09/20/2013 3:28PM

Louisiana Downs: Departing's Oklahoma Derby itinerary set

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Super Derby winner Departing is scheduled to work Sunday for the Sept. 29 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

Departing is scheduled to work Sunday at Louisiana Downs in what will be his final prep for the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, trainer Al Stall Jr., said Friday. The 1  1/8-mile race at Remington Park is to be run next Sunday, Sept. 29.

Departing has remained at Louisiana Downs, where Stall has a division, since his win in the track’s Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 7. The meet closes Sunday. Stall said Departing would have a “very easy half-mile” breeze, then ship to Oklahoma City later Saturday, Sept. 28.

“We’re on schedule,” he said of the Oklahoma Derby. “He’s doing well. He’s had a good appetite. He’s been playing, and even in the warm weather, he’s full of life.

“He should really enjoy the drop in humidity that’s happening this weekend.”

Stall said Robby Albarado has the mount on Departing, who races for his breeders, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. Albarado was aboard for the horse’s four-length win in the Super Derby as well as his 8 3/4-length win in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby.

Prelude winner to Oklahoma Derby

Holiday Mischief, who was a sharp winner of the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 3, will likely make his next start in the Oklahoma Derby, trainer Joe Offolter said. He is scheduled to work for the race Monday at his base of Remington.

Holiday Mischief has raced once since the Prelude, finishing seventh in the Super Derby.

“He got stuck down on the inside, didn’t really like it,” Offolter said.

** A Louisiana-bred colt by Summer Bird is among six horses that have been added to Tuesday’s yearling auction being put on by the Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana. They will take the places of withdrawn horses, selling as Hips 22, 61, 83, 107, 130, and 165. Overall, there are 202 horses cataloged to the auction being held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La.


Back in March, Holiday Mischief ran second to Departing in the $50,000 Texas Heritage at Sam Houston Race Park.

Broadway Empire, winner of the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in his most recent start Aug. 17, is expected for the Oklahoma Derby, according to Don Thompson, stakes coordinator for Remington. The horse, who is trained by Robertino Diodoro, worked Friday at Turf Paradise, going five furlongs in 59.80 seconds.

Thompson also expects Braveman, runner-up in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby. Other possible contenders include Bradester, who was second in a Saratoga allowance Aug. 24. The race was the horse’s first since a January win in an allowance at Gulfstream Park.

The list of potential starters also includes Texas Bling and He Has Bling, a pair of stakes winners who race for Hall’s Family Trust and are trained by Danele Durham.

“They’re both possibilities,” Durham said Friday.

Durham said the horses were to work Saturday, Sept. 21, at Remington, and from there a decision would be made on their status. Texas Bling won the $300,000 Springboard Mile over Will Take Charge last December at Remington, while He Has Bling won a division of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park in May.