The purse for the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 26 has been boosted to $500,000 from $400,000, making it the richest prep race for 3-year-old fillies pointing to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6.
Jockey Robby Albarado, who has been sidelined since Jan. 2, will start galloping horses again at Fair Grounds March 12, according to his longtime agent Lenny Pike.
The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots program called off after the second race March 5 due to severe thunderstorms.
With Rajiv Maragh picking up the mount for the injured Eibar Coa, Mucho Macho Man held off Santiva to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths Feb. 19 at Fair Grounds.
With Anna Napravnik aboard, Demarcation rallied from last and ran down Discreetly Mine inside the final furlong to win the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) by a head Feb. 19 at Fair Grounds.
If she wasn't the favorite for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) before, Kathmanblu certainly made a strong case on Feb. 19, as she came from off the pace to win her third consecutive stakes in the $147,000 Rachel Alexandra (gr. III)
After returning from the sidelines, Mission Impazible hopes to make another big score in New Orleans when he takes on Apart in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) on Feb. 19.
On Feb. 19, Kathmanblu will take a major step toward the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when topping a field seven 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Catesby Clay's homebred Rogue Romance installed the 3-1 favorite for the Feb. 19 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds; shares top billing with Mucho Macho Man.
WinStar Farm's 2010 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer will not be running in the Feb. 19 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, according a press release from the Louisiana track.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced its second purse increase of the season Feb. 5, boosting overnight purses 5% while also increasing the prize money for three Louisiana Derby Day stakes.
Jockey Corey Lanerie, 36, born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, hit the 3,000-career win milestone Feb. 3 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans with his first mount of the day in the third race of the afternoon.
Rosie Napravnik, leading rider at Fair Grounds, has received a seven-day suspension set to begin Sunday, Feb. 6 and last through Saturday, Feb. 12.
Gran Estreno made a bold move on the final turn and pulled away from a good field in the stretch to win the Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 1 1/4 lengths Jan. 22 at Fair Grounds.
Strike Again and Gran Estreno, separated by less than a length last month, are among the top choices for the $100,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 22 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Justin Phillip leads a short field in the $100,000 Lecomte (gr. III) Jan. 22 at Fair Grounds. Owner Ahmed Zayat is hoping the $400,000 yearling can make it to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in May.
The Thursday, Jan. 13 live racing program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been cancelled due to unsafe track conditions resulting from freezing temperatures overnight.
Jockey Robby Albarado suffered a broken right heel at Fair Grounds Jan. 2 when he came off his mount leaving the paddock for the second race.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Credits Competitive Racing To Purse Increase.
No jockeys were seriously injured in a three-horse spill at Fair Grounds Dec. 3.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which boosted the purse of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) to $1 million for 2011, also announced that it has discontinued five stakes from its 2010-2011 schedule.
- By Ron Mitchell
Boosted by record earnings during Kentucky Derby Week, wagering at Churchill Downs fared much better through the first six months of 2010 than tracks have on the national level.
The upcoming Thoroughbred meet will run 84 days, from Nov. 25 through March 8, 2011.
Nationally prominent jockey Shane Sellers will continue his comeback from retirement at Delaware Park when the track kicks off its 73rd season of live racing May 1.
Drosselmeyer, who ran a solid third in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 27 but is likely still short on graded earnings to get into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), could take one more shot at getting to the Big Dance
Twin Creeks Racing Stable's Mission Impazible gave Pletcher yet another major Kentucky Derby contender March 27 when the son of Unbridled's Song overtook a pair of horses in deep stretch to win the $750,000 Louisiana Derby.
Calvin Borel, a Louisiana native and two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), received the 2010 Bill Hartack Memorial Award
The early pace will definitively shape the Louisiana Derby, and so we should know after about a half-mile if the closers have a chance to win. Will there be enough early lick for that to happen?
NBC and USA Network will begin television coverage of a half-dozen Kentucky Derby prep races with the Louisiana Derby and Lane's End Stakes March 27.
Awesome Gem, the California-based gelding with recent success as an invader, has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line choice for the $300,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 27 at Fair Grounds.
The field for this weekend's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) is similar to the recently concluded Florida Derby (gr. I) in one important way: Both major Kentucky Derby preps drew full fields of promising but unproven 3-year-olds.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra worked an easy half-mile in :50.40 at Fair Grounds the morning of March 22 in her first timed move since her narrow loss to Arnold Zetcher's Zardana in the New Orleans Ladies March 13.
Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Jody Slew is now considered "unlikely" to compete in the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
General Quarters, whose left foot swelled up March 14, is recovering nicely and is still slated to compete in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 27.
Rachel Alexandra was stunned by Zardana, who tackled the reigning Horse of the Year at the top of the stretch and outdueled the heavy favorite to win by three parts of a length in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes.
The connections of Rachel Alexandra admit that the reigning Horse of the Year will not be 100% cranked for her 4-year-old debut, which will come in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 13 at Fair Grounds Races & Slots
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra drew post 2 in a five-horse field for her 2010 debut the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 13.
Fair Grounds Oaks, Mervin H. Muniz, and New Orleans Handicap purses each reduced to $300,000, with the hope of beginning the 2011 race meet on a positive note.
When Churchill Downs Inc. released its 2009 annual report March 2, it offered a clear picture of the shift in wagering trends from racetracks to online and telephone wagering.
Horse of the Year recorded her first in-company work of 2010, and her second to last scheduled move before an expected start in the March 13 New Orleans Ladies Handicap.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra had her furthest workout this season Feb. 24 in advance of the March 13 New Orleans Ladies Stakes, breezing a business-like six furlongs in 1:14 over a fast main track at Fair Grounds.
E. Paul Robsham Stables' homebred Discreetly Mine took a full field sophomores gate to wire in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Jody Slew, who trailed the field after six furlongs, streaked down the middle of the racetrack in a determined stretch drive and caught pacesetter Quiet Temper in the final jump to pull an 8-1 upset in the Silverbulletday.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra posted her fourth workout of 2010 when she covered five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Fair Grounds while Zenyatta drilled six furlongs in 1:14 over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.
HRTV's Gary Stevens and Scott Hazelton will provide onsite coverage of the Risen Star at Fairgrounds; Caton Bredar and Jay Privman will cover the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.
The first three finishers in the Jan. 23 Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds are set to battle again in the Feb. 20 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at the same 1 1/16-mile distance over the New Orleans oval.
Four contenders from the Jan. 23 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds -- including winner Jody Slew -- are set to meet again in the Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at the New Orleans, La. track Feb. 20.
10 older horses will line up in Saturday's Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III), headed by recent winners Acting Zippy and Blues Street.
Don Benge's Maximus Ruler, runner-up in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) last month and an expected starter in this weekend's Risen Star (gr. II) -- both at Fair Grounds -- will miss the race because of a bruise on his foot
Fair Grounds' $300,000 prep race attracts plenty of potential stars; gains some starters from Florida.
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