03/19/2013 1:56PM

Louisiana Derby: Titletown Five will skip Sunland Derby, head to Fair Grounds

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Tom Keyser
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has opted to wait a week and run Titletown Five in the Louisiana Derby.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Titletown Five is being rerouted to the Grade  2, $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 30 because the timing of the race will allow him to have another workout and also because the Louisiana Derby awards the winner 100 qualifing points for the Kentucky Derby, trainer D.  Wayne Lukas said on Tuesday. The horse had been pointed for Sunday’s Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park, which gives 50 points to the winner.

Titletown Five worked Tuesday morning at his Oaklawn base, going six furlongs in 1:16.20 on a track rated good. Jon Court was aboard for the move and has the mount in the Louisiana Derby, which will be run at Fair Grounds. Gary Stevens had been booked to ride Titletown Five in the Sunland Derby, but will be riding in Dubai the afternoon of the Louisiana Derby, said Lukas.

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Titletown Five will be making his second start of the year in the Louisiana Derby. In his 3-year-old debut March 2, he ran second in the $60,000 Gazebo, a six-furlong race at Oaklawn. Titletown Five was an individual betting interest in the second pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on the strength of a nine-length win in a maiden special weight at Churchill Downs last October.

Lukas said there were several reasons to await the Louisiana Derby.

“This gives me an extra week and it gives me a 100-point race,” he said. “It’s a shorter trip [to New Orleans], and it gives me another work [before he runs]. Those are all pretty good pluses.”

Titletown Five breezed in the first set Tuesday, breaking off from the 5 1/2-furlong pole and continuing past the wire to the 7 1/2-furlong pole. Oaklawn’s head clocker, Jim Hamilton, carried the horse through fractions of 25.40 seconds for the opening quarter, 38.60 for three furlongs, 51.60 for a half-mile, and 1:03.80 for five furlongs.

“I wanted a good tightener,” Lukas said. “The next one’s a mile and an eighth, and it’s a big jump, from six furlongs to a mile and an eighth, so I wanted to make sure that I got the tightener in him.

“He was well within himself. It was very easy for him, and surprisingly so. I thought he might be a little [tired] on that track. That track’s a little sticky this morning. I thought that he handled it very, very well.”

Titletown Five races for a partnership that includes Hall of Fame football players Paul Hornung and Willie Davis.

Court won the Grade 2, $600,000 Rebel on Saturday at Oaklawn, aboard the Lukas-trained Will Take Charge.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We must remember that d' wildcat speed (titletown five's mother) was a sprinter that took her speed beyond the 1 1/8 miles and after winning 15 derbies in Puerto Rico went to NY to win the rampart h. (GII 9f) and was sold for 1 million at keeneland thats why i see many chances for titletown five the son of tiznow have the enough quality and endurance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lukas isn't in the hall of fame for being a dumb
Joseph More than 1 year ago
Doesn't matter, TT5 only a plow mule.
pennyandy More than 1 year ago
with the 4th and 5th placed colts in risen star not participating in la. derby, looks like the 2nd and 3rd placed colts will take center stage on march 30th along with revolutionary
Cory Casebier More than 1 year ago
DEPARTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
george cernansky More than 1 year ago
Titletown Five is a sprinter, will get beat by 25 lengths for sure.
Mark More than 1 year ago
lol
Mark More than 1 year ago
by Tiznow out of a mare who won multiple stakes including a grade 2 going 1 1/8
Nicholas More than 1 year ago
sorry mcgavis but your not beating DEPARTING i will tell you that right now
Sam More than 1 year ago
I not sure I agree with all Mark says, but Lukas is doing the same as Baffert and Pletcher who also have multiple Derby possibilities: separate them.
Mark More than 1 year ago
TT5 is Lukas' only runner going in either the Sunland and/ or Louisiana Derby. Oxbow is Arkansas Derby and WTC is bluegrass.
Mark More than 1 year ago
*or
Robert More than 1 year ago
Looks like the boys in the racing office at the Fair Grounds have done a good job with this race.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Absolutely.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Lukas knows what he has and what he s doing .
Mark More than 1 year ago
While it is a bit concerning the change in races comes after the work the trainer has a proven track record in the derby and has two starters most likely already in this year . TT5 has tremendous talent just watch his maiden score @ CD. There have been issues as his next start will be just his second this year. But his 6th career. Trusting that if he goes in Louisiana Derby he all be ready . If price is right it also being his first time 2 turns I will be looking to play him. Regardless of the fact that WTC and oxbow have run well. I feel this is the Lukas horse to watch . And I had WTC in rebel.
Mark More than 1 year ago
http://www.churchilldowns.com/racing-wagering/toteboard/2012-10-28/11 race 11 for the sprinter comment above pay attention to gallop out .