Louisiana Derby Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Louisiana Derby Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Louisiana Derby is set for Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Louisiana Derby Preview and Prediction
- Race: Louisiana Derby
- Purse: $1,000,000
- Track: Fair Grounds
- Date: March 21
- Post Time: 5:49 PM (ET)
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2020 Louisiana Derby Handicapping
Earlier this week Churchill Downs made the announcement that due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus situation, the 2020 Kentucky Derby date would be moved from Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, September 5. This will mark the first time in 74 years that the Derby won’t be held on the first Saturday in May.
While there are still questions around what this means for the Derby qualifying series – Churchill has said more qualifying races may be added to the schedule over the summer – the current qualifying schedule still goes on. This week, 14 are entered in the (G2) Louisiana Derby, where they will battle it out for Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers.
The race is set to be run at 1 3/16 miles on the Fair Grounds dirt course.
Odds listed here are from Bovada’s racebook.
2020 Louisiana Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Enforceable Race Odds: 7-2
In what on paper is looking like an excellent betting race, Enforceable gets the nod as the lukewarm pre-race favourite. He’s run well in both of the LA Derby prep races at Fair Grounds, winning the (G3) Lecomte and running second in the first division (the race had so many entries it was split into two races) of the (G2) Risen Star. The concern is that he tends to break very slow from the gate, and as a dead closer he’s going to have to work his way through the large field.
Mark Casse is the trainer, and Julien Leparoux has the mount.
2020 Louisiana Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Modernist Race Odds: 9-2
A front-running colt, Modernist comes in off back-to-back wins, having broke his maiden in his third lifetime start going 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct in January, and then scoring a win last month in the second division of the Risen Star, topping four others that are entered here. He has the speed and running style to win this race, but he’s going to have to overcome a very tough outside post.
The trainer is Bill Mott, Junior Alverado gets tapped to ride.
2020 Louisiana Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Major Fed Race Odds: 6-1
At the opposite end of the gate, Major Fed last out ran very well to grab the runner-up money just a length behind Modernist in the Risen Star. He was one of just a few in that one that was making up ground in the stretch and the added 1/16 distance here should be a benefit. Previous to that he broke his maiden on the Fair Grounds track in his second lifetime start.
Greg Foley trains, Joel Rosario will be in the irons.
2020 Louisiana Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Silver State Race Odds: 7-1
Another one that ran in both of the Fair Grounds preps for this race, Silver State was second in the (G3) Lecomte after stumbling badly at the break, and then third in the first (and arguably tougher) division of the Risen Star. He was actually the slight favourite in that race and was passed late by Enforceable to lose second-place money by a half length.
Three-time LA Derby winner Steve Asmussen is the trainer, Ricardo Santana Jr. is the jock.
Here’s my 2020 Louisiana Derby Free Pick.
One of the most intriguing aspects in this very tough handicapping race is the distance of 1 3/16 miles, further than any of these horses have been asked to go up to this point in their careers. I think it’s going to be important to get a good stalking position early and be able to sit just off the pace and get the first jump as they turn into the lane. Coming from the #1 post I think Major Fed will be one of those that can do just that, and he should still have something left for the finish. I’m going to bet him to both win and place, and play him in the exacta box with Modernist.
Full Field: Louisiana Derby Odds
- Enforceable 7-2
- Modernist 9-2
- Major Fed 6-1
- Wells Bayou 6-1
- Mailman Money 7-1
- Royal Act 8-1
- Chestertown 10-1
- Ny Traffic 10-1
- Portos 10-1
- Farmington Road 14-1
- Mr. Big News 25-1
- Shake Some Action 25-1
- Lynn’s Map 33-1
- Sharecropper 50-1
- Social Afleet 100-1
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