09/27/2005 11:00PM

Ten entered for Super Derby


BOSSIER CITY, La. - The Grade 2 Super Derby will have its largest field and largest purse since 1996 on Saturday after 10 horses, led by Real Dandy, Smokescreen, Nolan's Cat and Royal Saint, passed the entry box Wednesday at Louisiana Downs.

The last time the purse for the Super Derby was at this year's level of $750,000, in 1996, Editor's Note was the victor in a field of 11.

Louisiana Downs, which operates a slots casino, raised the purse from $500,000, and returned the distance of the race to 1 1/4 miles. The Super Derby had been run at 1 1/8 miles since 2002.

Real Dandy, winner of one $750,000 race already this year, the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby, will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan. The rest of the field, from the inside, with riders, is: Nolan's Cat, John Jacinto; Kilates Kiss, Carlos Gonzalez; Military Major, Jeff Burningham; Royal Saint, Guy Smith; Smokescreen, Mike Luzzi; Silver Haze, E.J. Perrodin; The Daddy, Pablo Morales; Desert Breeze, Chris DeCarlo; and A.P. Arrow, Corey Lanerie.

Royal Saint will be shooting for his fifth consecutive win. In his last out, he earned a fees-paid berth into the Super Derby for winning the $50,000 Prelude. Trainer Cole Norman was pleased with Royal Saint's No. 5 post.

"That will be perfect," he said. "But going a mile and a quarter, really, it doesn't matter. You've got a quarter of a mile to figure out where you want to be."

The Super Derby is the second leg of the NTRA national pick four, which has a $400,000 guarantee and a $1 minimum bet. The bet begins with the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont, and ends with the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont and the Goodwood Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.

Post time for the Super Derby is 4:06 p.m. Central; the race will air live on ESPN. There are three other stakes Saturday at Louisiana Downs, and Military Major is cross-entered in one of them, the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial.

The other stakes on the richest card of the meet are the $125,000 Harrah's Juvenile on turf and the $75,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks.