03/11/2015 5:36PM

Super Derby shifted to Sept. 12 at Louisiana Downs


Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., has moved the date of the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby to Sept. 12, according to a track official. The race had originally been scheduled for Sept. 5, but will be run a week later because it will be a better fit on the national racing calendar, said Trent McIntosh, director of racing operations for Louisiana Downs.

The Super Derby will remain 1 1/8 miles in distance. Early nominations are Aug. 15.

There are six stakes that traditionally support the Super Derby, and all of those races have also been moved to Sept. 12. The purses and conditions for the races remain the same. The offerings include a pair of $75,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at a mile on turf, the Happy Ticket for fillies and the Sunday Silence.

The $100,000 Prelude is the local prep for the Super Derby and it will also be run a week later, on Aug. 8, said McIntosh. The Prelude shares a program with six divisional stakes for Louisiana-breds and those races, which make for Louisiana Cup Day, have also been moved to Aug. 8.

Donnie Jones More than 1 year ago
It's about time they tried to make the Super Derby a little more important in the racing world. I remember in the late 80s, early 90s, there were a lot of really good horses running there and there was always a big crowd of fans. Olympio, Wallenda, etc. Now most of the people that show up are in the slots room.