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CATCHING FREEDOM (c, 3, Constitution–Catch My Drift, by Pioneerof the Nile) ran down race favorite Track Phantom (Quality Road) to go last to first and take the Fair Grounds feature event, the GII Louisiana Derby. Third in the GIII Risen Star S. last out, the 3-1 shot had to come from behind as the favorite led the field through fractions of :23.49 and :48.33. Wide but full of momentum off the turn, Catching Freedom stormed to the front inside the final sixteenth and picked up 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with the upset win.

 

What a rally from CATCHING FREEDOM, giving it his all to power down the stretch and win the GII Louisiana Derby in the most impressive fashion! He collects 100 Kentucky Derby points. pic.twitter.com/Z1ByTqTWuQ

— TDN (@theTDN) March 23, 2024

Saturday, Fair Grounds
TWINSPIRES.COM LOUISIANA DERBY-GII, $1,000,000, Fair Grounds, 3-23, 3yo, 1 3/16m, 1:56.16, ft.
1–CATCHING FREEDOM, 122, c, 3, by Constitution
                1st Dam: Catch My Drift (SW & GISP, $280,540),
                                by Pioneerof the Nile
                2nd Dam: Drift to the Lead, by Yonaguska
                3rd Dam: Drifa, by Tabasco Cat
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($575,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP).
O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY);
T-Brad H. Cox; J-Flavien Prat. $600,000. Lifetime Record:
5-3-0-1, $877,350. *1/2 to Strava (Into Mischief), MSP,
$378,010 and Bishops Bay (Uncle Mo), MGSP, $212,600.
Werk Nick Rating: A++.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Honor Marie, 122, c, 3, Honor Code–Dame Marie, by Smart
Strike. ($40,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP). O-Ribble Farms LLC, Michael
Eiserman, Earl Silver, Kenneth Fishbein and Daniel Fishbein;
B-Royce Pulliam (KY); T-D. Whitworth Beckman. $200,000.
3–Tuscan Gold, 122, c, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Valadorna, by Curlin.
TDN Rising Star. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE.
($600,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP). O-William Lawrence, Walmac Farm
and Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred
Holdings LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $100,000.
Margins: 1, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 3.30, 7.80, 11.20.
Also Ran: Track Phantom, Common Defense, Antiquarian, Agate Road, Next Level, Awesome Ruta, Hall of Fame, Real Men Violin. Scratched: Triple Espresso.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

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