April 3, 2012

109-to-1 shot wins

April 3, 2012

— NEW ORLEANS — No fooling, 109-1 shot Hero of Order won the $1 million Louisiana Derby (grade II) Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

Hero of Order, with Eddie Martin Jr. aboard, paid $220.80, $79.80, and $25.40 across the board. It was a record win payoff for the Louisiana Derby.

Mark Valeski finished second by 1 1/2 lengths, with California invader Rousing Sermon rallying for third by a nose over Cigar Street.

Hero of Order came into the race with one win in 13 starts.

Hero of Order earned $600,000 for the win, boosting his career bankroll to $657,277 with a record of 2-1-2 in 14 races.

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