Just Might working his way to a million dollars with his win Sept. 20, 2021, in the inaugural Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes at Churchill Downs. (Coady Photography)
• Hard-hitting seven-year-old could hit a bankroll milestone with a win on Saturday
• Live Racing at Fair Grounds is Canceled for Friday, March 17
• Louisiana Derby draw Saturday morning 11:45 a.m. CT
Fair Grounds Press Release
NEW ORLEANS— Were he to win Saturday’s eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Michelle Lovell and Grifton Farms’ Just Might would become horse racing’s latest millionaire.
An 11-time winner from 39 lifetime starts, the 7-year-old gelded son of Justin Phillip hasn’t run since finishing fifth in the Chesapeake Stakes at Colonial on August 16. Originally scheduled for 5 ½ furlongs on turf, Saturday’s eight race at Fair Grounds has been moved to the main track following heavy rains on Friday.
The surface switch shouldn’t matter to Just Might, who has won six races on dirt and five on turf. After losing his first two starts on the Fair Grounds main track, he’s won his last three, including victories in the off the turf Colonel Power (February 2021) and the Thanksgiving Classic (November 2021).
“He can run on anything, firm, soft, mud — just not at Kenneland (0 for 6 on both surfaces combined with just one placing),” Lovell said. “I think he drew well on the outside of two speeds, so if they draw off he can sit on their outside and stay wide.”
Prior to his fall/winter vacation, Just Might hadn’t had any substantial time off since February to June of 2020.
“He’s training like he’s brand new,” Lovell said. “He’s doing super well. He got tired at the end of last year and I knew he needed a break.”
Live Racing at Fair Grounds is Canceled for Friday, March 17
After running the first race, the decision was made to cancel the rest of Friday’s card at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots due to inclement weather.
Live racing will resume on Saturday, March 18 with 9 races scheduled to begin at the regular post time of 1:15 p.m. CT.
Also on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. CT, the field for the 110th running of the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) with starting gate assignments and morning line odds will be revealed during the Louisiana Derby Draw Show.
The Louisiana Derby Draw Show will be broadcast on Fair Grounds simulcast & on Twitter: @fairgroundsnola. Joe Kristufek and John G. Dooley will host and be joined by morning line odds maker Mike Diliberto & racing analyst Kevin Kilroy. Following the post-position draw, the connections on hand and members of the Fair Grounds management team will be available for interviews.