Seven-horse field set for Super Derby 41, Asmussen entry favored

(Photo courtesy Louisiana Downs)

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports

How Did He Do That, under the schooling of the nation’s all-time winningest thoroughbred trainer, has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favorite for Super Derby 41 presented by Lip Chip, LLC, next Saturday, September 2, at Louisiana Downs.

As the Journal first reported Friday morning, Steve Asmussen committed to bringing the Iowa Derby winner to Bossier City for the $200,000, non-graded race over a-mile-and-an eighth on the dirt.

Post positions were drawn Friday, with the favorite slotted for the number 5 post in the seven-horse field.

At second-best odds is Promise Me A Ride (5-2), trained by Brad Cox. This year, Cox is the country’s leading trainer in money earned (18.8 million). Asmussen is second.

The Super Derby is returning for the first time since 2019. Asmussen-trained horses have won the last two.

Two of the top eight jockeys at Louisiana Downs’ current meet have Derby mounts — Joel

Dominguez (How Did He Do That) and J.P Vargas (Donegal Arrow).

The seven-horse field (from 32 nominations) is scheduled to break from the gate just before 5 p.m. next Saturday. 


  1. Machine Gun Man (6-1)
  2. Tiz Donegal (15-1)
  3. Donegal Arrow (15-1)
  4. Big Data (9-2)
  5. How Did He Do That (2-1)
  6. Promise Me a Ride (5-2)
  7. No White Flags (8-1)

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