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Thoroughbred with local connection will make a 'run for the roses'

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

New Orleans is a city that loves the underdog, and at 50-1 odds on Saturday's Kentucky Derby, Commanding Curve certainly fits the bill and has a local connection.

At the Louisiana Derby draw, we first met up with Craig Accardo, who is part owner of Commanding Curve. His euphoric state was already on full display talking about the big day.

"It's just absolutely been a dream come true," he said. "I first came to the track when I was 10 years old. To be standing in the paddock on derby day with a legitimate contender, yeah it's surreal, it really is."

Curve didn't win the Louisiana Derby that day, but finished third, qualifying the thoroughbred for the Kentucky Derby. The prospect of going to Churchill Downs has Accardo in horse-racing heaven

"I'm sitting here just in shock that I actually have a horse running in the Kentucky Derby," he said.

Accardo has a full arsenal of Commanding Curve gear ready for Louisville - cups, banners and beads all announcing that his horse is in the "run for the roses."

"Anybody that passes our table, they're going to know not only that we have a horse in the Kentucky Derby, but we're probably from New Orleans," Accardo said.

Commanding Curve runs for West Point Thoroughbreds, whose colors are black and gold.

"I hope the black and gold pulls us through," Accardo said. "Obviously those were some exciting times, and I really believe we're in for some exciting times Saturday."

The last time a horse that ran at the Fair Grounds then went on to win the Kentucky Derby was Funny Cide in 2003. He finished second in the Louisiana Derby.

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