Noble Indy Secures Spot in Kentucky Derby with Louisiana Derby Victory
Last year’s Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher has another colt ready to Run for the Roses after Noble Indy re-rallied along the rail and held off Lone Sailer and a late-flying My Boy Jack to win the 105th Louisiana Derby. Noble Indy has now won 3-of-4 starts and is right on track and improving as the Kentucky Derby nears.
“This race was a big step in the right direction. I was pleased with the way he conducted himself,” Pletcher said of Noble Indy. “He seems to be maturing as he gets more experience.”
Jockey John Velazquez steered Noble Indy into the lead entering the final turn and finished the 1 1/8-mile, Grade-2 stakes race in 1:50.28. He paid $7.40, $4.80 and $3.20.
“He’s very talented but he’s very green,” jockey John Velazquez said. “I was a little afraid that he was a little too strong in the back stretch and not have anything down the lane,” Velazquez said.
Noble Indy closed as the 5-2 favorite, but Lone Sailor was a sentimental favorite, racing one day after the jazz funeral of its owner, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson. Lone Sailor cashed in at 9-1 odds and was 20-1 on the morning line and one we liked to cash-in along with Noble Indy in the Louisiana Derby preview. Lone Sailor, a Tom Amoss-trained colt with jockey James Graham aboard, earned 40 points — likely enough to qualify for the Kentucky Derby — and paid $7.80 and $4.20. Morning line favorite My Boy Jack finished third in the 10-horse field and paid $3.20.