09/22/2010 4:50PM

Hurricane Ike figures out front in Super Derby

Barbara D. Livingston
Hurricane Ike, winner of the Derby Trial, is the 9-5 favorite for the Grade 2 Super Derby.

BOSSIER CITY, La. – Hurricane Ike touched down in Louisiana late Wednesday morning and shortly afterward was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby. He is the speed of a six-horse field that also includes the undefeated Golden Moka and fellow Southern California invader Distorted Economy.

The Super Derby is the richest race of the Louisiana Downs meet and will be one of eight stakes worth a total of more than $1 million on Saturday’s card. There will be a $100,000-guaranteed pick four on races 9-12, with the sequence to include the Super Derby.

Hurricane Ike, who won the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs in May, will break from post 4 under Joel Rosario.

“He should be up close to the lead,” said John Sadler, who trains Hurricane Ike for Dawn and Ike Thrash. “Hopefully, he’ll be in front.”
Hurricane Ike will be stretching out from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles for the Super Derby. He arrived Wednesday morning from Hollywood Park.

“He just got over there,” Sadler said shortly after the draw. “He got in there in pretty good shape, and we’re looking forward to running Saturday.”

Distorted Economy, who also is in from Hollywood Park, drew post 6. He was third in the $100,000 El Cajon at Del Mar in his last start Sept. 3. Trainer Neil Drysdale has given the mount to Patrick Valenzuela.

Golden Moka, winner of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes who is invading from Canada, will break from post 5. He is to be ridden by Anthony Stephen and was scheduled to fly in Thursday.

The field, from the rail with riders, is Ricky Tick, Marlon St. Julien; Arctic Comet, John Jacinto; Apart, Jesse Campbell; Hurricane Ike; Golden Moka; and Distorted Economy.

Arctic Comet was a surprise entrant Wednesday and also was cross-entered in the $50,000 Unbridled.

“We’re going to go in the Super Derby,” said Tony Richey, who trains Arctic Comet.

Richey said the horse would van to Louisiana Downs on Friday from his training center base in Tyler, Texas.

Wando Redd, who had been under serious consideration for the Super Derby, will instead remain sprinting and point to the $250,000 Gallant Bob at Parx Racing on Oct. 9, according to trainer Jorge Lara.

There will be 13 races Saturday, with a special first post of 12 p.m. Central. The forecast is for a high of 91 degrees and there is a small chance of isolated thunderstorms, according to weather.com. The Super Derby is scheduled to be broadcast on both HRTV and TVG.