The $1 million event, run at 1 1/8 miles, is worth 100 points to the winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The list of probables is based on racing office updates, published news reports, and interviews with horsemen. Louisiana Derby nominations close March 16 and entries will be drawn March 27 at 11:30 a.m. CDT in the Fair Grounds paddock.
Also probable for the race are Channel Isle, fourth in the Feb. 18 Southwest Stakes (gr. III); Code West, second in the Feb. 23 Risen Star (gr. II); March 2 Texas Heritage Stakes winner Departing; and Jan. 19 Lecomte (gr. III) runner-up Golden Soul, who returned with a sixth in the Risen Star.
On the list are Feb. 23 allowance winner Ground Transport, Feb. 23 maiden winner Hip Four Sixtynine, Risen Star seventh-place finisher Mylute, Feb. 16 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) runner-up Nina's Dragon, and Risen Star third-place runner Palace Malice .
Eighth-place Risen Star runner Proud Strike, Feb. 23 Gentilly Stakes winner Sunbean, and Tiz a Minister, third in the March 9 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, complete the likely field.