LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE IN $1 MILLION SHOWCASE RACE
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 29, 2014) â€“ Ken and Sarah Ramseyâ€™s Vicarâ€™s in Trouble, so impressive winning the Grade III Lecomte Stakes here by 6 Â¾-lengths Jan. 18 but compromised by an unfavorable outside post in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 22 when he finished third, returned to his winning ways with 3 Â½-length front-running victory in Saturdayâ€™s $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots with Fair Groundsâ€™ soon-to-be four-time defending jockey champion Rosie Napravnik aboard.
With his impressive Saturday score that puts him once again in the national spotlight in this springâ€™s Kentucky Derby picture, the Mike Maker-trained Vicarâ€™s in Trouble became the first Louisiana-bred to win the Louisiana Derby since the Timphony familyâ€™s Heaven Again accomplished the same feat in 1990. The win earned Vicarâ€™s in Trouble 100 points and a position in the Kentucky Derby starting gate at Churchill Downs five weeks from now on May 3.
After establishing early fractions of :23.56 and :47.86, Napravnik kept the small but compactly-built son of Into Mischief going with good handling and the eventual winning result was never seriously in doubt. Vicarâ€™s in Trouble accomplished the nine-furlongs in 1:50.77, returning mutuels of $8.60, $4.40 and $3 and increased his lifetime earnings to $788,900 with three wins from five trips to the post.
â€œYou know heâ€™s a tiny horse but heâ€™s got a great big heart,â€ said Napravnik.
Starlight Racingâ€™s favored Intense Holiday, who won the Grade II Risen Star Stakes here five weeks ago, was void of early foot, commenced a rally approaching the lane, ducked in sharply almost hitting the rail in the stretch run to lose momentum and could not threaten the winner while clearly second best by 1 Â½-lengths in front of West Point Stableâ€™s Commanding Curve.
â€œThe inside horse jumped out, right on me, but the race was over at that point,â€ said Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Intense Holiday.
Intense Holiday returned $3.20 and $2.60 while Commanding Curve paid $5.20 in the show position.
In Trouble finished fourth and Albano fifth, but that order was reversed by the stewards for In Troubleâ€™s bumping incident with Albano leaving the backstretch.
Flat Gone, King Cyrus, Gold Hawk, Louies Flower and Rise Up completed the order of finish.
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