Jockey Ray Broussard says he had intended Clev Er Tell to come from behind in the Louisiana Derby. But the horse jumped in front when the gate opened and he says he couldn't hold back.
"I was going to lay off the pace, but when I saw we were on the lead, I went, and he went easily," Broussard said after Clev Er Tell upset Run Dusty Run in the $100,000 race Sunday. "I knew when I set him down in the stretch heading for home I had it won."
Staying ahead the entire mile and 1-8, Clev Er Tell equalled the track-record of 1:48 4-5.Run Dusty Run finished second 2 1/2 lenghts back. A Letter to Harry was third, another 3 1/2 lenghts behind.
Trainer Homer Pardue says he will take Clev Er Tell to the Arkansas Derby and hopefully to the Kentucky Derby. He took the same route five years ago with No Le Hace, which won the Arkansas race before finishing second in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Run Dusty Run, one of the early Kentucky Derby favorites, will probably run next in the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland.