Proud Strike breezed Monday for the Grade II Louisiana Derby. On Saturday, he'll try to make up for an eighth-place finish last time out.
Proud Strike went four furlongs in :50.40 (26/33), breezing.
Conditioned by Steve Asmussen, the colt set the pace in the Grade II Risen Star, only to fade. However, he was only beaten 3 1/2 lengths. Still, that style of running wasn't what many expected to see. The Smart Strike colt broke his maiden with a 7 1/2-length win coming from off the pace in his previous race.
Gary Stevens was aboard in the Risen Star. As of this publication, a rider hadn't been named yet for the Louisiana Derby. Entries close on Wednesday.
Star power expected for the Louisiana Derby is Revolutionary, who breezed a half-mile in 48.20 (4/43) at Palm Meadows on Sunday. Revolutionary, trained by Todd Pletcher, won the Grade III Withers Stakes at last asking on Feb. 2.
Code West worked five furlongs handily in 1:00.20 (5/61) at Santa Anita on Sunday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid is trained by Bob Baffert was beaten a nose when second in the Risen Star.
At Palm Meadows on Sunday, Palace Malice, third in the Risen Star by a half-length, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 (6/34) for Todd Pletcher.
Edited Fair Grounds release with additional content by Dick Downey