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 Positions||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Morning Line Odds|
|1||Intense Holiday||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||2-1|
|2||King Cyrus||James Graham||Todd Pletcher||15-1|
|3||Louies Flower||Miguel Mena||W. Bret Calhoun||20-1|
|4||Flat Gone||Keith Desormeaux||J. Keith Desormeaux||50-1|
|5||Gold Hawk||Shaun Bridgmohan||Steve Asmussen||12-1|
|6||Vicar's in Trouble||Rosie Napravnnik||Mike Maker||4-1|
|7||Commanding Curve||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||20-1|
|8||Rise Up||Gerard Melancon||Thomas Amoss||10-1|
|9||In Trouble||Joe Rocco, Jr.||Anthony Dutrow||4-1|
|10||Albano||Kerwin Clark||J. Larry Jones||9-2|
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.
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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.
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
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.