Three of the 20 jockeys riding tomorrow in the 134th Kentucky Derby hail from Acadiana - Robby Albarado, Calvin Borel and Kent Desormeaux.
Desormeaux, a Maurice native, will ride the favored Big Brown, unbeaten in three career starts, for the first jewel of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs. The only other horse to win the Derby with just three lifetime starts was Regret in 1915, the first filly to win the race. And Big Brown will start at the No. 20 post postion. The only horse to win the Derby from that position was Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.
But Desormeaux's no stranger to the Derby; in 1998 he won riding Real Quiet (as well as the Preakness that year, the second leg of the Triple Crown) and again in 2000 on Fusaichi Pegasus. In 1989, Desormeaux broke the record for the most wins in a year with 599, surpassing the previous record of 546 set in 1974.
Last year, the Kentucky Derby went to Catahoula native Calvin Borel riding Street Sense. (Read about Borels' win in "Ride of His Life.") But Lafayette native Robby Albarado and Curlin dashed Borel's run for the Triple Crown by taking the Preakness Stakes. Albarado also won his first Breeder's Cup last year with Curlin.
In tomorrow's Derby, Albarado will ride Z Fortune, Borel will ride Denis of Cork, and Desormeaux will ride Big Brown. Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. on NBC.
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank, of Lafayette, for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
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The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
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