NEW ORLEANS -- It was another late running stretch drive by Revolutionary but this time he didn't wait until the last second to put his nose in front. Post time favorite Revolutionary out kicked long shot Mylute to win the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby and secure a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.
Long shots Hip Four Sixtynine and Titletown Five battled tooth and nail during the early stages of the races and set quick fractions of 22.84 and 46.34 seconds for the first half mile. Revolutionary broke slow, saved ground along the rail and had but one horse beaten as the field went into the far turn, almost ten lengths back of the leaders. He went four wide entering the far turn, made up good ground to the fifth position midway on the turn, spanned at least six wide coming off the turn, and then kicked on for home along the rail and held off Mylute by half a length at the wire. Departing and Golden Soul rounded out the top four finishers.
Revolutionary is a three-year-old colt by War Pass out of the A.P. Indy mare, Runup the Colors. He is trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano. This is the third straight victory for Revolutionary and his second stakes win.
Earlier on the card, Unlimited Budget won the Fair Grounds Oaks and Graydar won the New Orleans Handicap.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Louisiana Derby:
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