Louisiana Derby 2022

 

Louisiana Derby 2022 is important on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. the winner of the race receives 100 qualifying points to advance to the first weekend in May. Therefore, the winner is likely a qualifier for the event with just this one win. The same can be said for second place getting 40 points. The Louisiana Derby is held at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Historically speaking, winners of the Louisiana Derby have went on to win or place in other legs of the Triple Crown. Master Derby won the 1975 Preakness, Golden Act placed in  the Derby is 1979, No Le Hace also placed in the Derby 1972, Risen Star placed in the Kentucky Derby and went on to dominate the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1988 to become the champion 3 year-old male of the year.

 

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Louisiana Derby 2022 at the Gate

Silent Power is 50-1 odds to win and owned by Norman Stables LLC aand trained by Scott Gelner. Pedigree is from Strong Mandate. Silent Power had had two races with both at Delta Downs where the 3 year-old colt finished fourth and second. Likely not a contender or in the money for this race.

Zozos is currently 8-1 odds to win and is owned by Barry and Joni Butzow. Trainer is Brad H. Cox and pedigree is from Munnings. This 3 year-old colt that has won his only two starts with one at the Fair Grounds. He also won a 10 length victory at Oaklawn. This horse will get some attention from the public bettors. Don’t count this one out.

Call Me Midnight sits at 6-1 odds and is a contender to win this race. Pedigree is garnered from champion sprinter Midnight Lute and owned by Peter L. Cantrell. Trainer is Keith Desormeaux. The only race for this horse in 2022 came in January at the (G3) Lecomte where it went from eighth place to defeat Epicenter by a head. After that, it went to training and they have been extending the furlongs for Call Me Midnight. This race is one furlong further than its training. Not everyone’s favorite.

Curly Tail currently at 30-1 odds this son o Curlin is trained by Dallas Stewart and owned by Willie Horton racing LLC. He broke his maiden last month at Oaklawn at 6-1 for the win. Might consider this one in the money.

At 8-1 odds is Kapuna. He broke his maiden in January at Oaklawn and finished second behind Cyberknife at the Fair Grounds. Needs to show improvement to be considered.

Epicenter is the favorite in the Louisiana Derby 2022 at 7-5 odds. He has won three of his lat four with the lone loss to Call Me Midnight by a head t Risen Star. currently is second in Derby points. Look for a strong performance from this horse.

Pioneer of Medina at 5-2 odds, is a Todd Pletcher trained horse finished second in a previous race to Epicenter. Should be consider but not for long.

Gait is 8-1 and the son of Medaglia d’Oro. This horse hasn’t shown much so far but trainer Bill Mott must believe he is ready. Would be a  long shot but not out of the question.

Rattle N Roll is 6-1 odds to win but not much has happened since then.This horse should be an also ran in the Louisiana Derby.

Louisiana Derby 2022 Prediction

I like call Me Midnight to edge out Epicenter for the win here. I have Zozos and Gait fighting for third and fourth place. Also I will place a separate bet on a longshot to win and that is .Curly Tail on the 30-1 odds.

 

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