The 3-year-old son of A. P. Indy, only the third horse in local history to sweep the Lecomte, the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby – Fair Grounds’ big three races for sophomores – has been away from competition since last spring’s Preakness Stakes on May 16, where he bobbled at the start, flashed brief speed but quickly faded to finish 10th at the wire.
James and Alice Sapara’s Good and Lucky may be the one to beat. The 6-year-old gelding won last season’s $75,000 Louisiana Handicap and then ran second in last season’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap. Good and Lucky, idle since a sixth-place finish in the Grade II Meadowlands Cup last Oct. 16, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59.60 Saturday morning during training hours. Shane Sellers will handle the reins astride the Josie Carroll trainee.
First post Thursday is 1 p.m. CST with the featured eighth race set for 4:25 p.m. CST.