Noble Indy’s Louisiana Derby Win Earns Triple-Digit Brisnet Speed Rating

The TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby not only kicked off Part 2 of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series but also ushered in the final round of major preps—all at 1 1/8 miles to provide stern tests for the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. 

It was a test Noble Indy passed with a re-rallying move up the rail to defeat Lone Sailor by a neck and earn Brisnet ratings of 100 Speed and 121 Class.

Kentucky Derby Championship Series Brisnet.com Ratings

Date

Track

Distance

Race

Winner

Speed

Class

February 17

Fair Grounds

1 1/16

Risen Star

Bravazo

98

119.4

March  3

Gulfstream

1 1/16

Fountain of Youth

Promises Fulfilled

104

120.8

March 10

Tampa Bay

1 1/16

Tampa By Derby

Quip

98

120.3

March 10

Aqueduct

1 mile

Gotham

Enticed

104

121.6

March 10

Santa Anita

1 1/16

San Felipe

Bolt d’Oro*

98

120.7

March 17

Oaklawn

1 1/16

Rebel

Magnum Moon

100

119.9

March 24

Fair Grounds

1  1/8

Louisiana Derby

Noble Indy

100

121.0

March 25

Sunland Park

1  1/8

Sunland Derby

Runaway Ghost

96

120.1

*Bolt d’Oro placed 1st on disqualification of unofficial winner McKinzie

The win ranks favorably both among Parts 1 and 2 of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series as well as against the 13 races to date for 2018 Kentucky Derby-eligible horses going 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Of the six stakes races at that distance only winners Noble Indy and Blended Citizen (Jeff Ruby Steaks) earned a 100 Brisnet Speed Rating. Noble Indy did it against better competition, though, considering his 121 Class Rating (against Blended Citizen’s 117.8). Class Ratings assess the quality of a horse’s performance based on the strength of the field and what those horses did in other races. A difference of 3-4 points is significant.

The 100 Speed Rating also ranks tied for third (with fellow Todd Pletcher trainee Magnum Moon) among the eight winners of this year’s Kentucky Derby Championship Series with six races to go. The win was the third in 2018 Kentucky Derby points races for Pletcher to join Bob Baffert and Kiaran McLaughlin with the hat trick. Pletcher will go for win number 4 with Audible in the Florida Derby on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The Sunland Derby on Sunday at Sunland Park concluded Part 1 of the Championship Series, and it did not go out with a bang as Runaway Ghost’s 96 Brisnet Speed Rating was the slowest of the Championship Series races to date. Part 2 continues on Saturday, March 31, with the U.A.E. Derby at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates and the aforementioned Florida Derby.

Brisnet.com Speed & Class Ratings are available in the Ultimate Past Performances that are free to TwinSpires.com players when they wager. Speed measures how fast a horse ran a particular race and is comparable across distance, surface, and location. Class measures competition within each race. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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