Vicar Has No Trouble in Louisiana

Vicar Has No Trouble in Louisiana

Category : News - Sat 29/03/2014 - 15:49 EDT

Score one for the homebreds, as Louisiana’s own Vicar’s In Trouble went wire-to wire on Saturday at Fair Grounds under Rosie Napravnik to claim the $1 million Grade II Louisiana Derby. For  three-year-old son of Into Mischief, it was the second graded stakes victory of his career, after previously claiming the Grade III LeCompte Stakes, also at Fair Grounds, back in January. In between those two, Vicar’s In Trouble finished third in the Grade II Risen Star stakes, a race won by Intense Holiday, who happened o be the favorite for the LA Derby.

Winner goes right to the front

Breaking sharply from the #6 post at 3-1, Vicar’s In Trouble took advantage of some bumping coming out of the gate behind him and went right to the lead, under outside pressure from 48-1 longshot Louies Flower. Turning that one back through a half-mile of 47.86, he next held off Rise Up, and went into the far turn with a one-length lead ahead of a tightly bunched pack. Favored Intense Holiday, meanwhile, was steadily working through traffic, and mounted his challenge as they came out of the turn.

Favorite overcomes traffic for place

With a rail trip throughout, Napravnik set Vicar’s In Trouble down for the stretch drive and he slowly pulled away from the rest, cruising home to win by 3 ½ lengths under steady urging. Intense Holiday, who had to endure some bumping as he made his charge finished second, with In Trouble third, although he would be disqualified to fourth after coming out and making contact with Albano. With the win, Vicar’s In Trouble moves to the top of the Kentucky Derby Challenge points list and all but guarantees himself a spot in the Derby starting gate.

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