Friday, May 27, 2016
Darby Dan Farm’s freshman sire Shackleford, the three-time Grade 1 winner of such notable races as the Preakness S. (G1) at three and Met Mile (G1) at four, sired his first winner on Friday when 2-year-old colt Little Nappy scored a wire-to-wire victory in a $55,000 Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Darby Dan’s freshman sire Shackleford continued building on the momentum of his first crop of 2-year-olds Monday when one of his colts sold for $250,000 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale at Timonium...
Friday, May 20, 2016
Darby Dan Farm’s freshman sire Dialed In, the Florida Derby (G1) winner by Mineshaft, was represented with his first winner from his first starter, when 2-year-old filly Maximum Edge scored an impressive debut victory in a $44,000 Maiden Special Weight on Friday at Churchill Downs...
Island Soul faces 12 foes in G2 Louisiana Derby
RSS Feeds Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Island Soul will try to stamp his ticket to Louisville on Mar. 27, when the son of Perfect Soul takes on a full field in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile race is the highlight of the meet for 3-year-olds at the venerable New Orleans track.

Island Soul drew post 8 in the field of 13, and will get the services of perennial top rider Robby Albarado. The colt's connections of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen are no strangers to success, having won the last three Horse of the Year awards with two-time champ Curlin and current queen Rachel Alexandra. Stonestreet purchased Island Soul for $230,000 at the 2009 OBS March 2-year-old sale.

Asmussen has brought the chestnut colt to the race in good order. He has started three times at the meet, with a win and two seconds, all around two turns. Each time, he has stalked the pace and made a nice late closing move. With a fairly brisk pace expected for the Louisiana Derby, Island Soul figures to get a good setup for his stretch run. He has also handled both sloppy and fast surfaces equally well, so weather should be no problem on Saturday.

Perfect Soul has already proven he can sire a classic-type horse. A colt from his first crop, Perfect Shower, won the 12-furlong Breeders S., the third leg of the 2009 Canadian Triple Crown.