NEW ORLEANS (WHAS11)-- Owner Ken Ramsey has qualified his second horse for the Kentucky Derby in just two weekends, as Vicar's in Trouble took the lead and ran off with the million dollar Louisiana Derby.
Last weekend Ramsey's We Miss Artie became a likely Derby starter with a win in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Now Vicar's in Trouble has grabbed 100 Derby points with a brilliant front running ride by Rosie Napravnik.
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday made his usual late run and took second place but Vicar's in Trouble was already long gone down the Fairground's stretch and won by 3 1/2 lengths.
The top two finishers are considered locks for the starting gate at Churchill. Vicar's in Trouble is now the Derby points leader with 120. Intense Holiday is in 4th place with 93 points.
Third place Commanding Curve was another four lengths back and with 20 points is on the Derby bubble in 20th place.
One interesting comparison on the Derby trail was In Trouble, who lived up to his name and was disqualified from fourth to fifth place for bumping Albano on the back stretch. Albano moved up the fourth.
In Trouble came to New Orleans looking for a softer spot after chasing Samraat and Uncle Sigh in the Gotham Stakes. But he was much less competitive in this group than he was on Aqueduct's inner track.
Among the disappointments in the Louisiana Derby was Rise Up. Tom Amoss was hoping his horse would bounce back to his winning Delta Jackpot form but Rise Up pressed the early pace and finished last.
And Gold Hawk was an early Derby hopeful from the barn of Steve Asmussen but on this day, the Hawk failed to fly and finished 8th.
After the race, Ken Ramsey was quick to say he could qualify another
Derby horse with Bobby's Kitten, who is being pointed toward the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland.
Bobby's Kitten is by Ramsey's grass sire, Kitten's Joy, and was third in last year's Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf. He has a win in his only race this year, a one mile grass allowance at Tampa Bay.
And just like Vicar's in Trouble, if Bobby's Kitten qualifies for the Kentucky Derby, he will run. There's never a doubt with Ken Ramsey on that.