|1||The buyer’s revenge||Steve Assussen||12/1|
|2||instant coffee||Luis Saez||Brad Cox||2/1|
|3||Curly Jack||Tom Amos||12/1|
|4||sun thunder||Kenny McPeek||5/1|
|6||royal barn||Flavien Prat||death plecher||6/1|
|8th||Single ruler||Kent Desormeaux||15/1|
|9||Tapit’s conquest||Brad Cox||1.10|
|11||Jace’s Road||Florent Geroux||Brad Cox||12/1|
|12||baseline bat||Neil Pesin||20/1|
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Members of the horse racing community gathered at the fairgrounds Saturday to draw the official post positions and odds for the morning line for the 110th edition of the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2). This prestigious Kentucky Derby prep race takes place next Saturday, March 25th and is worth 100-40-30-20-10 points to the top five finishers.
Instant Coffee drew Post 2. The Louisiana Derby favorite is one of three horses for trainer Brad Cox in this prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
Cox swept the local prep trio ahead of the 2023 Louisiana Derby, winning the Gun Runner with Jace’s Road, the Lecomte (G3) with Instant Coffee and the Risen Star (G2) with Angel of Empire. Both Jace’s Road and Instant Coffee are expected back for the Louisiana Derby, along with Tapit’s Conquest. Cox won the 2020 edition of the Louisiana Derby with Wells Bayou.
Epicenter, last year’s Louisiana Derby winner, coached by Steve Asmussen, finished runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and was eventually voted the Eclipse Award winner for the nation’s top 3-year-old of 2022. This year, Asmussen is expected to launch two upstarts to avenge and disarm buyers.
Churchill Downs Senior Producer and Racing Analyst Joe Kristufek moderated the post-draw from the paddock and was joined by Morning Line Odds Maker Mike Diliberto and Racing Analyst Kevin Kilroy.
Trainer Neil Pessin, a hands-on rider who maintains a stable of about 15 racehorses, spoke to WGNO sports reporter Jack Culotta after the draw. His horse, Baseline Beater, drew the not-so-favorable Post 12.