The last time trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner in the Super Derby (gr. I) was 1996, when Editor's Note completed a sweep of both events by winning the Louisiana Downs feature by 1 1/2 lengths over the Barking Shark. In Saturday's Super Derby, Belmont winner Commendable, a Lukas trainee, has been installed as the morning-line third wagering choice in the six-horse for the 1 1/4-mile race. Tiznow, who finished second against older horses in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) when last out, is the 6-5 favorite.
While Commendable is expected to ship to Louisiana Downs Friday, Tiznow has been on the grounds since Tuesday. "We took him out (Wednesday) and just jogged him, light exercise," said trainer Jay Robbins, who saddled Nostalgia's Star in the 1985 Super Derby. "He's a little nervous here. Normally he's quiet at home."
The second choice on the morning line is West Virginia Derby winner Mass Market. In his most recent race, the Ben Perkins Jr. trainee finished a troubled second to Pine Dance in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III). Rick Wilson, who rode the colt in both prior derbies, will be in the irons for the Super Derby as well. As a juvenile, New Farm's and William S. Farish's son of Marquetry won the Nashua Stakes (gr. III).
Chris's Bad Boy earned a fees-paid entry in the Super Derby by winning the track's prep, the Prelude Stakes. Another son of Marquetry, Chris's Bad Boy completed the 1 1/8-mile Prelude in stakes-record time of 1:49.17, beating California Derby winner Bet On Red by 6 1/2 lengths.
While Chris's Bad Boy enters at no cost, White Star's owner Gary White paid a supplemental fee of $15,000 to enter his horse. White Star also enters the Super Derby off a win in a Louisiana Downs stakes. In his most recent start, the Louisiana-bred son of Scottsville won the restricted Louisiana Breeders' Derby by 8 1/2 lengths in stakes-record time of 1:43.09 for the 1 1/6 miles. Coby Bourque will ride the Corale Richards-trained colt.
Under jockey Carlos Gonzalez, Clever Brick finished third in the Prelude, finishing 11 1/2 lengths behind the winner. The son of Rare Brick--Clever Trixie, by Clever Trick, will be ridden by Robert Lester in Saturday's race.
The Super Derby will be televised live by ESPN as part of a half-hour broadcast beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).
The field of six 3-year-olds for Super Derby XXI, with jockeys and morning-line odds, will consist of:
1--Commendable, Pat Day, 2-1
2--Mass Market, Rick Wilson, 9-5
3--Chris's Bad Boy, Austin Lovelace, 10-1
4--Tiznow, Chris McCarron, 6-5
5--Clever Brick, Robert Lester, 30-1
6--White Star, Coby Bourque, 12-1All horses to carry 124 pounds.