By Dick Downey
With 15 days remaining until the final prep for the Louisiana Derby, there are 10 looking at it.
--Lecomte winner Vicar’s in Trouble tops the list of Risen Star prospects based on his 6 1/2-length victory on Jan. 18.
Todd Pletcher is expected to ship at least one horse, but it hasn't been publicly named yet. Intense Holiday was one possible prospect. Pletcher has 41 Triple Crown nominees, originally thought to be 42, but Bashart was moved to the barn of Christophe Clement.
Rise Up, six-length winner of the Delta Jackpot last Nov. 23 for Tom Amoss, would be making his first start as a 3-year-old.
Albano, trained by Larry Jones, and Gold Hawk, trained by Steve Asmussen, were second and third in the Lecomte, a half-length apart.
Commanding Curve, who broke his maiden with a 1 1/2-length tally at Churchill Downs on Nov. 30 for Dallas Stewart, would make his sophomore debut.
Not to be discounted is Doug O'Neill's Bond Holder, winner of the FrontRunner last September, then fourth in both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the CashCall Futurity. He also will make his 2014 debut.
Quick Indian, a length best in the infamous allowance race in which odds-on favorite Unknown Road finished off the board, looks for start number two of the year. Also look for Xtra Luck, third in that same race.
Emmett Park, undefeated in two starts at Turfway Park, is expected to ship into New Orleans for the Risen Star. Flat Gone, who broke his maiden by 2 1/2-lengths at the track on Jan. 25, completes the list of probables.
Ria Antonia, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner named back in December for the Risen Star, is not on the probables list now. Her co-owner/racing manager recently mentioned the Rachel Alexandra Stakes instead. Both races are on Feb. 22.