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Is this Louisiana’s year to make the run for the roses at the Kentucky Derby?

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Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Tom works out under exercise rider Mario Garcia at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Kentucky Derby hopeful Mo Tom works out under exercise rider Mario Garcia at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Never suggest to Dallas Stewart that the Kentucky Derby is overrated, either in the overall sports spectrum, where thoroughbred racing no longer enjoys the lofty status it once held, or even within the sport, where some suggest the race is rarely the best measure of the best horse in a given year.

Especially not when the veteran local trainer has his third Derby entry in the past four years — and after the previous two finished second in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

“Nothing, nothing compares to having a horse in the Derby,” said Stewart, who will saddle Tom’s Ready for Tom and Gayle Benson on Saturday at Churchill Downs. “Everybody strives to get their horse in the Derby, and everybody wants to win the Derby. It’s the chance to have the greatest day of your life.”

This Saturday could be the most memorable in Louisiana racing history.

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