Noble Indy’s valiant stretch run secured him a place in the Kentucky Derby Saturday, as he fought off Lone Sailor and My Boy Jack to take the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a neck.
Noble Indy, starting from post position no. 2, stalked longshot Marmello throughout the clubhouse turn and most of the backstretch, then made his move and opened up a 2-length lead over Bravazo and Givemeaminit.
They were six wide heading into the homestretch, and jockey John Velazquez never saw Lone Sailor coming. Lone Sailor took the lead by about a half a length, as My Boy Jack, six horses wide at the turn, made a furious run at the two, and it was a three-horse race at the sixteenth pole.
Noble Indy slowly regained ground, passing Lone Sailor and reaching the finish line a neck ahead of the James Graham-trained colt. My Boy Jack, perhaps tired by his long trip around the oval, slowed down his rally and settled for third.
The victory was a 100-point win for Noble Indy, who overtook first place in the Race for the Kentucky Derby. The Louisiana Derby is the first of seven races to give 100 points to the winner. Next up: The UAE Derby. Why it awards 100 points I have no idea.