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Saturday's Louisiana Derby Works

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 23, 2013) –Although heavy ground fog made splits on some of the candidates who worked Saturday morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the 100th anniversary edition of the $1 million Louisiana Derby March 30 unobtainable, Fair Grounds clocker Mike Diliberto was able to record splits on those locally-based Louisiana Derby probable starters who worked later in the morning as the fog gradually lifted.

GROUND TRANSPORT ROLLS RIGHT AFTER THE MORNING BREAK – Marette Farrell et al.’s Ground Transport, in a six-furlong move timed immediately after the break in 1:12.60, was caught in early splits of 12.40, 24 flat, 35.80, 48 flat and 1:00.20 before completing the six furlongs.

“He looked very good doing it,” said Diliberto of the Mike Stidham trainee. “He looked very strong throughout the whole move.”

HIP FOUR SIXTYNINE GET FIVE EIGHTHS IN 1:00.20 – J-Lu LLC’s Hip Four Sixtynine was timed for five furlongs in 1:00.20 but Diliberto caught the Bobby Barnett trainee going the half in 47 and change. 

“Bobby Barnett’s horse was really rolling through the lane,” said Diliberto.

SUNBEAN BREEZES HALF-MILE IN 48.20; WHISKEY BRAVO IN 48.60 – Brittlyn Stables’ Sunbean breezed a half-mile in 48.20 for trainer Al Stall Jr., but Diliberto caught him galloping out five-eighths in 1:02 flat.

No splits were obtainable for Erich Brehm and Gene Voss’s Whiskey Bravo, who got the half in 48.60 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.