Hero of Order surprised a full field of 3-year-olds in Saturday’s 99th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds.
The son of Sharp Humor, ridden by Eddie Martin Jr., forged to the front around the far turn just in front of favored Mark Valeski. Hero of Order was not to be denied, however, and turned back Mark Valeski’s challenge the length of the stretch. He covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.13. Trained by Gennadi Dorochenko, Hero of Order is owned by Raut LLC. He cost $3,000 at the Keeneland September sale of 2010. Hero of Order is not Triple Crown nominated.
For those that backed Hero of Order at the windows at 109-1, each $2 win wager returned a whopping $220.80.
Disqualified from second to fourth in his most recent start in the Black Gold Stakes on the turf, Hero of Order finished fourth two back in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) not far behind El Padrino and Mark Valeski. He was sent off at long odds that day as well, crossing the line at 79-1.
Larry Jones, trainer of runner-up Mark Valeski, reported after the race that his charge appeared lame and had lost a shoe during the running of the race.
Hero of Order/Lou Hodges photo