Super Derby events and lineup announced

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 5:49pm

With the Super Derby just days away, Louisiana Downs called a special meeting to randomly select the posts for Saturday's Super Derby.

Race 11 - $500,000 Super Derby (Grade 2) – Approx. Post Time 5:15pm
PP, Horse, Odds, Jockey, Trainer
1. Bashaar (7-2), C. Hill, D. Peitz
2. Holiday Mischief (10-1), M. Berry, J. Offolter
3. Runaway Stephen (20-1), C. Rosier, J. Foster
4. Treasury Bill (10-1), R. Eramia, W. Catalano
5. Ruler of Love (6-1), S. Spieth, J. Scott
6. Cameo Appearance (8-1), P. Valenzuela, W. Catalano
7. Departing (Even), R. Albarado, A. Stall, Jr.

A gelded son of War Front, Departing did not begin his career until the end of his juvenile season, winning a 6 furlong affair at Fair Grounds Race Course. He has progressed tremendously in the ensuing 8 months and is considered to be one of the top three-year-olds in the nation. Five weeks ago, he was an 8 3/4-lengths winner of the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby at the Super Derby's 1⅛-mile trip. The Al Stall, Jr.-trained horse has been installed as the even money morning line favorite and will be ridden by Robby Albarado.

Stall will be in search of his third Super Derby score in the past six years when he saddles Departing. Stall previously won with My Pal Charlie in 2008 and Apart in 2010. His best known runner, champion and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Blame, also ran in the Super Derby, finishing second to Regal Ransom in 2009. If victorious, Stall would become the first trainer to win the Super Derby three times.

Shadwell Stable's improving Bashaar exits the Jim Dandy, a race in which he crossed the wire fourth behind the talented trio of Palace Malice, Will Take Charge, and Moreno.

Trained by Dan Peitz, the late-running Street Cry colt finished a hard charging third in the Grade 3 Iowa Derby in his previous start. The dark bay will be ridden by Channing Hill, and is listed as the 7-2 second choice, breaking from the rail.

The Super Derby's traditional prep, the Prelude Stakes, produced a thrilling finish in which Carter Thoroughbreds and Joe Offolter’s Holiday Mischief edged favorite Sunbean by a head at odds 16-1. Trained by Joe Offolter, the son of Into Mischief earned his first stakes victory that afternoon. He has drawn the two-post with Cliff Berry, winner of the 2007 Super Derby aboard Going Ballistic, and is listed at 10-1 on the morning line.

Holiday Mischief and Departing have met once before when Departing won the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Park in March by 2 3/4-lengths, with Holiday Mischief taking second place money.

Owners Gary and Mary West and trainer Wayne Catalano will send out a two-pronged attack in the Super Derby with Cameo Appearance (8-1) and Treasury Bill (10-1). The former, to be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, is a lightly raced colt who exits a runner-up finish in the Straight Line at Arlington Park, his first try against stakes company. Treasury Bill bids to rekindle his early season magic, as he had a brief stay on the Kentucky Derby trail that included a second-place finish in the Grade 2 San Vicente at Santa Anita.

Rounding out the Super Derby field are Matthew Rebro, Jr. and Frank Coniglio's stakes winning, Ruler of Love (6-1), a Peace Rules colt trained by Joan Scott who finished a well beaten second in the West Virginia Derby last time; and William Harris and Donald Guinn’s Runaway Stephen (20-1). Trained by Joey Foster, Runaway Stephen enters off a third-place finish in the aforementioned Super Derby prelude.

The Super Derby has been the premier event at Louisiana Downs since its inception in 1980. Champion, and Belmont Stakes winner, Temperence Hill won that first edition and the $500,000 race has attracted an impressive list of top three-year-olds since. Included in the Super Derby roll call of winners are three colts who went on to earn Horse of the Year honors, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, and Tiznow. The Super Derby will be the centerpiece of a stakes-packed thirteen race card on Saturday that features six stakes races with more than $950,000 in total purses and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 beginning on Race 8.

Here are Super Derby events, all are at Louisiana Downs unless specified otherwise.

Thursday, September 5th
Racing Dollar Days
$1 draft, $1 hotdogs, and $1 racing program
See Racing Publications for more information

Super Derby 5K brought to you by Sportspectrum
On the racetrack at 6:45pm
Proceeds benefit Louisiana Horse Rescue Association
Register online at

Friday, September 6th
Racing Reward Credit Multiplier
Swipe your Total Rewards card at the Promotional Kiosks in the Racing Lobby and double the Rewards Credits you earn on each wager.

Saturday, September 7th SUPER DERBY DAY
Donuts at the Downs sponsored by Krispy Kreme
7am near the Winners Circle
Come meet our track announcer, Travis Stone, and enjoy donuts and coffee on the Racing Apron

Super Derby Showdown Finale
Registration from 10am to 2pm in the Racing Lobby
Winners announced after last live race
$50 entry fee

Super Derby Sweepstakes
Activate entries from 10am to 4pm at the Promotional Kiosks in the Racing Lobby
Drawings held after each live race leading up to Super Derby Race

Handicapping Seminar with Travis Stone
11am –The Inside Rail

Jockey Meet & Greet and Autograph Signing
Noon –In the Racing Lobby
Autographed Photos: $5 for the Disabled Jockey Fund

$5 Free Bet
11am to 6pm at the Promotional Kiosks in the Racing Lobby
Valid for 9/21/13

1st Race of the Day begins at Noon
Post Time –TBD
All You Can Eat Contest
Donut Eating Contest sponsored by Krispy Kreme
Approximately 1:30pm on the Race Track

Opening Ceremony with the Mayors Proclamation—Free To The Public—Bossier City Mayor Lorenzo (Lo) Walker opens the 2013 Super Derby Race
3pm –On the Apron

Super Derby Hat Contest
Registration in the Racing Lobby –2pm to 4pm
Judging will take place approximately after the 7th race
Three Categories:
1) Spirit of Louisiana 2) Classic 3) Most Original
Prizes include a trophy, $100 cash, and buffet coupons to Harrahs Buffet

Super Derby Day in the Sky
11am – 6pm –In the Sky Room
$39.99 per person

34th Running of the Super Derby
Approximately 5:20pm


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