By Dick Downey
Ground Transport, Hip Four Sixtynine, Sunbean and Whiskey Bravo were all out today at Fair Grounds completing their final work for next Saturday's Grade II Louisiana Derby.
Ground Transport went six furlongs in 1:12.60 (1/4), breezing, and was caught in splits of :12.40, :24.00, :35.80, :48.00 and 1:00.20 for trainer Mike Stidham.
“He looked very good doing it,” said Fair Grounds clocker Mike Diliberto. “He looked very strong throughout the whole move.”
Hip Four Sixtynine got five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.20 (1/13), breezing, according to Equibase. Diliberto caught the Bobby Barnett trainee going the half in :47 and change.
“Bobby Barnett’s horse was really rolling through the lane,” said the clocker.
The Louisiana-bred Sunbean, trained by Al Stall, Jr., went four furlongs in :49.20 (12/70), breezing. Diliberto caught him galloping out five-eighths in 1:02:00.
Due to heavy early morning fog, no splits were obtainable for Whiskey Bravo. He went a half in :48.60 (4/70), breezing, for trainer Keith Desormeaux.