03/20/2012 5:13PM

Fair Grounds: Alpha now seen likely for Louisiana Derby

Barbara D. Livingston
Alpha has been under consideration for the Wood Memorial and Florida Derby as well as the Louisiana Derby.

Add Alpha’s name to the list of probable Louisiana Derby starters. Alpha, winner of the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct in his most recent start, had been under consideration for both the Wood Memorial and the Florida Derby in recent weeks, but now seems likely to ship to New Orleans from Florida next week.

“The chances are very good that we’re coming that way,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told the Fair Grounds publicity department.

“We will stay here in Florida and work this last time, make sure all is well for everybody going into the Florida Derby, and then we’ll enter at the Fair Grounds, most likely,” McLaughlin said.

Alpha, a Bernardini colt owned by Godolphin, finished 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall but rebounded to capture the Count Fleet and the Withers this winter in New York. McLaughlin said Julien Leparoux would have the mount if Alpha does indeed start at Fair Grounds.


ALEJANDRO ANZA More than 1 year ago
how in this world you can bring new people to the track with this kind of news?, an operation like godolphin (money is not a issue and they have tons of good stallions everywhere) trying to avoid best competition for his colt to just get a gate in the kd!!!! really? please run the horses!!!!!! people want to see champions on the track, i want to cry.......
mace More than 1 year ago
IMO Alpha should have run in the Florida Derby,if he has not improved to the point where he can beat UR then I dont see how he will beat him in the KD.
Douglas More than 1 year ago
ALPHA - JULIEN LEPAROUX - LOUISIANA DERBY , A PERFECT FIT ! ALPHA really has no business going into the FLORIDA DERBY nor WOOD MEMORIAL to pick up Graded Earnings . I have been saying for nearly a month now , that McLaughlin / Godolphin ought to start considering other tracks to travel other than the likes of FLORIDA DERBY vs UNION RAGS . . . . WOOD MEMORIAL vs HANSEN .................. Look at the ARKANSAS DERBY where there is Absolutely NO - CLASS - IN - MY - OPINION that are worthy of taking on the field in the KENTUCKY DERBY . I still believe the ARKANSAS DERBY would be far more better for ALPHA . The SOUTHWEST at that distance - Big Deal , and then to come back and go 1 1/16 in 1 . 44.5 Speed Beyer of ONLY 92 ! My Grandfather culd have run that time , well maybe in the last 70 yards , well you get my point ! SANTA ANITA DERBY vs CREATIVE CAUSE ................. You see , all of the TOP DERBY CONTENDERS want you to come to their back yard - they dare Ya , and ya would be a fool to go , unless you know 99 . 9% your Colt is Good Enough to gather up the ( PLACE or SHOW ) Earnings . So This Is A Wise Call by A Wise Trainer
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
Regardless of what you have to say, your use of Capital letters is an eyesore........