Stall Jr; Iowa Derby winner High North from the barn of Brad Cox and Lionite, who will ship in for Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen.
The 39th running of the Super Derby will run as the 11th race of the afternoon, with an approximate post time of 5:02 p.m.
Jockey Autograph Signing to Benefit PDJF Set for Sunday, Sept. 2
As part of Sunday’s Super Derby festivities, fans are invited to participate in a Jockey Meet and Greet and Autograph Signing in the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs main entrance area at 10:30 a.m. A photo of the riders will be available for $5 with the proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).