Updated on 09/15/2011 1:04PM

Until Sundown takes the 'Tiznow trail'


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Until Sundown is not as accomplished as Tiznow, but he is following in the reigning Horse of the Year's hoofprints.

Until Sundown has taken the same road to this year's Grade 1, $500,000 Super Derby that Tiznow did last year, when he won the 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds by six lengths before going on to capture the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Until Sundown won the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap in June and finished second to Congaree in the Grade 1 Swaps in July. Last year, Tiznow won the Affirmed, and also finished second in the Swaps. Both horses' final race before the Super Derby came in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic. Tiznow finished second against his older rivals, and Until Sundown ran fifth.

Until Sundown, a son of Smart Strike who has earned $266,600, will probably get off the "Tiznow trail" after the Super Derby, and will point to the Strub Series in California next year instead of the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"I'm more inclined to wait for the restricted 4-year-old races at Santa Anita," said trainer Laura de Seroux of the Strub Series.

De Seroux said the Super Derby became an option for Until Sundown when he came out of the Pacific Classic in good shape. De Seroux said he struggled with the racing surface in the Pacific Classic.

"We gave him four days off after that race, and couldn't hold him on the ground anymore," said de Seroux. "Now he's got a mile and a quarter under his belt, and with this being the last Grade 1 of the year for 3-year-olds on the dirt, we have to go for it."

Jockey Gary Stevens, who has been aboard Until Sundown in all but one of his starts, has the mount in the Super Derby. E Dubai arrives E Dubai, runner-up in the Grade 1 Travers and probable favorite for Sunday's 22nd running of the Super Derby, arrived from his New York base Thursday afternoon aboard a flight that also carried Outofthebox to town for the race.

Racing officials are expecting eight horses - and seven betting interests - for the Super Derby after outsider Wow defected Thursday morning in favor of an allowance race Saturday.

Bossier City Handicap winner Seattle Night joined the Super Derby field as part of an entry with two-time stakes winner Royal Spy for trainer Cole Norman.

The field for the Super Derby will be completed by Grade 3 Round Table winner Discreet Hero, Prelude Stakes winner Rare Cure, and Prelude runner-up Quadrophonic Sound.

*Louisiana Downs will heighten security at the track over Super Derby weekend as a result of the recent terrorist attacks. There will be more security throughout the facility, and officials could search large bags and coolers at entryways.