Updated on 09/04/2013 3:44PM

Super Derby: Departing, Bashaar need pace assistance

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Departing will be a heavy favorite in Saturday's Grade 2 Super Derby.

BOSSIER CITY, La. – The trainers of Departing and Bashaar, the top two choices for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, are both hoping for an honest pace in the mile and an eighth race, which drew seven horses when entries were taken Wednesday.

The Super Derby, which will have its 34th running Saturday, is the centerpiece of the meet. It anchors a card of six stakes worth a cumulative $950,000. The Super Derby goes as the 11th race on a 13-race program, with an approximate post of 5:15 p.m. Central. It is the final leg of a $100,000-guaranteed, all-stakes pick four on races 8-11.

Departing, who will break from post 7, is even-money on the morning line, while Bashaar, who drew the rail, is 7-2. Departing comes into the race off an 8 3/4-length win in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby.

“He’s done better coming from off the pace a little bit,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Departing for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. “This will be a smaller race-field than he’s run in as far as number of horses, and we might keep him a little closer than he was in some of those big fields.”

Robby Albarado has the mount on Departing.

Bashaar comes off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga July 27.

“I’m a little worried about what kind of pace we’re going to have,” said Dan Peitz, who trains Bashaar for Shadwell Stable. “It would be a benefit if we have a little setup. I don’t know if we’re going to get that. The smaller the field the less likely that we’re going to get an honest enough pace. That’s a concern.”

Channing Hill has the mount on Bashaar.

The role of pacemaker could fall to Cameo Appearance, who will be making his two-turn debut under jockey Patrick Valenzuela. He will break from post 6. Cameo Appearance exits the $66,000 Straight Line at Arlington Park on Aug. 17, a one-turn mile race in which he pressed the pace and finished third.

“I’m not sure how the race will set up,” said Wayne Catalano, who trains Cameo Appearance. “We’re going to take in the post position draw and then talk strategy.” 

Ruler of Love is another candidate to set the tempo Saturday. He led the West Virginia Derby field through six furlongs in 1:11.60 in his last start before finishing second to Departing. Ruler of Love will break from post 5 under Scott Spieth. He is trained by Joan Scott.

Holiday Mischief, winner of the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs in his most recent start Aug. 3, brings tactical speed into the Super Derby. He will break from post 2 under Cliff Berry.

“He’s a horse that if they go slow, he can be on the lead,” said Joe Offolter, who trains Holiday Mischief.

“But I would like to see a fast pace. I think he’s kind of [best] stalking.”

The complete Super Derby field from the rail with riders and odds is: Bashaar, Hill, 7-2; Holiday Mischief, Berry, 10-1; Runaway Stephen, Chris Rosier, 20-1; Treasury Bill, Richard Eramia, 10-1; Ruler of Love, Spieth, 6-1; Cameo Appearance, Valenzuela, 8-1; Departing, Albarado, 1-1.

Other highlights of the card include Grade  2 winner Gantry’s comeback in the $50,000 Temperence Hill for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs, and an appearance by Artemus Kitten, the runner-up in the Grade 3 Modesty at Arlington, in the $100,000 River Cities.

There is a special first post of 12 p.m. Central on Saturday. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a high of 95, according to weather.com. The Super Derby is scheduled to be shown on TVG, according to Louisiana Downs spokesman Travis Stone.

Super Derby
Purse: $500,000; 1 1/8 miles; Grade 2
1, Bashaar, Channing Hill, 7-2
2, Holiday Mischief, Cliff Berry, 10-1
3, Runaway Stephen, Chris Rosier, 20-1
4, Treasury Bill, Richard Eramia, 10-1
5, Ruler of Love, Scott Spieth, 6-1
6, Cameo Appearance, Patrick Valenzuela, 8-1
7, Departing, Robby Albarado, 1-1
Track odds

Dave More than 1 year ago
Illinois Derby + WV Derby + Super Derby. $2 million in purses total. Fantastic campaign mapped out by Claiborne-Stall. Hasn't had to beat anybody to earn a million bucks. As a facing fan it does nothing for me. But this is basically the blueprint of how to campaign a 3yo gelding.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Its called he is a gelding it all about purse money, best spots available, just like wise Dan and game on dude. No reason for him to improve his stud fee by winning the Travers, because there will never be one. If I was his owner I would do the same build up his purse winnings the run in Breeders Cup Classic. Might shock the world horse who comes out of a lot of easy efforts. Would be freshest horse in field besides Dude no really tough races.
Dave More than 1 year ago
That's what I said.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I probably should read the whole post next time. Apology
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
This should be a easy one for departing, win super on saturday, win Awesome Againn, at end of month then go win classic in big upset fasion just like Tiznow, nothing wrong with dreaming. LOL.
WILL More than 1 year ago
THAT MUST BE DREAMING!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Having a tough day Will? Hang in there. It'll get better.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Del mar closed have really nothing to do for a month waiting for Santa anita to open. The gold cup, kelso, Jamaica at Belmont. Seven horse field best bet seem to be a pick 3 or 4 with departing as a single. What do you think.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Departing is the most under rated colt( gelding) of his division.
CWineke More than 1 year ago
Absolutely True!
david More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine how hard it must be for a racing secretary to get good horses to come to LAD to race. Even putting up $500,000 they can't get much in the way of real race horses except the 7. On the other hand Mr Stall has done an outstanding job managing his horse. Why not go to a bush track if they are going to put up that much money and nobody else wants it.
Gregory More than 1 year ago
Embarassment of a field..... It's a shame how this track has gone from a premier track in the south to literally the worst in the State of Louisiana. Gone are the days attracting horses like Soul of the Matter, Tiznow, and Concern. As a long time patron of La. Downs, it hurts like hell to see this track fade like a cheap claimer.
Perl More than 1 year ago
and you're a st Louis rams fan. Condolences bro.
Guy John More than 1 year ago
Departing should go off at 2-5. $500k for this race? Embarrassing.
jmac9571 More than 1 year ago
You failed to mention it's a grade II race as well.
Greg More than 1 year ago
not for long
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Dear Ms. Rampalini, I love the 7 Departing owned by the Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, trained by Al Stall Jr., and ridden by Robby Albarado. If he repeats his West Virginia Derby win everybody else is running for second! Sincerely, Kyle Stasierowski 28-year-old loyal TVG viewer, HRTV Live Feed viewer, and DRF Facebook friend and Twitter follower from Alden, New York
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Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Did he say something that is not correct?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I agree Kyle. Departing does look very strong. I don't think we have seen his best yet. Best of luck.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Thank you DRF for removing the sarcastic comment that was here previously.
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Dear Ms. Rampalini, I love the 7 Departing owned by the Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, trained by Al Stall Jr., and ridden by Robby Albarado. If he repeats his West Virginia Derby win everybody else is running for second! Sincerely, Kyle Stasierowski 28-year-old loyal TVG viewer, HRTV Live Feed viewer, and DRF Facebook friend and Twitter follower from Alden, New York
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I want to see Departing in the Breeder Cup Mile. That is his best distance.
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
Departing will win this for fun as his connections have chose wisely the races he will dominate. I would too. He's certainly not in the same class as Oxbow, Verrazano, Orb but he is a useful money making machine if used wisely. There is a lot of money to be made avoiding the top tier. If he were as good as they are he would be competing with them. When he did compete with them in the Preakness he had his class stamped and it wasn't good.
Perl More than 1 year ago
I agree his campaign has been well thought-out, but I wouldn't necessarily say he can't compete with the top 3-year-olds anymore. The Preakness was just one race and he may have been on a negative form pattern cycle. This one might might have a few G1 wins in his future.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Plus he was down inside in the Preakness. This horse has improved since then.
jg777 More than 1 year ago
Not to mention he could develop into a top 4 year old handicap horse i.e Blame.
Thiggy More than 1 year ago
There is alot of money to be made racing in the top tier since only two horses have one more than one Grade 1 race this year.