It is looking increasingly unlikely that we will get Mine That Bird and Summer Bird for the 30th Super Derby (G2), to be run at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, September 19th.
The former was forced to miss the Travers following minor throat surgery, and the latter will probably shoot for the Jockey Club Gold Cup after a sharp win in the Travers (G1).
We have about seven or eight seriously looking at our event, and that list begins with the Super Derby Prelude top three Uno Mas, Electric Alphabet, and Red Lead.
Uno Mas, trained by Steve Asmussen, rallied from off the pace to get the job done in an exciting 3-horse photo in the Prelude. He had been a minor player in the stakes ranks before that and could be ready for the next level following his confidence boosting score.
Electric Alphabet is campaigned by Cecil Borel, and he jumped right into stakes action in the Prelude after breaking his maiden at Churchill. Calvin Borel rode him in all starts before leading rider at Louisiana Downs Don Simington took over the riding duties last time. Would be cool to see him reunite with Calvin.
Red Lead has been pointing to the Super Derby for quite some time, and he received a fine prep in the Prelude. He owns early/pressing speed and should move forward on the 19th.
Blame is a late blooming colt for Al Stall Jr., who saddled last year’s Super Derby winner My Pal Charlie. He was last seen winning the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.
Duke of Mischief dusted Red Lead and Uno Mas in the Iowa Derby, and he was last seen finishing 5th behind Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell.
Massone is expected to invade from Southern California for Ron McAnally. Garrett Gomez has the call, and he exits a sharp optional claiming turf tally at Del Mar. He was 3rd in the Blue Grass (G1) in April.
Regal Ransom would be an interesting speed threat should he opt for the Super Derby. The Godolphin colorbearer won the UAE Derby in Dubai earlier this year, and he was part of the pace before weakening to 8th in the Kentucky Derby.
Sumo was a sharp stalk and pounce winner of the Pleasant Colony Stakes at the Spa on Aug. 26th. He showed his quality earlier this year splitting General Quarters and Musket Man in a graded event at Tampa Bay.
$1,000 Regular Nominations for the Super Derby close on September 5th, and I’ll be back next week to update the possible field.
Image: Stacy Edwards