Jockey Rosie Napravnik is shown aboard Vicar’s in Trouble in the Winner’s Circle of The New Orleans Fair Grounds. Next stop for both: the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

VICAR'S IN TROUBLE: A TRUE CONTENDER

By Brooks O’Connor
 
On March 30, Louisiana's premier Thoroughbred race was run, and a small, scrappy Louisiana bred horse threw down the gauntlet the way a crawfish throws up his claws at an oversized opponent. In a history going back to 1894, only two horses have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby from a victory at the New Orleans Fair Grounds stakes race, known as the Louisiana Derby. An oil baron's steed named Black Gold claimed the Run for the Roses in 1924 using the Louisiana Derby as a springboard.
 
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