Ron Mitchell talks with Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing about Starlight's Kentucky Derby contender Intense Holiday. Jack also discusses Harlan's Holiday and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
Intense Holiday emerged from his scintillating nose victory in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 22 in good order and is expected to continue on to the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 29.
Steve Haskin continues his new audio series One For the Roses with LeComte Stakes (gr. III) winner Vicar's in Trouble who is preparing for the Risen Star Stakes.
Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) winner Vicar's in Trouble breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 the morning of Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds in preparation for the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 22.
Over the past 25 years, Florida and California have been the predominant routes taken by winners of the Kentucky Derby. See how the top four finishers of all the major prep races have fared since 1989.
After demolishing 10 over-matched Louisiana-breds to close out his 2012 season, Vicar's in Trouble gave open company the same treatment Jan. 18 when he rolled to an easy victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III).
For the first time a Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meeting will begin under the lights Friday, Nov. 22, a Friday, instead of the traditional Thanksgiving opener.
After a brief freshening at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Revolutionary arrived at Churchill Downs on April 12.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Orb and Revolutionary in the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races; the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
WinStar Farm's Revolutionary took the overland route to victory in the March 30 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), closing with a five-wide run and holding off the late charge of 19-1 shot Mylute in the final furlong at Fair Grounds.
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) morning line favorite Revolutionary has continued the graded stakes-winning tradition that has lasted in his female family for three profitable generations.
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Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
- By Pete Denk
Handicapping the weekend's major prep races. read blog
Handicapper Ed DeRosa from Brisnet.com joins Joel on the set this week to discuss the Florida Derby (gr. I) and the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). So, who's primed to run big? Watch it. Comment. Watch Video
WinStar Farm's Revolutionary, winner of the Withers Stakes (gr. III), has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in a field of 14 for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 30 at Fair Grounds.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing and GoldMark Farm's Mylute breezed a half-mile March 24 in preparation for the 100th anniversary edition of the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.
Champion Shanghai Bobby breezed five furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center on the morning of March 24 in final preparation for a scheduled start in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I).
Ground Transport, one of the locally-based sophomores preparing for the upcoming $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II), is attracting some attention after posting consecutive bullet moves at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Several Todd Pletcher trainees and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls worked at Palm Meadows Training Center the morning of March 10.
Ive Struck a Nerve, the 135-1 upset winner of the Feb. 23 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), sustained an ankle injury during a workout the morning of March 9 and is off the Triple Crown trail.
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado comes to Fair Grounds for the first time this season to ride Palace Malice in the 100th anniversary edition of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 30.
Though virtually assured of a starting slot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Keith Desormeaux says he plans to run Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) winner Ive Struck a Nerve in the Louisiana Derby.
Two paid entries to November's $500,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita Park will be the top prizes when Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots hosts its first-ever Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge March 30.
Fair Grounds Race Course has boosted the purses of eight open-company races on its 2012-2013 stakes schedule released June 28, marking the third straight year the average stakes purse has increased at the New Orleans oval.
Churchill Downs announced major changes in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and Kentucky Oaks June 14, with a points system that rewards top finishes in selected races from this fall through the 2013 edition of the classics.
The Louisiana State Racing Commission has approved an 84-day meet for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in 2012-13 that will be highlighted by the centennial running of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II).
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Louisiana Derby winner Hero of Order, a $3,000 Keeneland September yearling who has made three starts in claiming company, is by a stallion that was banished to Korea.
Trainer Larry Jones said April 4 that despite rumors that Mark Valeski came out of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with lameness, the horse is doing fine and is still being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.
Union Rags' defeat changed the complexion of the 2012 Kentucky Derby. read blog
In 2010 the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington had 14 sessions. In the 11th, cataloged as Hip No. 3474, was Hero of Order.
Evan recaps the Florida Derby (gr. I) and the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). watch video
No fooling, 109-1 shot Hero of Order won the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
- By Steve Haskin
Going strictly by the numbers, Windsurfer would appear to have little or no shot to win the Louisiana Derby. But sometimes, numbers do lie, which is why racing has a steady stream of longshot winners. read blog
Jason and Tom handicap the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide 10 hours of live racing coverage this weekend, including exclusive broadcasts of the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the Florida Derby, and the Louisiana Derby.
- By Steve Haskin
Rosie Napravnik is one race away from hearing the strains of "My Old Kentucky Home" raining down on her again as she parades to the post in the Kentucky Derby. read blog
The name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but if he wins the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) on April 1 at Fair Grounds, Triple Crown fans better get used to saying Mark Valeski.
The coupled entry of Mark Valeski and Mr. Bowling was made the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a full field of 14 for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots April 1.
With Godolphin Racing now pointing Alpha toward New York for his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, the field of prospects for the April 1 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) continues to expand.
A cheat sheet from Jason Shandler for the remaining Derby preps. read blog
South Florida-based Alpha, easy winner of the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Feb. 4, is now considered probable for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) April 1.
Larry Jones' two top 3-year-olds, Mark Valeski and Mr. Bowling, were both sent out on separate five-furlong works March 20 at Fair Grounds in preparation for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) on April 1.
The connections of Withers (gr. III) winner Alpha are still deciding what his next race will be. The Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, and now the Louisiana Derby are all viable options for the son of Bernardini.
Let's Go Stable's El Padrino, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), will make his next start in either the Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 or Louisiana Derby (gr. II) April 1, according to co-owner Kevin Scatuorchio.
El Padrino, who showed himself to be a Triple Crown contender with a sharp allowance win at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29, heads a field of 11 entered for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Feb. 25.
The 140th Thoroughbred racing season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots includes more major stakes days, new trainers, and an expanded wagering menu.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has boosted the purses of 19 open-company races on the 2011-2012 stakes schedule released June 29; La. Derby (gr. II) to be run Sunday, April 1.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Jump Start was a standout juvenile who missed out on a sophomore campaign -- but his son Pants On Fire is getting hot right in time for the upcoming 3-year-old classics.
A review of last week's preps, including the Louisiana Derby. Also, an interview with the owners of Pants On Fire. Watch Video
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