The 2017 Kentucky Derby is this Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Classic Empire is a 4-1 favorite to win the 143rd Run for the Roses.
And the horse race named after Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette won’t be in attendance.
A stable in Hot Springs, Arkansas — Flurry Racing Stables — has two thoroughbreds named after Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, and current LSU running back Derrius Guice. Fournette is a four-year-old Kentucky Thoroughbred.
Fournette is back training at Keeneland. Looking forward to seeing him back racing late May/early June hopefully pic.twitter.com/pTAuuAP8qq— Staton Flurry (@Staton_Flurry) April 13, 2017
Fournette is actually 1-0 in his young racing career. In April of last year, Fournette won by a nose in a race at Belmont Park. Per Nola.com, Fournette won as a 14-1 shot, giving his owner $45,000.
"I'm tickled to death," the stables owner and LSU fan, Stanton Flurry, said via Nola.com. "I told my buddy if we were sitting about fourth making the turn for home, we're going to win it. They came rolling toward the finish line and he did it.
"I went a little crazy. We've been sitting on this horse for about 15 months waiting on him to run, dealing with injuries and stuff. It's been a long time coming and it was a big relief to get him on the track and win the first time out."
Even Fournette congratulated the horse after his victory last spring.
Fournette wins today congrats baby welcome to the family pic.twitter.com/o8uj2kAokv— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) July 15, 2016