Add another to the list of impressive Tapit homebreds campaigned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen this season; Untapable won the Feb. 22 Rachel Alexandra (gr. III) by 9 1/2 lengths.
Citing an overall decline in wagering, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has canceled four stakes and cut purses for a dozen others, including the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), which went from $500,000 to $400,000.
Ocala Stud may no longer own undefeated Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Unlimited Budget, but the farm's association with the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-bound filly's family goes back nearly 60 years.
Unlimited Budget continues to show limitless potential as the undefeated Street Sense filly appears poised for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after a clear victory in the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
Undefeated Unlimited Budget and Honeybee Stakes runner-up Flashy Gray head a quality field that includes grade I winner So Many Ways in the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course.
Pacesetter Believe You Can showed her determination when she held on in the final strided to nip odds-on choice Summer Applause by a head in the $480,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 31.
The Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) field is headed by Summer Applause, who defeated Avie's Sense by a length in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III).
Headed by Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) winner Summer Applause, the field for the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) is taking shape.
The March 22 live racing program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been canceled due to torrential rain. The state and track stewards made the final decision in consultation with Fair Grounds officials at 10:30 a.m.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will partner with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise funds for breast cancer research on Fair Grounds Oaks Day, March 31.
Daisy Devine disposed of pacesetter Grandacious leaving the far turn and held sway in the lane to win the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by a half-length March 26 at Fair Grounds.
Without Kathmanblu in the field, the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) went from a race with a heavy favorite to one with a wide-open feel.
Mucho Macho Man breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 for trainer Kathy Ritvo and is the likely favorite in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) on March. 26.
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.
Kathmanblu, one of the favorites for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), looks like she could make her next start in the Fair Grounds Oaks on March 26 (gr. II).
Trainer Ken McPeek, who saddled Rogue Romance to run third in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 19, said that the colt would be returning to Fair Grounds to run back in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) next month.
The event will part of the Louisiana track's three-race series for 3-year-old fillies that also includes the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
Quiet Temper, owner Mark Stanley's star 3-year-old filly, got up to win the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by a half-length as the favorite over pacesetter Champage d'Oro.
Ailalea, clearly best in Aqueduct's Tempted Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 7 in the final start of her juvenile campaign, is the lukewarm 3-1 morning line choice for the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 26.
Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Jody Slew is now considered "unlikely" to compete in the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
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.
Brett Calhoun, who purchased Jody Slew after her third-place effort in the Carressing Handicap at Churchill Downs, said the filly just keeps improving.
- By Esther Marr
After trouncing her own division, filly stepped out to beat the boys in the grade I BlackBerry Preakness, Haskell, and Woodward Stakes.
It appears the Louisiana (gr. II) and Florida (gr. I) Derbies will be run on the same day in 2010.
A sloppy track failed to slow Rachel Alexandra, who outclassed five rivals in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 14.
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