Latest Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford Graded Stakes Probables
The following lists of known probables were compiled from information provided by the Racing Office, as well as from interviews with horsemen and other published media reports. Probables are listed first, alphabetically (with trainer), followed by those considered possible. Entries for the Feb. 23 card will be drawn Monday.
Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles): Agent (Amy McAnally), Bethel (Gennadi Dorochenko), Circle Unbroken (Garry Simms), Code West (Bob Baffert), Departing (Al Stall Jr.), Golden Soul (Dallas Stewart), He’s Had Enough (Doug O’Neill), Ive Struck a Nerve (Keith Desormeaux), Mylute (Tom Amoss), Normandy Invasion (Chad Brown), Oxbow (Wayne Lukas), Palace Malice (Todd Pletcher), Proud Strike (Steve Asmussen) and Sunbean (Stall).
Grade III, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes(3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles): Alluring Lady (Ronny Werner), Blue Violet (Larry Jones), Dancinginthecircle (Jones), Every Way (Mike Stidham), Finding More (Kellyn Gorder), Gal About Town (Bret Calhoun), Midnight Ballet (Tom Proctor), Neith (Wayne Lukas), Promise Me More (Wes Hawley),Touch Magic (Pat Devereux Jr.) and Unlimited Budget (Todd Pletcher).
Grade III, $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap (4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles): Cool Street (Bernie Flint), Golden Ticket (Ken McPeek), Golden Yank (will cross-enter in Fair Grounds Handicap; Gary Thomas), Hero of Order (Gennadi Dorochenko), Infrattini (Paul McGee), Macho Bull (Dorochenko), Mark Valeski (Larry Jones), Nehro (Steve Asmussen) and Raison d’Etat (Wayne Lukas).
Grade III, $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf): Bim Bam (Steve Asmussen), Cavalero (Wayne Catalano), Golden Yank (will cross-enter in Mineshaft Handicap; Gary Thomas), Hyper (Chad Brown), Optimizer (Wayne Lukas), Strike Impact (Pat Dupuy), Twinspired (Mike Maker), Two Months Rent (Jimmy Toner) and Willcox Inn (Mike Stidham).