By Emily Shields
Fair Grounds in Louisiana is one of just a few racetracks running this weekend, and it is the biggest day of their meet. The card features 12 races, including eight stakes races, topped by the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) for three-year-olds. The race is a prep to the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) which will now be run September 5.
Enforceable is the choice of a 14-horse field. The Mark Casse-trainee was the winner of the Lecomte (G3) here in January, then ran second in a division of the Risen Star (G2) here in February. He had a slow start and had to run wide, and although he was well beaten the winner of that race is no longer on the Triple Crown Trail. Enforceable is a Tapit half-brother to the likes of Mohaymen and New Year’s Day, the sire of Maximum Security.
In the 13 and 14 stalls are a pair of 6-1 shots. Silver State is trained by Steve Asmussen and was third in Enforceable’s division of the Risen Star. He was second in the Lecomte and second in a Churchill Downs allowance race in November after breaking his maiden there sprinting by nearly 10 lengths.
Modernist won a division of the Risen Star, but is hung out in the 14-stall here. The Bill Mott-trainee by Uncle Mo has won two in a row following an Aqueduct maiden win over this distance on January 25. Junior Alvarado is back aboard for the Wygod family.
Royal Act ships in from California. The son of American Pharoah cost half a million as a yearling, and showed his class immediately by breaking his maiden first out on the grass. He ran second in the Robert Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita in February, missing to Thousand Words. He flees California waters for this after both the Sunland Derby and Blue Grass Stakes were canceled.
Wells Bayou comes in for Brad Cox with two wins in four starts. He was second last out in the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park, beaten by a horse that ran sixth next out in the Rebel (G2). Florent Geroux will ride Wells Bayou, a son of Lookin At Lucky who had won an allowance at Oaklawn by four lengths in January.
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