Louisiana Derby 2014: Post Time, Post Positions, Contenders Odds and Schedule

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 27, 2014

A horse and rider are shown as the sun rises at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, La., early Wednesday, March 11, 2009. The $600,000 Grade II Louisiana Derby is the featured race on Saturday,  featuring some of the top three-year-old horses in the country. (AP Photo/Alexander Barkoff)

Intense Holiday is the favorite heading into the 2014 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will try to guide Todd Pletcher's horse to the win.

Per Jennie Rees of the Courier-Journal, Intense Holiday is already a shoo-in for the Kentucky Derby field, but a strong performance will give the horse more momentum heading into Churchill Downs.

The post time for the race is 7:10 p.m. ET, per The Horse Race Insider. Here's a look at the post positions, horse, jockey and trainer information, as well as the morning-line odds, per The Horse Race Insider.


Post PositionsHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Intense HolidayMike SmithTodd Pletcher2-1
2King CyrusJames GrahamTodd Pletcher15-1
3Louies FlowerMiguel MenaW. Bret Calhoun20-1
4Flat GoneKeith DesormeauxJ. Keith Desormeaux50-1
5Gold HawkShaun BridgmohanSteve Asmussen12-1
6Vicar's in TroubleRosie NapravnnikMike Maker4-1
7Commanding CurveRobby AlbaradoDallas Stewart20-1
8Rise UpGerard MelanconThomas Amoss10-1
9In TroubleJoe Rocco, Jr.Anthony Dutrow4-1
10AlbanoKerwin ClarkJ. Larry Jones9-2


The Favorite

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Intense Holiday mounted a late comeback to capture the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds in February. It was his second start of the year and first win, though he finished third at the Gulfstream Park to Florida Derby favorite Cairo Prince in Intense Holiday's first run of 2014.

Both horses are tuning up for an expected showdown at the Kentucky Derby. However, the colts still have some work to do this weekend before they embark on the Run for the Roses.

At 2-1, Pletcher's horse looks to be standing head and shoulders above the field.

We'll see if he can live up to the hype.


Other Horses to Watch


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Starting on the outside rail can have its advantages, but the inside rail didn't help Albano at the Risen Star. Coming from the first position, Albano charged out to the lead, only to succumb to Intense Holiday down the stretch.

After the post positions were announced for the Louisiana Derby, Albano's trainer, J. Larry Jones, said this, per Ted Lewis of The New Orleans Advocate:

Look’s like I’m on the rail again, just on the other side. Sometimes I think we like to talk about post positions just to keep it interesting, especially when it’s anything over a mile. 

I do like it better than the one we had last time, though.

Coming from the outside could make a difference as Albano won't have the pressure of the field bearing down on him after the final turn. Will this post position change be enough to overcome Intense Holiday and the rest of the field?


Vicar's In Trouble

ASCOT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Captain Rosie Napravnik of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Girls Team poses for a photograph at Coworth Park Hotel on August 8, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
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With jockey Rosie Napravnik in the saddle, Mike Maker's Vicar's In Trouble is expected to be another of Intense Holiday's stiffest competitors.

Napravnik has won the Louisiana Derby three times in her career. All of the stakeholders involved are hoping she can make Saturday's race her fourth victory in the event.

Vicar's In Trouble finished third in the Risen Star last month, so this race is functioning as a bit of a rematch for the top three horses involved.

It should be a great run between three horses that figure to be included in the Kentucky Derby field as well.