My Pal Charlie won the 2008 Super Derby.

My Pal Charlie won the 2008 Super Derby.

Lou Hodges Jr.

Super Derby Purse Boosted to $750,000

Race for 3-year-olds has been used as steppingstone for Breeders' Cup.

Edited press release

Louisiana Downs announced March 26 that the purse for the 30th renewal of the grade II Super Derby on Sept. 19 has been hiked to $750,000. The 2008 edition won by My Pal Charlie had a purse of $515,000.

Among the 3-year-olds who have used the Super Derby as preps for victories in the Breeders' Cup Classic were Tiznow , Concern and Sunday Silence.

“We are thrilled to increase the purse of the Super Derby,” said Trent McIntosh, director of racing and racing secretary for Louisiana Downs. “It is a nationally known race with a tremendous resume and helps anchor an exciting stakes schedule for the season.”

Super Derby Day also features five other stakes including the $150,000 Sunday Silence Breeders’ Cup for 2-year-olds on the turf. “We have a growing freshman turf program,” said McIntosh. “The Sunday Silence, despite its brief history, has already produced some solid runners and we are committed to helping it grow.”

Also on the Super Derby Day card is the $100,000 Happy Ticket Breeders’ Cup for 2-year-old fillies on the grass, the Unbridled for older horses, the River Cities for fillies and mares and the Temperence Hill for older sprinters. In total, Super Derby Day is worth $1.2 million.

The Super Derby Prelude, the traditional local prep for the Super Derby, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15. The winner of the $100,000 race earns a free spot in the gate for the Super Derby itself. It is also joined by three other $50,000 turf stakes.

In other changes, Champions Day is now known as Louisiana Cup Day and will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1. With eight stake races for Louisiana-breds, the highlight is the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic. There are six $100,000 races on the card and two $75,000 events as well.

The traditional opening day feature on Friday, May 15, the John Franks Memorial, is joined by the Honeymoon. Both are for Louisiana-breds. The race meet begins May 15 and runs thru Oct. 4 with 83 days of racing.